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.

See Instructions for students website for more information about

  • Registering courses and activities completed elsewhere (conferences etc) and
  • Registering study modules.

Ongoing and past courses in (click)

MBDP degree structure & courses in WEBOODI (click)

Upcoming courses:

Basics in R

February 25-26 2019
More info coming soon!

Innate immunology practicals - lab course

Laboratory work
MMB-404, 5 cr
Ritva Virkola, Benita Westerlund-Wikström
04.03.2019 - 22.03.2019
More information and registration:

Advanced studies in cell & developmental biology 2019: Plant Cell Walls

DPPS-102, 3 cr
Kristiina Hilden, Anna Kärkönen, Karen Sims-Huopaniemi, Michael Wrzaczek,
18.02.2019 - 22.02.2019
More information and registration:

Advanced Studies in Environmental Interactions 2019: Fungal Interactions - Theme I "Multitrophic Interactions"

DPPS-106, 2 cr
Frederick Asiegbu, Andriy Kovalchuk
15.05.2019 - 17.05.2019
More information and registration:

Advanced Studies in Environmental Interactions 2019: Fungal Interactions - Theme II "Mutualistic and Pathogenic Interactions"

DPPS-106, 2 cr
Frederick Asiegbu, Andriy Kovalchuk
13.06.2019 - 13.06.2019
More information and registration:

Linux Basics

In August

Advanced Linux

Autumn 2019





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

15.2. Joanna Kowalczyk (Department of Microbiology, UH)
Fungal regulatory mechanisms controlling production of plant biomass degrading enzymes

22.3. Heli Putaala (DuPont Nutrition and Health)

12.4. Lotta-Riina Sundberg (Department of Biological and Environmental Science and Nanoscience Center, University of Jyväskylä)
Coevolutionary arms race in phage-bacterium interactions


Organiser: Miia Mäkelä, miia.r.makela(at)
8 attendances = 1 ECTS, own presentation = 1 ECTS
Maximum Microbiology Seminar credits = 3 ECTS


Infocenter room 4

On selected Thursdays at 14.30 (note time)

7.2. Miao Jiang (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences & THL):
Novel siRNA strategy for prevention of influenza A virus infection
Maija Pollari (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry):
HOST-VIRUS crosstalk: the potyviral silencing suppressor HCPro interacts with host
ARGONAUTE1 to support systemic spread and virus particle accumulation

7.3. Ravi Ojha (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences):
Insights into Vesicular Stomatitis virus Mechanisms of Unconventional Translation

4.4. Reza Sadeghi (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry):
Sarah Butcher (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences):
Activation of Echovirus 1 under physiological conditions

2.5. Johanna Santala (Finnish Food Authority):
Small RNA sequencing in plant virus diagnostics

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.

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