Alumni events
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Coming events
December 15: Launch of the sustainability and responsibility network

Time: December 15, 2022 at 3.45 pm - 6 pm (EET)
Place: Think Corner, Think Lounge. The event will be streamed live. 

We invite students, employees and alumni of the University of Helsinki to join sustainability-themed events and be part of a dynamic community. No advance knowledge of sustainability and responsibility is required. Instead, an inquisitive mindset and interest in building an increasingly sustainable world are enough. The network’s operations stem from its participants, reflecting their attitudes and goals. 

Please join us in the inaugural meeting of the the sustainability and responsibility network of the University of Helsinki. Come and learn, discuss and enjoy glögi on site, or attend the event over a remote connection. 

The language of the event is Finnish. Interpretation in English is available.

Previous events
November 30: USA Alumni get-together in Boston

Time: November 30, 2022 at 6 pm (UTC-4)
Place: Cambridge Brewing Company (1 Kendall Square Bldg 100, Cambridge, MA)

The informal meet-up was a great opportunity to meet fellow US-based alumni and Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki, Kai Nordlund. Our Alumni Team will offered some refreshments for the participants.

Terkko 5th Birthday & Terkko HealthX Showcase

Times: Fri, 4 Nov 2022, 17:00 – Sat, 5 Nov 2022, 00:00 (EET)
Place: Terkko Health Hub, Haarmaninkatu 14 (building 14), Helsinki

This event took place to celebrate the 5-year journey of Terkko Health Hub and the 4th batch of Terkko Health X on 4.11. 

Are you interested in finding out what the future of healthcare looks like? Do you want to network and celebrate with people from all health and life science ecosystem segments?

This year the Terkko Health X Showcase was not just a regular showcase but also Terkko's 5th Birthday Party filled with networking, speeches, music – and of course, food and drinks!

 

 

Think Company HELSEED workshop series: Pitch Clinic

Times: October 26th, 2022 at 5 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: In person event in Helsinki 

In this LIVE workshop the participants practiced how to create a brilliant pitch – an effective presentation of your business!

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you for the third year in a row: HELSEED workshop series. Delivered with a logical progression, these workshops contain all the things you need to consider when setting up shop. You can pick and choose which workshops fit your needs the best, or you can attend the whole series. More information on the fall 2022 workshops online.

October 20: Helsinki Alumni in­ter­na­tional evening

Time: 20.10.2022 at 5.30 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

Helsinki Alumni offers relaxed alumni evenings online for our international alumni networks during the year. The events are in English. The discussion topic of the evening is The effects of the Ukraine war on the professional lives and experiences of UH Alumni.

Two inspiring international alumni of the University of Helsinki, Mariam Tokmazishvili and Alexandra Biris, introduced us to their professional lives and experiences and explained how these have been shaped through the ongoing Ukraine war. The event consisted of two keynote speeches and a plenum discussion.

Think Company HELSEED workshop series: Legal Q&A

Times: October 19th, 2022 at 5 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

This is the workshop to give you a structured overview on key legal matters concerning the process of setting up and sustaining a business.

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you for the third year in a row: HELSEED workshop series. Delivered with a logical progression, these workshops contain all the things you need to consider when setting up shop. You can pick and choose which workshops fit your needs the best, or you can attend the whole series. More information on the fall 2022 workshops online.

October 14: USA Alumni get-together in Washington DC

Time: October 14, 2022 at 5 pm - 7.30 pm (UTC-4)
Place: Washington DC, Takoda Bar (715 Florida Avenue NW)

Alumni of the University of Helsinki met in an afterwork get-together. Also the vice-deans from the Faculty of Social Sciences (Hanna Wass) and the Faculty or Arts (Mikko Saikku) were present to network with alumni.

Think Company HELSEED workshop series: Investor Clinic + Q&A

Times: October 12th, 2022 at 5 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

Workshop to help you to be prepared for negotiations with potential investors by discussing the key elements that should always be in order.

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you for the third year in a row: HELSEED workshop series. Delivered with a logical progression, these workshops contain all the things you need to consider when setting up shop. You can pick and choose which workshops fit your needs the best, or you can attend the whole series. More information on the fall 2022 workshops online.

October 6: EU Alumni Club event in Brussels

Time: October 6, 2022 at 6 pm (CET)
Place: Helsinki EU Office, Rue Guimard 7, 1040 Bryssel

We had a full house of active citizens networking with University of Helsinki alumni colleagues, learning more about EU Alumni Club actives and discussing on current topics.

Key note discussion concentrated on finding more Finnish professionals to work in EU institutions. During the evening also vice-rector Hanna Snellman and Administrative Director Esa Hämäläinen shared views on University of Helsinki today. 

Think Company HELSEED workshop series: Creating a business plan

Times: October 5th, 2022 at 5 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom

This is the workshop to help you to utilise a business plan as a tool to develop your idea and operations further and to convince investors

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you for the third year in a row: HELSEED workshop series. Delivered with a logical progression, these workshops contain all the things you need to consider when setting up shop. You can pick and choose which workshops fit your needs the best, or you can attend the whole series. More information on the fall 2022 workshops online

June 8: Celebrating international graduates with Helsinki Alumni - online event

Time: 8.6.2022, at 5-6 pm (EET) & after event in Helsinki
Place: Zoom & on-site 

University of Helsinki alumni network, Helsinki Alumni celebrated our recent and coming graduates, our new alumni. We also wanted to inspire our graduates in their path to find their own career and interests, as well as to share inspiring information on Helsinki Alumni activities available.

We had a great number of young talents participating this event.

May 30: The black hole at the heart of our galaxy

Time: 30.5.2022, at 5-7 pm (EET)
Place: Kumpula Campus, Exactum B123 (The event will be held hybrid at campus and in Zoom - we will send the link by email)

In May 2022 the first pictures of the black hole in the middle of Milky way were published. The picture was a scientific sensation. Professor Heino Falcke told about the latest findings of the Event Horizon telescope, as well as the scientific impact of the new images of the black hole.

Discussing the science were also Esko Keski-Vakkuri and Kaj Wiik. Cosmologist Syksy Räsänen from the University of Helsinki hosted the event.

 

May 4: Think Company HELSEED workshop - Testing and piloting an idea

Time: 4.5.2022, at 5-7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you for the third year in a row: HELSEED workshop series. Delivered with a logical progression, these workshops contain all the things you need to consider when setting up shop. You can pick and choose which workshops fit your needs the best, or you can attend the whole series. Register to the HELSEED events through this link.

The link to the Zoom event will be sent to registered participants.

April 28: Launch of UH Incubator Programme (VIP event for UH alumni)

Time: 28.4.2022 at 5 pm - 7.30 pm (EET)

Place: Exactum Building, Pietari Kalmin katu 5, Helsinki (University of Helsinki - Kumpula Campus)

The University of Helsinki’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Team, the Faculty of Science and Helsinki Think Company warmly Invite You to the VIP Launch of the University of Helsinki’s New Incubation Programme & Networking Event in late April. Find the more detailed programme through this link.

Registration deadline is April 22nd. 

April 27: Think Company HELSEED workshop - Market research

Time: 27.4.2022, more exact time TBC
Place: Zoom 

Stay updated on registrations and further workshops by singing up for our newsletter. You'll get the most recent news on programs and events, delivered straight to your (e)mailbox – including updates on HELSEED-workshop registrations. Sign up to the newsletter through this link.

The link to the Zoom event will be sent to registered participants.

April 7th-23rd Art Meets Science -art exhibition

Time: April 7th-23rd, 2022 
Place: Gallery Albert IX, Albertinkatu 9 Helsinki

Welcome to Art Meets Science, an active collaboration between researchers at the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Pharmacy and talented artists from across Finland. Come visit our art exhibition at Galleria Albert IX from the 7th April 2022.

A share of the art pieces will be donated to the Sustainable Pharmacy Professorship Fund. The Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Helsinki aims to establish the world’s first professorship in sustainable pharmacy.

April 20: Think Company HELSEED workshop - Business models

Time: 20.4.2022, at 5-7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you for the third year in a row: HELSEED workshop series. Delivered with a logical progression, these workshops contain all the things you need to consider when setting up shop. You can pick and choose which workshops fit your needs the best, or you can attend the whole series. Register to the HELSEED events through this link.

The link to the Zoom event will be sent to registered participants.

April 19: Share & Learn: Pitch! - Synopsis of inspiration

Time: 19.4. at 5- 7 pm
Place: Online

Share & Learn: Pitch! - Synopsis of inspiration

Share your creative ideas in a pitching workshop! Be creative & effective - learn how to build a great pitch!

In this Share & Learn evening, we learned how to bring out our skills in a credible, functional and concise way. We went through the basic elements of a good Pitch and practiced pitching skills together. We had a chance to grow as a performer and got practical tools for success with us.

University of Helsinki alumna Elsa Ervasti, Coach in pitching & stage presence (FM, TeM) gives tips and tool on how to build the connection to your listener. Elsa has coached hundreds of startups who drive digital innovations. She has written a book about pitching and presentations skills with HS-journalist Joonas Turunen called Pitch!- innostavan tiivistämisen taito! (Kustantamo S&S, 2020)

 

April 12: Think Company HELSEED workshop - Crystallising an idea

Time: 12.4.2022, at 5-7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you for the third year in a row: HELSEED workshop series. Delivered with a logical progression, these workshops contain all the things you need to consider when setting up shop. You can pick and choose which workshops fit your needs the best, or you can attend the whole series. Register to the HELSEED events through this link.

April 10: China Alumni Club online event

Time: April 10, 2022 at 10 am (EET)/ 3 pm (Beijing time)
Place: Online 

The Helsinki Alumni China Alumni Club brought it members and partners together to discuss on cooperation. We heard also views on club activities by Salla Saastamoinen, the chairperson of the Helsinki Alumni EU Alumni Club. During the event also the new Board for the Club was elected.

March 22: Alumni Day 2022

Time: 22.3.2022
Place: In the Hub activities during the day, evening event online (Think Corner stream in Finnish) 

The theme of the 2022 Alumni Day on 22 March is sustainable development and in particular the sustainability crisis in working life. To enable a sustainable lifestyle and transform society, we need a sustainability transition, but what does it mean for the world of work?  

Read more about the Alumni Day 2022 through this event page.

March 15: Helsinki Alumni in­ter­na­tional evening

Time: March 15 at 6 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

Our alumna Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé (Demos Helsinki) led us to discussion by telling us about the programme Sustainable City, which promotes the sustainable development of cities and municipalities through practical urban development and strategic management. The main themes of the programme are carbon reduction, smart solutions, health aspects and social development.

December 16: Helsinki Alumni International Pre Christmas get-together

Time: 16.12.2021 at 6 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Online, Zoom

In this networking session our active alumni had a chance to meet, share ideas and discuss on international Helsinki Alumni activities and Helsinki Alumni Clubs' year 2022. We also had a nice Helsinki Alumni Christmas poll

November 23: University of Helsinki Alumni & Friends at the United States online event

Time: 23.11.2021 at 9 - 10.30 am (EDT)/ 4 - 5.30 pm (EET)
Place: Online

The first University of Helsinki Alumni & Friends online event was organized for our network in the United States. The event gave opportunity to network, learn more about the current activities of the University of Helsinki and Helsinki Alumni. We also had inspirational interactive panel discussion on educational topic.

The event was organized in cooperation with the Finnish Embassy at the United States and the Fulbright Finland Foundation. 

November 18: Think & Lead: Leading Diversity - case KONE

Time: 18.11.2021 at 8.15 - 10 am (EET)
Place: Zoom 

Helsinki Alumni member Kaija Bridger, Head of Talent and Culture of KONE led us to discuss about leading diversity with the inspiration of case KONE. We focused especially on staff development and recruitment. What does diversity leadership mean from these perspectives and what kind of role it has e.g. related to job satisfaction?

October 21: Helsinki Alumni in­ter­na­tional get-to­gether

Time: 21.10.2021 at 6 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

Join us online to meet University of Helsinki alumni colleagues around the world. This is a relaxed get-together, where you can network internationally and get inspired. Our inspirational speaker is University of Helsinki alumna, Mexican sociologist and a PhD candidate at UEF Violeta Gutiérrez Zamora. Violeta will inspire us to discuss on social aspect of sustainability through her presentation "Can sustainable development transcend the coloniality of the Nature and Society divide?"

The link to the Zoom event will be sent to registered participants.

October 19: Think Company HELSEED workshop - Pitch Clinic

Time: 19.10.2021 at 5 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

The last Helseed workshop of the year focuses on how to deliver a coherent and impactful presentation of your business, which has the power to open up the wallets of anyone who hears it - a pitch! Hear out the experts, write down the recipe for the perfect personalised pitch and give it a try. Practise makes perfect! When you walk away from the workshop, you will have all the tools in your pocket to nail it. 

The link to the Zoom event will be sent to registered participants.

October 12: Think Company HELSEED workshop - Startup Legalities

Time: 12.10.2021 at 5 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

This workshop will provide you with a structured overview on key legal matters concerning the process of setting up, as well as sustaining a business: for example handling the necessary paperwork and registering a company, as well as writing contracts. As tedious as these aspects of running a business can be, we highly recommend coming along to the workshop – just so you won’t have to stumble upon any legal issues by yourself.

The link to the Zoom event will be sent to registered participants.

October 5: Think Company HELSEED workshop - Investor's Insights

Time: 5.10.2021 at 5 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

The second HELSEED-workshop focuses on revealing the key elements that you should always have in order when planning to meet potential investors. We also look at specific issues in regards to the sustainability and responsibility of your business, both which have become equally important dealbreakers to the best investors as profitability.

The link to the Zoom event will be sent to registered participants.

September 21: Think Company HELSEED workshop - Creating a Business Plan

Time: 21.9.2021 at 5 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

Becoming an entrepreneur is not a clear step-by-step process to many of us – especially if you have not gotten prior education in business. To break down barriers, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you: HELSEED workshop series. From building up a business plan to getting ready for investment negotiations – pick the workshops you like or attend the whole series!

The first Helseed workshop of the autumn starts with the topic of creating a business plan. Business plan functions as an important roadmap for any business, and also it is seen as a key document when applying for funding. Not only can you convince investors with it, but you can also clarify your own goals, key functions of operations and your budget, in concrete terms. 

The link to the Zoom event will be sent to registered participants.

Janu­ary 23: China Alumni Club

Time: Jan 23, 2021 at 8.00-10.00 (UTC+2)
Place: Online

The year 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Finland. Even though the Covid-19 outbreak has affected several aspects of trade between the two countries, the relationship between the two nations remained warm and close. During the early days of the pandemic in China, Visit Finland warmed Chinese in the fight against coronavirus. Later, China also shipped medical supplies to Finland battling the coronavirus pandemic.

The Epidemic is both a challenge and an opportunity for cooperation between the two countries. Welcome to the online event for alumni of the University of Helsinki to discuss the current state of cooperation between China and Finland.

Welcome to take part in The University of Helsinki China Alumni Club Online Event! You can join us anywhere!

March 24: Helsinki Alumni in­ter­na­tional get-to­gether

Time: 24.3.2021 at 6 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom 

Join us online to meet University of Helsinki alumni colleagues around the world. This is a relaxed get-together, where you can network internationally and get inspired. You will also learn more about the possibilities of Helsinki Alumni Hub, our brand new online campus for Helsinki Alumni.

April 22: Think Company event: How to cope in a digital environment?

Time: 22.4. at 6 pm - 7.30 pm (EET)
Place: Online webinar
Organizer: Think Company

We work, study, meet friends and spend our freetime behind a computer or phone screen. The media today warns us of the dark side of the internet but we are also dependent on it. Our life is digital so we must make the most of it! 

Digital Wellbeing -event series promotes a variety of solutions to create a healthy relationship with technology. This is a series of three events where we get to hear from topics related to digital wellbeing.  The event series is offered by Helsinki Think Company. 

How to cope in a digital environment? 22nd of April, 6pm-7.30 pm. 

In the first event we will learn and discuss how the digital environment affects our health. The topic is broad, so each speaker approaches it through their own specialty. After short presentations, the perspective is deepened through a panel discussion. 

Speakers: Psychologist Pekka Freese, PhD Candidate Erika Maksniemi, PostDoc researcher Rasmus Mannerström and Head Physician (Psychiatry) Laura Suomalainen.

May 11: Alumni Science Book Club: Racism, Power and Resistance

Time: 11.5. at 4 pm - 6 pm (EET)
Place: Zoom (The link will be sent to registrants by email)

Everyday racism is often subtle and not appalling. Many don’t even understand their behavior as racist. Racism permeates Finnish society as an everyday and experiential phenomenon, but it is also an institutional and structural problem. The Black Lives Matter movement has also sparked a debate here and has shown that many people need information that is specifically adapted to the Finnish environment and based on research. Who can or must talk about racism?

The book Racism, Power and Resistance - Racialization, whiteness and coloniality in Finland presents racism and colonialism in Finnish society and their global connections.

Welcome to Alumni Science Book Club to hear Suvi Keskinen, Minna Seikkula and Faith Mkwesha (ed.) talk about their book. Lasse Leminen (Gaudeamus) interviews.

The event is in English.

In the Alumni Science Book Club, alumni and writers meet on current topics and interesting discussions. It is organized in co-operation with the University of Helsinki's publishing house Gaudeamus.

We follow the instructions of the University of Helsinki in a corona situation, which is why the Alumni Science Book Club is organized online using the Zoom program. To participate, you need a computer / mobile phone / tablet with Zoom and an internet connection.

May 19: Think Company event: Digital Wellbeing Tools

Time: 19.5. at 6 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Online webinar
Organizer: Think Company

We work, study, meet friends and spend our freetime behind a computer or phone screen. The media today warns us of the dark side of the internet but we are also dependent on it. Our life is digital so we must make the most of it! 

Digital Wellbeing -event series promotes a variety of solutions to create a healthy relationship with technology. This is a series of three events where we get to hear from topics related to digital wellbeing.  The event series is offered by Helsinki Think Company. 

Digital Wellbeing Tools 19th of May, 6pm-7 pm. 

June 16: Think Company event: Digital Interior Design

Time: 16.6. at 6 pm - 7 pm (EET)
Place: Online webinar
Organizer: Think Company

We work, study, meet friends and spend our freetime behind a computer or phone screen. The media today warns us of the dark side of the internet but we are also dependent on it. Our life is digital so we must make the most of it! 

Digital Wellbeing -event series promotes a variety of solutions to create a healthy relationship with technology. This is a series of three events where we get to hear from topics related to digital wellbeing.  The event series is offered by Helsinki Think Company. 

Digital Interior Design 16th of June, 6pm-7 pm. 

More information for this third event of the event series will be updated here later in spring.