Night of Science at Coolhead: Communication, Evolution and Adaptation

Night of Science at Coolhead: Communication, Evolution and Adaptation

25th January (Thursday)


Coolhead Brewery (Koetilantie 1) *Coolhead kitchen will be closed


Tieteiden Yö – The Night of Science is a collection of free-of-charge science popularization events targeted to anyone who is interested in science. ViPA is hosting a special event for the Night of Science 2024 taking place on the 25th of January! Event website:

Join us at Coolhead brewery to hear more about everything from cells and genes to species evolution and climate change! Our postdoctoral researchers from the University of Helsinki Vikki campus will share and discuss their latest research with you!


Dr. Audrey Bras – Insects evolving under human influences

Dr. Eva Kanari – Soils and climate change

Dr. Sophie Van Meyel – Why do we live in groups? Insights into cooperation within a group in two insect species

Dr. Muhammad Yasir Asghar – Endoplasmic reticulum stress and calcium signaling in cancer cells

Dr. Martta Viljanen – To see or not to see – photobiology of Arctic zooplankton

Cross Campus Postdocs meet and greet

Cross Campus Postdocs meet and greet

5th December (Tuesday)

15h30-17h30 Fönster, Think corner (Yliopistonkatu 4)

17h30-20h00 Library bar, Belge (Kluuvikatu 5)


Coffee & Networking
Get to know postdoc clubs
Brainstorm future activities.

Kumpula Junior Faculty Club (KJFC
Viikki Postdoctoral Association (ViPA
Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE

Please register by 27th November


Career in Academia seminar

Career in Academia seminar

4th December (Monday)


Think Company Viikki

We have three group leaders professor Frauke Ecke, Associate professor Rose Thorogood and Professor Kirsi Mikkonen from Viikki, talking about their career in academia and giving valuable tips for early career researchers interested in a similar path. Feel free to prepare questions to ask them!

Please register here:

Science Communication Workshop

Science Communication Workshop

30th October (Monday)


Think Company Viikki

Carly is an evolutionary ecologist who has managed, coordinated and carried out numerous outreach events for a broad range of audiences. She is particularly enthusiastic about outreach that reaches those with fewer opportunities to hear about, learn of, and get involved with, research. Signup for a 1.5hour long workshop on science outreach, designed for postdocs who are new and wanting to build their experience in science communication. Carly will give a general short talk on how to start communicating your research to non-academic audiences, which will be followed by a short interactive workshop.

Please register here:

Night of Science 2024

You may be aware of the Night of Science event, which is an annual block party for science and research in Helsinki. The Night of Science is a collection of free-of-charge events targeted to anyone who is interested in science. The event program is provided by several organizations and actors. Event website:

Viikki Postdoctoral Association is planning to organize an event at the next Night of Science. We are looking for postdocs who would like to give a short talk about their own research at the Night of Science 2024 on 25th of January. This is a unique opportunity to popularize your own research and to get practice on presenting to the public in a relaxed atmosphere. This is also counted as scientific outreach activity, which is a valuable addition in your CV.

Got interested? Please contact us at: or send an email to

Viikki postdocs’ Meet-and-greet

Viikki postdocs’ Meet-and-greet

28th September (Thursday)

15h00 – 16h30 Think Company Viikki

16h30 onwards Coolhead Brewery (Koetilantie 1)

Do you want to meet and network with your fellow Viikki postdocs? Coffee, tea and snacks will be served at Think Company, then we will head together to Coolhead for a drink. Feel free to join us at anytime and have a relaxing afternoon/evening together!

Register here before 26th September:

Evening of Science

8th June 18h00 onwards

Coolhead Brew (Koetilantie 1)

ViPA Presents: Evening of Science at Coolhead!
The Viikki Postdoctoral Association present a new Evening of Science on 8th June from 6pm at Coolhead brewery (Koetilantie 1). The Evening of Science is a free-of-charge night of popular science talks, for anyone who is interested in science in general, and also anyone interested in what science researchers at the University of Helsinki do.Join us at Coolhead brewery to hear more about everything from genes to medical discoveries to plants and people! Our postdoctoral researchers from the University of Helsinki Vikki campus will share and discuss their latest research with you!

Our Speakers
18:00: Amazonian peoples and palms
Dr. Mirkka Jones
18:15: Ocular Drug Transporters
Dr. Eva Ramsay
18:30: Through the eye of a needle: How DNA fits in our cells
Dr. James Ord
18:45: Origins of new genetic information
Dr. Heli Mönttinen

HYLO and ViPA present – Career seminar: Working Outside Academia

15th May 2023 (Monday)

17h00 – 19h00

Room K1088, Viikki Info Center Korona

Viikki Postdoctoral Association ViPA arranges a career seminar event on Monday 15 May 2023 in collaboration with Helsingin yliopiston loimulaiset HYLO ry. Career stories from the corporate world: What to expect when moving from the academia to the private sector? What opportunities do companies offer to academics? The event will take place in Viikki Info Centre room K1088 (Viikinkaari 11, Helsinki) from 5 pm – 7 pm (snacks served 5 –5.30 pm). The language of the event is English.

We will have three speakers from bioscience companies:
* PhD Laura Cappelatti, Lead Science Activist, Origin by ocean
* PhD Filipe Chichorro, Data Scientist, Earthster Oy
* PhD Anni Niskakoski, Senior Geneticist, Bluprints Genetics
*and an address from Loimu Career Services / Suvi Liikkanen

There is a possibility for discussion after the presentations.

Register for the event on 5 May at the latest by filling this form. We will contact you and confirm the booking if there are seats left! (Seats will be filled in order of registration.)

Vegan salty snacks will be served. The event is free of charge.

You can join HYLO for free on Loimu’s webpage:
You can join ViPA mailing list by contacting:
HYLO is funded by The Union of Professionals in Natural, Environmental and Forestry Sciences Loimu.

WILS and ViPA present – Start up seminar

We are delighted to organize a start up seminar with Women in Life Science in Helsinki (WILS) on 21st April, 14h00-16h00 in Think company Viikki (Latokartanonkaari 3).

We have invited Harriet Gullstén, Head of Viikki Innovations from Viikki Innovation Platform; Gaëlle Thomas who is behind the Binkiapp; Svetlana Sharifulina, PhD, Neuroscientist, DEIB advisor, CEO and founder of AiLobe Health; as well as Tuomas Pollari, Lead of Biosphere start up project, University of Helsinki to give us insights on how to develop our scientific innovations in entrepreneurship.

Coffee will be served. Please register here:

Viikki Postdocs’ After-work networking event

Do you want to relax after work and network with your fellow Viikki postdocs?
Come to CoolHead Brew (Koetilantie 1) on next Friday 31st March from 18:00 onwards and grab some juice, soft drinks, coffee, tea, cider or beer together! No registration is needed. See you there!