Environmental Research Centre and the network of Environmental Studies merged

HENVI: multidisciplinary teaching and social interaction

campus Helsinki University Environmental Research Centre and the network of Environmental Studies merged their activities into a new unit in May, the Helsinki Centre for Environment (HENVI), which links environmental research outcomes to current teaching.

The integration primarily aims at improving collaboration between researchers, university teachers and students who work and study in the field of the environment.

“Seminars and teaching were arranged in close collaboration even before the integration,” says Päivi Tikka, coordinator of environmental research.

HENVI coordinates and arranges minor subject studies called the Multidisciplinary Environmental Study Module. The module was launched in autumn 2006, and the first was completed in spring 2007.

The unit also arranges an introductory course that familiarises students with the range of environmental studies on offer in the faculties as well as with multidisciplinary studies in general. The students earn their remaining credits from the courses on offer in the different faculties.

HENVI collaborates with actors outside the university, and the unit’s advisory board includes members from both the public and the private sectors.

“The university’s outside members play a consultative expert role,” says Tikka. For instance, through its collaboration the unit finances researchers, so the research knowledge becomes available to both parties.”

The unit arranges monthly seminars to present current trends in environmental research, and the unit will introduce all its latest projects during the autumn. It is still possible to embark on the introductory course to Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies this autumn.

Read more about the unit’s research and teaching

Text: Riikka Hemmilä
Photo: Ida Pimenoff

Translation: AAC Noodi Oy

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