Registration closes 12th February at 16:00!

Despite what the slippery ice and cold winds might tell you, spring is on its way! We would therefore like to kindly remind you that the registration deadline for the 33rd annual LUOVA spring symposium is approaching! The registration will be closed on February 12th at 16:00.
(Note: Registration is only necessary for those presenting a talk, a poster, or writing a learning diary. We strongly encourage supervisors and other researchers to participate and give helpful feedback to our students (there will also be hot beverages and snacks ☕🍭)).

If you are a  doctoral researcher (PhD student) in life sciences or master’s student, we ask you to apply via the link below:

Link for registration

There is also the opportunity to order merchandise with our beautiful logo on it! You will find more info about this in the registration form.

Please remember to add courses to your plan in Sisu as well if you’re applying for credits.

The Spring Symposium is a great opportunity for doctoral researchers and master’s students to get live experience giving conference-style presentations in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Doctoral researchers can apply to get one study credit for presenting a talk via course code LUOVA-401 and LUOVA-402. Master’s students can also earn credits by presenting a poster (course codes EEB-311 and EEB-005) or writing a learning diary (EEB-312). Sign up for these on the registration form and in Sisu.

NOTE: In response to some confusion, we confirm that you do not need to submit an abstract if you are applying for a poster.

Regarding the practical organization of the symposium:

1. The symposium will be organized as an on-site event, but there is a possibility to set up tools for live streaming and remote attendance for those who need it (please let us know when registering or ASAP!)

2. The posters will be shown on screens in the auditorium on the first and second day of the symposium (4th-5th March). We will ask the students to make a poster in the landscape format.

3. Info about the Grande finale event (Wednesday, the 6th of March) will be made available soon!

33rd LUOVA Spring Symposium (2024) – Registration is now open!!!

The time has come! The registration for the 33rd Spring Symposium of the LUOVA Doctoral programme (March 4th – 6th, Viikki campus) is now open. It closes on Monday, February 12th at 16:00. Registration is only necessary for those presenting a talk, a poster, or writing a diary. If you’d like to attend to only enjoy presentations and partake in interesting discussions over coffee, you are of course welcome to do so without needing to register. Providing feedback and showing support for each other is a vital part of the LUOVA community. We therefore also warmly encourage supervisors and other researchers to participate in the symposium and provide feedback on the talks and posters.

With that, we’d like to invite all doctoral researchers (PhD students) related to life sciences to give a talk at the symposium and all master’s students to present their study as a poster (see details below).

Link for registration

Please remember to register in Sisu as well if you’re applying for credits.

The Spring Symposium is a great opportunity for doctoral researchers and master’s students to get live experience giving conference-style presentations in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Doctoral researchers can apply to get one study credit for presenting a talk via course code LUOVA-401 and LUOVA-402. Master’s students can also earn credits by presenting a poster (course code EEB-311) or writing a learning diary (EEB-312). Sign up for these on the registration form and in Sisu.

Regarding the practical organization of the symposium:

1. The symposium will be organized as an on-site event, but there is a possibility to set up tools for live streaming and remote attendance for those who need it.

2. The posters will be shown on screens in the auditorium on the first and second day of the symposium (March 4th-5th). We will ask the students to make a poster in the landscape format.

3. Info about the Grande finale event (Wednesday, March 6th) will be made available soon!

Please, for the latest updates, keep an eye on your email inbox, check our blog or follow us on social media:

@springsymposium on Twitter (X) and Instagram

2024 Spring Symposium Logo Announcement

The dark and gloomy winter season of Finland may be upon us, but we have news that may brighten up your day. We are very pleased to announce that the winner of the 33rd LUOVA spring symposium logo competition is Michelle García Arroyo! Congratulations!

The 33rd Spring Symposium logo features a blue moose on a white background with colourful plants surrounding it along with the words: "33rd Spring Symposium"

We had 21 absolutely lovely submissions this year and it was a tough decision to narrow it down to just 1. We would sincerely like to thank all the applicants for their creative work!

And with that, we in the organizing committee shall now take our leave and retreat to the shadows to plan a fantastic event to welcome you all back into the warm spring of 2024. You can stay up to date here on our website and follow our social media: @springsymposium on Twitter (X) and Instagram 

Registrations for talks and posters will open in January, so stay tuned for that!

Until then, happy holidays from us all!

33rd LUOVA Spring Symposium Logo Competition

We are looking for help with designing a logo for next year’s Spring Symposium! For the 33rd LUOVA Spring Symposium Logo Competition, you can submit your suggestion for a logo design for the symposium event and compete for much fame and honor as well as a little prize at the end of the symposium.

So unleash your creativity and share your design!

You are free to design the logo however you want, but there are three mandatory rules to follow: The logo must

  1. Contain a visual reference to a (male or female) moose (Alces alces, the symbol animal of the Spring Symposium).
  2. Display the symposium title “Spring Symposium” and the number “33rd”.
  3. Submitted as a .png and be a minimum of 4000×4000 pixels. Use a transparent background if that’s appropriate. The logo can alternatively be submitted in vector format as a .svg or .pdf

Submit your logo using this form (requires a Google account) by the 12th of November.

Feel free to draw some inspiration from the great designs of previous years here

In order, by: Bohao Fang, Christina Elgert, Zowi Oudendijk

We are looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

The 33rd LUOVA Spring Symposium will be held on the 4-6 March 2024!

The 33rd LUOVA Spring Symposium is happening 4-6th of March 2024! Mark your calendars!

The organizing committees for this symposium are PhD students from the University of Helsinki LUOVA doctoral programme: Sonja Repetti, Patrick Heidbreder, Ella Sippola, Raphael Ritter, Magnus Jonsson, Eetu Selenius, and Zowi Oudendijk.

Learn more about the organizers on this page.

Keep up to date about the symposium by following us on Twitter (X), Instagram and visiting us here at the blog website for this symposium.

We have now begun the preparations for this symposium and hope to bring a great time for all the participants!

Important note! We are looking for artists who would like to design the logo for our symposium, if you would like to participate in this logo competition, submit your design here. Besides glory and eternal gratitude, the artist will be awarded a small prize at the end of the symposium. *The deadline for the logo competition is the 12th of November 2023!

(From left to right: Sonja Repetti, Patrick Heidbreder, Eetu Selenius, Zowi Oudendijk, Ella Sippola, Raphael Ritter and Magnus Jonsson)

Thank you! And see you again in 2024!

Thanks to everyone who joined the 32nd spring symposium! Also we are grateful to our sponsors (Oikos, Keru, Akvaarioon) that support us during the symposium!

We’re super-happy with how this turned out in the end, and we’re very much looking forward to next year!

 

This year’s prize winners were:

Olli’s price (Best presentation): Patrick Heidbreder, with “Towards speciation genes and the role of selection in hybridization outcomes”

Runner up for best presentation: Sunandan Das, with “Phylogenomic systematics of snake superfamily Elapoidea, with discovery of a new family”

2nd runner up for best presentationNadja Verspagen, with “Intraspecific variation in thermal plasticity in a temperate butterfly”

Best poster presentation: Giorgio Zavattoni, with Who is eating the eggs, and where?

Runner-ups for best poster presentation: Cindy Emilia Schwenk with “Calving site fidelity and dispersal of wild forest reindeer females (Rangifer tarandus fennicus) in the region of Kainuu, Finland”  and Taru Niittynen with “Effects of cortisol and oxytocin in learning of young horses”

Logo competition winnter: Zowi Oudendijk 

Welcome to the Spring Symposium next week!

Hey!
the 32nd LUOVA Spring Symposium will take place next week, Mon 6th – Wed 8th March in the main auditorium of the Viikki library building, Infocenter Korona (Viikinkaari 11).  This email has two important announcements for anyone planning to attend the symposium, so keep your eyes peeled!
  1. You can find the abstract book and programme on this website
  2. The registration for the Grande Finale event is now open, with a limit of maximum 100 participants. Please snatch your ticket and register here!
1. Programme and attending
 
The symposium is organized by LUOVA (Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology), but open to everyone who takes interest in ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation, taxonomy, or other related topics. You can come and follow the sessions freely, no registration needed. However, registration is required for the Grande Finale event.
 
Ahead of us are three days filled with fascinating talks and posters about the most recent research from different doctoral and master’s programmes. We are also extremely happy to announce our keynote talks for this year:
Attila Hettyey (6th March, 9:30 am) – Phenotypic plasticity in chemical defences of a vertebrate: responses to predators, competitors and pathogens
 
Kristiina Tambets (7th March, 9:30 am) – Human archaeogenomics and population dynamics (full title TBA)
 
Pol Capdevila (8th March, 9:30 am) – Bringing resilience on board: marrying the theoretical concept with empirical data across ecological systems
 
2. Grande Finale registration

The registration for the Grande Finale party, ending the LUOVA Spring Symposium, is now open! This year, Grande Finale will be held in the legendary setting of the Natural History Museum (LUOMUS) on Wednesday, March 8th from 6pm to 11pm. Please join us to toast among the dinosaurs, have food and drinks with the skeletons, and enjoy live music and good company! The award ceremony for talk-prize winners will also take place at the event. Don’t miss out, since the number of guests is limited to the first 100 registrants.

What: Grande Finale event of the 32nd Spring Symposium

Where: Natural History Museum (Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13, Helsinki)

When: Wednesday 8th March, 6pm – 11pm

Price: 5€

Registration link: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/122623/lomake.html

Registration is required to make sure that there’s enough snacks and drinks for everyone. We collect an entrance fee of 5€ per guest, including all food and drinks. You will be sent payment details after your registration.

For food, we serve a menu of cocktail bites (one of each menu item / person). All the cocktail bites are vegetarian and low-lactose or lactose free. Additionally, three of them are vegan, two of which also gluten free. Please find the full list below and feel free to bring additional food if you feel like the menu doesn’t accommodate you.

Beetroot tsatziki brioche bun (low-lactose)

Small vegetable samosas (lactose free, vegan)

Ginger glazed tofu & lime aioli (lactose free, gluten free, vegan)

Forest mushroom quiche (lactose free)

Blackcurrant chocolate kisses (lactose free, gluten free, vegan)

Welcome and hoping to see you all there!

The Spring Symposium people,

Deryk Tolman, Josephine Couet, Nora Bergman, Thomas Merrien, and Yuhan He

Hey! Register for your presentation now!

Dear everyone,

The registration for the 32nd Spring Symposium of the LUOVA Doctoral programme (March 6th – 8th, Viikki campus) is now open. It closes the morning of Monday, February 13th at 16:00. Registration is only necessary for those presenting a talk or a poster, or writing a diary; Those attending to enjoy other people’s presentations are welcome to join without registering. We also hope that supervisors and other researchers will participate and provide feedback on the talks and posters. 

With that, we’d like to invite all doctoral researchers (PhD students) life sciences-related to give a talk at the symposium, and all master’s students are encouraged to present their study as a poster (see details below). 

Registration link is here

Please remember to register in Sisu as well if you’re applying for credits.

The Spring Symposium is a great opportunity for doctoral researchers and master’s students to get live experience giving conference-style presentations in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Doctoral researchers can apply to get one study credit for presenting a talk via course code LUOVA-401 and LUOVA-402. Master’s students can also earn credits by presenting a poster or writing a learning diary (Course code EEB-312). Sign up for these on the registration form and in Sisu.

Regarding the practical organization of the symposium: 

  1. The symposium will be organised as an on-site event, but there is a possibility to set up tools for live streaming and remote attendance for those who need it.
  2. The posters will be shown on screens in the auditorium. We will ask the students to make a poster in the landscape format
  3. We are happy to announce to you that the Grande Finale event will take place in the Zoological Museum of Natural History the evening of the last day of the symposium (Wednesday, the 8th of March). More information about this event soon.

Best wishes, 

The LUOVA 32nd Spring Symposium committee.

Deryk Tolman – Joséphine Couet – Nora Bergman – Thomas Merrien & Yuhan He.

The Spring Symposium is organized by doctoral students from the Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology Research (Finnish acronym LUOVA) of the University of Helsinki. The symposium brings together students active in research fields related to ecology, evolution, systematics and nature conservation.

Save the date!

Dear everyone,

Please save the date for the 32nd Spring Symposium of the LUOVA Doctoral Programme, which will be held March 6th – 8th 2023

With its roots in 1990, and officially named in 1992, the Spring Symposium is a University of Helsinki tradition; a high-profile seminar for PhD and Master’s students to present their work, with peers and external evaluators giving valuable feedback on both the scientific content and presentational skills of the speaker.

This will be a hybrid event, with in-person talks being streamed online for those otherwise unable to attend. We’d like to invite all doctoral students in life sciences to give a talk at the symposium, and master’s students to present their project as a poster.  Three international keynote speakers (TBA) will also be helping to provide feedback on student presentations and will be our judges for Olli’s prize (best talk) and best poster awards. We also invite interested undergraduates to attend the presentations, or even present a poster of their own.

Registration for talks and posters will open in January.

The Grande Finale event (Wed. 8th of March) will be held physically this year, with a dinner, award ceremony, and the post-symposium party at the LUOMUS Natural History Museum. 

Logo competition

 

We are happy to annouce that the logo designer, and winner of the logo competition this year, is Zowi Oudendijk! Many thanks to Zowi for this really great design, which you will see featured on most of the spring symposium’s materials.

And we are grateful for the contributions of the other seven participants, it’s really hard to make decision from so many great designs. Thanks again!