Courses and Events

The date and time when registration for a particular course opens in WebOodi 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.

ILS degree structure and all courses and other study units in Weboodi.

Upcoming courses:

HiLIFE symposium: Ex­plor­ing Cel­lu­lar Com­plex­ity by Cryo-EM

28th February, Helsinki, Finland
See more info: LINK

ILS-110 Growth factors and their receptors

Teachers: Mart Saarma, Vera Kovaleva
Time: Tue & Thu 14-16, 11.3-5.5.2019, except 16.-23.4.
Room: Biocenter 2, room 1015
More info and registration:
Course program

ILS-117 Workshop on cryo-electron microscopy  and
CryoEM image reconstruction workshop 

Responsible teacher: Juha Huiskonen
Preliminary dates 4.-15.3.2019, full days
Place: CryoEM unit and room 1401.4, Biocenter 1
More info and registration in ILS-117 and ILS-118

Variant analysis with GATK

Course organizers: Matti Kankainen (FIMM), CSC and ILS.
Time: 14.5. (lecture day, Haartman Institute) and 15.-17.5. (hands-on days, CSC, Espoo).
More information, course programme and registration:

ILS students may register for free (register in the correct category and give your study number). For everybody else the course cost is 60 euros/day +VAT. ILS students may also receive 2 credits for participating in both lecture and hands-on parts of the course.

ILS expects all those who register to show up at the course, otherwise the participation fee will be collected from you.

(You can also find the same info in WebOodi and courses page under ‘ILS-131 NGS variant calling’. However, registration is done only in CSC registration form.)


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Doctoral School in Health Sciences offers courses in transferable skills (general competence studies). See list below.

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Cell Biology Club

The Cell Biology Club seminar series will be organized on selected Thursdays at 14.15-15.30. Coffee is served at 14.00. Everybody welcome! 

Place: Biocenter 2, room 1015 or 2012 (remember to check the room!)

Cell Biology Club Spring 2019

31.1. room Biocenter 2, 1015
Juha Saarikangas, young group leader presentation, “Aggregating knowledge about aging”

7.3. room Biocenter 2, 1015
Katri Kallio/ group Eeva-Liisa Eskelinen "Visualizing the phagophore assembly site in 3D by electron tomography"
Kristen Kurzeborn/group Satu Kuure “ MAPK signaling affects branching morphogenesis through changes in physical properties of ureteric bud tip cells”

4.4. room Biocenter 2, 2012
Minna Poukkula,
young group leader presentation
"Regulation of cell shape changes by actin disassembly"

2.5. room Biocenter 2, 2012
Hanna Ruhanen /group Reijo Käkelä
“Hepatic lipid metabolism in cardiometabolic diseases – protective and adverse effects of genetic variants”  
Vivi Deckwirth / group Sari Tojkander “TBA”

Organiser: Dr Sari Tojkander, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
See also WebOodi: ILS-113 and ILS-114

Molecules Club

The Structural Biology and Biophysics (SBB) Molecules Club has been held monthly (since Autumn 2016), normally on Tuesdays 9.15-10 am, and feature the talks from Viikki campus research groups on molecular biosciences and structural biology and biophysics, as well as from invited guest speakers. The club is held in Biocenter 3 3rd floor, seminar room 3401 (unless otherwise specified). The meetings are open to all. Credits will be available for students (instructions coming soon).

Keni Vidilaseris/Goldman lab, Faculty of Biosciences
"Asymmetry in catalysis by Thermotoga maritima membrane-bound pyrophosphatase demonstrated by a non-phosphorous allosteric inhibitor."


"Protein production services at VTT"


Prof. Juha Saarikangas/HILife, Helsinki Institute of Life Science

Updated programme here

Developmental biology journal club (ILS-109)

Weekly journal club held every Thursday at 9.00-10.00 during the semester.
Room: Biocenter 3, seminar room 3401. Coffee and refreshments are served.

Spring 2019 speakers:

7.2 Stem cell seminar
14.2 Jyoti Satta
28.2 Ana-Marija Sulic
7.3 Martin Kracklauer
14.3 Kristen Kurtzeborn
21.3 Otto Mäkelä
28.3 Kaia Achim (research seminar)
4.4 Isabel Mogollon
11.4 Hao Li
18.4 Yunxian Huang
25.4 Qiang Lan
9.5 Swetha Gopalakrishnan
16.5 Stem cell seminar
23.6 reserved

Link to WebOodi: ILS-109

Credits: 1-3 op, maximum 3 op (1 from attendance, 2 from presentations).
Organizer: Dr. Osamu Shimmi
Program and instructions:


Genome Club

On selected Thursdays at 15:15 in Biocenter 3, room 3402 (unless otherwise mentioned).

January 24th
Pasi Rastas from the Auvinen lab
How to anchor genomes with linkage maps

Jaan-Olle Andressoo
Gene Knock Up via 3'UTR editing to study gene function

April 25th 
Hans Mattila from Taina Lundell lab
“Coregulation of wood-decay fungal metabolic pathways under changing atmospheric conditions”
Mikko Kivikoski from Löytynoja lab
“Digging into linkage maps: Frequency and distribution of crossing-overs”

Jukka-Pekka Verta Primmer lab

TBD Löytynoja lab

Organizer: Susana Garcia,

Tool Of the Month (TOM) is a monthly course to discuss various tools and methods that we, bioinformaticians, use in our research. We discuss various bioinformatics relevant algorithms, softwares, packages in R/Python/Perl/any-of-your-favourite-language. And if you want to talk about your research/tool/method that’s even better!

Link to TOM program:

  • Microbiology seminars (by MBDP doctoral programme)
  • Virus Club (by MBDP doctoral programme)
  • NorDoc network (Scandinavian network in health sciences)
  • NOVA network (Scandinavian network for veterinary medicine, agriculture & forestry)
    • 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).
  • CSC, IT-center for sciences

  • Na­tional courses FinBioNet page (→ FinBioNet course calendar)