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: 

New logo

The Autumn semester starts with new fresh visuals. During the summer, Mari Lindgren from Unigrafia has designed a new logo for us. Here you are:

Also the new courses have got their ones:

Many of these new online courses will be piloted during the Autumn, so stay tuned! Preliminary learning outcomes you can read from this previous post. New web pages are also under construction.

The Climate University team wishes you an inspiring and healthy start of the Autumn!

Thesis on the course

My name is Iina and I will soon graduate as a Bachelor of Logistics Business. I did my thesis to the Climate University project in cooperation with Päivi.  Together we worked for four months among an important subject that has also been our interest for a long time. The sustainable development and the responsible entrepreneurship are themes which define the lines of the economic operation to an increasing extent. The companies and organisations must take into consideration the demands of the responsibility in everyday functions and also at the strategy level.

The educational institutions must respond to the know-how needs of the labour to produce skilled enough labour to solve the responsibility challenges in companies and organisations. “By doing” according to an old phrase, one learns and therefore it would be good to be able to try the skills needed in working life already during the studies. Working life-oriented education and project courses are the form of the learning which has become common during the last decade in the second degree education. It is an excellent way to increase cooperation between the universities and the companies; in a realistic context the students are able to practise the necessary skills needed in the working life in the future.

The thesis was implemented as a part of the development of the course which is a part of the Climate University project. The purpose of the thesis was to make a report about the significance of the cooperation between the universities and companies and other organizations. The subject of the study was the direct advantages produced by the course to the principals taken part on the course in the present and demands for the future workers’ know-how. We carried out an interview study and got to interview seven of eight principals.

Sustainability is experienced as extremely important and wide subject in the organizations. To carry out the principles of sustainability in all three sectors the organizations needs the expert skills, global approach and inventiveness. New ideas and thinking outside of the box are expected from the students. When the principals were asked what kind of benefits they had gotten, the answers obtained was for example new useful ideas for solving problems, material suitable for example orientation or training for employees and a boost into lonely working. The time that the students were able to use for the research or such as the principal describes, “rummaging” was valuable. In the middle of the hurry such time would not have been found on the principal’s own staff. Furthermore, it was experienced that the course was also a good learning experience to the principals for the future.

We collected ideas and thoughts which hopefully are useful in the future when a course is arranged again. Loosening the schedule and strictly informing about it and other information in advance is what the principals desired. It is easier to the principals to frame the challenges on a right level and to be more exact when they know for example the students’ skills level and other available resources. In the beginning of the course it is important to make clear the expectations and objectives not only in the project group but also between the group and the principal.

Link to our thesis (in Finnish):

Päivi Kallio ja Iina Nortunen

Turku University of Applied Sciences

Welcome to the Virtual Climate University workshop 26.-27.5.2020

Welcome to join the online workshop in collaboration with Climate University and the Nordic-Baltic ABS university teacher network:

Virtual Climate University: Online learning and sustainability transition in a post COVID-19 world


Tue 26.5.

9:00-9:30 Welcome & introductions 

Seminar opening by academician Markku Kulmala, University of Helsinki.

9:30-11:00 WS1: Sustainability transition in the post-COVID world 

What can we learn from the coronavirus pandemic about building sustainable future societies? Discussion facilitated by Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku. Keynotes: professor Lassi Linnanen, LUT University & leading specialist Outi Haanperä, Sitra. 

11:00-12:00 Break 

12:00-13:30 WS2: Pedagogy of online education 

Climate University is building new online courses on climate and sustainability topics. How can online tools benefit learning? How to build sense of community and collaboration, and how to support study skills and knowledge work competence in an online environment? This workshop is for everyone puzzling with online teaching and learning. Workshop is led by the pedagogy experts Minna Lakkala and Liisa Ilomäki, University of Helsinki. 

13:45-14:30 Break 

14:30-16:00 WS3: Statistical tools for climate and atmospheric science  

How it is in practice to teach a course online? Santtu Mikkonen from the University of Eastern Finland is building a new course in collaboration with the Climate University and the Nordic-Baltic ABS teacher network. Welcome to get to know and contribute to the production of this new course. 

16:00-18:00 Break 

18:00 Evening activity 

Wed 27.5.

9:00 Welcome & introduction to the day 

9:15-11:00 WS4: Lukiolaisen Ilmasto.nyt & kooste CUhaasteista (FIN) 

Tervetuloa kuulemaan kokemuksia ensimmäisiltä lukioiden Ilmasto.nyt-pilottikursseilta. Kuulet myös koosteen kevään aikana lähetetyistä Climate University #ClimateChallenges –ilmastohaasteista. 

This workshop is in Finnish. 

11:00-12:00 Break  

12:00-13:30 WS5: 

Why is climate communication so important and challenging? How to critically analyse climate change messages and respond to them? Welcome to the workshop on the new Climate University course on climate communications by Mira Hulkkonen, University of Oulu. 

13:30-14:30 Break  

14:30-16:00 WS6: Best practices of moodle   

Learn to use moodle in your teaching in versatile and pedagogical ways. Hands-on workshop by Veera Kallunki, University of Helsinki. 

16:00-16:10 Closing of the seminar  

A detailed program with online links will be sent to the registered participants.

Registration closed. In case of further requests, contact Mikael Nummi (