Have you wondered why scientific facts of climate change are not enough for people and politicians to take action? Would you like to work together with students from arts and science and understand artistic and scientific processes? Do you feel that you are not at all artistic yourself?

If you answered yes to one or more above, you should consider coming to the Climates of Change course where arts and social as well as natural sciences face climate change together.

University of Helsinki master and doctoral students in atmospheric sciences have an opportunity to do the Project course in atmospheric sciences (ATM303, 5 ECTS) on a ten day course in partnership and collaboration with Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki and Institute for Atmosphere and Earth System Research (INAR), Univerisity of Helsinki.

This course continues the successful  co-operation established on the 2018 between the Theatre Academy and INAR of University of Helsinki on the first joint course Think Like A Forest, Integrating art, science and activism. There are no prerequisites, we welcome all master and PhD students, interested in what can come out of dialogue between art and science, to apply to the course.

The course will be held 20.-29.5.2019 in Hyytiälä forestry field station and registration is open untill 31.3. at

Learning outcomes

Climate of Change course is one way of completing the Project course in atmospheric sciences ATM303 and the learning aims of the course are gaining transferable and work life skills.

Students from Think like a forest course given last year reported learning:

  • team work and collaboration skills
  • time, project and self-management skills
  • communication, inter-discipline and multicultural skills
  • pedagogic and learning skills
  • work coordination skills

Testimony from a ATM-DP student a year later: ” I still think that the Think like a forest course is the best University course that I have taken”.

People teaching at the course

University of Helsinki, Institute of Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR):

  • Taina Ruuskanen, enjoyes field work in research and education, check out her latest activities
  • Laura Riuttanen
  • Hanna Vehkamäki

University of Arts of Helsinki, Theater Academy

  • Ville Sanqvist
  • Aune Kallinen

In collaboration with 

  • eco-anxiety researcher Panu Pihkala
  • visual artist Josefina Nelimarkka
  • sound artist Leena Häkkinen is working with climate change theme during her residence in Hyytilä. Check out her collaboration Pohjoinen vesi
  • Climate Whirl art curator Ulla Taipale

Course in Finnish cultural heritage buildings

The course takes place in a courtyard that is an important part of Finnish cultural heritage and have been been conserved by the National Board of Antiquities and Historical Monuments

Teaching will be held in the old dining room and student (and most teachers) accommodation in Impivaara, in the wood building courtyard dating from 1911.