Laura Höijer

Content Director

Laura Höijer is BSAG’s Content Director and a solutions-oriented idealist. During her twenty-plus years in the environmental field she has worked as a researcher, research funder, in business and in administration. Laura is used to managing large projects and she is not afraid to think big and outside the box.

“My passion lies in concrete environmental work and the practical implementation of scientific knowledge. The most important thing about my work has always been its significance and the opportunity to make a difference.”

As Content Director Laura is responsible for BSAG’s current and future initiatives and projects. She also leads the foundation in co-operation with Managing Director Michaela Ramm-Schmidt.

Laura holds a PhD in soil microbiology and is a docent in microbial ecology. Currently, BSAG is “loaning” Laura as she is on temporary leave from her position as Research Director at the Ministry of the Environment.

In her spare time, Laura prefers to spend her time in nature and with her family. All kinds of sports are important to Laura and her favorite ways to recharge are walks with the dog and yoga with her daughters.


Professional life


(on leave of absence from the Ministry of the Environment until 2022) Baltic Sea Action Group (Foundation for a Living Baltic Sea), Content Director


Ministry of the Environment, Research Director


MTT Agrifood Research Finland (now part of Natural Resources Institute Finland), Director of Environmental Research


Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, Head of Research


Soil and Water Oy, Jaakko Pöyry Infra (now Pöyry Environment Oy), environmental expert, environmental consulting


Education etc.

1994–2000 First trainee and later research assistant and researcher, Finnish Forest Research Institute (now part of Natural Resources Institute Finland)

Master of Science in Agriculture and Forestry, 1997, University of Helsinki.

Ph.D. in Agriculture and Forestry, 1999, University of Helsinki

Docent (Microbial Ecology), 2001, University of Helsinki

National Defence Courses (MPK 213), 2015

Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, 2014


Positions of trust


Forum for Environmental Information, member of the Steering Group


Future Earth Finland, National Committee for Global Change Research, member of the Steering Group