There are a dozen or so discipline-specific student associations active at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, with the ones for students of agriculture and forestry also operating several sub-associations. The activities of discipline-specific associations are run by association boards and officials, who plan events and activities for their members – everything from joint excursions, alumni evening sessions and bachelor’s thesis brainstorming morning sessions to mushroom picking, activities based around various checkpoints and student parties. Discipline-specific student associations are included in the Finnish Register of Associations of the Finnish Patent and Registration Office, and their operations are always based on the Associations Act and their own rules. By participating in organisational activities, you learn very concrete skills relating to, for example, communication, updating websites, management and leadership, collaboration and event production. Participation also gives you the chance to get to know and do things with others. The boards of discipline-specific associations are usually elected in connection with their autumn meetings, and you can and should apply to join their activities already in your first year of studies.
The League of Agricultural and Forestry Students Associations is the umbrella organisation of the Faculty’s discipline-specific student associations.
Agro-Forst is a more than 100-year-old organization for Finland-Swedish geography and forestry students. Students of the environment and food economics, as well as students of food, agricultural and forestry sciences and veterinary students are also welcome. The old Finland-Swedish fun traditions crumble in our activities! Our regular student events includes, for example, excursions, sports and cultural events, and gatherings (sitsit).
By far the most popular events are:
Members receive numerous benefits through us. For example, Agro-Forst distributes to members free of charge the unique coverall and brooch of our subject organization. In addition to this, our organization offers scholarships and student counseling to our student members. The subject organization also has an active group chat that allows you to stay in touch with other members and build new friendships. It is worth participating in our activities, because Agro-Forst is not just a membership but an experience. Our subject organization has always had a good team spirit and it is easy to join the group. In addition to this, experiencing our traditions is a memorable experience you will carry with you for the rest of your life.
It's easy to get involved. All you have to do is show up at our event or indicate your interest in being a member of our subject organization. You can get the latest information about the events of the subject organization through our e-mail list. On our website you will find instructions on how to join our email list. In addition, you should follow our Facebook and Instagram pages to get instant news.
“As a member of Agro-Forst, I have been able to influence the activities of the government and create good connections with other Finnish-Swedes in my faculty. It's easy to become a member, come along! ” – Annika, Secretary
“Agro-Forst has been very important to me since the beginning of my studies. I think of the organization as almost another family. Working on the board has taught me a lot of new things and at the same time I have been able to make good connections both in student life and outside of studies. Welcome aboard!" – Gustav, President
“We have a good community at Agro-Forst and everyone is welcome to get involved. I look forward to seeing new faces in the future! ” – Henrika, Vice-President
The Mentor Club for Food Students unites food students and professionals. At the heart of the activity is the annual Mentor program, where the student gets their own mentor. During the academic year-long program, joint meetings are held during which mentors and students get to know each other and discuss their ideas related to working life. The program has traditionally included an interview exercise, which has been considered particularly rewarding. Much of the work takes place between the mentor couple in the way the student wishes and is guided. In addition, the Mentor Club has a tradition of organizing small-scale work-related events, and we work extensively with the Finnish Agronomic Association, the Society for Food Sciences and other subject organizations.
Finding mentors is the responsibility of the association’s board. Once the mentors involved have been confirmed in the early fall, students can apply for the mentors involved to pair. Participation in the program requires membership in the Mentor Club. You can become a member by filling in the e-form on the website and paying the membership fee. To join, the applicant must be a student of the University of Helsinki's Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, whose studies are related to the food industry or nutrition. As a member and by participating in the program, you will grow your network, hone your application and resume, and you may gain insights into your career path.
Haalareiltaankin biotieteiden pimeää puolta edustava Helix vie opiskelijat tutkimusmatkalle geenien, mikrobien, solujen ja biomolekyylien salaperäiseen maailmaan. Helix ry, tuttavallisemmin vain Helix, on Helsingin yliopiston biokemian, mikrobiologian sekä solu- ja molekyylibiologian opiskelijoiden ainejärjestö. Tapahtumiimme, niin sitseille, excuille kuin bileisiimme, ovat tervetulleita kaikki opintosuuntaan tai tiedekuntaan katsomatta!
Helixin päämaja, Kertsi, sijaitsee Biokeskus 1:n ensimmäisessä kerroksessa, josta tarvittaessa saa labrakurssien tauoilla virkistykseksi kahvia ja teetä sekä pientä purtavaa. Voit myös pitää pienen hengähdystauon sohvillamme ja lukea virallista järjestölehteämme Vapaata Radikaalia. Ja jos inspiraatio iski, voit myös osallistua lehden tekemiseen: VR ottaa ilomielin vastaan uusia ideoita ja toimittajia. Muukin toimintamme on avointa ja aktiiviset tekijät toivotetaan aina tervetulleiksi!
Poikkeuksellisena kahden tiedekunnan ainejärjestönä Helix osallistuu monien tapahtumien, sitsien, excujen, bileiden järjestämiseen yhteistyössä MMYL:n alaisten sekä Biosfäärin alaisten sisarjärjestöjemme kanssa. Kiinnitämme toiminnassamme myös erityistä huomiota ympäristö- ja ilmastovaikutuksiin ympäristöohjelmamme mukaisesti. Olemme myös auttaneet paikallisia muiden lajien edustajia rakentamalla siilimökin, ja aiomme jatkaa samaa linjaa rakentamalla esimerkiksi linnun- ja lepakonpönttöjä.
Lisäksi Helix pyörittää vuonna 2020 perustettua valokuvausklubi Biofilmiä. Biofilmi järjestää kuvausretkiä, valokuvaussessioita sekä työpajoja, joihin kaikki kiinnostuneet voivat osallistua, oli alasi tai akateeminen ikäsi mikä tahansa! Viime vuonna onnistuimme järjestämään pandemiasta huolimatta kaksi kuvausretkeä, toinen Vuosaaren luontoon ja toinen Sörnäisten ja Kallion urbaaniin sykkeeseen. Keväällä 2021 pidimme kuvankäsittelyn ihmeisiin johdattaneen työpajan. Ja jatkoa on luvassa!
Valitsemme uuden hallituksen ja virkailijat joka vuosi syksyllä, mutta toimintaan voi lähteä mukaan myös kesken toimikauden esimerkiksi ottamalla yhteyttä hallitukseen. Virkailijoiden on oltava järjestön varsinaisia jäseniä, joiksi voivat liittyä kaikki Helsingin yliopistossa biotieteitä pää- tai sivuaineenaan opiskelevat henkilöt. Ja tämä siis koskee vain tapahtumien ja ym. järjestämistä: ihan vain osallistuaksesi sinun ei tarvitse muuta kuin tulla paikalle!
Helix on yhteisö, jossa pyritään luomaan jokaiselle turvallinen yhteenkuuluvuuden fiilis. Noudatamme turvallisen tilan periaatteita niin tiloissamme kuin verkossakin ja yhteisössämme ei ole tilaa minkäänlaiselle syrjinnälle tai häirinnälle. Tarjoamme jäsenillemme monipuolista toimintaa, josta jokainen löytää varmasti jotain itselleen. Valvomme myös parhaamme mukaan opiskelijoiden etuja ja oikeuksia niin tiedekunnassa, yliopistossa kuin yhteiskunnassakin. Järjestön virkailijana pääset toteuttamaan ja edistämään kaikkea tätä. Järjestötoiminta on myös oiva tapa tutustua samanhenkisiin ihmisiin, eikä siitä CV:seen tulevasta merkinnästä mitään haittaakaan ole!
"Heissulivei! Miä oon Saku ja oon Helixin vuoden 2021 puheenjohtaja! Lisäksi oon toiminnut Helixin riveissä mm. opintovastaavana, valokuvaajana sekä verkkosivuvastaavana. Kaikista viroistani oon oppinut hyvin paljon; opintovastaavana pääsin edistämään opiskelijoiden asemaa yliopistoyhteisössä ja opin miten päätöksenteko etenee esim. johtoryhmistä tiedekuntaneuvostoon. Verkkosivuvastaavana verkkosivujen ylläpidosta, taustajärjestelmistä ja erilaisista koodausparametreista. Kaikista eniten vastuuta vaatinut tehtävä on kuitenkin ollut nykyinen puheenjohtajan virka. Puheenjohtajan roolissa olen oppinut niin yhdistyslaista, järjestön pyörittämisestä, GDPR:stä, kokouksien vetämisestä, järjestöjen välisestä yhteistyöstä… Pääasiassa hyvin paljon kaikenlaista, ja vaikka vastuuta onkin, niin taidoista on hyötyä sitten tulevaisuudessa. Rohkeasti kaikki vain mukaan Helixin toimintaan oppimaan uutta!" – Saku, puheenjohtaja
"Hei! Olen Lilja, Helixin järjestölehti VR:n päätoimittaja vuonna 2021. Helix on ollut elämässäni jo 5 vuotta, mutta varsinaiseen järjestötoimintaan hakeuduin mukaan vasta kaksi vuotta sitten. No, viime syksynä sitten keräsin rohkeuteni ja otin vastaan päätoimittajan roolin, jonka mukana tuli myös paikka hallituksessa. Helix-konkarina on ollut ilo kurkistaa järjestön ytimeen ja osallistua niihin päätöksiin, jotka minunkin fuksiaikoina tekivät opinnoistani mielekkäitä ja kavereiden saamisesta helppoa. Järjestölehti on myös minulle oiva paikka toteuttaa itseäni, ja monille järjestön jäsenille kanava mielekkäiden ja ajankohtaisten asioiden puimiseen." – Lilja, VR:n päätoimittaja
"Tsirp tsirp! Opin paljon kokouskäytännöistä ja organisoinnista, sekä hioin yhteistyötaitojani. Myöhemmin toimiessani puheenjohtajana sain myös arvokasta kokemusta vaikeiden päätösten tekemisestä ja ryhmän johtamisesta. Tärkeimpänä pidän kuitenkin sitä, että vuoteni toiminnassa opettivat minut joustavammaksi, tunnistamaan omia heikkouksiani paremmin sekä hahmottamaan sen, että kaipaan vielä kehitystä kaikissa hallitustoiminnassa käyttämissäni taidoissa." – Inkeri, puheenjohtaja
The Food Science students Association, Lipidi, is one of the largest subject organizations on the Viikki campus, which acts both as a subject organization for the benefit of students and as an entertainer for its members. There are events throughout the year and there is sure to be something for everyone from the wide selection. The range of events includes the annual Pig Festival, unforgettable foreign excursions, several cultural and sporting events, as well as a varied introduction to the domestic food industry. The Lipid Annual Celebrations are celebrated every Five Years and are highlights of Lipid students’ study time. The aim is to provide and support all activities on an equal footing so that prices remain student-friendly.
Students are encouraged to make contacts already during their studies. Lipidi ry organizes two major excursions each year, one going home and the other abroad. The main focus of the excursions is on company visits and getting to know fellow students. In addition to these, company visits are made to the surrounding area several times during the academic year. The aim is also to support the membership in the job search by organizing working life evenings, distributing job advertisements and also helping the membership in finding jobs through working life evenings and co-operation in other fields.
All students of the University of Helsinki who are interested in food can become members of Lipidi. Joining is done using the e-form found on the website. The membership fee covers the membership for the entire period of study. In the subject organization, you get to know your fellow students, who at best become friends for the rest of your life. By participating in the activities of the subject organization, you will meet new acquaintances with whom you can have lunch in the university canteen, solve problems and have fun in your free time. As a member, it is possible to participate in all lipidi events as well as in the decision-making of the board.
At the beginning of 2021, the subject association of students of consumer economics and nutrition sciences, Oikos ry, ceased its activities, but will continue its activities as a subdivision of Lipidi, organizing excursions, alumni evenings and various other more relaxed events. The aim is also to highlight nutrition science and its achievements more and more, and for this reason the subdivision cooperates with various parties, such as RTY and SRY, for example by participating in the Nutrition Week social media campaign in the autumn. The subdivision is intended for all students of the University of Helsinki who are interested in nutrition.
“I have been involved in Lipidi’s operations for the third year and over the years I have held very different roles: as an event team, as a PR manager and this year as chairman. Being on the board has taught me, among other things, what different meeting practices are like and what event planning is like. Board work is about brainstorming and implementation together, and sometimes you have to be able to make compromises. ” – Theresa, President
“The most valuable things that are left in the hands of subject organization activities are good friends and other networks. The importance of contacts is not unnecessarily emphasized by everyone! Lipid's activities are very diverse, which means that I also accumulate skills in many ways: for example, as a sports manager, I organized sports events alone and in cooperation with other organizations, now as a secretary, I have worked my communication and IT skills. Board tasks can also always be customized, which makes them pleasant. – Hanna-Mari, Secretary
"Being a member of the board provides not only fun moments, but also valuable experience. In addition to pest-specific doctrines such as budgeting, invoicing and accounting, many important work skills such as collaboration skills and time management have been taken up by the board. –Sanni, Catering
MMYL is the faculty organization of MMTDK
The Association of Agriculture and Forestry students, more commonly known as MMYL, is the umbrella organization of the subject organizations of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, ie. the so-called faculty organization. We are a general advocate in the faculty, but also an interdisciplinary actor that brings together students from different disciplines. We traditionally organize the biggest events in Viikki, and we are actively connected with the faculty, the student union, and other organizations. As part of lobbying, we also create links with working life and strive to raise the profile and value of degrees in the field of agriculture and forestry in working life.
“In our activities, you get to meet new people more than anywhere else in Viikki! At MMYL, you get to follow organizational activities and student life from the front row. This is a great opportunity to network and learn about the world of organizations, for example, and student culture, among other things. Definitely worth joining! ” – Onni, President
Metsäylioppilaat ry, or MYO in Viikki, is the subject organization of Forest Science students at the University of Helsinki. Upon graduation, forest students (”forstit”), become masters of agriculture and forestry, who receive the title of forest manager. The purpose of the Finnish Forest Students' Association is to promote the common interest and community spirit of forestry students by supporting both study and leisure activities. In practice, the activities are excursions, presentation of working life opportunities, interdisciplinarity with other organizations, and recreational activities that balance studies.
MYO is an active association where every fortress is sure to find activities that suit his or her own interests. The organization has a long tradition, however, which is constantly changing.
Participating in MYO activities is worthwhile if you are studying forest sciences or are interested in those things! The membership is valid throughout the study period, so you can benefit from the membership in many ways and for a long time. You should become a member right at the beginning of your studies. Many events and Sales Products are successful for members and some are free. It is also possible to participate in MYO events without membership.
The easiest way to get involved in Metsäylioppilaat ry's activities is to participate in open events, which are reported on our social media. You can read about the latest events and news on the organization's Instagram and Facebook. Please feel free to contact the government if anything matters!
Environmental Sciences Students –MYY ry is a subject organization for environmental students at the University of Helsinki, founded in 1961. MYY operates in both the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences. We promote the interests of our members at the university and in working life by acting as an interest organization. MYY also organizes various events for its members such as excursions, parties, nature trips, sports, culture and other nice activities. Environmentally friendly operating methods are taken care of in all of MYY's operations. MYYläinen can be found in Viikki Biokeskus 3's club room, ie. “kertsi” and identified by dark green boilersuits (haalarit).
MYY ry organizes events and activities throughout the year, from the autumn excursion to the spring wine competition and from Karkkila's little Christmas to the opening of the Suomenlinna season. MYY ry's activities are very diverse and not limited to just partying. For example, there are many clubs under our auspices, such as a sports, craft and fishing club, whose task is to organize meetings for the membership for various hobbies. MYY also has an official organization magazine published four times a year - Leväperäinen. All members have the opportunity to participate in the production of the magazine at random at any time of the year. Printed Levis is available in MYY ry's club room whenever a new issue appears. The print volume is not large, but fortunately Levikset has also been published in the Issuu service since 2015.
Anyone can become a member of MYY ry. However, members are classified into two categories: full members and external members. New members are approved by the board or the meeting of the association.
Full Member: A person who is studying environmental sciences as a major or minor. The full member has the right to speak and vote at the meetings of the association, the right to speak at the meetings of the board and the right to stand for election to the board.
External member: A person who is interested in environmental sciences. An external member has the rights and obligations of a full member, but they do not have the right to vote at a meeting of the association and cannot be elected to the board.
The membership fee is a one-time fee and the price includes an overalls badge, the right to MYY ry's overalls, reduced prices for paid events and products, for example from MYY's songbook, and priority for events with a limited number of participants.
In our warm-hearted group you can very well find your own niche just for you!
“I joined MYY's board immediately in my first year of study. A little has been done in the job of the event manager and a lot has been learned. The best thing, however, has been that you can get to be at all events and always know what is planned. Probably the best memories of the mill are the wine tasting event we organized on May Day and the sports challenge organized by the sports club, where we were allowed to do fun winter challenges. I definitely recommend getting involved in MYY's activities! All events are low-threshold events and it’s easy to get involved. ” – Jutta, Event Manager
“I’m at MYY for the second year now and this year I’m the second event manager on the board of MYY. The post has been very generous and interesting as planning and implementing events is a very rewarding job. When planning and participating in events, it is possible to cooperate in various ways with various organizations. The best person in charge of the event is getting to know new people and developing cooperation. MYY is very easy to approach, and you can ask questions about activities or events at any time! " – Pauliina, Event Manager
“I am studying environmental sciences for the second year and on the board I take care of everything related to my studies. I try to keep track of all current study issues at Y-bachelor’s degree and inform about them, for example, through study bulletins. In addition, I am an alternate member of the Y-bachelor's management team, so any feedback I receive will certainly move forward. I wouldn’t know how to choose one of the funniest memories. MYY is a wonderful organization and perhaps the best memory is that you get to know wonderful people. Thanks to that, all the events have been fun. ” – Henriikka, Study Representative
Oikos is a subdivision of nutrition students and those interested in the field at the University of Helsinki. Oikos may be familiar to you as a subject organization for students of nutrition science and consumer economics, but since 2021 the activities have been transferred to Lipidi ry. So you are a member of Oikos automatically if you belong to Lipidi. Oikos organizes a wide range of activities for its members, from casual evenings to sports and study events. In the first year of the subdivision, the aim is to bring students closer to working life, for example through career events, and to start developing new activities with the help of members' wishes. With the new winds, new traditions will certainly be formed over the years. The task of the right is also to promote the cohesion of the members and to maintain contacts with both the university's teaching staff and working life.
Together with Lipidi ry and Viri Lactis ry, Oikos has a club room at the EE House on the Viikki campus, where you can have coffee and meet other students. In any case, co-operation has already been established with these two subject organizations by co-organizing the “Wine and Whine” event. Oikos generally values doing things together, and there is also co-operation with parties outside the university, such as the Association of Nutrition Therapists and the Finnish Association of Nutrition.
If there is interest in the organization's activities, the Oikos elections will be held annually in the late autumn. The activities are relaxed and implemented with the well-being of the students above. This year, Alisa's event manager Alisa, together with other employees, has already been able to organize the Oikos launch event and a career event, which helped her write a CV and application letter. The best thing about Alisa has been learning new things and meeting new people. It has also been fun for him to get to use English, as Oikos ’activities are entirely in English. This also takes into account exchange and master's students from abroad. Secretary Katri thinks the best thing about Oikos is the encouraging atmosphere, and she has been inspired to get to develop completely new activities. The Secretary also likes that Oikos' title is not only tied to certain types of tasks, but the most important thing is to work together according to one's own resources. All experience is certainly also useful in working life. If being an employee is not your thing, you can always also contact Oikos and share your own ideas for improving your operations.
Sampsa ry is a subject organization for agricultural students, which has been operating since 1907. The subject association founded by students of agricultural sciences is one of the most active in Viikki and over the years has offered students on the Viikki campus a variety of things to do. All students of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry who are interested in agriculture are welcome to become members of Sampsa ry!
Agricultural students have always been active helpers, and have been involved in organizing, among other things, the annual Days on Land and landing events for pasture at the Viikki farm. An integral part of the activities of our subject organization are also general meetings in various companies in the agricultural sector, annual celebrations in the autumn and joint game trips and excursions that are organized during the year. Within Sampsa, there is a culture and sports division as well as a study and internationalization division, which provide both physical and mental stimuli to its members. You can develop your written gifts in the editorial boards of Sampsa magazine and Maatiainen. Sampsa also has four sub-clubs formed as a result of sectoral specializations. In addition to the umbrella organization, each sub-club has its own annual traditions, so there will be no boring study time!
Our subject organization offers its members a lot to do throughout their studies, so it is definitely worth getting involved. By leaving the board of the subject organization or participating in the organization of events, you can influence the kind of events in Viikki! Our subject organization offers so-called freshman positions for first-year students, through which you can get a good start in subject organization activities. However, it is worth remembering that you can join later! Through subject organization activities, networking with other year courses, companies in the field or other subject organizations is really easy. Participation does not require experience, but anyone can apply for positions entirely on their own.
“Based on my own experience, I can say that subject organization activity gives more to its author than it takes. It’s a great way to give back to your own student community and at the same time develop your own networks by meeting new people. Especially for new students, this is a good way to expand your circle of friends and learn about, for example, meeting practices, managing the finances of organizations, and organizing events. In planning and organizing events, I have been able not only to realize myself but also to help preserve the togetherness of student culture and our subject organization over the Corona period. Carrying out responsible subject organization tasks is a merit that is also valued on the part of working life. So I warmly recommend getting involved. ” – Vikke, Vice-President and Host
“The subject organization is everyone's own big family at the university, and I would like the students to take into account that the activities are exactly what their authors look like and the opportunities to influence activities and even studies are great. In addition to competence, he leads his own networks in management and other positions. I don’t think the importance of networking can be overemphasized! Internationalization is also a natural part of the study phase, and even today there are so many options that everyone can implement it according to their own goals. Being a member of the board is a highly recommended and enriching experience!” – Taru, Study Representative and International Affairs
“In subject organization activities, one has learned to pay attention to and listen to others even better, and it is best to cooperate with other board members. Being involved in the activities of a subject organization and working together is an experience that is only gained by participating in oneself!” – Tanja, Secretary
SISU International Sports United ry (SISU)
For the very first time, I heard about the PM Games during an orientation week at the university. The race active who marketed the race encouraged me to join in boldly, even if I didn’t know anyone from the race team. I was told that no one who went to the race has ever regretted the decision. When I came to Viikki, I was already interested in university sports and wanted to be actively involved in the activities. However, I did not leave at that time, as going abroad for a week would have come too unexpectedly after freshman week.
I participated in the PM competitions for the first time in next year’s home competitions. I remember in the early days thinking that this is a completely insane thing. Although I didn’t do well in many sports, it was a team spirit and a feeling something I hadn’t experienced before. In PM competitions, it’s great that you don’t even have to be good in sports. Incentive forces and bench sports are at least as important. In next year’s competition, I got my first medals in backstroke and tennis doubles. Both sports that I hadn’t done before. With two years of racing experience, I remember the words I said in my first week of college, and I can say with my heart that I have not regretted going to races and active activities. – Oskari, race freshman
The PM competitions, ie. sports competitions between the Nordic Life Science Universities, are usually held every autumn and each participating country hosts the competitions alternately. The event has a long tradition: this fall would be the 74th time the Games have been held. The competing teams come from Finland (University of Helsinki, MMTDK), Norway (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Sweden (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) and Denmark (University of Copenhagen).
SISU International Sports United is the home organization of the PM competitions. Our goal is not only to be responsible for organizing the PM Games, but we want to bring the joy of exercise and the diamond team spirit of the PM Games to our entire home campus in Viikki! We will also offer the joy of sports, internationality and the good news of interdisciplinarity in the form of completely new event concepts. Welcome to the most teddy bear organization of the University of Helsinki! #viikinkarhuofficial
Viikki Food and Consumer Economics Association (VEKE) is Viikki's youngest subject organization - the organization was founded in 2017 for students interested in food economics and consumption. VEKE organizes various events for its members in various ways: company excursions, delicious table gatherings (sitsist) and raucous evenings. Everyone is sure to find something among VEKE's events! We are a easy-going subject organization, and we always encourage new ones to get involved in subject organization activities.
Working at VEKE allows you to meet like-minded people and you can also network with students in your own field as well as in other fields. If subject organization activities tickle even a little bit, then you should always go along! No one is left alone but doing fun stuff together. Through the activities, you internalize important lessons in working life, when you can accumulate e.g. budgeting, organizational and project skills. Students in the same field are also most likely to get future colleagues, and what better way to get to know them already while studying! All students of the University of Helsinki interested in food and consumption can be accepted as members of VEKE. You can apply to become a member of VEKE's Board of Directors at the autumn meeting in October-November.
“I have especially learned organizational and coordination skills. The world of VEKE and, among other things, the legal issues related to the activities of associations have also become familiar, and this will certainly be useful in the future as well. In government, we have also gotten to know great people and create valuable networks for the future!” – Linnea, President
“At VEKE, I have been able to plan various events with top guys and learned how subject organization activities run. The best and most rewarding thing has been getting to know new people! I warmly recommend joining VEKE's activities if you are interested in low-threshold activities and want to get involved in developing the look of Viikki's youngest subject organization and the buzz of the future” – Iina, Secretary
“I have learned important cooperation and communication skills from subject organization activities, which I will use in the future both in working life and in other life. In addition to this, through subject organization activities, I have met new people and made great friends from all over the faculty!” – Catarina, Catering
Viikin Taloustieteilijät ry or VITA is meant for all students of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry who are studying economics. VITA also acts as an umbrella organization for students in the bachelor's program in environmental and food economics. Any undergraduate or postgraduate student studying at the University of Helsinki can become a member. VITA organizes various events for students, such as memorable parties and sporting events. VITA narrows the gap between students and working life through company visits, working life events and caring for job vacancies. VITA also works in close co-operation with other subject organizations, and opportunities for co-operation are openly taken up, even across subject boundaries. We also take care of the study benefit supervision of Viikki's economics degree programs.
"I joined VITA already in the freshman year, because I wanted to learn something new, meet new people and be influenced by what my own study time looks like." – Laura, Corporate Relations Manager
Subject organization activities are a means of networking with fellow students and working life contacts during their studies. At VITA, you gain significant work experience that even employers know how to value. The activities at VITA are rewarding, and there are countless fun moments promised, as well as friends from all the year-round courses and the entire campus!
“I recommend everyone to apply for VITA, even if your best friends don’t apply. Going into VITA's activities has definitely been the best decision during my university studies, I have met so many great people and made new friends. ” – Katariina, Event Manager
Do you want to apply to VITA as a board or employee? Great! You are welcome to join whether you are a freshman or a senior scientist. VITA's Board of Directors and staff for the following year are elected annually at the autumn meeting in November-December. The autumn meeting is a meeting open to the entire membership, where any member can run for office. The date of the autumn meeting will be announced on the membership's mailing list and on VITA's social media.
“Working at VITA has been really rewarding - you can bring joy to life and learn from so many ways. For example, I myself have developed my organizational and communication skills in my positions, and learned a lot about Finnish association activities. ” – Katja, President
Viri Lactis ry is a small international subject organization for food scientists. It was founded in 1947 by the then dairy (later dairy technology) students. Today, all students interested in food sciences, regardless of major, are welcome!
Viri Lactis organizes a wide range of events throughout the year. The most important of these are the annual Wine & Cheese Evening in the autumn and a spring excursion abroad. The Wine & Cheese Evening is an evening event organized especially for freshmen, where, in addition to serving, interesting performances can be enjoyed, for example in connection with the production of cheese. In recent years, trips to Belgium, Italy and Austria, among others, have been made. In addition, Viri Lactis organizes domestic excursions, baking evenings and cooperation with alumni.
“Board operations teach, among other things, meeting practices, planning one's own schedule and coordinating events. The most important thing, however, is to express one's own opinion and the importance of cooperation. All in all, organizational activities bring with them a tremendous amount of experience in working life skills. I am really pleased that I dared to join the board. In student activities, you can also get to know other students well, both from your own and other organizations. ”– Afrin, Event Manager
“In operations, it is easy to apply for a position where you can take advantage of your own interests. Assignments can be found for those interested in social media and writing as well as study issues and exercise. At the heart of the activity, you can organize events and influence matters concerning the subject organization. However, government is not just about making decisions but also having fun! I have learned a lot about organizing, managing my own time and working in groups, among other things. Whether you are a first-year or even a fifth-year student, you can go to subject organization and board activities!” – Anni, Publicist
“Most of all, I learned about organizing events and working with students in my own field, as well as subject organizations and students in other fields. As an international manager, you can get to know international students and use it to internationalize in Finland as well. Definitely worth joining if you want to meet new people or get to plan and organize different events for other students! ” – Katri, International Affairs
Vuorovaikeutus ry, or VV was founded in 1987 for students majoring in environmental economics at the University of Helsinki's YET bachelor's program and majoring in environmental and natural resource economics, or YLE and for AGERE master’s students. Also Food and Consumption Economics students are often members. We organize a wide range of casual events for our members, from game evenings to mushroom picking trips and evening gatherings to company excursions - there is something for everyone in our activities! VV also organizes bachelor sparring evenings, alumni evenings and subject meetings, which is why we also have good relations with the faculty’s teaching staff, and we work a lot together. We are driven by genuine desire to change the world and we act accordingly.
VV is a warm-hearted and relatively small subject organization, and we are open for new members. As the oldest subject organization in the Department of Economics, we have dear traditions, but we don’t like to get stuck, but drive to carry out activities that look like ourselves every year. So, this is the perfect subject organization for freshmen and even older students who want to get involved in low-threshold activities.
Come and spin for our events, meetings or excursions, and soon you will find yourself already in VV's crew. A new board and staff will always be elected around the end of the year around November, and no previous experience is required for most positions. You will learn everything essential along the way!
You can identify YET students who started in 2017 or later from the dark blue student boilersuit (haalarit) of the umbrella organization VITA of the Department of Economics, and those who started before 2017 from MYY's dark green student boilersuit. You might also recognize us from our mascot, Jallu the Polar Bear, who is always on adventures.
“At VV, the team is just super casual, and a board wash is a great way to network with other than your own classmates! Feel free to join!” – Susanna, Secretary
“I was immediately interested in VV in the freshman year because the events and the people at VV were all really nice. Now it has become an organization dear to me, where all ideas are received with joy and a twinkle in the corner of my eye. It is easy to take ownership of an activity in an organization where everyone is happy to encourage and help. I feel that this makes it much easier for me to apply to larger organizations or unions when, for example, meeting practices and cooperation skills are well possessed.” – Anna, Publicist
“In the subject organization, you can get to know new nice types, as well as create a common spirit among students in your field. VV is also a community that provides support throughout the study period. There are only good memories of VV!” – Oula, President