Profile & activities

The identity, mission and the function of dental medicine are unique. This field of science includes wide variety of clinical and non-clinical academic fields of research. FINDOS offers an excellent working environment, where young dental researchers get all the necessary guidance and support to develop into the future’s academic dentists.
Key research areas

The main fields of the FINDOS doctoral programme are:

  • Normal and disturbed dental, facial and skull development and its genetic regulation
  • Controlled tissue generation and bioresorbing material
  • Stomatognathion and its pathological conditions
  • Oral Infections and their mechanisms
  • Oral health care
  • Cancer biology
  • Oral implements of  systemic diseases

The research groups of FINDOS have research laboratories on Meilahti and Viikki campuses. FINDOS has doctoral researchers from Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences.

Studies in FINDOS

Doctoral researchers have the opportunity to participate in an excellent research training program including basic and advanced courses offered locally, nationally and internationally. The course offerings include an extensive variety of practical training courses, seminar series and scientific symposia. Doctoral researchers also participate in courses in areas including transferable skills.

PhD can­did­ate or­gan­isa­tion activ­it­ies

FINDOS programme strongly encourages doctoral researchers to participate in various student activities to create an engaging and vibrant co-curricular experience. FINDOS student activities aim to develop leadership and transferable skills among the student community. Student activities include for example:

FINDOS Science Club is a student-led initiative that aims to develop the student’s transferable skills through meeting regularly in an informal way, networking, and working together on various activities. Engagement in such activities will have a valuable impact on both academic and social levels.

Doctoral researchers have many opportunities to participate in planning activities and influence on decision-making in doctoral education. Further information is available in the Instructions for students on the article Doctoral students as student representatives

National FINDOS

FINDOS is a truly networked national doctoral programme. The collaboration benefits all parties. FINDOS Helsinki operates in the University of Helsinki, Institute of Dentistry, and it is part of the national network that consists of the units that give dental education in the Universities of Eastern Finland, Oulu and Turku. FINDOS doctoral programme also collaborates with the Institute of Biotechnology in the University of Helsinki. The Finnish Dental Society Apollonia and Planmeca Ltd. are also important partners for FINDOS.

FINDOS video seminars

1-3 ECTS overall (1 ECTS requires confirmed participation in 8 seminars)

Monthly on selected Wednesdays at 15:00

Participation confirmation: By signing your name to the list at the seminar room B236A or via confirmation of online viewing: 

Ad­di­tional infor­mation: If you are viewing the seminar from your own computer, please sign in to the online seminar room with your full name and university (e.g. Jon Doe Helsinki).

Host should open the link 15 mins before the start and test the video and audio

Remember to enable the microphone (so the audience can ask questions)


  • 15 mins max (of which at least 5 mins should be introduction)
  • Think of one take-home message that you wish the audience to leave with.
  • Remember that the audience is of a very mixed and diverse academic background.
  • Do not go too deeply into methodology
  • Focus key messages that will appeal to a broad audience
  • It is a good idea to give a structured presentation eg: introduction, background, context, objectives, methods, results, limitations, clinical significance/implications, conclusions.
  • Every slide should be self-explicatory (In case the audience cannot hear you)
  • Make sure to include text in the slides.


  • Speak clearly and slowly
  • Use the mouse as a pointer, not a laser pointer as participants at different location can only see your computer screen
  • Stay on camera/microphone
  • The presenter should repeat the questions asked by the audience, so that the video audience can hear the question too

Send a pdf of the slides beforehand to findos-national(at)