THINKFEST – Exploring and Experiencing Science


University of Helsinki’s Main Building (Päärakennus) has never looked as bright and colourful as this week, when pops of pinks, blues, yellows and blacks donned the entrance hall from floor to ceiling in celebration of Thinkfest. As one of the main events held in honour of the university’s 375th year, this urban festival invites and encourages everyone to participate in constructing definitions and ideas of ‘Global Helsinki’: What does it look like? Who does it belong to? And who gets to decide from which perspective a global Helsinki is viewed?

The theme of ‘Global Helsinki’ runs throughout the week-long programme (1.9.-5.9.) that includes everything from campus tours to science sauna evenings, bringing together researchers and scientific-minded people alike. If you’re interested in taking a front seat in witnessing how challenges of environmental change, health and well-being amongst others can be tackled, why not register for the Helsinki Challenge PitchNight today?

Science and humour also walk hand-in-hand during the Think Helsinki, Think! charity event on Friday at the university’s Great Hall (Juhlasali), where comedians and professionals from various fields come together to bring you a night of critical thinking and laughter. Students are offered a special discount, so head over and get your ticket now!

If the weather looks promising, the Science Picnic at Esplanadi park is a great way for spending your Saturday afternoon. Enjoy some music, take part in workshops and fill your head with plenty of scientific knowledge – now what’s not to love about that?

For more information, please visit Thinkfest’s website.

IMG_3821Photos by: Helena M. and Lyra L.