The Head Gardener of the Instrument Centre of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (daniel.richterich(at)helsinki.fi) coordinates the use of the glasshouses and the research field. The Instrument Centre collects fees from the users of the glasshouses based on the area used and the time spent. The use of the glasshouses and the research field must be planned well before any experiments can be carried out.
The glasshouses and protected research field have a steering group appointed by the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The Faculty also appoints the chair from among the steering group members. The steering group comprises six members. The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry proposes three members, the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences proposes two, and the Institute of Biotechnology proposes one. The steering group appoints a vice chair from among its members.
The composition of the steering group is the following in 2014–2018:
An agreement or a license is done between each user unit of the facilities and the Instrument Center of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of the Helsinki University (daniel.richterich(at)helsinki.fi). User unit, person in charge and project information is exchanged for the reliable running of the project. Every unit or group which uses the glasshouses is responsible for the research or teaching conducted in the glasshouses or on the research field using its own or jointly hired staff, and is responsible for any fees accrued by their work.
We introduce new users before starting a project in the greenhouses and on the experimental field. Our thread is to cultivate responsibly and hygienically. These are critical points while tens of projects are running next to each other in a definite space. We guide users about the rules of the house and general questions concerning cultivation. Climate and irrigation data can be collected in the greenhouse automation software and this data is available for the users on request. The measurements about the experiments are done and stored by the user groups themselves and using their own devices.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is responsible for the use of the Viikki campus greenhouses according to the University of Helsinki directives.
The price for greenhouse users outside the University of Helsinki is 35, 85 €/m2/month + VAT (year 2017).
The price includes user fees for the buildings, basic equipment and automation control of the greenhouses.