Practical instructions for the exceptional situation at HiLIFE

On this page you will find the latest practical guidance from HiLIFE for staff and students in the coronavirus situation. This guidance is updated as needed.

This website has been updated 19 March 2020 at 17:50 (publishing) 

Note that this does not replace the University's general emergency guidelines and you should follow latest information on the coronavirus situation here: 


  • When working at the University’s premises all possible precautions following the UH general guidelines should be taken to prevent virus from spreading! 
  • Follow hygiene instructions for conducting essential work on site (including labs and common spaces): 
  • Research staff works remotely always when duties allow. Agree on this with your supervisor first. If carrying out research tasks remotely is not possible, it is also possible to consider other tasks, leave (e.g., balance breaks, annual vacation days) and other arrangements such as temporary part-time work. When uncertain consult HiLIFE HR services about these possibilities.  When applicable, supervisors may also consider assigning staff some virtual training as remote work (e.g., language training, computer skills training).
  • Keep the number of people in the lab at the minimum and arrange meetings remotely always when possible, the absolute upper limit of people for meetings is 10 people. In all work and meetings remember hygiene.  Postpone other than critical experiments/activities that are not essential to perform at this moment.
  • The University premises are locked during the period of exceptional situation but remain available to staff, and normal access rights will apply. No visitors from outside the University of Helsinki are allowed (this includes family members of staff).  
  • Laboratory animal center (LAC) restricts its activities to ensure the finalization of ongoing experiments and maintenance of the rodent lines. No new experiments should be started as of now. Follow the Provet for LAC-specific information and contact the LAC personnel with specific questions concerning your rodent lines and experiments.
  • Follow websites of funding agencies for their specific instructions and policies. 

Studying, teaching and supervision 

HiLIFE Covid-19 team 

HiLIFE has established a Covid-19 team that monitors situation, communicates with the University level crisis management team and makes decisions regarding special instructions at HiLIFE. Proposals for special HiLIFE instructions can be sent to hilife-covid-team(-at-) to be discussed by the team. However, this email is not a coronavirus helpdesk and general questions should be sent to coronavirus(-at-) 

HiLIFE Covid-19 team members are: 

  • Chair, Olli Silvennoinen 
  • Deputy Chair, Juha Huiskonen 
  • Marja Mikkola 
  • Eero Castren 
  • Mark Daly 
  • Pirjo Laakkonen 
  • Rose Thorogood 
  • Jonna Katajisto 
  • Katja Kivinen 
  • Campus heads of development: Kirsi Rauhala, Leo Pyymäki 
  • HR: Tiina Kärki 
  • Communications: Liina Nelimarkka, Anu Korhonen, Mari Kaunisto