Wine & Science seminar series

This seminar series gives researchers in our group as well as visiting scientists a chance to present their work, with plenty of time for discussion. Welcome!

Spring 2019 seminar programme

January 18


Dr Pille Mänd

Atmospheric humidity - the underestimated player of changing climate

Different climate scenarios predict more humid climate for northern latitudes. In order to predict how forest ecosystem would respond to increased atmospheric humidity an experiment (FAHM) was established to Rõka, Estonia. For 12 years atmospheric humidity has been artificially increased in hybrid aspen and silver birch stands. Starting from year 2018 also soil moisture manipulation has been added to the experiment. Although the increase in air humidity has been modest (maximum up to 18 % above ambient), significant decline in growth of studied deciduous tree species was shown, effect which is caused by a complex of different processes, many of which will be discussed.

March 15


room 529

Dr. Shari Van Wittenberge, visiting from University of Valencia Vegetation functional photoprotection dynamics seen from leaf absorbance changes in the VIS-NIR range. 

March 29


room to be confirmed

Pre-EGU session Mock EGU session with a few speakers from Forest Sciences

April 12

14:30  room 340

Mari Mäki Volatile organic compound fluxes from northern soils

April 26


room 341

Optics Photosyn Lab/ Albert Porcar-Castell

Results from the Fluorescence Across Space and Time (FAST) 2017 campaign

May 10


Dr. Lukas Kohl

Interferences of VOCs on laser spectroscopy and FTIR based methane analysers.

May 17 


Dr. Anna Lintunen

Extracellular freezing process of trees

If you are interested in giving a presentation, don't hesitate to contact Albert Porcar-Castell or Jon Atherton and book your slot!

Time and location

Every 3rd Friday (dates can vary!), starting 14:30

Room 332 unless announced otherwise , Forest Sciences Building, 3rd floor, Viikki

Potential speakers 

The Wine & Science seminars provide a valuable channel of constructive criticism from a wide and multidisciplinary audience on your work. Anyone from a PhD student to a Professor can give a presentation. Wine Seminars are a great way to present ongoing work and discuss preliminary results so that the seminar has a chance to feedback on your work. Finalized studies can also be presented. The audience is usually composed of MSc and PhD students, postdocs and senior staff with diverse backgrounds, so it is good to prepare a few introductory slides.


Topics cover the measurement, characterization and modelling of physical and physiological ecosystem processes and their interactions with the environment and climate (very broad indeed!). If you doubt whether your subject fits in, don't hesitate to contact Albert Porcar-Castell or Jon Atherton.

For the audience

Wine & Science seminars are a great chance to learn new things, interact with other research topics, and come up with new ideas, synergies and even collaborators! The series is also a great place for visiting scholars to give a talk.