Courses and events

The courses of the Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences are directed to all doctoral candidates within the school. The aim is to help doctoral candidates to earn the skills necessary for professional researchers, as well as experts in other scientific positions. Discipline-specific courses are offered by the doctoral programmes within the school. The majority of the courses are in English.

Attending a course normally requires pre-registration. After closing the course registration applicants will receive a notification about participation in the course. If the number of course applicants exceeds the number of available seats, the selection of attendees is based on:

  • status and affiliation of applicants (1st priority: doctoral candidates within the YEB Doctoral School)
  • motivation and need for participating in the course (stated in the course application form)
  • order of submitting the registration form

Please note:  *no-show*means that registered participants do not inform the organizers in time if they decide to skip the course/event they have signed up for, despite of the fact that cancellation of participation is typically very simple and requires only an e-mail to the organizers. Such behaviour is a huge waste of all resources, thus the YEB Board decided on September 14 2016 that if a doctoral candidate has *no-shows* it may have influence to get  travel grants in the next application round.


Pedagogy of supervising (YEB-118) (1 cr), year 2019

Target group: Doctoral candidates at UH who has supervised doctoral or master candidates. 

Fill in this self-reflection e-form:

Before sending, make sure that if you've used quotes for some articles in your text, are you sure you've also mentioned the source.

Article that should be read as a foundation for the work:

You can also send the answers to open questions as a word file at:

Pedagogy lecturer evaluate the answers

NOTE: You can also do pedagogical studies at Open University. YEB pays a course fee against receipts and credits.


Introduction to R programming (YEB-115)

28 February -1 March 2019, 09-16 each day

Teacher: Dimitri Stucki

Registration in WebOodi: 29.1. - 14.2.2019

Introduction to R programming (YEB-115)

7 -8 March 2019, 09-16 each day

Teacher: Dimitri Stucki

Registration in WebOodi: 6.-21.2.2019

Data exploration, Regression, GLM and GAM (YEB-116)

11-15 March 2019 at 9-17

Teacher: Highland statistics

Registration et weboodi: Open: 21.1.2019


Conference presentation (YEB-103)


Registration at weboodi

Please check also courses DONAS-101-DONAS-105, available for YEB-students as well

Ef­fi­cient Com­mu­nic­a­tion and Con­vin­cing Speech (DONAS-109/YEB-111)

2  credits

After completion of the course, the student has a firm grasp of the fundamentals of efficient communication, with a focus on verbal presentations. Through lecturers and exercises, the course deals with those aspects of communication that are relevant for formulating a clear and convincing message, and for delivering this message to varied audiences. The course is recommended for PhD-students who want to improve their skills in  giving presentations or talks both to academic and non-academic audiences.

The course will be implemented together with the DONASCI doctoral school (15+15 students)

Friday 5.4. 2019 (9-16) at Athena, seminar room 302, Siltavuorenpenger 3a

Lecture: 9-12, What is successful communication

Lecture: 13-16, preparing a succesfull speech

APRIL 9 th noon, deadline for speech and debate manuscripts

April 10.4. Athena 302 (siltavuorenpenger 3a), 9-12 lecture: The convincing speaker

13-16 at Minerva K113, Debate workshop

April 11 th, Athena, room 261 (Siltavuorenpenger 3a)

9-12, Group A: Speech-Workshop

13-16, Group B: Speech-Workshop

In addition  to the speech-workshops, also the lectures are compulsory. In addition to active participation, the course includes some reading and assignments, which are presented during the first lecture. For the workshops, please choose either gropu A or B. All days include a lunch break and a coffee break.

Pre-required knowledge:None

Teacher: Assoc. Prof. in Rhetoric Mika Hietanen

Registration at Weboodi: 28.1-15.2.2019

Project management and leadership (YEB-112)

Viikki: 3.-5.4.2019

Teacher: Sergey Nesterov

Registration at weboodi: open 28.1.2019

Pedagogy of supervising and teaching at university (YEB-118) (3  cr)

Target group: Doctoral candidates at YEB 

6.2. 2019  at 16-18

13.2.2019 at 16-18

27.2.2019 at 16-18

Distance learning between the teaching days and preparation of the essay. Control of small groups online over remote periods.

Place: Viikki

Teacher:Ilona Södervik, senior lecturer in University Pedagogy

Centre for University Teaching and Learning (HYPE)


Registration: Full


Lead­ing a cre­at­ive or­gan­iz­a­tion (YEB-113)


Times: 5.11 at 9.15-16.30; 19.11. at 13.15-16.30;  26.11 at13.15-16.30; 3.12 at 13.15-16.30

Place: Viikki, Kumpula

Teacher: Virpi Haavisto


YEB statistical consulting

Having trouble analyzing your data?
Do you want to avoid statistical problems before starting an experiment?
Are you unsure how to deal with a stats comment by a reviewer?

Worry not: The YEB doctoral school now offers statistical consulting.

Contact to get help with your data analysis.

Questions in all fields of science are welcome, for any statistical program (R, SPSS, Excel, etc.).
Consultation can be given via e-mail or in private sessions at Viikki Campus.


Administrative note: YEB pays the teacher’s salary up to 4 hours/student, but no credits are given.

This service is offered until further notice, i.e. seize the day.

 YEB Degree structure: Transferable skills



Transferable skills /Yleiset valmiustaidot



10 op/credits

University pedagogy and supervising /Yliopistopedagogiikka ja ohjaus


 suorita tietty op-määrä/complete 1-5 credits

University pedagogy/ Yliopistopedagogiikka


 1-5 op


Pedagogy of supervising/ ohjauksen pedagogiikka


 1-5 op

Optional/Vapaasti valittava


 1-5 op

Academic presentation and writing


 suorita tietty op-määrä/complete 2-6 credits

Learning to review and analyse data/Tiedon arviointi ja analysointi 


 1 op

Learning to visualise data/Tiedon havainnollistaminen


 2 op

 Popularisation of science/Tieteen yleistajuistaminen


 2 op

Conference presentation/ Kongressiesityksen laatiminen


 2 op

 Scientific writing/Tieteellinen kirjoittaminen


 2 op

Academic pitching


 1 op

 Science communication/Tiedeviestintä


2 op

Grant writing/apurahahakemusten kirjoittaminen


 1 op

 Optional/Vapaasti valittava


 1-4 op



 suorita tietty op-määrä/complete 2-6 credits

 Project management/Projektinhallinta 


 2 op

 Leadership /Johtaminen


 1-2 op

 Career planning/Urasuunnittelu


 2 op

 Biobusiness/ Biotalous, bioalan liiketalous


 2 op

 Research funding/Tutkimusrahoitus


 2 op

 Optional/Vapaasti valittava


 1-4 op


YEB Sci­ence com­mu­nic­a­tion (YEB-111/ DONAS-106)  2 cred­its

FIRST MEETING 14.9.2018 at 9-16  at Viikki (Lectures and instructions for posters, access to online poster creation tutorials)

COURSE AT COUNTRYSIDE: 9.–11.10. 2018 (9–18), Place: Espoo,Kaisankoti: Rhetorics, RADIO workshop +presentation skills, popular writing, poster workshop. Nice time together, activities!

Teachers: Mika Hietanen, Andreas Dahlin, Pirjo Koskinen, Mia Pätsi, Petri Nummi

Programme coming more...

Lecture: The ‘Secrets’ of Efficient Communication. Communicating one’s message is a task that is both exciting and demanding at the same time. In this lecture, Mika Hietanen presents some of the fundamental and timeless qualities of persuasive communication. These qualities can be formulated as principles that are useful for both oral and written communication, and an indispensable help in preparing convincing speeches and texts.

Workshop 1: Rhetoric & Public Speaking. During this workshop, the attendees give and get response on prepared three-minute speeches. The aim is to empower the participants to talk in front of an audience in a successful manner. The focus will be on two aspects: the manner in which the content is presented (relates the preparations), and on the actual delivery. Please note that participation requires that you send in a manuscript that follows the guidelines for this preparatory assignment A. Ideally, your speech relates to an issue central to your own research, or your field. No slides are used.

Worskhop 2: Debate. Here we stage a debate between teams, pro et contra some research related issue. We follow a simplified structure of a European debate competition format. We prepare on-site (no pre-assigment).

The lecture and workshop 1 and 2 are given by Mika Hietanen, Associate Professor in Rhetoric at Uppsala University. His interests draw on Classical insights from antiquity, as well as on modern research, especially on argumentation. LinkedIn-profile

Workshop 3: Posterworkshop given by Andreas Dahlin:  Doctoral candidates will get access to online material where Andreas show how the can create a poster from scratch in an Illustrator software. Participants will have three weeks to create their poster and at Espoo posters are shown during the first part and then get some feedback, adjustments during the second part , and a poster session.

Workshop 4: Radioworkshop given by Pirjo Koskinen: Use of different media from the point of an journalist

Workshop 5: Performance workshop given by Mia Pätsi: The workshop includes voice exercises and stage presence and exercises to reduce stage fright.Mia Pätsi is an actress and Master of Arts in Theatre and Drama

Workshop 6: Popular writing given by Petri Nummi. Cover press releases and popular science articles. Similarities and differences in preparing presentations/papers for lay audiences vs. the scientific community.

Register at weboodi: YEB-111 (registration open 11.4.-30.5.2018)


Academic Writing and editing (YEB-104)

3.9.-8.10.2018, Mon 9-12

Responsible teacher: Alyce Whipp

Conference presentation (YEB-103)

10.9.-15.10. 2018, Mon 14-17  (Teacher:Carol Norris)


28.9-2.11.2018 fri 9-12  (Vanessa Fuller)

Place: Viikki

Academic Pitching (YEB-106)

Time: 26.11-10.12.2018

Responsible teacher: Alyce Whipp

Place: Viikki

Grant writing (YEB-105)

7.9.-21.9. 2018 Fri 9-12

Responsible teacher: Vanessa Fuller

Place: Viikki

Scientific writing (YEB-104)

26.10.-30.11.2018 Fri 9-12


Leading a creative organization (YEB-113)

2,0 ECTS

Time: Tue 6.11.2018 at 9.15-16.30,  20.11., 27.11 and 4.12.2018 at 13.15-16.30  

Organizer: Doctoral School in Biological, Environmental and Food Sciences

The objective of the training is to give the participant tools to understand the characteristics of a creative person, a creative process, emotions attached to creative work, special characteristics of a creative organization with multiple creative individuals, and finally, the dynamics of supporting creative expert work by leadership. The course is a practical hands-on workshop and includes introductions, exercises, discussions, student projects and seminars. As projects students will find practical solutions to challenging work and leadership situations.

TEACHER: Virpi Haavisto is a professional coach, leadership advancer and a specialist in facilitating creative work. She is a certified coach by International Coaching Federation ICF. Haavisto has graduated as M.Sc. from Helsinki University of Technology HUT.  She has been a Visiting PhD Scholar at Stern School of Business at New York University (Management and Organizational Behavior)

Research Eth­ics, On­line course (YEB-117)

The course is 1 ECTS and comprises of 27 hours of independent study.
Course outline

The course runs over 4 weeks online October 2018

Teacher: Simo Kyllönen

Please register in Weboodi: YEB-117

Research Eth­ics, Work­shop course (YEB-114)

The course is 1 ECTS and comprises of 2 workshop days.

(Tentative, 24.10 and 31.10. 2018 12-16)

Please register in weboodi: YEB-114


Grant writing (YEB-105)

Vanessa Fuller, Fri 9.00–12.00 / 9.–23.3.2018

Place: Latokartanonkaari 7 (Metsätieteiden talo), Seminar room 340 (SH11)

Please register in Weboodi:  5.12.2017-15.2.2018

Peer Review (YEB-107)

Vanessa Fuller, Tue 9.00–12.00/13.2–27.2.2018

Please register in Weboodi: 18.11.2017-25.1.2018

Scientific writing (YEB-104)

Alyce Whipp, Fri 9.00–12.00 / 20.4.–25.5.

Please register in Weboodi

Project management and leadership (YEB-112)

21.–23.3.2018, every day 9–17
Course outline

Please register in Weboodi: 20.11.2017-15.2.2018

Data exploration, regression, GLM & GAM (2 credits)


Teachers: Dr Alain F.Zuur and Dr. Elena Ieno, Highland Statisticsby HighlinR-course and GLM- statistical courses

Ma 19.3. 9-16.30 Minerva, K112
Ti 20.3. 9-16.30 Minerva, K112
Ke 21.3. 9-16.30 Aleksandria Atk K130
To 22.3. 9-16.30 Minerva, K114
Pe 23.3. 9-16.30 Aleksandria Atk K130

Minerva, Siltavuorenpenger 5A,
Time: 9–16:30

Please register in weboodi: 


Research Ethics, Online course (YEB-117)

The course is 1 ECTS and comprises of 27 hours of independent study.
Course outline

The course runs over 4 weeks online 2.3.-3.4.2018

Please register in Weboodi: YEB-117

Research Ethics, Worksop course (YEB-114)

The course is 1 ECTS and comprises of 2 workshop days.

8.3. and 20.3 8-12 at Biocenter 1, Seminar room 1401.3

Please register in weboodi: YEB-114

Esiintymiskurssi (YEB-099)

11.4., 13.4.., 17.-18.4., 20.4.., 24.-25.4 ja 27.4. 2018,  klo 9.00–13.45 (Teoria + harjoituksia)

Esiintymistaidon kurssi on tarkoitettu jatko-opiskelijoille, jotka haluavat varmuutta esiintymistilanteisiin, kuten luentojen, esitelmien ja puheiden pitämiseen. Kurssilla voit valmistautuaväitöstilaisuudessa esittämääsi lektioon tai vaihtoehtoisesti seminaariesitelmän pitämiseen. Kurssi edellyttää läsnäoloa kokoontumiskerroilla ja harjoituslektion tai harjoituspuheen pitämistä. Mahdollisten poissaolojen korvaamisesta tulee keskustella kurssin opettajan kanssa.  Kurssille otetaan 20–25 osallistujaa

Kurssin sisältö jakaantuu neljään osa-alueeseen:
1. Hengitys- ja puhetekniikkaan
2. Rentoutusharjoituksiin, joilla voi lieventää jännitystä
3. Esiintymiseen teknisenä suorituksena

4. Teatteri-improvisaation harjoituksiin

Kurssin opettaja on TeM Mia Pätsi,

OBS. This course is in Finnish

Rekisteröidy Weboodissa.YEB-099