Sustainability Master Class 2019

The University of Helsinki and Valio are organising Sustainability Master Class 2019, focusing on nutrition, food waste reduction, and the well-being of milk producers. Master Class is a challenge-based programme for forward-looking minds from academia, business world and society. The programme is open to Master’s level students, young researchers and young professionals who are interested in sustainability and corporate social responsibility. During the four-month-long programme, multidisciplinary teams develop their own concrete solution to one of the challenges using design thinking and co-creation tools, with the help of facilitated teamwork, mentoring, a science camp and a two-day bootcamp.

Challenge 1:  Develop a tool to manage the risks related to the well-being of the Finnish milk producers, as well as to recognise and prevent burnout (of the producers). 

Challenge 2. Create a tool or solution that enables people to understand the significance of diet for their health and well-being, and to help them make necessary changes to their lifestyles.

Challenge 3: Develop a tool or solution for companies, stores or restaurants to influence consumer behaviour in order to reduce food waste.

Programme Schedule

Meet&Greet Thu Jan 17, 16.30 – 19 Helsinki Think Company Viikki (Latokartanonkaari 3)
Poster Clinic Thu Jan 31, 17-19 Kaisa Library 7th floor meeting room
Science Camp Thu Feb 14, 16.30 – 19.30 Minerva-tori, Siltavuorenpenger 5A
Boot Camp Thu-Fri Feb 28-March 1 (Two working days)​ TBA
Workshop on Scaling and Experiments Thu March 21 (Whole working day)​ Valio
Solve Clinic Thu April 11, 16.30 – 18.30 Helsinki Think Company Viikki (Latokartanonkaari 3)
Final Pitch Thu April 25, 17 – 20 Think Corner ThinkLounge
Feedback / Next Steps Thu May 2, 16 – 18 Kaisa Library 7th floor meeting room

Sustainability Master Class is a part of the University of Helsinki’s Environmental Change and Global Sustainability (ECGS) Master’s Program but it is open to students and researchers from different faculties, universities and sectors. The participants who successfully complete the course work will gain 5 ECTS credits. The responsible teacher is Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki.

For any questions regarding the programme, please contact Master Class Coordinator Ella Rouhe at ella.rouhe@helsinki.fi / 050 556 0605.

If you want to know more about University of Helsinki’s collaboration and the Master Class concept, please contact Liaison Manager Suvipäivikki Mikola, Community Relations at suvipaivikki.mikola@helsinki.fi / 02941 58014