Geotiede ja geologia eivät ole kouluissa oppiaineena ja ikuinen murheenkryyni onkin ollut geotieteiden näkyvyyden parantaminen paitsi koulumaailmassa, myös suuren yleisön keskuudessa. Geotieteiden kandiohjelma järjestää mahdollisuuksien mukaan opettajien ja asiantuntijoiden kouluvierailuja, joista viimeisin suuntautui tämän viikon torstaina Järvenpään Koivusaaren yläkoulun 7-luokan luma-tunnille.
One of the most important courses in the curriculum of the MSc Programme in Geology and Geophysics is the 10 cp MSc seminar “Conducting Scientific Research”, or CSR for short. CSR runs for the entire first spring term of MSc studies and brings together students from all four GEO^2 study tracks to learn about good research practice, scientific communication, and academic workflow.
Both geoscience degree programmes now have presence also on Twitter! The MSc programme (@Geo2Helsinki) has been on Twitter already for a while but now also the BSc programme (@GeoKandi_HY) takes on this new platform in order to attract more attention and communicate geoscience education to broader audiences.
The second 2021 board meeting of the geoscience degree programmes was held on Friday, February 12 and packed with urgent operative issues as the planning of teaching for the next academic year is underway. We received some nice news from the upcoming Geology MOOC -project working group and planned to develop new forms of high-school collaboration. The first MSc thesis grades for the year were also approved so things are slowly picking up speed for 2021 regardless of the continuing corona-related restrictions.
Korona-aika rajoituksineen on pakottanut myös geotieteiden opiskelijat kohta jo lähes kokonaisen vuoden ajan etäpainotteisiin opintoihin. Tammikuulle alun perin päättymään suunniteltu lähiopetusrajoitus jatkuu näillä näkymin ainakin maaliskuun puoliväliin ja myös neljännen periodin lähiopetusjärjestelyt ovat tätä kirjoitettaessa vaakalaudalla. Zoom-luennoista on tullut jo lähes rutiinia ja monia niin kotisohvalta opiskelu kuin opettaminen alkavatkin jo varmasti puuduttaa.
The Faculty of Science produced this week the final numbers of graduated students in 2020. Despite the effects of covid-related difficulties last year, also both geoscience programmes saw some increase in the amount of graduates.
International student interest in the Master’s program in Geology and Geophysics has continued to grow since its establishment in 2017, with a 35% increase in the number of applications for autumn 2021 compared to a year ago.
The first joint meeting of the geo degree programme boards was held on Friday, January 15. Most of the three-hour meeting was dedicated to getting the boards organized and going through multiple agenda items from starting the FIN-GEO network preparations to getting the teaching plan organized for the academic year 2021-2022. We also had a guest speaker, as vice-dean of teaching Hannu Toivonen gave a short address to initiate the four-year term of board activities.
Teachers involved in the geo-degree programmes had their traditional start of the year meeting on Wednesday, January 13. Usually the meeting has taken place somewhere off-campus and included workshops and some more unofficial discussions for a better part of a full day but due to the current restrictions this year’s meeting was shorter and took place on Zoom.
Materials of the meeting can be accessed through this link: January 13, 2021 Teachers meeting
The FIN-GEO education network received a significant amount of targeted funding from the Ministry of Education autumn call 2020 for the years 2021-2023.