6G Research Visions Webinar Series:

Challenges for 6G Addressing a Sustainable Future – What IMissing Today?

Wednesday 9 September 2020 at 5:00-6:30 PM (Helsinki, UTC/GMT +03:00, CET +01:00)

About the Event

The first webinar in the 6G Research Visions Webinar Series “Challenges for 6G Addressing a Sustainable Future – What Is Missing Today?” will present the findings by the expert group members who prepared the White Paper on 6G Drivers and the UN SDGs. In the webinar, representatives of the group give talks on the novel linkage between 6G and the UN SDGs, the megatrends that steer the development of 6G, and the proposed three-fold role of 6G to ensure sustainability.

The webinar is moderated by Dr. Marja Matinmikko-Blue who led the Expert Group.

Expert Group representatives, presenting some of the group’s key discoveries, include Dr. Volker Ziegler, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany; Assoc. Prof. Marianne Kinnula, University of Oulu, Finland; Dr. Panos Kostakos, University of Oulu, Finland; and Dr. Josef Noll, University of Oslo & Basic Internet Foundation.

After the talks, a minimum of 30 minutes is reserved for discussion on the path towards sustainable 6G. A recorded video of the webinar will be openly available after the event.

In her research work, Dr. Marja Matinmikko-Blue – Research Coordinator of 6G Flagship at the University of Oulu, Finland – takes an interdisciplinary approach bringing together technical, business and regulatory domains of wireless communications, and focuses especially on spectrum management and sustainable development of 6G. She coordinated the writing process of the new 6G White Papers at 6G Flagship and led the Expert Group that produced the “White Paper on 6G Drivers and the UN SDGs”.

In his current role of 6G leadership at Nokia Bell Labs, Dr. Volker Ziegler leads digital transformation initiatives aimed at exploring and leveraging innovations with customers and partners in the fledgling ecosystem for the 6G era. He is actively working towards an ambitious 6G vision for the communications technology and architecture of the post-pandemic future to simultaneously enable growth, sustainability as well as full digital inclusion for 2030 and beyond that will offer a unique set of challenges and opportunities of global relevance and scale.

Marianne Kinnula is an Associate Professor in human-centred design and digitalization at University of Oulu and vice-leader of the INTERACT Research Unit. Her research is in the fields of Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction; she is interested in the sustainable use of technology in our everyday lives on different levels: individual, organizational and society level.

Dr. Panos Kostakos is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Ubiquitous Computing (UBICOMP), University of Oulu. His research interests include applied data analytics and AI for smart and safe cities. In 2019 he co-chaired the Vienna Winter School on Transnational Organised Crime hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under its Education for Justice (E4J) initiative.

Besides being Professor at UiO, Josef Noll is Secretary General of the Basic Internet Foundation. The Foundation was established by UiO and Kjeller Innovation, to solely focus on digital inclusion. From his industrial background as group leader in Telenor R&D, he has a deep understanding of the mobile development.

He highlights the importance of “6G for All” being a societal need.


The webinar series is organized by the Finnish 6G Flagship program and representatives of the 6G White Paper Expert Groups. For more information please contact us via 6gflagship@oulu.fi. 

Highlights of the White Paper on 6G Drivers and the UN SDGs

We identify megatrends influencing sustainable development of 6G.

We develop a novel linkage between 6G and the UN SDGs that are both targeted for 2030.

We envisage three-fold role of 6G as a 1) a provider of services to help support activities towards reaching the UN SDGs, 2) a measuring tool for reporting of indicators; and 3) a reinforcer of developing 6G in line with the UN SDG.