Interdisciplinary workshop on Sustainability Science 5 cr.


HENVI organises annually an environmental special course and a workshop, which are linked to the theme of the Science Days. We invite the speakers of the Science Day to act as visiting teachers of the workshop.

Theme of workshop course in spring 2017 in the 4th teaching period is Sustainability Science.


Course information

Course info

Environmental special course at the Helsinki University Centre for Environment -

5 ECTS credits


Helsinki University Centre for Environment HENVI

Responsible teacher
Janna Pietikäinen, university lecturer of environmenatal teaching

Time 4. teaching period 2017
Place and working methods


Oodi logo Will open in WebOodi in January 2017

n connection to registration in Weboodi, students are asked to list groups in their actual order of preference, beginning with rank #1 for the most preferred group.

We accept students to the groups using following principles:
- first come first served: time of course enrollment
- possibility to form multidisciplinary groups with students representing natural sciences and social sciences
- maximum number of students in the course is 18

Aim The aim of the workshop is to help students with different backgrounds (i.e., natural sciences, humanities or social sciences) to deepen their understanding of issues dealing with environmental reseach and its role in the society and decision making. We aim at concentrating on subjects represented by those invited speakers of the Science Day who act as workshop teachers.

International experts acting as visiting teachers

Group work themes

Students work in groups.

The themes of the groups will be announced in Jan 2017.


Working environment

Group work is conducted web-based in Moodle

Group work is done as internet based e-learning using closed group work sites in a web-based teaching platform Moodle

Link to moodleLink to course Moodle site

The key needed for entering the site has been sent to all accepted students in welcoming email on 15 Mar

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The course is open to all university students at intermediate or advanced level in their studies.

We aim to form multidisciplinary working groups with students from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Accordingly we hope to get registrations from all faculties and disciplines.

Course on the web The course group work and preparing the reports for the workshop is done using the learning platform Moodle.



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The previous workshops have covered following topics:


Environmental vulnerability logo 2016: Environmental vulnerabilities in the globalizing world


Logo 2015 Stephanie Lindstrom2015: Circular Economy and Sustainable Food Systems


Baltic Sea 2014: Past and Future Challenges in the Baltic Sea


Forest2013: Interdsciplinary approach to forests and climate change.


(c) Lindstrom 2012: Ecosystem services in urban areas


Science Days 2011 logo 2011: Why does society need environmental research


(c) Jurvetson _Flickr 2010: Man-made substances and the environment


Water2009: Water use and climate change