Courses and events

The date and time when registration for a particular course opens is given in the course announcement. Once the call is opened a deadline for registrations is given. Usually the call for applications opens approximately one month and closes approximately two weeks before the course starts. These are only guidelines – always check the deadlines for the course you are interested in! Please follow your email and the doctoral programme homepages to stay up-to-date on courses.

Ongoing and past courses in (click)

MBDP degree structure & courses in WEBOODI (click)

Experimental Evolution and Community Dynamics 2018

Time: Sept. 10th - 12th 2018
Place: University of Helsinki / Tvärminne Zoological Station
More info and registration:

Introduction to Linux

Time: September 11 – 12 (full day)
Place: Viikki Infocenter Korona, room 139
Course page and registration: LINK

Human microbiome

Time: 24.10-26.10.2018
Place: CK120, Haartman Institiute, Haartmaninkatu 3, Meilahti, Helsinki
Responsible teachers: Reetta Satokari and Jonna Jalanka
Credits: 1-3 cr
Lectures 1 cr
Lecture notes/summary/learning diary + 1 cr
Own presentation (course schedule allowing) + 1 cr
Registration opens in August
Course page: LINK
Preliminary program:

Environmental biotechnology laboratory course

Time: 5.-16.11.2018, every day 9-16
Place: University of Helsinki, Lahti campus, teaching laboratory
Credits: 5 ECTS
Teachers: Merja Kontro, Martin Romantschuk
Course page:


FALL 2018
Fridays at 9.15 in Biocentre 2, seminar room 2012 unless otherwise mentioned

21.9. Timo Lehti (Translational Cancer Biology Research Programme, UH)
Transkingdom interactions between bacteriophages and eukaryotes: Internalization of phages into mammalian cells

19.10. Hanna-Mari Sinkko (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, UH)
Pet dogs reflect dietary and lifestyle determinants of gut microbiota with potential allergy-associated effects

16.11. Taina Pennanen (Natural Resources Institute Finland, LUKE)
Unearthing mechanisms behind the growth rate in Norway spruce – role of fungal diversity

14.12. Maria Pajunen (Haartman Institute, UH)
Screening of bacteriophage genomes for toxic gene products

Organiser: Elina Roine, elina.roine(at)
8 attendances = 1 ECTS, own presentation = 1 ECTS
Maximum Microbiology Seminar credits = 3 ECTS


FALL 2018
Infocenter room 4

On selected Thursdays at 14.30 (note time)

6.9. Giuseppe Balistreri (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences):
How intracellular ions regulate cell and virus protein synthesis 

4.10. Tania Quirin (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry):
The RNA capping enzyme domain is essential for Flock House virus replication    
Saija Kiljunen (Faculty of Medicine):
Helsinki Phage Therapy Iniative

1.11. Anna Koslova  (Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg):
From retroviruses to virophages: Study of virophage Mavirus DNA integration in the host genome
Andres Lõhmus (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry):
Coat protein regulation of potato virus A
14.12. SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM (note: on Friday, exact place and time TBA)
David Stuart (University of Oxford):
Mart Krupovic (Institut Pasteur, Paris): TBA 

Organiser: Tero Ahola, Department of Food and Environmental Sciences
Phone: +358 50 448 5970, e-mail: tero.ahola(at)
8 attendances = 1 ECTS, own presentation = 1 ECTS
Maximum Virus Club credits = 3 ECTS

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.

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 )
  • Developmental biology journal club
  • Genome club
  • Food Science seminar series


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

    You may find interesting and useful courses among these:

    • PhD courses organised by the NOVA network
      The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine are members of the NOVA (The Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University Network). Students of member faculties may participate on NOVA courses free of charge (travel and accommodation not included).
    • NorDoc – Nordic Doctoral Training in Health Sciences network provides doctoral training courses in health offered by the NorDoc partner organisations
    • PhD courses organised by other doctoral programmes and schools
    • Information skills courses by the Helsinki University Library
    • Career planning courses by the University of Helsinki Career Services
    • You may also find relevant courses in the Master’s Programmes of the University of Helsinki.
    • Or you can search from all University of Helsinki courses in English.
    • CSC – IT center for science arranges many kinds of courses and workshops
    • See national course list, for example, in FinBioNet (Finnish Doctoral Programme Network in Life Sciences) page → FinBioNet course calendar