Laura Kolbe is Professor of European History at the University of Helsinki. She is also a productive non-fiction author and a member of the Helsinki City Council. Kolbe sees the University not just as a crucible of research activity, but as a place where teachers and students interact for everyone’s benefit. Docendo discimus, by teaching we learn. Kolbe also enjoys sharing information by taking people out for a walk. In the autumn of 2013, she founded Helsinki Walks Oy, working together with students and scholars who share her enthusiasm for urban history.