Alumni events

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Upcoming events
Mar 7: Sustainability and responsibility network meeting

Time: Mar 7, 2024 at 3.30-5.30 pm (EET)
Place: Kaisa-saliKaisa house 7th floor, Fabianinkatu 30, Helsinki (remote opportunity from 3.30 - 4.30 pm)
Language: Instructions and presentation in English, discussion in relaxed trilingual environment

Join us to hear about the current state of the University's sustainability work, including biodiversity promotion at the University, and future plans. The network meeting will also give you the opportunity to participate in the process of making our new University Sustainability and Responsibility Programme 2025–2028.

The sustainability and responsibility network of the University of Helsinki promotes the transition towards an increasingly sustainable University and society. The network provides a place for learning, networking and influencing related to sustainability and responsibility. 

Mar 20: EU Alumni Club evening - ethical EU lobbying

Time: Mar 20, 2024 at 6 pm - 8 pm (CET)
Place: Helsinki EU Office, Rue Guimard 7, Brussels

Welcome to join the evening event at Helsinki EU Office, organized by the University of Helsinki EU Alumni Club. 

The panel discussion offers insights to EU lobbying and its ethical perspectives. The University of Helsinki activities in Brussels are introduced by the UH Director of Development for research, Ritva Dammert. The practical perspectives of EU lobbying are reflected by Member of Parliament Heidi Hautala and Inquiries Officer (European Ombudsman) Emily Tullberg shares insights on ethical lobbying. After the panel discussion time for relaxed mingle with some catering.

Limited amount of places.

Apr 2: Think Company HELSEED workshop series - Crystallizing the idea

Time: April 2nd, 2024 at 4pm - 6 pm
Place: Think Company, Terkko Health Hub (Haartmaninkatu 4), Helsinki (on site)

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you 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. 

Limited amount of places.

Apr 9: Think Company HELSEED workshop series - Lean Canvas

Time: April 9th, 2024 at 4 pm - 6 pm
Place: Think Company, Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4), Helsinki (on site)

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you 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. 

Limited amount of places.

Apr 16: Think Company HELSEED workshop series - Market research

Time: April 16th, 2024 at 4 pm - 6 pm
Place: Think Company, Exactum building K1 floor (Pietari Kalmin katu 5), Helsinki (on site)

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you 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. 

Limited amount of places.

Apr 23: Think Company HELSEED workshop series - Build, measure, learn

Time: April 23rd, 2024 at 4 pm - 6 pm
Place: Think Company, E building (Latokartanonkaari 3), Helsinki (on site)

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you 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. 

Limited amount of places.

Apr 25: Sustainability and responsibility network meeting - Sustainability expertise

Time: Apr 25, 2024 at 3.00-5.00 pm (EET)
Place: Partly hybrid event: Viikki Info Centre Korona, room K1088 and Zoom

More information about the event will be updated in March 2024.

The sustainability and responsibility network of the University of Helsinki promotes the transition towards an increasingly sustainable University and society. The network provides a place for learning, networking and influencing related to sustainability and responsibility. 

May 15: SAVE THE DATE - Alumni Day 2024: Skills for (working) life

Time: May 15, 2024
Place: City Centre campus, Helsinki
Language: Finnish and English

The Alumni Day is the most important event of the year for University of Helsinki alumni.

This spring, Alumni Day is comprised of a morning and an evening session. Their shared purpose is to offer insight and a chance to develop skills in relations to current issues in (working) life. The programme for the sessions will be published later and registration for the event begins in March.

Stay tuned and make a note of the date in your calendar!

May 29: The Inaugural lectures of the new professors

Time: May 29, 2023 starting at 2 pm (EET)
Place: UH Main Building (Aleksanterinkatu 5.Helsinki)
Dress code: Participants in the procession wear a dark suit. Other participants to the ceremony should take into account the nature of the event.

The lectures are popular introductions to the professors' own field of science and current research questions. After the lecture day, the audience is also welcome to attend inauguration ceremony in the Great Hall, where one of the new professors will give their own inaugural lecture. A more detailed programme of the event will be published on this page later in the spring. 

Accessible entrance from the courtyard of the Main Building through the archway at Yliopistonkatu 2.

Welcome!

Previous events
Feb 28: Cheese 'n' Wine Innovation Talks - AI & Data ❤️ Research & Business

Time: Feb 28, 2024 at 3 pm - 5 pm
Place: UH Kumpula campus, Exactum building (Pietari Kalmin katu 5. Helsinki), room B123

AI and data play pivotal roles in shaping the landscape of research, innovation, and business. Harnessing the power of intelligent algorithms and robust data analytics not only propels scientific discovery and technological breakthroughs but also empowers businesses, driving unprecedented growth and efficiency.

The Kumpula Innovation Campus team invites you to hear more about AI and Data through Innovation talks and after presentations to join the Cheese 'n' Wine Networking.

Feb 13-15: People and Planet: From theory to solutions 2024

Time: Feb 13-15, 2024 (registration deadline Jan 29)
Place: Lahti University Campus

This international conference will bring together researchers, decisionmakers, specialists and other stakeholders interested in planetary health, sustainability and wellbeing.

Participation (registration fee) includes 3 days of transdisciplinary sessions, discussions, presentations and posters that spur transformative action through scientific knowledge.

The conference will focus on how human health and the health of the planet are closely connected and what can be done to protect and enhance both. In particular, the conference encourages finding solutions in complex systems and interlinked crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and the rise of noncommunicable diseases.

Feb 8: Future Food Systems - What's on the menu?

Time: Thursday 8.2.2024, 15:00–19:00
Place: Forest Sciences Building on Viikki Campus (Latokartanonkaari 7, Helsinki), talks & pitches in Raisio hall

Welcome to Viikki Food Design Factory’s season #3 finale event on the 8th of February! The evening offers impact perspectives from agricultural development to entrepreneurship support – and of course, a sneak peek to the early sustainable food system solutions in the making.

Jan 31: Faculty of Medicine Anniversary Day

Time: Jan 31, 2024 at 8.30-10.00 am and 2-6 pm
Place: Morning event at Terkko Health Hub (Haartmaninkatu 4, Helsinki) and the afternoon event at Biomedicum 1 (Haartmaninkatu 8, Helsinki)
Language: relaxed trilingual event (Finnish, English, Swedish)
Dress code: business casual

This Anniversary Day is meant for employees and students as well as alumni and other partners of the Faculty of Medicine. There will be e.g. interesting talks from our young researcher generation. In the afternoon is also published, who is the Alum of the Year 2024 for the Faculty of Medicine!

Restricted amount of places. Deadline for registration is on Jan 24th at 3 pm (EET).

Welcome!

Jan 25: Night of the Faculty of Social Sciences: Europe in a world of blocs

Time: Jan 25, 2024 from 5 to 8 pm (EET)
Place: Svenska social- och kommunalhögskolans festsal, Snellmaninkatu 12, Helsinki

Hear what researchers at the Faculty have to say about Europe, blocs and the direction our world is going. The event is open for all. The capacity of the venue is 100 participants. You can attend all sections of the programme or only those you are interested in. Welcome!

Jan 25: The Night of Science at the Helsinki Collegium - Who Cares? Ethics and politics of care in uncertain times & Open Offices

Time: Jan 25, 2024 from 5.15-8.45 pm (EET)
Place: Fabianinkatu 24 A (2nd and 3rd floor), Helsinki

The Helsinki Collegium's program for Night of Science begins with an open office hour, during which visitors have the chance to learn about current research of our fellows.

Then, a panel discussion with Collegium fellows addresses the ethics and politics of care and belonging. Should our societies become more caring – and if so, then how? Does caring for some mean excluding others?

The evening concludes with a musical performance by Astrid Swan, who is currently working at HCAS as Kone Foundation Art Fellow. 

Welcome!

Jan 25: The Night of Science at Observatory

Time: Jan 25, 2024 from 6 to 9 pm (EET)
Place: University of Helsinki Observatory, Kopernikuksentie 1, Helsinki

Ever wondered how eruptions at the Sun influence our planet or what sparks the aurorae? Dive into a cosmic journey with University of Helsinki researchers, with engaging presentations and hands-on activities during the Night of Science 2024Free entrance!

Welcome!

December 15: USA Alumni get-together in Boston

Time: December 15, 2023 at 6 pm - 8 pm (New York time)
Place: Harborside InnBoston, USA

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

The event is avec/plus 1

Dec 13: The Inaugural lectures of the new professors

Time: Dec 13, 2023 starting at 2 pm (EET)
Place: UH Main Building (Unioninkatu 34,.Helsinki), The public can watch the lectures also via live stream.
Dress code: Participants in the procession wear a dark suit. Other participants to the ceremony should take into account the nature of the event.

Twenty-seven newly appointed professors of the University of Helsinki will give their inaugural lectures on Wednesday, 13 December 2023, starting at 14. The lectures are open to the public and take place in the University’s Main Building (Aleksanterinkatu 5). The public can watch the lectures also via live stream. The lectures serve as popular introductions to the professors’ fields of science and current research issues.

The programme below includes the timetable, lecture rooms and topics for individual lectures. The inaugural lectures will be held in the language of the topic indicated in the programme. The inauguration ceremony will begin at 16.30 in the Great Hall. The programme includes a speech by Chancellor Kaarle Hämeri, musical performances and introductions of the new professors. In addition, the inauguration ceremony will feature an inaugural lecture by Professor of Plant Biodiversity Anna-Liisa Laine.

After the inauguration ceremony. After the ceremony, the reception, including refreshments, will be held on the second floor of the Main Building.
Accessible entrance from the courtyard of the Main Building through the archway at Yliopistonkatu 2.

Welcome!

Aug 17 - Nov 30: Photography exhibition: Lost, endangered, saved

Time: From Aug 17 until Nov 30 (during the Think Corner opening hours)
Place: Think Corner, Helsinki

Photographer Perttu Saksa has photographed animals humanity has threatened from the bone collection of the University of Helsinki’s Finnish Museum of Natural History.

Perttu Saksa is an award-winning photographer and visual artist. In his art, he focuses on the relationship between humans and the environment, as well as on natural history and related collections.

The exhibition is free of charge.

Nov 29: Think & Lead - Why you should be ready to recruit international talents

Time: 29.11.2023 at 8.15 - 10 (EET)
Place: Online (Zoom), link sent to registered participants

We will discuss the questions related to successful recruitment and retention of international talents. Regina Ainla from Business Finland will share insights on the existing support mechanisms for employers related to the topic. And we will hear a personal case experience from alum Paulo de Tarso Fonseca Silva, who is a 2017 graduate from the University of Helsinki and is currently working as a consultant in Finland.

Join the peer alumni network to discuss about this current and also nationally important topic, and get tips from the speakers and other participants. Limited amount of places, so that we are able to host an interactive morning for registered participants.

Nov 14: Sweden Alumni Club evening

Time: Nov 14, 2023 6 pm (Swedish time)
Place:  The Finnish Institute in Stockholm, Snickarbacken 2
Language: English

The Swedish Alumni Club together with the Finnish Institute invited alumni to attend an interesting evening event with Helsinki Alumni member Laura Solanko as the key note alumni speaker. Other panelists were Russia researcher and Professor Ann-Mari Sätre from Uppsala university and researcher, Associate Professor Jesper Roine from Stockholm School of Economics.

Before the discussion part all alumni were welcome to join a relaxed mingle at the Winter Garden of the Finnish Institute from 5 pm.

Nov 2: Think Company Crawl

Times: November 2nd, 2023 at 4 pm - 9 pm
Place: City Center Campus, Helsinki

Touring was organized for the Helsinki Think Company alumni and partner organizations. The tour showcased how the academic knowledge looks like in future!

Oct 24: Think Company HELSEED workshop series - Pitch Clinic

Time: October 24th, 2023 at 4 pm - 6 pm (EET)
Place: Think Company, Terkko Health Hub (Haartmaninkatu 4), Helsinki (on site)

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you 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. 

Limited amount of places.

Oct 10: London Alumni Club evening

Time: Oct 10, 2023 at 5.30 pm - 8 pm
Place: Pitcher & Piano Cornhill, London

The event was a great opportunity to meet fellow UK-based alumni and reconnect after several years without Helsinki Alumni events in the UK. And to learn about the interesting NATO and security policy related research done by professor Juhana Aunesluoma, who is working as a visiting researcher at Oxford in fall 2023.

All University of Helsinki Alumni were welcome to attend the event.

Oct 10: Think Company HELSEED workshop series - Legal & Governance

Time: October 10th, 2023 at 4 pm - 6 pm (EET)
Place: Think Company, Terkko Health Hub (Haartmaninkatu 4), Helsinki (on site)

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you 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. 

Oct 3: Think Company HELSEED workshop series - Investor Clinic

Time: October 3rd, 2023 at 4 pm - 6 pm (EET)
Place: Helsinki Think Company, Think Corner, Helsinki (on site)

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you 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. 

Sep 28: Sustainable Pharmacy networking event

Time: September 28th, 2023 at 10 am - 2 pm (EET)
Place: Oodi library, Töölönlahdenkatu 4, Helsinki (on site)

This event included a topical Keynote speech by Dr. Gerd Maack from the German Environment Agency UBA, who gave insight to the current challenges and regulation regarding pharmaceuticals in the environment. We also heard a broad setting of presentations from different actors in the pharmaceutical sector on their aspects regarding sustainability challenges as well as solutions to support sustainable development in the field.

Sep 26: Think Company HELSEED workshop series - Creating a business plan

Time: September 26th, 2023 at 4 pm - 6 pm (EET)
Place: Helsinki Think Company, Think Corner, Helsinki (on site)

To break down barriers to entrepreneurship, Helsinki Think Company proudly presents to you 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. 

Sep 19: Sustainability and responsibility network meeting

Time: Sep 19, 2023 from 15.00 to 17.00, times EET
Place: Think Corner, Think Lounge (hybrid)
Language: Casually in three languages

The event provided insights into the past and a glimpse into the future as Anne Remes and Tom Böhling, the current and former Vice Rectors for Sustainability and Responsibility, engaged in a dialogue about university as a forerunner. Additionally, there were inspiring and concise sustainability Pecha Kucha presentations shedding light on the university's current initiatives in sustainability and responsibility.

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. 

Sep 14: New York Alumni & Friends meet-up

Time: Sep 14, 2023 at 6 pm - 8 pm (New York time)
Place: Holiday Cocktail Lounge (75 St Marks Pl), New York

The informal and free event was a great opportunity to meet fellow US-based alumni as well as the climate researchers of the University of Helsinkiwho were visiting the USA.

June 7: Celebrating international graduates with Helsinki Alumni

Time: 7.6.2023, at 5-6 pm (EET) & after event in Helsinki at 6-8 pm
Place: Zoom & after event on-site at Thirsty Scholar (Helsinki)

University of Helsinki alumni network, Helsinki Alumni celebrates our recent and coming graduates, our new alumni. We also want 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. Inspirational speaker of the online event is alumnus, certified business coach Roberto D'Abrosca. UH greeting by Vice-Rector, Professor Kai Nordlund.

Limited amount of places for the on-site event (refreshments served). Link to the online event sent to registered participants.

May 27: Beijing alumni meet-up

Time: May 27, 2023 at 2 pm - 4.30 pm (UTC+8)
Place: MOI Restaurant, MOMA T4, No.1 Xiangheyuan Rd, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Offline meet-up events from the China Alumni Club are back! We are organized a get-together for Alumni of the University of Helsinki in Beijing on May 27th. The venue wa filled with Finnish design and elements. A great opportunity to meet and network with fellow alumni, as well as the new Board of the China Alumni Club,

All University of Helsinki Alumni were welcome to attend the event!

May 20: Shanghai alumni meet-up

Time: May 20, 2023 at 6 pm - 8 pm (UTC+8)
Place: Årgang Kaffe, Building #2, No. 10, Baoqing Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai

Offline meet-up events from the China Alumni Club are back! We are organizing a get-together for Alumni of the University of Helsinki in Shanghai on May 20th. The venue is filled with Finnish design and elements. We are looking forward to seeing you all again finally in person. This will be a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow alumni, as well as the new Board of the China Alumni Club.

All University of Helsinki Alumni are welcome to attend the event! The event is free of charge.

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.