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!

Virtual Climate University: Online Learning & Sustainability Transition in a post-COVID-19 World

We held our first CU webinar a few weeks ago on Tuesday and Wednesday 26.-27.5. It was a success! Here’s a recap of our first Virtual Climate University.


The webinar started with a simple instruction. We put a link to our Digicampus platform, where all of the information and content of the webinar was gathered, which lead to a Flinga wall. The instruction was this: “Go the Flinga, create an avatar and type your name, organisation and inner super hero of today.” The Flinga wall was a map of the world so we then instructed everyone to place their avatar wherever they felt like their superhero was from. Here you can see the result. 🙂

After the superheroes we continued to the official opening words of the webinar, which were given by academic Markku Kulmala. Then Laura Riuttanen introduced Climate University and Katja Lauri the ABS network. The warmups were done. It was time to start our first workshop.


The first workshop started with our two keynote speakers Outi Haanperä from Sitra and Lassi Linnanen from LUT-university. Outi focused on the economical side of the possible sustainability transition and Lassi on much needed system-level change. After these amazing keynote speeches there was a workshop hosted by Anna Kirveennummi and Morgan Shaw from Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku. The workshop was focused on the question “How can we learn about sustainability from the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic?”, and it featured a poll at the start. The results were then discussed at the end.

We then ended the first workshop with a little meditation hosted by our “guru” Laura. ?


During this corona virus episode we have realized that sitting in a Zoom meeting 6-8 hours in a row is surprisingly exhausting. Thus we wanted to assure that the breaks are long enough for both the participants and for us hosts. We had a one hour break after the first workshop and a 45min break between the 2nd and 3rd workshop.


The second workshop started with the introduction of our CU courses. Then Liisa Ilomäki and Minna Lakkala from the University of Helsinki shared their views on the pedagogy of online education. Next Sari Puustinen from the University of Turku introduced our new bachelors level course “”, which covers basics of sustainability .


We had the 45 min break and it was time for the last workshop of the day. Santtu Mikkonen from University of Eastern Finland gave an interesting insight to our course about statistical tools titled “Statistical tools for climate and atmospheric science”. Laura wrapped up the formal part of the day with a little poll and reminded everyone of our evening activities, which were soon to begin. But first we headed to a well deserved 2-hour-break.


As the clock hit 18:00 we started our evening activities, which were:

The Kitchen: Cooking vegan food together

The Dining Hall: Informal discussions on the workshop topics

The Pub: Tasting some beer and making the world a better place

I was in charge of planning the recipe for the kitchen. I was also actually cooking the asparagus-lemon-risotto (delicious by the way, I’ll add the recipe to the end of this blog post), so kind of I got to live my childhood dream of being a TV chef. ?

Eventually only one person cooked the food with me, but it was still super nice. The people from the Pub moved to our Kitchen Zoom room after about a half an hour (as everyone knows the best place to hang around in a house party is always the kitchen ?). We learned interesting details about bout alcoholic and non-alcoholic beers and I got to eat my self-made risotto, which caused some understandable envy among the people, who first watched me cook for 2 hours and at the end I was the only one enjoying the meal. Although we didn’t have too many participants in the evening activities, we all enjoyed the time we spent with each other. At around 21:00 we closed our Zooms, 12 hours after the superhero introductions. It was time to rest.


The next morning started with a fascinating workshop about the  pilot of the upper secondary school version of In the beginning I quickly introduced our Climate Challenge campaign. We also showed a never-before-seen challenge video, where the upper secondary school students form Tampere, who had just completed the pilot, challenged every Finnish school to:

  1. Arrange more teaching about climate change, such as the course
  2. To invest more into the serving of delicious vegetarian food
  3. To invest to the recycling possibilities in schools

After the challenges we offered the students a chance to ask anything they wanted form climate scientist. We had 4 specialists answering all of the great questions. Before the end of the workshop we heard feedback from the teachers and coordinators of the pilot courses, which were arranged in different upper secondary schools around Finland during this spring.


After another refreshing 1-hour-break it was time for workshop number 5. Mira Hulkkonen from the University of Oulu introduced one of our new courses “”, which she has created. The course goes into the history and state of climate communications and also gives tools for constructive alternatives. Participants interacted during the workshop via Flinga and Mira told us that she got a lot of useful new opinions about the course. It was also Mira’s birthday so we all signed a virtual birthday card to her. In my opinion this was the best workshop of the entire webinar. Thank you Mira for that!



The last workshop started in the afternoon after a break. Veera Kallunki gave us a glimpse of the best practices of Moodle and finished the series of six interesting and eye-opening workshops.

Around 16:00 on Wednesday it was time for the final words. We had again a Zoom poll. At this point we, the hosts, were all pretty worn out, but still really happy about the webinar. We thanked everyone who participated and left the Zoom meeting. In total there was over 150 participants from 7 different countries!

I think it’s now officially safe to say that arranging a big webinar won’t be an issue for any of us hosts anymore. It was a challenging task and at certain points nobody was sure what’s going to happen. Thank you everyone who participated either as a listener, as a speaker or as just a regular super hero! We all have learned so much about new ways of working during these corona restrictions, which has been somewhat fascinating. However let’s hope that we can all meet in person at Kuopio and Tampere next autumn. Once again thank you!

One of your hosts,

Mikael Nummi

Civil servant at INAR, University of Helsinki

Ps. Here’s the recipe for the risotto. Enjoy!


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