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Come celebrate the University in 2015! The opening ceremonies of the anniversary year take place in January, when some of the works of the Lux Helsinki light art festival can be seen on the City Centre Campus. The official anniversary celebration is on 26 March, and will involve events for the public in addition to an invitation-only function at the University. At the beginning of September, the University is inviting everyone to enjoy Thinkfest, the urban festival of thought and science. The anniversary year culminates in the award gala and closing seminar for the Helsinki Challenge competition in November. The year also features events suggested by members of the University community. These are marked on the University calendar with a 375th anniversary logo.

The anniversary year will culminate in a closing seminar, which will be held 12–13 November in the University’s Great Hall, along with the Helsinki Challenge award gala, hosted at the Old Student House on 13 November. Learn more about Helsinki Challenge.

Science breaks loose! Thinkfest, an open urban festival for thought and science, will take place in the centre of Helsinki from 31 August to 5 September 2015. Thinkfest celebrates science, thinking and learning as part of our everyday lives. This year’s theme is Global Helsinki. Enjoy a warm science sauna, bring the whole family to a science picnic or contribute to urban research by taking photos of Helsinki from your perspective (#kenenhelsinki). A detailed programme is now available.


The anniversary year gets an early start on 31 December 2014 when the City of Helsinki invites children to the New Year’s event in the Great Hall of the University’s Main Building. Works from the Lux Helsinki Festival of Lights will be displayed on the City Centre Campus from 4 to 8 January 2015. In January, the Kaisaniemi metro station will also be renamed University of Helsinki. On 21 January, the whole University community will celebrate the beginning of the anniversary year in Kaisa House.