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We have updated our recommendation on the use of protective face masks. This update lists the main points. You can find the full update on our website. 👇 General: 🔹We strongly recommend using protective face masks for anyone who visits public University premises 🔹Safe social distancing must always be observed whenever possible to prevent exposure Teaching, studying, guidance & supervision: 🔹In contact teaching, independent study & guidance and supervision situations, mask use is recommended 🔹In laboratory teaching, mask use is required 🔹We will obtain the masks for teachers & students involved in contact teaching Traineeships: 🔹In traineeships, trainees should observe the safety and security guidelines of the traineeship organisation Research & other work: We recommend mask use when 🔹safe distances cannot be observed 🔹a large amount of people are present in the facilities Masks should be used in all research requiring personal contact. We provide the masks needed in the professional duties of our staff. We ask members of our community, visitors and partners to take the extended mask recommendation seriously and comply with it, unless there are special health-related reasons for not wearing a mask. The response centres will assist in interpreting the recommendation as needed.
Clear traces of climate change can already be seen in arctic insect communities. Predators of other insects, parasitoids, are at the top of the food web and give us a clue to what is happening to their prey species, too.
The edge effect, caused by fragmentation, was responsible for the loss of 947 million tons of carbon in Amazonia over 15 years. Research establishes a new paradigm on how carbon emissions caused by deforestation are accounted.
Birth by Cesarean section is detrimental to normal gut microbiota development. Researchers demonstrated that the intestinal microbiota development can be restored by postnatal, orally-delivered transplantation of maternal fecal microbiota.
Would you prefer to be told that your newborn may develop schizophrenia? In principle, newborns could be tested and their risk of developing a disorder assessed. Whether such testing would engender too much suffering is another matter.
The sequel to award winning Elements of AI MOOC is finally out! Building AI online course teaches you how to craft your own AI idea. The course is for anyone who wants to improve their AI-related skills and vocabulary, including non-programmers and people who can program in Python. Learn more and sign in whenever it suits you!
Gas-based humour is an age-old source of amusement. According to researchers, farts are a part of concealed physicality that pushes through to the surface.
We are proud to present you with this unique opportunity to hear from and discuss with one of the world's leading experts in human gene mutations. Professor Shoukhrat Mitalipov's laboratory in Oregon is one of few to have successfully edited harmful human gene mutations to cure serious diseases. Public lecture coming up on Monday, March 12th.
Huippusuosittu tekoälykurssi Elements of AI sai jatkoa! Building AI -kurssilla opit muodostamaan realistisen idean tekoälyratkaisusta tosielämän ongelmaan. Kurssi on kaikille avoin, ja sen voi suorittaa kolmella eri vaikeustasolla, osasipa koodata tai ei.
Video games offer unique experiences of enchantment and inclusivity. In games, religion and spirituality are used to establish a narrative that challenges the player’s moral compass, says Heidi Rautalahti, a religious scholar.
Electric light confuses the lives of nocturnal insects and entire ecosystems. Artificial female glow-worms now help researchers learn more about organisms accustomed to twilight.
By monitoring brain function, computers can be made imagine what a person is thinking of and present the results as images. The technique can be utilised in psychology, as well as supporting human creativity.
Damage was found in the part of the mouth affected by the bit in more than 80% of Finnish trotters examined after a race. However, such damage is easily overlooked due to being out of sight.
We have updated our guidelines regarding the coronavirus situation on Tuesday 17 March. These instructions will be effective from 18 March until 31 May at least. Please see the whole text and the latest information on our website. Studying and teaching 🔹Remote teaching from 18 March to 13 April. 🔹Recommendation that remote teaching continues until the end of the spring term on 31 May 2020. 🔹Some teaching may have to be cancelled. 🔹Faculties will issue guidelines to degree programmes. 🔹UniTube studios will remain operational. 🔹The University will strive to keep its electronic exam rooms (Examinarium facilities) open. Transition period 🔹Deadline for graduating with the old degree requirements will be extended until 18 December 2020. Practical studies, traineeships and exchange studies 🔹The Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine can use exceptional solutions to organise practical studies. 🔹The University recommends that its exchange students return to Finland. 🔹Teaching practices are cancelled. 🔹Other traineeships depending on the instructions of each employer. 🔹Traineeships can be postponed or cancelled. 🔹University-funded traineeships outside Finland cancelled until 31 May. 🔹The safety of staff and students must be guaranteed through appropriate facility and hygiene arrangements. 🔹The upper limit of people for meetings is 10 people. Public examinations of doctoral theses 🔹Can be held as long as the restrictions on the number of attendees (max. 10) are observed. 🔹Opponents and audience can attend through a remote link. 🔹Faculties can postpone public examinations of doctoral theses. Fee-paying degree students 🔹Fee-paying degree students who are close to graduation can, if necessary, continue their studies in the autumn. Telecommuting 🔹University's staff will telecommute. 🔹If necessary, research, distance teaching arrangements and related support activities may also be carried out in the University premises. 🔹Specialist and support staff will use the University premises for work that cannot be performed while telecommuting. 🔹For high-risk groups, solutions will be sought to minimise their exposure. They need not present a separate medical certificate. University premises 🔹The University premises will be locked but available to staff, and normal access rights will apply. 🔹No visitors will be allowed. 🔹Each campus will have at least one building open for deliveries and other services. 🔹The University’s public attractions, including Think Corner and the UniSport will be closed to 13 April 2020. 🔹The borrowing of library resources required for teaching and research will be ensured. 🔹Further information on library websites. Changes to flexible working hours 🔹Staff can work more flexibly, on weekdays between 5.00 and 22.00 and on Saturdays until 18.00. This will enable working in two shifts, if necessary. Leave 🔹Annual leave for 2019 must be taken by 31 May 2020 in accordance with regular leave instructions. Maintain a sense of community 🔹Telecommuting is a shared challenge for the University community. Everyone’s contribution is important to ensure the maintenance of a sense of community. 🔹Share good practices and create a virtual staff room for breaks during the working day.
Coronavirus: we have declared an exceptional situation due to the coronavirus. On the linked page, you can always find the latest information. Here are the decisions taken on 12.3. in brief. There may be more decisions and the decisions may change. The following decisions will enter into force on 16.3. and will remain in force at least until 31.5. If you have any questions, please check the linked page first, and if you are a student or staff member, please also check Flamma or Instructions for Students. *Travel* 🔹Work- and study-related trips abroad are banned 🔹Travelling in Finland should be avoided 🔹The University is not sending its students on exchange studies 🔹Students currently on an exchange abroad will not be called home 🔹Members of the University community returning from abroad must telecommute for 7 days after their return 🔹During these 7 days, it is forbidden for them to work or study on the University premises *Visitors* 🔹We will not receive visitors from abroad 🔹We will not receive international students Faculties may make an exception in the case of opponents at public examinations of doctoral theses, if the examination cannot be arranged remotely. *Public events and teaching sessions* 🔹Planned public events at the University will be cancelled and no new events will be organised 🔹No more than 50 people are allowed to be present in classes and other events at the University, including course examinations and public examinations of doctoral theses: Faculties will provide more detailed instructions on this matter. *Compulsory attendance in teaching* 🔹Regulations concerning compulsory attendance in teaching are abolished 🔹Degree programmes will decide on alternative procedures for teaching 🔹The Faculty of Educational Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine and The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine may diverge from this provision 🔹Students’ flexible progress must be promoted *Entrance examinations* 🔹The Finnish Government has banned all public events with more than 500 attendeesS 🔹Preparations for entrance examinations are currently based on the principle of allowing a maximum of 500 people to be present in one space 🔹Plans are being made to organise entrance examinations in collaboration between universities *Independent study* 🔹We urge students are urged to study at home and to avoid using shared study facilities at the University 🔹The computer facilities at Aleksandria Learning Centre will be closed *Coronavirus situation leadership* 🔹Authorised by the rector, the coronavirus management team will make all University-specific decisions and issue any regulations necessary 🔹We observe the recommendations and provisions issued by the Government, the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) as well as the National Institute for Health and Welfare. https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/coronavirus-situation-at-the-university-of-helsinki?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_owned&utm_campaign=korona
”Universities serve as beacons of scientific thinking, reflecting the light of education and defending the shared European value base, which comprises respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law,” says Jari Niemelä, rector of the University of Helsinki. Niemelä highlighted the educational mission and global social responsibility of universities in his address at the opening ceremony of the academic year.
Abundant consumption of drugs is not the only explanation for bacterial resistance to antibiotics. The health and level of hygiene of the population of individual countries are new variables associated with bacteria resistant to antibiotics. This study is the first of its kind to produce globally comparable data relating to the antibiotic resistance of healthy populations in 60 countries.
"University of Helsinki is one of the last bastions of learning and I think that is why the learning environment is so awesome. World-class teachers and researchers are always available to help students reach new levels of understanding and proficiency." Jean Gonzalez is a student in the International Master’s Programme in Global Politics and Communication at the University of Helsinki. The programme offers a cutting-edge combination of political science, communication studies and global political economy. You get to apply ideas, concepts and methodologies to key societal and political issues such as the changing character of democracy, the role of organisations and governance in the globalising world, and the regulation of global finance and trade. You can apply to our International Master’s Programmes as of 3 December 2018 until 11 January 2019.
Professor Jari Niemelä has been appointed rector of the University of Helsinki. Congratulations!
The number of University of Helsinki staff will reduce by approximately 980 by the end of 2017. The University estimates that of these 980, terminations will account for 570. Staff cuts are unavoidable because of the rapid and dramatic reduction in funding, says Rector Jukka Kola. “The University of Helsinki’s rise in rankings among the leading research universities in the world would not have been possible without professional and committed employees. I am deeply sorry that we are forced to let go of competent staff members,” says Kola.
“We are building the future with the power of knowledge and educating students to be forces for change. Our goal is to provide our graduates with both the skills and courage to tackle global issues and solve them together with experts representing a range of fields,” said rector Sari Lindblom in her speech at the opening ceremony of the academic year.
Researchers at the University of Helsinki are planning to sequence the SARS-CoV-2 virus genome from nearly all positive COVID-19 samples from the Helsinki University Hospital region. By studying the genome, information regarding the rate of change of the virus or the size of its geographical distribution can be acquired. This will help in preparing for future outbreaks.
Contact teaching at the University of Helsinki to be suspended from 18 March to 13 April 2020. Further information on the measures to be taken by the University of Helsinki will be provided on Tuesday, 17 March, at approximately 12.00. 🔹The Finnish government has recommended that the facilities used by universities be closed down until 13 April 2020 and that contact teaching provided in such facilities be suspended. 🔹Teaching and supervision will be provided, to the greatest extent possible, by using alternative methods, such as distance learning, various digital learning environments and solutions and, where necessary, independent learning solutions. 🔹In their preparations, universities must do their part to ensure the smooth provision of the necessary support services and online connections as well as sufficient guidance to students and staff. 🔹The government has recommended that public-sector employers instruct employees to telecommute if their work allows it. At the University of Helsinki, this will be ensured through agreements with supervisors. 🔹The University of Helsinki will prepare detailed practical instructions as of Tuesday morning, 17 March. The new arrangements will take effect on Wednesday, 18 March 2020. Find the latest & full decisions on our website.
Some of our most poplular research news in 2019: 1. Heikki Hiilamo: “Disappointing results from the Finnish basic income experiment” https://bit.ly/2PUjuWI 2. Why is Finnish teacher education excellent? Teacher training schools are one explanation https://bit.ly/2rQK6A0 3. What keeps Putin in power? https://bit.ly/2YQTyiO 4. Researchers discover the Achilles heel of an aggressive brain cancer – could antihistamine be a potential aid in defeating cancerous cells? https://bit.ly/2RXiaFm 5. The last mammoths died on a remote island https://bit.ly/35s56vy 6. New findings on nitrous oxide emissions from Northern trees surprised scientists https://bit.ly/38Ft4pf 7. Jari Lavonen: The Finnish education system cannot be copied, but parts of it can be exported https://bit.ly/34sfEJQ 8. First common risk genes discovered for autism https://bit.ly/36F8O55 9. Deep sleep cleanses the brain https://bit.ly/2qXnspf 10. Breakthrough in the discovery of DNA in ancient bones buried in water https://bit.ly/2stWK82
The last mammoths, Finnish teacher education, deep sleep as a cleaning system of the brain – some of our most popular research news in 2019: 1. Heikki Hiilamo: “Disappointing results from the Finnish basic income experiment” https://bit.ly/2PUjuWI 2. Why is Finnish teacher education excellent? Teacher training schools are one explanation https://bit.ly/2rQK6A0 3. What keeps Putin in power? https://bit.ly/2YQTyiO 4. Researchers discover the Achilles heel of an aggressive brain cancer – could antihistamine be a potential aid in defeating cancerous cells? https://bit.ly/2RXiaFm 5. The last mammoths died on a remote island https://bit.ly/35s56vy 6. New findings on nitrous oxide emissions from Northern trees surprised scientists https://bit.ly/38Ft4pf 7. Jari Lavonen: The Finnish education system cannot be copied, but parts of it can be exported https://bit.ly/34sfEJQ 8. First common risk genes discovered for autism https://bit.ly/36F8O55 9. Deep sleep cleanses the brain https://bit.ly/2qXnspf 10. Breakthrough in the discovery of DNA in ancient bones buried in water https://bit.ly/2stWK82
Three University of Helsinki researchers have been granted the Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council. Kristiina Mannermaa, Henning Trüper and Kirsi Mikkonen study – animals and hunter-gatherer identity, – shipwrecks and lifesaving in the 1800s, and – combining materials with lignin and hemicellulose. Congratulations!
When students got fed up with the traditional exercises, they were given the chance to redesign their basic education themselves. Out of the students’ ideas was born the DIGest method, an online-oriented way of learning and teaching mathematics and statistics. It clearly improved the learning outcomes. Mika Koskenoja is a university lecturer in mathematics and member of the network of top-level teachers. He coordinated the trial courses and thinks that one of the best things about the University of Helsinki is our enormously enthusiastic students.
Innovations never come out of nothing. They require multi-layered knowledge and understanding of the big picture, which are both products of science, says Reetta Kivelä, one of the inventors of pulled oats, food prepared from oats, broad beans and peas.
The Elements of AI course, launched in May 2018, has become the most popular course in the history of the University of Helsinki. To this day, more than 150,000 people have registered for the course all across the globe. The course has been implemented by the technology company Reaktor and the University of Helsinki. Hanna Hagström from Reaktor believes that cooperation between businesses and universities will only intensify, as both have something to give to each other.
Society has a great of deal of knowledge that may seem dull but about which everyone should know something. Philosopher and alumnus Lauri Järvilehto is interested in bridges between general knowledge and individual, immensely large topics of interest. “Learning something requires hard work and discipline. No one will make the effort to learn without a strong inner motivation and will to master this one thing.”
Researchers confirm that the effects of salinated mine water could extend far downstream of the lake’s catchment area, even if the mine water passes through several settling basins.
How can artificial intelligence support research? Iris.ai, an artificial intelligence tool, is a new method of seeking information with the aim of accelerating the completion of literature reviews. “It reduces the time spent on monotonous information seeking, providing more time to complete the most critical aspects of research projects“, says developer Maria Ritola. Students and alumni of the University of Helsinki with a valid helsinki.fi email address have access to Iris.ai.
Subtle characteristics in the spontaneous movement of very young babies may reveal clinically important aspects of their neurodevelopment. Visual assessment of typical movement patterns is effective in early identification of e.g. cerebral palsy (CP). “A three-month-old infant shows frequently occurring stereotypical, dancing-like movements throughout the body and limbs. A noted absence of them is highly predictive of later emergence of CP,” says Sampsa Vanhatalo, professor of clinical neurophysiology, University of Helsinki.
Food scientist and University of Helsinki alumnus Zhong-qing Jiang dreamed of working as a physician and saving human lives. However, he drifted somewhat accidentally to food science. Now he is working for a better tomorrow by studying broad beans and fava beans and developing new products based on them. Jiang has succeeded in his goal. He is one of the developers of the popular Finnish product, pulled oats, and a founding member of Gold&Green Foods Ltd.
The increased risk of Alzheimer's is especially associated with hormone therapy exposure of over 10 years. The results are surprising: – In our previous studies we have demonstrated that postmenopausal hormone therapy decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and also potentially the risk of vascular dementia. The mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease differ, however, from those of vascular diseases, says researcher Tomi Mikkola.
In the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics, three universities have concentrated their economics expertise under one roof. According to Markku Lanne, Director of the Master’s Programme in Economics at the University of Helsinki, the jointly run teaching and research unit offers the most extensive selection of economics courses in Finland. You can apply to our International Master’s Programmes before Jan 11, 2019.
“We have so many interesting and well-organised courses, all about the latest of methods and tools in Data Science. After my first year in the programme, I already felt confident enough to face challenging, real-world problems and was able to propose novel solutions.” Ioanna Bouri is a student in the International Master’s Programme in Data Science at the University of Helsinki. The programme combines computer science and statistics, and gives you a solid knowledge of the central concepts, theories, and research methods of data science as well as applied skills. You will be able to help organisations to make sense of their data and solve data-intensive problems in industry and many fields of science. Apply to our International Master’s Programmes before 11 January 2019.
Climate change affects everyone. Awareness of the vast scope and rapid pace of the required adjustments may cause symptoms such as sleep disorders, physical discomfort and restlessness. According to Panu Pihkala, an ecotheologian, the power of constructive actions and political influence is also inherent in the correct processing of eco-anxiety.
Mild cognitive impairment is associated with a higher risk of dementia. In a study, Alzheimer’s disease was diagnosed in approximately half of the participants who performed poorly in both episodic memory tests (story recall and word list recall), whereas only 16% of those with a poor performance in only one memory test received diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers suggest that comprehensive use of memory tests could improve the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease.
”The openness of the professors was a positive surprise at the University of Helsinki. Although I have experience in the industry, I lack experience in the laboratory. Not one professor denied me the opportunity to go to their labs to see what they were working on and to ask for internship possibilities.” Victor Manuel González Ramos is a student in the International Master's Programme in Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki. The programme gives you an understanding of the global significance of microbes as remodelers and processors of life and the environment. You learn what type of research techniques are used to study viruses, bacteria and other microbes and how to apply that knowledge in medicine, industry and food production. Apply to our International Master’s Programmes before 11 January 2019.
”The courses are taught by top experts in the field and are updated according to the latest developments. In addition, the Kumpula Campus is a fantastic hub of science where people are friendly and easy-going.” Xiao Zhong is a Professor of Mathematics and a lecturer in the International Master's Programme in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Helsinki. In the programme, you get a solid basis for maths and statistics applications by learning from some of the best mathematicians and statisticians in the world. Graduates find employment as researchers, teachers, and in demanding expert positions in the public and private sector in Finland and abroad. Apply to our International Master’s Programmes before 11 January 2019.
The arrival of the Yamnaya people transformed Europe in the Bronze Age. How did a group of only some tens of thousands of people end up changing the entire continent? Professor Volker Heyd has been investigating it for more than a decade.
Altogether 18 University of Helsinki scholars have been placed on the Highly Cited Researchers list. The field of science with most citations at the University of Helsinki is atmospheric research. The Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research employs 5% of the most highly cited researchers of geosciences in the world. This year’s list is based on articles published between 2006 and 2016. Ten researchers from the University of Helsinki made the previous ranking.