Doctoral Programme in Food Chain and Health

The Doctoral Programme in Food Chain and Health (acronym FoodHealth) is a multidisciplinary doctoral programme in food sciences covering food science research throughout the whole food chain. It allows the examination of food from several complementary perspectives, as well as cooperation with the whole food sector. The multidisciplinary doctoral programme enables the examination of food from several complementary perspectives, as well as cooperation with the whole food sector. The food research areas are e.g. food chemistry, food control, food economy, food hygiene, food microbiology, food technology, food toxicology, meat inspection, microbiology of primary production and nutrition.

The doctoral programme has attracted doctoral candidates and researchers from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Multidisciplinary research activities and training are purposed to provide the candidates with a wide perspective to their research area and enable them to utilize their training not only in academia but also in industry.

In addition to the doctoral thesis, 30 credits of scientific content studies and 10 credits of general competence studies must be completed.

For students who started before 1.8.2017
All doctoral candidates must transfer to the new degree system if they do not complete their degree before 31.7.2020.

E-forms for transition to the new requirements


The old degree requirements

Ongoing and past courses in (click)

FoodHealth degree structure and courses in WebOodi

Place: Viikki campus
Teacher: Vesa Niskanen

Place: Hotel Arthur, Vuorikatu 19, Helsinki
Teacher: Mari Nevas
Registration: 17.4.2018 at 12:00 - 15.5.2018 at 16:00
Course page and registration:

Preliminary program (There might yet be slight changes in the titles of the presentations):


Considering the OneHealth theme, this course suits very well also to other than FoodHealth doctoral candidates. Please note that students from other doctoral programmes may be accepted if seats are available.

Place: Viikki campus
Teacher: Susanna Kariluoto

20.- 24.8.2018
Place: Viikki Campus (Infocenter room 139)
Teacher: Marja Mutanen
Registration and more info:
Preliminary program:


Place: Viikki campus
Teacher: Antti Knaapila

Training offered by YEB doctoral school

Courses offered by the Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences (YEB) teach skills necessary for all professional researchers and experts in other scientific positions regardless of their scientific background. Please refer to the YEB doctoral school website for the most recent information on available courses. Further information about the courses can also be obtained from YEB's coordinator.

It is also advisable that all FoodHealth students join the YEB mailing list to stay up-to-date on YEB activities. Information on joining the mailing list is available here. The most popular courses may fill up in few hours so follow actively your email and YEB website to get the newest information on course registration.

Seminars and other events in Viikki

Events taking place at the Viikki campus are listed in this calendar (however, most info is not up-to-date)
Cell Biology Club (by ILS doctoral programme )
Microbiology seminars (by MBDP doctoral programme)
Virus Club (by MBDP doctoral programme)
Developmental biology journal club
Genome club
Viikki Food Science seminars, program:

Courses and workshops elsewhere

Many courses relevant for FoodHealth doctoral candidates are organised all over the world.

You may find interesting and useful courses among these:

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

Student representative

More than 90 supervisors from 14 institutions are currently affiliated to FoodHealth. For a complete list, please follow the links below.

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Food and Nutrition

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Economics and Management

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Production Animal Medicine

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Biosciences

Institute of Biotechnology

Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Teacher Education

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Research

Ruralia Institute

Finnish Food Safety Authority EVIRA

Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes)

Folkhälsan Research Center

National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

  • Satu Männistö, Docent
  • Anja Siitonen, Professor
  • Liisa Valsta, Senior researcher
  • Suvi Virtanen, Professor

Natural Resources Institute Finland, LUKE

University of Eastern Finland

  • Sanna Talvia, Postodoctoral researcher

Valio Ltd.

  • Sari Mustonen, Senior researcher

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Each FoodHealth doctoral candidate must have a thesis advisory committee that evaluates the candidate's progress and offers the candidate support throughout his/her doctoral studies.The first meeting must be arranged within four months after being accepted to FoodHealth after which the subsequent meetings must take place annually. Reports of the meetings must be submitted to FoodHealth in a timely manner.

The thesis advisory committee’s tasks are to:

  • discuss the candidate’s research plan with him or her to ensure the plan is clear, feasible and relevant,
  • give the candidate constructive feedback on the progress of his or her postgraduate studies and research,
  • issue recommendations on studies supporting the candidate’s research work,
  • take up problems and/or issues that need to be addressed and notify the programme coordinator of them, and
  • help the candidate plan his or her post-dissertation career.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers

The candidate and the supervisor together should assemble the candidate's advisory committee. The committee must have at least two specialist members from a relevant field of research. Two of the members must hold the qualifications of a docent or equivalent knowledge and, to ensure objectivity, all of them must be independent of the candidate and the supervisor at the time of appointment.

There are no limitations as to where the committee members come from but it should be noted that neither FoodHealth nor the Faculties can offer financial support for their travel expenses. Many FoodHealth candidates may find at least one suitable committee member from one of the governmental research institutes (e.g. EVIRA and THL). It is also advisable that at least one of the committee members is well familiar with the requirements for a PhD degree to make sure that the candidate completes the obligatory studies early on in the course of his or her doctoral studies.

While the committee members may help the candidate in conceptual matters, and - should they and the candidate's research group so choose - even engage in scientific collaboration, it should be kept in mind that they are busy with students of their own and thus cannot be expected to contribute to data analysis etc.

The first meet­ing

The purpose of the first meeting is that the doctoral candidate introduces him/herself and the research plan to the committee. The candidate is responsible for arranging the meeting and he/she should start scheduling it well in advance due to the hectic schedules of researchers. It is also good to book a room for the meeting early on.

At least one week prior to the scheduled meeting the candidate must send the committee his/her research plan and a modified progress report. Even though certain points in the instructions do not apply to a candidate that has only recently started his/her doctoral studies, the report should follow the listed points as closely as possible.

In the meeting, which format is flexible, the research plan and the progress report should be discussed. At the end of the meeting there should be a session where the doctoral candidate may discuss with the group without the supervisor being present, after which the supervisor may discuss with the group without the candidate being present.

An­nual meet­ings

Meetings with the thesis advisory committee must take place annually, although on mutual agreement they may take place more often than once a year. If the first meeting was held during the spring term the annual meetings may also take place during the spring term.

The doctoral candidate must send the committee members a report of his or her progress (see below) and an up-dated research plan at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting. Main emphasis of the discussion should be placed on the report and the candidate's future plans. As the research plan was already introduced in the first meeting it is not necessary to go through it once again unless major changes have been made.

At the end of the meeting there should be a session where the candidate may discuss with the group without the supervisor being present, after which the supervisor may discuss with the group without the candidate being present. The supervisor is asked to send a brief report of this private discussion to the coordinator.

The pro­gress re­port

Please send this progress report BEFORE the annual meeting by filling in this e-form

Please send the progress report AFTER the annual meeting by filling in this e-form.

How and When to Apply

New doctoral candidates apply for the right to pursue a doctoral degree from their chosen doctoral programme. Make sure you are eligible for doctoral studies before applying! Applications are submitted via an electronic application form, please see more below.

The next round of applications will be held from April 3rd to April 16th, 2018 (closes at 15:00).

During the academic year 2017-2018 the application periods are as follows for Doctoral Programme:

  • 1-14 September, 2017
  • 1-14 November, 2017
  • 1-14 February, 2018
  • 3-16 April, 2018

General information on University webpages:

Apply for doctoral education (including information regarding language requirements


Please read carefully all the criteria before applying. All the applications, which do not fulfill the guidelines and criteria, will be rejected.

General guidelines on doctoral admissions in the University of Helsinki:

According to the Universities Act (558/2009) section 37 eligible applicants for studies leading to a postgraduate research degree have completed

  • An applicable second-cycle university degree,
  • An applicable second-cycle degree from a university of applied sciences, or
  • An applicable education at an institution abroad providing eligibility for equivalent higher education in the country in question.

In addition, applicants who have been accepted to complete a Licenciate of Veterinary Medicine, Licenciate of Medicine or Licenciate of Dentistry degree in the University of Helsinki, are eligible to apply.

The purpose of student selection is to assess the motivation, commitment and aptitude of the applicants for studies. The right to complete a doctoral degree is granted on the basis of diplomas, certificates and other documents. The admission criteria include previous academic performance, the applicable content of previous studies to the prospective doctoral programme, the study plan and the research proposal.

Doctoral Programme selection criteria:

Before applying, you must have a research topic and supervisor for your PhD studies. A list of supervisors who are affiliated with the FOODHEALTH can be found above. After familiarising yourself with the application details you should contact a potential supervisor to discuss a suitable research topic, and your study and funding plans. These will need to be confirmed at the time of applying for study rights.

FOODHEALTH specific selection criteria in detail here.  


Applications are submitted via an electronic application form. The application form can be completed in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Follow the link - links are open when the call is open:

Finnish application form
Swedish application form
English application form

Prepare your application carefully, concentrating on the following sections below and all the required attachments to support your application.

  • Find a supervisor: In many ways, the most important person in the whole process of obtaining a doctoral degree is your supervisor. He or she will supervise your research and guide you through your studies. Applications to FOODHEALTH require that you have a supervisor when you submit your application. Please, use this form.  An extensive list of Doctoral Programme supervisors can be found above. After finding a potential supervisor, contact him or her to discuss your research ideas and plans. Please note that professors and principal investigators get dozens of emails from potential doctoral candidates. If you want to get your email noticed, you must give the professor/ principal investigator the information they need, quickly, clearly and professionally.
  • Find a responsible professor for your doctoral studies and thesis.
  • Write a research plan, it should be written directly to the electronic application form in Finnish, in Swedish or in English. Please see some guidelines for the research plan. The following fields related to the research plan are included in the electronic application form (the number in parentheses indicates the maximum number of characters per field, spaces included):

    - Brief summary of the research plan (1500)
    - Significance of the project in relation to current knowledge (1500)
    - Objectives of the research (2000)
    - Effects and impact beyond academia (500)
    - Research methods (2000)
    - Research material to be used and its significance for the research project (1000)
    - Data management plan (1500)
    - Critical points for success, alternative implementation strategies (500)
    - Ethical issues (1000)
    - Publication plan (including a preliminary outline of a monograph) (1000)
    - Methods for ensuring open access (more information available on the University Library's website, 500)
    - Schedule for the research (500)
    - Funding plan for research and doctoral studies (500)
    - Applied funding and salaried positions (500)
    - Motivation for choosing the University of Helsinki as the site of doctoral research and motivation for selecting the doctoral programme (500)
    - Mobility plan (500)
    - The most important research literature and/or sources (1000)

  • Compose a study plan: consult the Doctoral Programme degree structure to plan your doctoral studies.

Documents to be attached to your electronic application form:

  • Copies of your previous degree certificate(s) (Master's degree or equivalent and potential Bachelor's degree)
  • Transcript of records for your previous degree(s) (Master's degree or equivalent and potential Bachelor's degree)
  • Certificate of language proficiency from a language test rather than through your educational background. NOTE! This document must also be sent in paper form to Admissions Services AND must arrive by the application deadline. Instructions for English, Finnish or Swedish language proficiency.
  • A permit by an Ethical Review Board and/or by the National Animal Experiment Board, if required by the research arrangement
  • A signed letter of commitment from your supervisor(s) and the responsible professor. Please note that you don't need a signature from the thesis committee members.

Additional documents to be sent by post (NOTE: Only applicants whose previous degree is not from the University of Helsinki):

  • An officially certified copy of your previous degree certificate (Master's degree or equivalent)
  • An official transcript of studies included in the Master's degree (or equivalent)
  • Certificate of language proficiency from a language test

Please see more instructions here, please check also if the country-specific requirements apply to you. NOTE: The copies that are not certified as required will be invalid for the application process and the application will be rejected.

Submitting the application

Applications, along with the required additional documents, must be submitted by the end of the application period. Applications are submitted via an electronic application form, which closes at 15:00 EEST on the last day of the round of applications. Applications and additional documents sent by email are not accepted. Incomplete applications are not considered.


The doctoral programme's board assesses all applications to the programme that meet the formal requirements. The board draws up an admission proposal indicating the names of the admitted and rejected applicants, together with the reasons for each decision. The final decision is made by the degree-awarding faculty.

All applicants are informed about the decision by e-mail. The offered study right has to be accepted within a set time limit after the decision has been sent. Those who fail to report whether they accept the offer or to submit the requested documents by the deadline will lose their place.

Timetable for the decisions (application period from 3rd to 16th April 2018):

Application period

  Letters of acceptance to be sent by

  Deadline for accepting the offer

 Study right begins


3-16th April 2018


15th June 2018


29th June 2018


2nd July 2018






The so-called one place rule has extended to cover all education leading to a university degree, including doctoral and licentiate degrees. The rule of one study place per term concerns all degree programme application options.

Applicants dissatisfied with admissions decisions may appeal in writing to the faculty council or a body appointed by it within 14 days of the announcement of the admission results. Should you receive a decision rejecting your application, it will be accompanied by information on the appeals procedure.


For further information, please contact the University of Helsinki Admission Services,

The University of Helsinki – Among the best in the world

Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 9 other locations. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the business sector.
The doctoral education system of the University of Helsinki consists of four doctoral schools and 32 doctoral programmes. All doctoral candidates must belong to a doctoral programme.

The University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme In Food Chain and Health (FoodHealth) invites applications for two (2) funded doctoral candidate positions for a 1–4 year period starting from 1.1.2018. Advertisement
The duration of the employment contract depends on the phase of the appointee's thesis.


Call Information
Application for doctoral candidate positions within the FoodHealth, starting January 2018 will be open 1-14 September 2017.
Applicants should have a Master’s degree or equivalent.
Applicants should already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki or be applying in the September 2017 round of applications.
Doctoral research and studies are to be carried out under the guidance of one of the FoodHealth supervisors. Supervisors should be contacted in advance of applying to agree on a project and supervision. Applications will not be accepted with no prior supervisor agreement.

The Doctoral Programme in Food Chain and Health is one of the programmes in the Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences (YEB). The director of the doctoral programme is Janne Lunden from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The doctoral program aims to train scientific researchers in the following themes: food chemistry, food control, food economy, food hygiene, food microbiology, food technology, food toxicology, meat inspection, microbiology of primary production and nutrition. Doctoral training includes a varied international teaching program, participation in courses and meetings within and outside Finland and networking opportunities.

The employment contract will be drawn up by the University of Helsinki which offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary will be based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary will be EUR 2065–3022 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and work experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.

Applications in English must be completed using University’s e-Rekry (available during the application period of 1-14 September 2017).

Please note that this application is only for the funded position. It does not contain a post-graduate study right. Please see Admissions to apply for a post-graduate study right.

Avoimet työpaikat:

Open positions:

Lediga anställningar:

Closing date for applications is 23:59 EEST, 14 September 2017.
All fields on the form MUST be completed. Please check all the information is correct before submitting the form. Instructions to e-Rekry application can be found here. Please, note our programme-specific instructions for additional attachments !

Application Criteria
In order to apply for funded doctoral candidate positions in FoodHealth, the applicant must fulfill the following criteria:
1. The applicant must have completed their Master's thesis and degree (or equivalent) by the closing date of the funded call 14 September 2017 OR must hold the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment (1 January 2018).
2. The applicant is motivated and capable of carrying out the doctoral project within four years.
3. The applicant must be able to provide evidence of language proficiency in English, Finnish or Swedish according to the University of Helsinki admissions requirements (based on Master's study requirements.
4. The applicant and supervisor(s) have together agreed on a project and timetable for the doctoral research and studies.

Application documents

Note that you will need to include the following attachments as a single pdf file in the order specified below. This file can be attached in the last step of the application submission procedure.

Please name the pdf file with your last name and the initials of your first name.

  1. A free-form 1-page commitment letter addressed to the Steering Committee of the Doctoral Programme in Food Chain and Health
  2. A research plan not exceeding six pages in length and excluding the reference list (The reference list should be placed after the research plan.)
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. A transcript of academic records or a personal statement on academic performance
  5. A list of publications. Mark the thesis article(s) with the star(s). Please, include authors, the name of the article, the name of the journal, the volume and pages. Add also the status of the article (published, accepted, submitted, manuscript) and information on the peer review system of the journal.
  6. A signed free-form statement of the principal supervisor

All documents are preferred to be submitted in English (Finnish and Swedish are also suitable). The documents must be received by Thursday the 14th of September, 2017 at 23:59 o'clock Finnish time. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered!


Application Procedure
1. Application via University's e-Rekry (online application form) is open from 1-14 September 2017. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
2. Supervisor statements must be added as an attachment to the application.
3. All applications will be evaluated by members of an evaluation panel made up of board members.
4. Interviews for selected applicants will be held on 8th November 2017 on the Viikki campus. Interview invitations will be sent via email between 12-17 October.
5. Final decisions will be made by the end of November 2017 following the interviews and evaluations. All applicants will be informed of the selection by email and a list of accepted students will be available on these web pages.

Evaluation Criteria
Applications received in time, accompanied by a supervisor statement and fulfilling the application criteria will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
1. Scientific relevance and ambition of the research topic
2. Quality of the research plan
3. Quality of the research environment and supervisory arrangements
4. Motivation and potential of the applicant to develop into an independent researcher

Privacy statement regarding personal data

Dis­ser­ta­tion com­ple­tion grant

The dissertation completion grant can be used for writing the summarising report of the thesis. In addition to the summarising report one article may remain incomplete at the beginning of the grant period. The maximum length of the grant period is three months. The grant cannot be used or applied for after the thesis has been submitted to pre-examination.

The decision about the grant will be made by YEB doctoral school. If the application has been submitted by the end of the month the decision will be made by the 21st of the following month. During Christmas and summer holidays the review process may take longer and applicants should take that into account when planning their schedule.

For further information please read these instructions.


Guidelines for the examination of doctoral dissertations

In the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

In the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine



It is important to allow enough time for all the bureaucratical steps before and after the public examination of your dissertation. Please refer to the website of your faculty with the latest information on the steps towards graduation. In general, doctoral dissertations are discussed in two faculty council meetings before the public examination and in one after the examination. So, when planning your schedule it is good to check the dates of the faculty council meetings well in advance.

Please, note that all the courses must be completed and registered in WebOodi before leaving the thesis for the pre-examination.

In the first faculty council meeting the pre-examiners of the dissertation are appointed. After this, in the second faculty council meeting the student is granted with the permission to defend the dissertation in a public examination, and the opponent and custodian are appointed. Finally, after the defence the dissertation is approved and graded in the third faculty council meeting.

Rember also that the doctor's diploma is not issued automatically but must be requested using a form available at the faculty homepage.


YEB doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tion series

The Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences (YEB) has its own series in which docotral candidates can publish their doctoral thesis. Students choosing to publish their thesis in the series will receive assistance with the cover design of the thesis and all other practical matters regarding the publication of the thesis. The thesis can also be published in other series or without a series.

More information on how to publish a thesis in the YEB series is available here.


The pub­lic ex­am­in­a­tion

When the time to defend your thesis is getting closer you should familiarize yourself with both the university and faculty instructions. In the university instructions you can find useful information on, for example:

  • preparing yourself for the public examination
  • dress code
  • lectio praecursoria
  • phrases you are supposed to say at certain points of the examination

The defence custodian will also inform you of the practical details related to the public examination.



The post-doctoral party, or karonkka, is an academic tradition that marks the end of the dissertation process. The doctoral candidate arranges the karonkka to thank the opponent, the custodian and others who have contributed to the work. In addition to them, the invitees to the post-doctoral party should include professors working in the field of the dissertation and others who have aided in the dissertation work. Nowadays, doctoral candidates may invite friends and family along with members of the academic community to this party.

You can find information on the karonkka traditions at the University of Helsinki in here. The site gives useful tips on things such as:

  • invitations to the party
  • dress code
  • seating arrangements
  • programme of the party

It is also a good idea to talk with your friends who have defended recently and ask them for advice. The doctoral programme coordinator may also give some tips.

And lastly, a few things to consider. Towards the end of the spring and autumn term there will be more and more doctoral candidates defending their theses. Furthermore, during summertime there are weddings and before Christmas there are Christmas parties. Thus it is good to book the lecture hall as well as the banquet facility well in advance.

While searching for a banquet facility you might find the City of Helsinki meeting planners' site and the GoExperience site useful. In some places you are allowed to organise the catering as you like, while in some you must get the dinner from the facility. If the catering is unrestricted, you can ask around for a good catering company or google for one. Some banquet facilities may also be able to recommend catering companies.

Once the menu is finalised you may go to Alko with it to get tips on wines to go with the food. The staff knows their wines very well and can also help you on deciding how much you need.

If you want to follow the old karonkka traditions your guest of honor, the opponent, should be seated on your right and the custodian on your left. Your primary supervisor should be seated to the second chair on your right and possible other supervisors to the second chair on your left, to the third chair on your right etc. If the pre-examiners of your thesis attend the karonkka they should be seated after the opponent and the custodian in which case the supervisors are seated to the following chairs on the right and left.

For the speech it is a good idea to write yourself a little list of people you want to thank. Giving the speech may be a very emotional moment and an important name might slip out of your mind. Reserve a handkerchief for yourself too as tears are not a rarity in karonkkas.

It is a custom to tinkle a glass with a spoon to let people know you are about that start your speech. You should start your speech by first thanking and proposing a toast to your opponent and then to the custodian, followed by your supervisors and others you wish to thank. You may also give a little gift to the opponent, the custodian and your supervisors. The opponent, the custodian and your supervisors will reply in the same order you mentioned their names. Many people will reply to you but some may choose not to do so.

Good luck with everything!


Since the founding of the doctoral programme in 2014 more than 30 doctoral candidates have graduated from FoodHealth. Below you can find all FoodHealth dissertations and the date of defense.



41. Noora Mäkelä, 10 November 2017
Cereal β-glucan in aqueous solutions: Oxidation and structure formation

40. Anna Murros, 27 October 2017
Identification and characterization of yersinia from food and environmental sources

39. Sara Kovanen, 22 September 2017
Molecular Epidemiology of Campylobacter jejuni in the Genomic Era

38. Sini Forssell, 15 September 2017
Perspectives into the sustainability promise of alternative food networks

37. Taneli Tirkkonen, 16 June 2017
Porcine mycobacteriosis caused by Mycobacterium avium subspecies hominissuis

36. Essi Päivärinta, 12 May 2017
Cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus) and its components as chemopreventive constituents in ApcMin mice and human colon adenocarcinoma cells

35. Tuija Kantala, 28 April 2017
Presence of hepatitis E virus (HEV) and markers for HEV infection in production swine, human patients with unexplained hepatitis, and veterinarians in Finland

34. Katja Selby, 24 March 2017
Growth temperature variation and heat stress response of Clostridium botulinum


33. Bhawani Chamlagain, 25 November 2016
Fermentation fortification of active vitamin B12 in food matrices using Propionibacterium freudenreichii: Analysis, production and stability

32. Tiina Läikkö-Roto, 11 November 2016
Enhancing the efficacy of local official food controls in finland

31. Outi Nyholm, 4 November 2016
Virulence variety and hybrid strains of diarrheagenic Escherichia coli in Finland and Burkina Faso

30. Satu Tähkäpää, 28 October 2016
Challenges in implementing food safety legislation

29. Xin Huang, 30 September 2016
Metal-catalysed oxidation of cereal prolamins for gluten-free applications

28. Qiao Shi, 29 September 2016
Synthesis and structural characterization of glucooligosaccharides and dextran from Weissella confusa dextransucrases

27. Riina Tolvanen, 2 September 2016
Control of Listeria monocytogenes in the food industry

26. Jiao Liu, 29 June 2016
Denaturation of myofibrillar and sarcoplasmic proteins in pale, soft and exudative-like meat: Effects on water-holding

25. Katariina Rommi, 10 June 2016
Enzyme-aided recovery of protein and protein hydrolyzates from rapeseed cold-press cake

24. Satu Olkkola, 3 June 2016
Antimicrobial Resistance and Its Mechanisms among Campylobacter coli and Campylobacter upsaliensis with a Special Focus on Streptomycin

23. Janne Huovila, 16 April 2016
Tapauskohtaisuuden taju - Julkisen ravitsemusymmärryksen yksilöllistyminen ja ravitsemusasiantuntijuus 2000-luvun mediateksteissä

22. Susanna Heikkinen, 29 January 2016
Biodegradable films from cereal arabinoxylans


21. Ann-Katrin Llarena, 14 December 2015
Population genetics and molecular epidemiology of Campylobacter jejuni

20. Aino-Maria Immonen, 27 November 2015
Essays on emotional influences in consumer food choice: Understanding emotional intricacies in consumers' price vs. ethicality trade-off decisions, and perceptions of genetically modified food products

19. Matthew Omoruyi, 6 November 2015
Mutagenic and oestrogenic activities of commercially processed food items and water samples: a comparison between finland and Nigeria

18. Jose Martin Ramos Diaz, 30 October 2015
Use of amaranth, quinoa, kañiwa and lupine for the development of gluten-free extruded snacks

17. Suvi Suurnäkki, 25 September 2015
Anatoxin-a and odorous metabolites in cyanobacteria: molecular detection of the producers

16. Hairan Ma, 11 September 2015
Role of chemical and enzymatic modifications of milk proteins on emulsion stability/properties: Approaches for more stable protein emulsions

15. Carolin Kolmeder, 28 May 2015
Metaproteomics of the Human Intestinal Tract to Assess Microbial Functionality and Interactions with the Host

14. Riitta Rahkila, 8 May 2015
Taxonomy and diversity of coccal lactic acid bacteria associated with meat and the meat processing environment

13. Annelie Damerau, 28 March 2015
Oxidative stability of solid foods with dispersed lipids

12. Yagmur Derman, 2 February 2015
Stress response of group i and ii clostridium botulinum

11. David Kirk, 30 January 2015
Alternative sigma factors F, E, G, and K in Clostridium botulinum sporulation and stress response

10. Eveliina Palonen, 9 January 2015
Sequence variability of virulence genes and stress responses in Yersinia pseudotuberculosis


9. Jonna Jalanka, 5 December 2014
Characterization of Intestinal Microbiota in Healthy Adults and the Effect of Perturbations

8. Zhen Zhang, 28 November 2014
Characterization of neurotoxin gene location, toxigenesis and cold tolerance in clostridium botulinum

7. Kevin Deegan, 22 November 2014
A novel pre-treatment for cheese production: Biochemistry, sensory perception and consumer acceptance

6. Katja Hätönen, 24 October 2014
Challenges in measuring glycaemic index

5. Maria Rönnqvist, 24 October 2014
Noroviruses on surfaces: Detection, transfer and inactivation

4. Maija Marttinen, 24 June 2014
Dietary plant sterols and stanols from enrichment: Effects in an experimental model of colon cancer and intake in the Finnish population

3. Laila Seppälä, 11 April 2014
Domestic apple cultivars: Sensory descriptions and consumer responses

2. Minnamari Edelmann, 7 March 2014
Occurrence and natural enhancement of folate in oats and barley

1. Sonja Virtanen, 21 February 2014
Epidemiology of Yersinia enterocolitica on pig farms.

Minisym­po­sia prior to doc­toral de­fence

FoodHealth encourages doctoral candidates to organise a minisymposium prior to their doctoral defence and provides funding for it on the condition that the candidate - not the thesis supervisor - takes the main responsibility of organising the event.

The topic of the minisymposium must be wider than the title of the candidate's PhD thesis and be of general interest. The minisymposium must be at least a half-day-event with 3-4 presenters. The speakers of the minisymposium may include, for example, the defence opponent, dissertation pre-examiners and other scientists working in the field of the minisymposium.

The maximum sum of the funding is 1000 € per symposium and it can be used for speakers' travel and accommodation expenses as well as for the symposium coffee service. Planning officer of FoodHealth or coordinator of YEB Doctoral School can help with the arrangements if needed.

Funding for a minisymposium must be applied at least six weeks before the planned symposium date. To apply, please send the doctoral programme planning officer ( a free-form application with the following:

  • The title of your PhD thesis
  • The title and a short description of the minisymposium including its scientific relevance
  • A tentative list of invited speakers and the topic they are asked to cover in their talk (the exact titles of the talks can be decided later on)
  • A budget for the minisymposium including the speakers' travel and accommodation costs

After funding is secured you should book a room for the symposium and advertise it. An advertisement should be delivered to the planning officer who will post it on FoodHealth's homepage and to relevant email-lists.


Lists for doc­toral can­did­ates

All FoodHealth doctoral candidates should join the Foodhealth-mail1(at) mailing list, which is used to advertise FoodHealth's activities as well as to distribute information relevant to PhD candidates. Another relevant mailing list is the YEB doctoral school list. Also, consult your supervisor for other relevant mailing lists to join.

To subscribe, send an e-mail to majordomo(at) Leave the subject-line empty and in the message field write subscribe Foodhealth-mail1 (or yeb-doctoralschool). Please note that you must use your email address or other official address (,, ect.) to join the list. Addresses like are not allowed.

The Foodhealth-mail1 list is a closed list. This means that all list subscriptions must be approved by the FoodHealth coordinator. After the coordinator has approved your subscription you will get an email from majordomo asking you to confirm your subscription. Only after that you will become a member of the list. Only list members are able to post messages on the list.

To unsubscribe the list send an e-mail to majordomo(at) and write in the message field unsubscribe Foodhealth-mail1 and nothing else. Please note that you should send the email from the same address that you joined the list with.

List for su­per­visors

Supervisors are encouraged to join the Foodhealth-list(at) list. To subscribe, send an e-mail to majordomo(at) Leave the subject-line empty and in the message field write subscribe Foodhealth-list. You are welcome to join the list even if you are currently not supervising a FoodHealth candidate.

Programme administration and coordination

Planning officer
Dr. Liisa Uotila
Tel: +358-2941 24848
Mobile: +358-50-3789272

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