ChemistryLab Gadolin
ChemistryLab Gadolin is a versatile, active learning environment which offers fascinating experiences for schools and educational institutions. Our goal is to support teaching and learning in chemistry, promote interest in chemistry, increase awareness of the extensive field of chemistry, provide information about studies and careers in chemistry, and offer experiences of learning chemistry.

The focus of our work is on active study visits, during which groups from educational institutions of different levels can conduct chemistry experiments in a real university laboratory, discover the possibilities of molecular modelling in our computer classes, meet with researchers and visit their research laboratories, as well as find out about chemistry as a field and as a topic of studies.

The study visits are free of charge. The content of the visits is always planned with the teacher of the group, with the educational goals in mind. During the pandemic, we are providing online visits with Gadolin supervisors. The University of Helsinki, companies, learning communities of various levels as well as several other partners are helping Gadolin reach its goals.

We are one of the LUMA Centre Finland's many LUMA labs. Read more about our international network here.

Opened in autumn 2008, ChemistryLab Gadolin was named after the Finnish chemist Johan Gadolin (1760-1852). The oldest of the LUMA Labs, the ChemistryLab Gadolin turned 10 years in 2018. In honor of the jubilee year, an anniversary book Collaborative Science Education at the University of Helsinki: ChemistryLab Gadolin - a Science Lab as an Inspiring Environment for Learning, Development and Research Since 2008 was published.

Chemistry Experiments

ChemistryLab Gadolin offers a broad selection of experiments which the teacher of the group can request when reserving the study visit. The instructions can be freely used for teaching chemistry. Always work safely!

Study Vis­it to ChemistryLab Gadolin

The topics of study visits are linked to sustainability, materials and health and well-being and designed to support the national core curriculum. The schedule and duration of the visit can be freely chosen in our reservation calendar. Decide which time would suit you best before you call.

The duration of the visit can range from one to eight hours. According to your wishes, the study visit can feature experimental laboratory work, molecular modelling on a computer, visits to research laboratories, a general introduction or a tour of the Kumpula Campus. The study visit will be designed to support the teaching goals for the group, in terms of both content and methods, and to support the pupils’ interest in chemistry.

The study visits are supervised by the part-time supervisors of ChemistryLab Gadolin. Our supervisors are students of chemistry who have been trained to work as Gadolin supervisors.

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ChemistryLab Gadolin provides school groups an excellent environment to visit a real chemistry laboratory. Our laboratory has many traditional laboratory tools as well as the latest in laboratory technology. Our equipment includes a FTIR spectrometer, spectrophotometers and other automated analysis instruments. Gas experiments can be conducted and observed using helium, carbon dioxide and liquid nitrogen.

We offer a clear basic understanding of research methods in chemistry as well as the theories behind the experiments. The teaching supports the pupils’ understanding and interest and motivates them to think and discover things independently. We follow the method of inquiry-based learning and give pupils the role of a researcher.

Our laboratories have a sufficient number of lab coats, protective eyewear and safety gloves. These are basic equipment for researchers and chemistry students whenever they work at a laboratory. With us, science is safe and interesting.

Science parties

Are you looking for an exciting way to have a memorable birthday party or other celebration? In ChemistryLab Gadolin we organize popular chemistry related science parties. We offer different theme packages or can plan a custom party based on your wishes. 

In science parties you will get to learn and experience new and fascinating things in an authentic laboratory environment. During the party you will be taken care of by our trained and capable Gadolin instructors. 

Location and contact information

ChemistryLab Gadolin is located at the Cumpula Campus of University of Helsinki. You can find us from the first floor of the Chemicum-buiding at address A. I. Virtasen aukio 1, Helsinki, Finland.


Telephone: +358 294150400

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Kemia-Kemi-lehdessä säännöllisesti ilmestyvä Gadolinista kajahtaa -kolumni kertoo Kemianluokka Gadolinin ajankohtaisista kuulumisista ja kehittämiskohteista.

Tutustu uusimpiin materiaaleihin ja lue ajankohtaisista kuulumisista Kemianluokka Gadolinin uutiskirjeestä.

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Kemianluokka Gadolinin toimintaa ohjaavat elinkeinoelämän asettamat tavoitteet, jotka on laadittu Kemianluokka Gadolinin kehittämistyöryhmän toimesta. 

Elinkeinoelämän asettamien tavoitteiden lisäksi toiminnassa huomioidaan opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriön asettamat valtakunnallisen LUMA-tehtävän tavoitteet, Helsingin yliopiston tiedekasvatustoiminnan tavoitteet ja LUMA-Keskus Suomen tiedekasvatustavoitteet. Kemianluokka Gadolin on yksi LUMA-keskus Suomen viidestätoista tiedeluokasta ja sen toiminta toteutetaan saatujen resurssien mukaisesti.

Lue lisää tavoitettavuudesta ja toiminnasta toimintakertomuksestamme. Kemian tiedekasvatustoiminnasta ja Kemianluokka Gadolinista koostetaan vuosittain toimintakertomus.

Kemianluokka Gadolinin kehittämistyöryhmä toimii toiminnan suunnittelun tukena.


Professori Maija Aksela
Kemian osasto, Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta, Helsingin yliopisto


Yliopistonlehtori Johannes Pernaa
Kemian osasto, Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta, Helsingin yliopisto

Muut jä­se­net

Tutkija Jaakko Ekman
Kemira Oyj

Asiamies Carmela Kantor-Aaltonen
Suomen Bioteollisuus ry FIB

Henkilöstöpäällikkö Marja Ora
Borealis Polymers Oy

Tutkija Miikka Pakkala
Neste Oyj

R&D-päällikkö Sirpa Riistama-Laari
Thermo Fisher Scientific Oy

Asiamies Anni Siltanen
Kemianteollisuus ry

Toimistusjohtaja Tor Stendahl

Henkilöstöpäällikkö Mika Talvio
Oy Linde Gas Ab


Projektisuunnittelija Oona Kiviluoto
Kemian osasto, Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta, Helsingin yliopisto

Tohtorikoulutettava Emmi Vuorio
Kemian osasto, Matemaattis-luonnontieteellinen tiedekunta, Helsingin yliopisto

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