Practical instructions of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences in the exceptional circumstances
This page has been updated on 22 November 2021.

This page contains the latest practical instructions for staff and students issued by the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences in the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus outbreak. We will update the page as needed.

Please note that the University’s general instructions will not be reposted on this page.
You can check the latest information on the University’s corona virus situation at the University of Helsinki web page.

Latest decisions: Decisions by the crisis management team, 24 November 2021

Work­ing at the Uni­versity’s premises dur­ing the corona virus situ­ation

See the latest information: 

Please adhere to the instructions regarding safe working during Covid-19 epidemic and reserve the working premises via online reservation calender.

Regarding the situation at the biological stations please contact Director Jouni Heiskanen

In­struc­tions for su­per­i­ors/​​​team lead­ers
Teach­ing ar­range­ments

Updated 18th August 2021

All the degree programmes will provide both on-site teaching and remote teaching during the autumn (teaching periods 1 and 2.

On-site teaching and examination will be organized for groups of up to 50 persons (incl. teachers)

Teaching for larger groups (over 50 persons) online.

The course rooms, lecture halls and laboratories can be filled up to 50% of the maxium capacity.

The faculty response center can prioritize on-site teaching events if needed.

The safety regulations must be taking into account – safety distances of 1-2 metres and the use of face masks. Face masks are used in the University premises, and during the teaching and examination events. Both students and teachers wear masks.

First-year students of bachelors and master’s programmes, as well as second-year students of bachelor programmes are prioritized in on-site teaching.

During the autumn permission for on-site teaching is not needed from the response center. The course-responsible teacher is responsible for taken the safety regulations into account.

Contact: Helena Åström


Biological sta­tions

The capacity to accommodate people at the stations have been significantly reduced during the pandemic. Priority is on research and teaching. Other requests to use the stations will be handled case-by-case taking into account national and regional regulations. Always contact the office well before your planned arrival.

In case you suspect a coronavirus infection or you have fallen ill – how to proceed?

Please follow the guidelines given by the University during the exceptional circumstances: Falling ill, occupational health, quarantine 

More information

Coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki

Fac­ulty of Biological and En­viron­men­tal Sciences:

Dean Jaakko Kangasjärvi
Vice Dean of Resarch Minna Nyström
Vice Dean of Teaching Helena Åström
Vice Dean of Societal interaction Atte Korhola
Biological research stations, Director Jouni Heiskanen