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Kumpula - The Science Campus in Finland

Kuva Ida Pimenoff

The Kumpula campus is some four kilometres from the centre of Helsinki. The campus houses the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and  Statistics, Computer Science as well as Geosciences and Geography of the Faculty of  Science of the University of Helsinki.                                                                                      

The university departments were located in Kumpula for the first time in 1978 when the City of Helsinki leased the area for the university. A  planning competition for the city plan for the area was held a year  earlier. In the 1980s, the Accelerator Laboratory of the Department of Physics was quarried into Kumpula rock and the construction of Kumpula Botanical Garden began in 1987. It was not, however, until the 1990s when the construction work proper began, transforming the area into a significant campus.

The Chemicum, the building housing the Department of Chemistry and VERIFIN  (Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention), and the Physicum, which provides facilities for physics, geology and  geography are located on Kumpula campus surrounding a square named after the Finnish Nobel prize winner, A. I. Virtanen. Kumpula Campus Library is also located in the Physicum. The Kumpula Sports Centre is planned for the recreational use of both university staff and students and citizens of Helsinki alike. Completed in 2004, the Exactum provides facilities for seismology, computer science and mathematical subjects, as well as administrative services.

The campus comprises two main parts: the Botanical Garden, surrounding the old building stock of Kumpula manor and the modern new building stock  located a couple of hundred metres north of the manor. The greenness of the area makes the dynamic campus stand out as a unique, distinctive complex.

The campus offers study and research facilities for 6,000 students and 1,000 teachers.                                                      
The Finnish Meteorological Institute moved to the area in 2005. That buildning is known as Dynamicum.

Text: Petri Karttu and Minna Meriläinen
Translation: Valtasana Oy