Explore the University of Helsinki; come join a walking tour during the anniversary week!

The University of Helsinki is one of the world’s top multidisciplinary academic communities, spanning four campuses.  It has 11 faculties, more than 8,000 members of staff and approximately 30,000 students. Come explore the University’s campuses during the week of our anniversary celebration, 23–27 March 2015!

Mon 23 March, 14.00–15.00: The changing environment in Viikki. The tour begins at the main entrance of the Korona Information Centre, Viikinkaari 11. The tour delves into the architecture and uses of the buildings on the Viikki Campus and visits the greenhouses. The tour is accessible, but involves a great deal of walking. The tour guides will be art history students Iina Schwanck and Saara Seppälä. The tour will be guided in Finnish.
Mon 23 March, 15.00–16.00: Health and medicine in Meilahti. The tours begin in the lobby of the Haartman Institute, at Haartmaninkatu 3. The walk explores the history of the Meilahti Campus and the Meilahti hospital area as well as current research and student life on campus. The tour is accessible. The tour guides will be art history students Maija Korvenkangas and Elmo Holopainen. The tour will be guided in Finnish.
Mon 23 March, 16.00–17.00: The many faces of the City Centre Campus. The tour begins at the main entrance of Kaisa House, at Fabianinkatu 30. The walk will feature the multifaceted study and research environment of the Topelia block and the Faculty of Social Sciences as well as other points of interest. The tour guides will be art history students Essi Lepistö and Mirja Nevalainen. The tour will be guided in Finnish.
Mon 23 March, 17.00–18.00: Kumpula, the land of exact science. The tour begins at the main entrance of the Physicum building, at Gustav Hällströminkatu 2. We will learn about the research conducted on the Kumpula campus as well as its most important scientists and architecture. The tour guides will be art history students Anni Mäkilammi and Linda Mitts.
Tue 24 March, 16.00–17.00: Future learning on Siltavuorenpenger. The tour begins in front of the sign at Siltavuorenpenger 1−5.  The tour will explore the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences facilities perched atop a steep hill as well as the history and present day of the Siltavuorenpenger buildings. Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for people with decreased mobility. The tour guides will be art history students Michelle Orenius and Jonni Korhonen. The tour will be guided in Finnish.
Tue 24 March, 16.30–17.30: Health and medicine in Meilahti. The tours begin in the lobby of the Haartman Institute, at Haartmaninkatu 3. The walk explores the history of the Meilahti Campus and the Meilahti hospital area as well as the research conducted in the area and student life on campus. The tour is accessible. The tour guides will be art history students Maija Korvenkangas and Elmo Holopainen. The tour will be guided in Finnish.
Wed 25 March, 14.00–15.00­: The changing environment at Viikki. The tour begins at the main entrance of the Korona Information Centre, Viikinkaari 11. The tour delves into the architecture and uses of the buildings on the Viikki Campus, and visits the greenhouses. The tour is accessible, but it involves a great deal of walking. The tour guides will be art history students Iina Schwanck and Saara Seppälä. The tour will be guided in Finnish.
Thu 26 March, 14.30–15.30: Future learning on Siltavuorenpenger. The tour begins in front of the sign at Siltavuorenpenger 1−5.  The tour will explore the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences facilities perched atop a steep hill as well as the history and present day of the Siltavuorenpenger buildings. Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for people with decreased mobility. The tour guides will be art history students Michelle Orenius and Jonni Korhonen. The tour will be guided in Finnish.
Thu 26 March, 16.00–17.00: The many faces of the City Centre Campus. The tour begins at the main entrance of Kaisa House, at Fabianinkatu 30. The walk will feature the multifaceted study and research environment of the Topelia block and the Faculty of Social Sciences as well as other points of interest. The tour guides will be art history students Essi Lepistö and Mirja Nevalainen. The tour will be guided in Finnish.
Thu 26 March, 17.00–18.00: Kumpula, the land of exact science. The tour begins at the main entrance of the Physicum building, at Gustav Hällströminkatu 2. We will learn about the research conducted on the Kumpula campus as well as its most important scientists and architecture. The tour guides will be art history students Anni Mäkilammi and Linda Mitts. The tour will be guided in Finnish.
Fri 27 March, 16.00–17.30: Helsinki Walks: The University as a nation-builder. The tour explores the Senate Square and the Kruunuhaka district and examines the significance of the University and members of the University community for the development of Finland and its capital. The tour guide will be Kati Katajisto, DPhil. The tour will be guided in Finnish.
Sat 28 March, 10.00–11.30: Helsinki Walks: The lives of the professors and the students (tour in Swedish). The tour will explore the significance of the University in the emergence of Finnish culture, politics and identity. Students and their organisations and demonstrations have played a crucial role in the Finnish capital’s ideological development. The tour guide will be Professor Laura Kolbe. The tour will be guided in Swedish.
Sat 28 March, 12.00–13.30: Helsinki Walks: Emperors, the University and Helsinki. The tour examines the Russian side of Helsinki and the University’s history in the 19th century. The tour will analyse the significance of the emperors of Russia for the development of Helsinki and its University. The tour guide will be Iisa Aaltonen, BA. The tour will be guided in Finnish.

Academic Helsinki. Open doors at student organisations from 26 to 28 March

Students have always been an important resource for the University. Take, for instance, the student associations known as student nations that gather together students of all disciplines to form multidisciplinary peer communities. Under the auspices of the Academic Helsinki event, the various student organisations and student nations invite you to visit their facilities and learn about their activities.

Thu 26 March, 10.00–18.00: Open doors at Helsinki Think Company. Vuorikatu 5. Think Company holds its doors open for you to learn about its activities and events as well as academic entrepreneurship, while enjoying a cup of coffee. The language of the event will be Finnish.
Thu 26 March, 11.00 & 17.00 Satakuntalainen Osakunta student nation ­– Visit the Satakuntatalo!  Satakuntatalo at Lapinrinne 1 A 3.  Active members of the student nation will give two 45-minute tours of the facilities and provide a general introduction to the building and the Satakuntalainen Osakunta. The language of the event will be Finnish.
Thu 26 March, 17.00–18.00: Nylands Nation student association – A glimpse at Nylands Nation. Nylands Nation at Kasarmikatu 40. A guided tour around the premises, information about the history of the student association and its building, including the works of art therein. The language of the event will be Swedish.
Thu 26 March, 17.00–20.00: Lääketieteenkandidaattiseura – The association of students of medicine. Euphoria at Sörnäisten rantatie 33 C. The medical students’ club facility Euphoria is the venue of various medicine-related practical workshops. Coffee will also be served. The superpopular Teddy Bear Doctors will also be available to treat the injuries and illnesses of children’s toys. The languages of the event will be Finnish, Swedish and English.
Thu 26 March, 17.00−19.00: ÅN, ÖFN och ÅSFH – nu och då. Mannerheimintie 5 A, 4th floor. “ÅN, ÖFN och ÅSFH - nu och då” is a workshoplike event where members of the organization speak about how the organizations and the student life is now and how it has been. Organizer: Östra Finlands Nation, Åbo Nation, Åländska studentförening i Helsinfors. The language of the event will be Swedish.
Thu, 26 March, 17.30– 19.00: Hyvät Martat student organisation sorts out your wardrobe. Alexander club room, Domus Gaudium at Leppäsuonkatu 11. Information about the environmental impacts of clothes, a clothes swap meet and tips for a more functional wardrobe. The event belongs to the Martha organisation’s campaign for textile recycling; see in Finnish http://www.martat.fi/kodinhoito/garderobi/. The language of the event will be Finnish and English.
Thu 26 March, 18.00–20.00: Savolainen Osakunta and Varsinaissuomalainen Osakunta – Student nation activities above the rooftops of Helsinki. New Student House at Mannerheimintie 5 A, 6th floor.  The student nations Savolainen Osakunta and Varsinaissuomalainen Osakunta present their activities and premises. The language of the event will be Finnish.
Thu 26 March, 18.00–20.00: Eteläsuomalainen Osakunta student nation – Professional growth as a member of ESO. New Student House at Mannerheimintie 5 A, 4th floor.  Eteläsuomalainen Osakunta (ESO) is one of the 15 student nation associations at the University of Helsinki. ESO was established in 1905 to bring together students who hail from the province of Uusimaa and study at the University of Helsinki or other institutes of higher education to form a multidisciplinary peer community that offers opportunities for wide-ranging activities.  The purpose of this event is to bring together former and present ESO members under the theme of professional development. The guests include professionally active ESO alumni who will share their experiences of the things learned through the student association membership that benefited them in their careers. The audience may ask questions related to career development and the student nation, and time has been reserved for socialising as well.  Coffee and refreshments prepared by active student members will be served. Welcome! The language of the event will be Finnish.
Thu 26 March, 18.00-21.00: Pohjalaiset Osakunnat student nations – An evening in Ostrobothnian style. Ostrobotnia building at Töölönkatu 3 A, 5th floor. An evening in the traditional Ostrobothnian style. Come join us; you are in for a surprise! The languages of the event will be Finnish and Swedish.
Fri 27 March, 16.00–21.00: Intelligenzia student organisation – What on earth is cognitive science? Gustavus Rex club facilities, Domus Gaudium at Leppäsuonkatu 11. Short presentations and discussion about cognitive science and the Intelligenzia organisation of students of cognitive science. Come hang out and enjoy a cup of coffee! The languages of the event will be Finnish and English.
Sat 28 March, 12.00–16.30: Rupla, Setenta and SUB student organisations’ pop up café. Humanistiklusteri facilities, New Student House at Mannerheimintie 5 A, 5th floor.  The organisations of students of English, Spanish and Russian set up a pop up café and invite you to enjoy its refreshments. The languages of the event will be Finnish, English and Spanish.
Sat 28 March, 14.00–15.30: The Savolaisen Osakunnan Soitannollinen Seura (SOSSU) orchestra plays dance music. Vinni (top floor) of the New Student House at Mannerheimintie 5 A, 6th floor.  The SOSSU orchestra of the Savolainen Osakunta student nation plays a medley of orchestral dance music in the spirit of a Saturday afternoon tea dance. The Vinni dance floor accommodates some 20 dance couples at a time, but if you do not feel like dancing, you are just as welcome to listen to the music. The language of the event will be Finnish.

Helsinki Observatory Open House

Wed 25 March, 12.00–16.00: Open House at the Helsinki Observatory, Kopernikuksentie 1. Designed by C.L. Engel and completed in 1834, the Helsinki Observatory has a long and storied history both as a research institute and as a home to professors. Come find out more! The temporary exhibition features many interesting objects, including meteorites discovered in Finland. The Observatory is part of the Helsinki University Museum.

Come see the University Museum’s new exhibition Power of Thought in the new museum facilities of the University Main Building!

From Fri 27 March, 2015, free entry, Mon–Fri 12.00–18.00, Sat 12.00–16.00, Fabianinkatu 33, 3rd floor. Power of Thought – The story of the University of Helsinki 1640–2015 exhibition features science and the arts as well as scientists and students. It tells the colourful story of Finland’s oldest university, the University of Helsinki, from its establishment as the Royal Academy of Turku in 1640 to the present. The humorous short films created for the exhibition offer a glimpse of student life from four different periods. What has, or has not, changed in 375 years?