CU courses starting in March and April

Welcome to enrol to the following Climate University courses starting in March and April 2021:

Kestävyys.nyt, Kestävän kehityksen peruskurssi 5 op (kurssikoodi YH000042) on käynnissä Turun yliopistossa 17.3. – 23.5. Kurssi on tarjolla Turun yliopiston opiskelijoille sekä kaikille halukkaille Turun Avoimessa Yliopistossa, jossa voi ilmoittautua kurssille osoitteessa Ilmoittautumisaika päättyy 28.2.2021. Kurssi on suomenkielinen., course on the basics of sustainability, is available in English in LUT University (course code BH60A6800 and BH60A6801) 8.3. – 25.4.2021. The course is open for LUT students., a project course where students brainstorm concrete and real climate and sustainability challenges in collaboration with working life, is available 15.3. – 7.5.2021. The course is open to the students of Turku University of Applied Sciences (course code TE00BR31-3002), Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (course code XX00DW15-3003), LAB University of Applied Sciences (course code LA00BU68-3002 /AMK and LA00BU68-3003 /YAMK) and University of Helsinki (course code ATM380), as well as via open university of Helsinki:, Basics of climate change and implications on technology and business (PHYS-E0580), is available in Aalto University 19.4. – 28.5.2021. The course is open to all Aalto students. 

Climate University in Tampere: Future of learning sustainability

The first round of Climate University was wrapped up in Tampere workshop 9.- 10.12.2020. Due to the Coronavirus situation the workshop was held virtually but that did not stop us from having good conversations and activities during the two days. The topic of the first day was summarizing what we have learned during the Climate University and teaching and research for sustainable citizenship. The second day we were concentrating on the future of climate and sustainability teaching and the future of Climate University. 

First day 

To start the workshop, we had the honour of having Academician Markku Kulmala giving us the opening words. Birgitta Vuorinen brought us greetings from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture before Mari Walls, president of Tampere University gave an opening speech. 

The rest of the morning session was used to summarize our experiences from Climate University and get to know the new Climate University coursesOur coordinator Laura Riuttanen had prepared a treasure hunt during which the participants could learn about the new courses while trying to find solutions to a puzzle. Before lunch break, we celebrated the success of Climate University by raising a toast. 

During the lunch break people also had the possibility to film #ClimateChallenges to challenge companies, politicians, institutions etc. to climate actions. The challenges were filmed by Mikael Nummi and are sent to the challenged individuals or organizations (and shared in social media if the challengers so wish). You can find all the challenges from the Climate University YouTube channel

The afternoon session concentrated on teaching and research for sustainable citizenship. Our first keynote speaker was Professor Leena-Aarikka Stenroos from Tampere University. She talked about CICAT2025: Circular Economy Catalysts project, which she is the research consortium leader of. We learned how circular economy leads towards more ecologically friendly and sustainable economic growth. This transition can be helped by various factor such as technology and regulations, but also by education. The education viewpoint was explored in more detail by Pirjo Kuula from TAU, who gave us a talk about integrating circular economy, and more broadly sustainability,  in the teaching and education of  built environment. Constructing buildings and infrastructure is material-intensive and therefore it is critical to teach future civil engineers the importance of recycling materials and avoiding primary materials when moving towards circular economy. 

Our third keynote speaker for the day was Anette Mansikka-Aho who gave us a thought-provoking presentation about how to talk about climate change to adults (or anyone else really) who refuse to accept what we know about climate change. Finally, we had professor Kirsi Pauliina Kallio talking about Climate Citizenship and the challenge of tackling a global problem in a world where decisions are made locally. Climate change does not respect borders and our response to climate change should reflect this. 

To end the day, we had a workshop lead by our four keynote speakers regarding their topics. Participants could discuss the topic they were most interested in and try to come up with ideas to take advantage of that topic in teaching. 

Second day 

After some welcoming words by professor Miikka Dal Maso, we started the second day with a keynote speech by Eveliina Asikainen. She talked about Sustainability Competences or how can we design our education so that it leads to a more sustainable world. This does not mean just courses about climate change and sustainability but taking those factors into account in all teaching. Our second keynote talker for the morning session was Daniel Fernandez Galeote. He gave us an interesting talk about how to use games to engage people to talk and think about sustainability and environment. 

The rest of the morning was dedicated to two parallel workshops. Under Eveliina’s guidance, the participants could discuss the different sustainability competences and their importance on their degrees or disciplines. The discussions highlighted how integrating the different competences (see the Flinga screenshot below) is a key cornerstone of creating impactful education.  

Daniel organized a Game Jam, where people could try to come up with an idea for a game that could be used to teach sustainability issues. 

The final session of the workshop was dedicated to talk about the future of Climate University. Meri Löyttyniemi from Aalto University was our last keynote speaker. She brought greetings from UNIFI (Universities Finland) Sustainable Development work group. We were given a talk about how the Finnish universities will take sustainability and climate into account in their future teaching, research, administration and societal interactions.  

Our last program was Introduction to the future of the climate university and a workshop held by  Laura Riuttanen. Participants could choose to join a topic relevant to the future of Climate University such as research or internationalization. 

Oskari Kangasniemi & Miikka Dal Maso

Tampere University 

New website published – welcome to explore the new courses!

We are glad to announce the new website, where you can find information on all the Climate University courses from now on. Welcome to explore the new Climate University courses!

At least the following Climate University courses will be taught in spring 2021:, 5 ECTS, January-May 2021

You can enrol via University of Helsinki (course code ATM379), University of Turku (MAAN7741), Tampere University (HALYAS14), Aalto University (MS-E2136) or Open University of Helsinki:

Leadership for sustainable change, 5 ECTS, January-March 2021

The course is open to the students of University of Helsinki, Tampere University, University of Jyväskylä as well as via open university. Enrolment directly to the MOOC platform:

Statistical tools for climate and atmospheric science, 5 ECTS, January-May 2021

The course is open to University of Eastern Finland students (course code 3352755), University of Helsinki students (course code ATM308), as well as via open university (registration:!/koulutus/, 5 ECTS, March-May 2021

The course will be open to the students of Turku University of Applied Sciences (course code TE00BR31-3002), Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (course code XX00DW15-3003), LAB University of Applied Sciences (course code LA00BU68-3002 /AMK and LA00BU68-3003 /YAMK) and Helsinki University (course code ATM380), as well as via open university of Helsinki., 5 ECTS, March-May 2021

The course will be organized by Univeristy of Turku. More info coming.


PS. Climate University in University of Helsinki news (in Finnish):

Register now: Future of learning sustainability

How to face the challenges of sustainability and climate change in teaching in higher education? Welcome to hear the outcomes of the Climate University Ministry of Education and Culture key initiative “Multidisciplinary digital learning in sustainability challenges – flexible study paths to the working life” 2018-2020. It is time to celebrate together, as well as to discuss the future of sustainability education.  



Wednesday 9.12. 

9:00 Welcome to Climate University at Tampere 

9:30 Summary of Climate University 

9:30 Get to know the Climate University new courses 

11:00 Celebrating the success together  

11:30 Lunch break 

12:30 Teaching and research for sustainable citizenship  

12:30 Keynote 1: Leena Aarikka-Steenroos: CICAT Circular Economy Catalysts – From Innovation to Business Ecosystems

12:50 Keynote 2: Pirjo Kuula: Teaching circular economy for built environment

13:10 Discussion 


13:45 Puheenvuoro 3: Anette Mansikka-aho: Kuinka ilmastonmuutoksesta kannattaisi puhua aikuisille? 

14:10 Keynote 4: Kirsi-Pauliina Kallio: Climate citizenship: challenges of global shared responsibility in the world governed through state-based liberal democracy

14:30 Introduction to workshop

14:40 Working in break-out rooms

15:40 Conclusions 

16:00 End of day 


Thursday 10.12. 

9:00 Welcome  

9:15 Future of Teaching Sustainability 

9:15 Keynote 1: Eveliina Asikainen: Sustainability competencies

9:35 Keynote 2Daniel Fernandex Galeote: (No) Time to Play: Games for Climate Change Engagement

9:55 Discussion

10:05 Break

10:15 Workshop: How to teach sustainability?  

12:00 Lunch break 

13:00 Future of Climate University 

13:00 Keynote 1: Meri Löyttyniemi: Greetings from Unifi sustainable development work

13:15 Interactive workshop  

16:00 End of day 


The seminar will be held online and is hosted by Tampere University. Further information with participation links will be sent closer to the event to the registered participants.  


Registration link:  

Registration is closed. 



Miikka Dal Maso, Tampere University

Laura Riuttanen, University of Helsinki

Open science award to Climate University

University of Helsinki Open Science Award was given on 22.10.2020 to post-doctoral researcher Laura Riuttanen on her efforts in building the Climate University. Thank you everyone who have participated in the community!

Read more: 

Interview in Finnish: 

Climate University goes Kuopio – at least virtually – with the challenge of ‘Partnering climate science and law’

First day, October 7th. Main topic of the day: Climate Science

Highlighting the importance of the workshop, we were honored to have the opening words of the first day by Permanent Secretary Juhani Damski from the Ministry of Environment. As the former head of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, he expertly discussed the topic of the workshop and the work done by Climate University on increasing the climate awareness in the larger context.


After the riveting keynote, introduction of the workshop themes and schedule, it was time for speed networking hosted by Bradlie Martz-Sigala. This was well-received by participants, as it was really nice to see other participants of the workshop and discuss with them even briefly, as we would have done on the hallway outside of the lecture room in “normal” workshop or seminar.

The science part of the workshop was initiated by research professor Sami Romakkaniemi, who is the head of the Finnish Meteorological Institute Atmospheric Research Centre of Eastern Finland. He gave us extensive overview on the main topics of climatic research, including studying greenhouse gas emissions and aerosol particles, modelling of atmospheric processes in global scale, how the warming of the climate is studied and how it affects our future living conditions and finding ways to slow down or even counteract the warming. The talk was followed by discussions on three interesting topics: firstly on “How to decrease our carbon emissions or turn them to negative”, secondly on “Should we use geoengineering to counteract the warming?” and thirdly on “The role of emission compensations”.

The afternoon was reserved for discussions on strengthening the climate and sustainability competencies of the society. Specifically, by introducing Climate University courses related to sustainability and climate change. For those who were not interested on the courses, we gave opportunity to continue discussion on climate science.

Second day, October 8th. Main topic of the day: Climate Law

The day was opened by the Academic Rector of the University of Eastern Finland, Professor of Environmental Law Tapio Määttä. He introduced the research done at the UEF on environmental law and science. The talk highlighted the forerunner position of our university in the fields related on climate, both in the fields of science and law.

The keynote of the day was given by Professor of International Law Kati Kulovesi. Her presentation provided thorough overview of the climate law and its importance on the fight against climate change. She also gave attention to international climate negotiations, their importance and difficulties. The keynote session was continued by  Secretary-General of the Climate Panel, Heta Heiskanen. Her main topic was the current status of Finnish climate act, its reform, and how individuals and communities can actively participate in giving their opinion of it.

The Keynotes were followed by breakout sessions on Climate Litigation, led by Prof. Harro van Asselt, International Climate Negotiations, led by Kati Kulovesi, and Consumption Regulations, led by Heta Heiskanen. Each of these special breakout sessions dove deeper into the complexities of climate change law. The International Climate Negotiations session focused on the UNFCCC processes and international stage for the climate conferences (COPs), while Climate Litigation focused on the law suits around the world of citizens taking their governments to court for insufficient climate action. The Consumption Regulation session focused in on the Finnish climate context.

During the lunch break, Mikael Nummi was filming climate challenges by the participants (see Climate University YouTube channel).

In the afternoon, meetings for teachers of and courses were held, and most importantly, an exciting discussion on gaps and challenges in climate science and law. The discussions were lively and gave good insight on situations around the world, as the farthest members in our discussion were from Pakistan and Nigeria.

At the end of the day we asked the participants what were the main words they picked up from the workshop. The resulting word cloud is a good ending for our blog posting. Thank you all who participated, and especially great thanks for people who made the workshop happen!

Santtu Mikkonen & Bradlie Martz-Sigala

University of Eastern Finland

Climate University in Hacking Higher Education finals

Climate University was selected as one of the ten finalists in the Hacking Higher Education 2020 competition. We thank for the honour!

The finals were held online on 16 September and the winner of the title Higher Education Developer of the Year was selected by public voting. This time, the 1st prize went to India, Elixar Systems Augmented Reality, with total of 32 000 votes. Congratulations to the winner! And thank you for everyone who voted for us!

Register now: Partnering Science and Law for Effective Climate Action

Welcome to the next Climate University workshop!


Wed 7.10. Climate Science 

9:00 Opening 

Keynote opening speech, Juhani Damski, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment (former Director of the Finnish Meteorological Institute)  

Changing the world together – welcome to Climate University community, Laura Riuttanen, University of Helsinki, coordinator of CU

9:20 Speed Networking 

9:50 Break  

10:00 Understanding global warming – what is the challenge from climate science to the society? 

What do the climate scientists want you to know about climate science? What are the current topics in climate science that are the most relevant to the society? Keynote speech by Sami Romakkaniemi, Research Professor, Finnish Meteorological Institute. Group work in break-out rooms.  

12:00 Lunch break

13:00  How to strengthen the climate and sustainability competencies of the society? 

Climate University is producing new online courses on sustainability and climate change by the end of year 2020. Welcome to get to know them!

13:30 Introducing the new CU courses 

In parallel break-out rooms:

  1. The Climate university courses:, and   
  2. goes Nordic   
  3. Open discussion on climate science  
  4. Lukiolaisten Ilmasto.nyt 

15:45 Check-out of the day  


Thu 8.10. Law 

9:00 Opening 

Opening speech Tapio Määttä, Academic Rector, University of Eastern Finland

9:15 How can law help in the battle against climate change? 

This session will provide an overview of the evolution of climate law, the role of law in the battle against climate change and for climate justice. It will address what is happening with climate law internationally, the EU and in Finland, as well as highlight how UN climate negotiations work (and how experts in non-legal fields can support efforts for strong, science-based policies).

Keynote speeches by Kati Kulovesi, Professor of International Law, Univeristy of Eastern Finland, and Heta Heiskanen, Secretary-General of the Climate Panel

12:00 Lunch break (option to record #ClimateChallenges) 

13:00 Discussions & meetings:

Working in parallel breakout rooms:

  1. Discussion on gaps and challenges in climate science and law 
  2. teachers’ meeting 
  3. teachers’ meeting  
  4. #ClimateChallenges 

15:45 Check-out of the workshop


The workshop will be fully online and hosted by the University of Eastern Finland. Participation links and details will be sent to the registered participants before the workshop.

Register here registration extended until 5 October 12:00 EET!



Santtu Mikkonen, University of Eastern Finland

Laura Riuttanen, University of Helsinki

Autumn pilots of the new Climate University courses

Tänä syksynä pilotoidaan useita uusia Climate University –kursseja.


Ilmastoviestintä.nyt-verkkokurssilla käydään läpi tärkeää, mielenkiintoista ja ajankohtaista teemaa – vaikuttavaa ilmastoviestintää. Aihe on monipuolinen: DigiCampukseen luotu kurssimateriaali sisältää mm. tiedeviestinnän problematiikkaa, ajattelun vinoumien ja denialismin ymmärtämistä sekä psykologisesti viisaan ilmastoviestinnän avaimia. Viestinnällä on valtava rooli siinä, kuinka ilmastonmuutoksen haasteet ratkaistaan (tai ei ratkaista). Kurssi-ilmoittautuminen on auki Oulun yliopiston opiskelijoille ( sekä Oulun avoimen yliopiston kautta kaikille kiinnostuneille ( Kurssin virtuaalinen aloitussessio on 8.9.2020. will be later available also in English. course is currently being piloted as an intensive course in collaboration with the Universities of Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Aalto. The course will be open to students in the spring semester 2021. approaches global grand challenges from the perspective of interconnected Earth and human social systems. It provides the students with important systems thinking tools, which assist in making sense of the complex global phenomena like climate change. They also help the students in recognising leverage points for intentional systems change and in reflecting on their own agency within various systems.


Statistical tools for climate and atmospheric science is also piloted in the Autumn (periods I-II), with students of the EnCHiL program. The course will be opened for the students of the University of Eastern Finland (course code 3352755), the University of Helsinki (course code ATM308), students of the EnCHiL program and students in open university of the University of Eastern Finland (details given later in Autumn) in January 2021. In the course you learn how to find and use open atmospheric and climate data, how to conduct statistical analyses on the data and how to report your findings.


Kestävyys.nyt -kurssia pilotoidaan Oulun yliopistossa loppusyksystä (kurssikoodi 766381A, periodi II). Kestävyys.nyt -kurssilla opit ekologisen, taloudellisen, sosiaalisen ja kulttuurisen kestävyyden perusteet ja pohdit, mitä ne tarkoittavat ilmastonmuutoksen aikakaudella. course on will be later available also in English. The course covers the basics of ecological, economical, social and cultural sustainability in the time of climate change.


Kiertotalous.nyt –kurssia kiertotalouden perusteista järjestetään LUT-yliopistossa (kurssikoodi BH60A5400) sekä Helsingin yliopistossa (kurssikoodi MAAT-051) ja Helsingin yliopiston avoimessa yliopistossa ( Kiertotalous.nyt-materiaalit löydät osoitteesta online course on the basics of circular economy is available in LUT University (course code BH60A5400), University of Helsinki (course code MAAT-051) as well as open university of Helsinki ( You find the materials at


Ilmasto.nyt-kurssille ilmastonmuutoksen perusteista voit tänä syksynä osallistua ainakin Helsingin yliopistossa (kurssikoodi ATM302, periodissa II), Itä-Suomen yliopistossa (kurssikoodi 3352703, periodi II) ja Jyväskylän yliopistossa (kurssikoodi BENA4036). Helsingin yliopiston kurssi on auki myös avoimen yliopiston kautta (, ilmoittautuminen aukeaa 12.9.). Ilmasto.nyt-materiaaliin voit tutustua osoitteessa course on the basics of climate change you can take this Autumn at least in the Universities of Helsinki (course code ATM302, period II), Eastern Finland (course code 3352703, period II) and Jyväskylä (course code BENA4036). The University of Helsinki course is also open via the open university (, registration opens 12.9.). You find the learning material from


Lukiolaisen Ilmasto.nyt on tarjolla Oulun yliopiston kurkistuskurssina avoimen yliopiston kautta (kurssikoodi ay766383A, aloituspäivämäärä 1.10.).


Kaikkien Climate University –kurssien kurssimateriaalit tulevat olemaan avoimia kaikille kiinnostuneille – niin opettajille kuin opiskelijoillekin. Uudet kurssit tehdään, joka mahdollistaa kurssikopioiden ottamisen eri korkeakoulujen käyttöön. Lisenssi CC-BY-SA. Uusista kursseista kuulet lisää seuraavassa Climate University –verkkopajassa 7.-8.10. – ilmoittautuminen aukeaa pian!

All Climate University course materials will be open for everyone – for students as well as teachers. The new courses will be made to the platform that enables course copies for different universities. Licence is CC-BY-SA. Welcome to hear more in the next virtual Climate University workshop 7.-8.10. – registration opens soon!

PS. Read more about the new Climate University courses from this earlier blog post: