Biological research stations

The Faculty’s research stations serve as competence hubs and bases for multidisciplinary research projects and long-term monitoring.
The stations are located in Tvärminne, Hanko on the southern coast of Finland, in Lammi, Hämeenlinna in southern Finland, and in Kilpisjärvi, Enontekiö at the very northwesternmost point of Finland. The stations are also open to communities and private visitors.

Come for a visit – the stations are here for you

Are you a researcher, student, school pupil or otherwise just interested in our operations? Answers to practical questions can be found on station-specific websites.

The biological research stations enable world-class multidisciplinary study of the environment. They provide access to nature, research infrastructure services as well as datasets and information. Through the combination of research, education and innovation, we have the capacity to understand climate change, biodiversity loss and sustainable development. For the University, the research stations serve as links to local society, business life and citizens.

Kilpisjärvi Biological Station

Research carried out at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station focuses on nature and the environment in the north.

Long-term monitoring projects, which survey the state of the environment, lie at the core of research at the station. The longest-standing of these projects, launched in 1946, focuses on fluctuations in vole populations. Various research projects related to climate change form an increasingly important part of the station’s activities.

The Kilpisjärvi Biological Station is nestled on the flanks of the Saana fell, bordering Sweden and Norway. The station operates all year round and offers a wide range of services to researchers and students as well as to other visitors.

Lammi Biological Station

Research at the Lammi Biological Station focuses on the northern coniferous zone and its waterways.

The station offers outstanding laboratory facilities and other infrastructure for broad-based environmental research. Examples of research topics include the ecosystems of the coniferous zone, water quality of the surrounding waterways and pathogens in waterways.

The Lammi Biological Station is located in Lammi, in the Kanta-Häme region in southern Finland. The station operates all year round, providing diverse opportunities for research and teaching. Lammi also serves as a venue for a variety of seminars and courses. The science and nature trail in the vicinity of the station is open to everyone.

Tvärminne Zoological Station

The Tvärminne Zoological Station is a marine station that has been home to diverse and high-quality biological research since 1902.

The station offers an excellent setting and facilities for research into coastal ecosystems, providing researchers with laboratories, research vessels, sampling equipment and other infrastructure. Research focuses on the brackish coastal waters of the Gulf of Finland, as well as on evolutionary and population biology.

The Tvärminne Zoological Station is located near Hanko, at the mouth of the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea. The station operates all year round and also offers a wide range of services to seminar and meeting organisers.

Director of research stations

In matters pertaining to a specific research station, please contact the station directly.

University of Helsinki network of research stations