The HELSUS Co-creation Lab does not replace traditional thesis seminars but adds to them by introducing a co-creative approach to the research process. The lab offers master's students' the opportunity to find topics for their thesis, help with their research work, a chance to develop transdisciplinary skills and to get in touch with actual sustainability challenges. Students attending the lab will also have wide support from the lab personnel, their student peers, the partner as well as their thesis supervisor.
Practitioners in the field are, on the other hand, given the opportunity to get new insights, ideas and possible solutions to their sustainability challenges. The lab also gives opportunities for social networking, not only with students but also with researchers and with other societal actors/corporations. The HELSUS Co-creation Lab therefore functions as a community where a wide range of knowledge and experience can be used to explore novel ideas and possible solutions regarding common interests.
The Co-creation Lab will come together six times, each time starting with a new phase of the thesis process. The lab personnel facilitates and arranges each session.
Lab 1 Team-building: Students, supervisors, lab personnel and partners meet. Everyone gets familiar with the lab topics and through a mapping exercise each team explore mutual interests and possibilities regarding their topic
Lab 2 Defining: All day session where the research question, societal context and methods are starting to take form.
Lab 3 Positioning: Using a joint back casting method, the theses are positioned and contextualized.
Lab 4 Shaping: Time for presenting the research questions and the plans for data collection to both partners and supervisors. Comments on methods and methodology.
Individual research work from mid-November until the end of February
Lab 5 Interpreting: First insights from the data. Time for analyzing, interpreting, reflecting and sharing experiences.
Lab 6 Sharing: Event where everyone involved in the lab are invited to hear about the results of the lab.