The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is a globally leading and nationally unique multidisciplinary community focused on the sustainable use of renewable resources. We produce new research-based scientific knowledge and educate open-minded and responsible experts for demanding national and international tasks.
The importance of renewable resources in society is growing as a sustainable circular bioeconomy emerges as one of the most important ways of addressing major global issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss. Our research and teaching provide the impetus for a balanced sustainability transition and support the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The objects of our research and education are in agriculture, food, and the use of forests and water. We focus on increasing understanding of how the processes of the biosphere, production, economy, and society function and evolve. We study the entire food system from field to table, and the forest value chain from soil to marketing, including their environmental impacts. Our research combines natural sciences, economics, social sciences and technology.
Our disciplines include food and nutrition sciences, agriculture, forestry and economics, and microbiology. The faculty operates on Viikki Campus in Helsinki, and the Ruralia Institute, which is part of the faculty, operates in Mikkeli and Seinäjoki. The Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station in Pirkanmaa and the Muddusjärvi Research Station in Inari also belong to the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.
Verdant Viikki Campus is surrounded by numerous research fields and has operated in front lines of the life sciences since 1946. The campus employs nearly 1,900 people and has more than 6,000 students.