Courses and events

Many of the skills doctoral candidates acquire are transferable as candidates become excellent problem solvers, learn to present their ideas both orally and in writing and get experienced in project management. To further this learning and promote active career planning both inside and outside academia DONASCI organises targeted courses in transferable skills. Topical research courses are organised by the doctoral programmes and departments.

The courses organised by the school are primarily intended for doctoral candidates of the school. If the number of course applicants exceeds the number of available seats, the participants are selected in this order:

  1. Doctoral candidates in DONASCI doctoral programmes in order of registration
  2. Doctoral candidates in other doctoral schools of the University of Helsinki in order of registration
  3. Others in order of registration

Recreational Day of Doctoral School of Natural Sciences 11.6.2018

The program included treetop climbing at Treetop Adventure Huippu and group activities on the ground during the afternoon and buffet dinner at the GLO Hotel in Espoo.



Orientation day for new Doctoral Candidates

The shool organizes twice a year an orientation event for all new students.  We will first have an information session and after a small cocktail event.

The content of the information session:

  • Degree structures and course

  • International mobility

  • Research community

  • Completing your degree and career prospects

  • Digital services and support services

More information about the event will be sent later.


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

FIRST MEETING 14.9.2018 at 9-16  at Viikki (Poster theory and instructions for posters, access to online poster creation tutorials/ demoing the software.

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)


DONAS -112 Career opportunities & job application (2 credits)

How to pre­pare for ap­ply­ing for a job

Time: 2.10-11.12.2018

This course will prepare you for applying for a job (mainly outside academia). You will learn how to write your CV and a cover letter for a job application and get real life experience from a job interview. Students participating on this course will contact the companies and obtain job advertisements for the course and prepare an application to two of them.

Teachers: Career Counselor Minna-Rosa Kanniainen from University of Helsinki Career Services

1st meeting: 2.10.2018 at  9-12 (Kumpula), Instructions, Introduction to career planning & job hunting (in Finland)

3.10.- 22.10.2018: MOODLE-working: Contacting companies, timetables for interviews

2nd meeting 23.10. 2018 at 9-12, Kumpula, How to write your CV and a cover letter for a job application

24.10-30.10.2018: MOODLE working:Preparing your job application documents

30.10 DL for job applications and CVs at MOODLE

3 rd meeting 13.11. 2018 9-12 (Kumpula): Feedback of the applications, instructions to interviews

Week 46: Finalizing applications and sending to employers/participating organizations  

Weeks 47-49: Interviews at companies

4th meeting: 11.12. 2018  at 13-17, Seminar together with employers)/participating organizations

Registration: Please register in WebOodi DONAS-112   (registration open: 15.8-14.9.2018)


Grant writing 1, DONAS-103

1 credit

Kumpula: 20.8.-3.9.2018, Mon 9-12

Teacher:Vanessa Fuller

Max: 16 students

Scientific writing, DONAS-101

2 credits

Kumpula: 4.9.-9.10.2018, Tue 13-16

Teacher: Grainne Lehtipuu

Max: 16 students

Conference presentation, DONAS-102

2 credits

Kumpula: 6.9.-11.10.2018, Thu 9-13.

Teacher: Grainne Lehtipuu

Max: 12 students



The courses organised by DONASCI are available in WebOodi. Courses and other events are also advertised on the school's mailing list. If you are on your doctoral programme's mailing list you are automatically also on the school's list. To join your programme's list, please contact the programme coordinator.


Some forthcoming courses are listed below


Grant writing I, Sept





Scientific writing, Sept-Oct





Conference presentation, Oct-Now





Scientific writing, Now





Conference presentation, Now-Dec





Conference presentation, Jan-Feb





Grant writing I, Feb-Mar





Scientific writing, Feb-Mar





Project management and leadership





Conference presentation, Apr





Grant writing II





Principles of peer review





Project management and leadership

Kumpula: 18-22.3.2019

Teacher: Sergey Nesterov

Grant writing 1, DONAS-103

11.2.-25.2.2019 Mon 9-12

Teacher:Vanessa Fuller

Scientific writing, DONAS-101

Kumpula: 28.2.-4.4.2019, Thu 9-13

Teacher:Grainne Lehtipuu

Conference presentation, DONAS-102

Kumpula: 10.1.-14.2.2019 Thu 9-13

Teacher: Grainne Lehtipuu

Grant writing 2, DONAS-104

Kumpula:8.3.-22.3.2019, Fri 9-12

Teacher: Vanessa Fuller