SEI Tallinn Sustainable Development Programme Senior Expert Tiia Pedusaar

Photo: Tiia Pedusaar.

  • Q

    How did you become passionate about your areas of research and what inspires you?

    A

    I have always liked water because I am an islander. I was born and grew up on the island of Saaremaa in Western Estonia. Water was everywhere, so it was quite logical for me to study hydrobiology at university. At first, I concentrated only on the seas, then later also on freshwater.

    Different water ecosystems inspire me. American anthropologist Loren Eiseley once said, “If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in water.” I have not stopped wondering about how gentle or resilient water ecosystems can be since.

  • Q

    What was your motivation for joining SEI in the first place? Were you familiar with SEI before joining?

    A

    I was aware of SEI Tallinn in Estonia and its general expertise areas. SEI Tallinn has been a visible organization dedicated to environmental issues in our country 30 years. My main motivation joining SEI Tallinn was the possibility to continue with my passion: water research topics. It is a great pleasure to work at SEI Tallinn.

  • Q

    From an employee objective, why do you like working at SEI and what is working at SEI like?

    A

    There are two of the most important things I really enjoy about working at SEI Tallinn. These are the creative atmosphere and diversity. I think they are very big assets.

  • Q

    What do you love most about your work?

    A

    The multidisciplinary environment provides more opportunities to extend expertise and create connections with my own areas of expertise. The interesting discussions and different experiences are always very inspiring. Fieldwork and data analysis are still exciting because it is always possible to discover something new.

  • Q

    How do you see your area of research developing over the next five to 10 years and how is it linked to the SDGs or Agenda 2030?

    A

    Water is the most essential natural resource. So far, water stress has not been a very serious problem in Northern and Central Europe, but it is expected to worsen. Southern Europe already faces severe water stress problems. Together with continuing urbanization, climate change is projected to cause challenges in water management in all European member states. Water use has increased in agriculture, electricity production, industry, mining, public water supply and tourism. I think there will be busy days ahead for water experts in Europe.

  • Q

    What is your best tip for a healthy work-life balance?

    A

    American singer Scott Krippayne’s song is the best tip for keeping a healthy work-life balance: “The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing!” I try to distinguish between working days and weekends, although  I often do not succeed because my work and hobbies overlap in part. I like all kinds of activities in or near the water.

  • Q

    Do you have any personal or professional role models who inspire you?

    A

    I try to keep in mind what British businessman Patrick Gibson said: “The most important thing to learn is how to teach yourself. Everything else…is just detail.”

SEI Tallinn Sustainable Development Programme Senior Expert Tiia Pedusaar

Tiia Pedusaar is a Senior Expert working on projects related to hydrobiology, hydrology, limnology, environmental engineering and urban waterbodies management.

  • Sustainable Development Programme Senior Expert
  • SEI Tallinn
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