Spring Flora Day Celebration on 13 May – Food, Drinks, Music, and Miniature Animals!

On Friday 13 May, the students and staff of the University of Helsinki will get together to once again in an annual celebration of spring and Flora Day. The celebration, lasting from 3 pm to 8 pm, spreads the spring spirit to Kumpula, as Physicum (at Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2A) fills up with music, festive events, food and refreshments and, of course, the joys of academia.


The festival will have a band and a DJ playing music that will please the ear and have you dancing in no time. You will also have the opportunity to transform the contents of your brain into poetic form, and to take photos in a photo booth. Additionally, the celebration will include miniature animals, tours of student rooms, and many different academic activities in which the departments of the Faculty of Science peer into the future. To satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst, drinks will be served and food carts will be offering something to eat.

From 3 pm to 5 pm, you will have the opportunity to observe the secrets of Kumpula as expert-led tours take anyone interested on a visit the magnificent Kumpula Botanic Garden, the phenomenal ChemistryLab Gadolin, the Detector Laboratory, the Accelerator Laboratory and the Institute of Seismology.. These tours have a separate sign-up process, so you can take part in them even if you do not join the actual Flora Day celebration!

A few raindrops did not get in the way of last year’s Flora Day celebration, but this year we hope for sunnier weather!

For more information on the Flora Day programme, tours and refreshments, please visit the event’s website.

The event will have separate quotas of 250 guests for both staff and students, and you should sign up in advance. Sign-up begins on Monday 25 April at noon when the sign-up link is published in Flamma. The link will also be published on the event’s Facebook page and at www.hyy.fi/flora2016. The places are sure to go fast, so don’t waste time after the link is published!

The Flora Day’s official hashtag is #FLORA016.

We extend our warmest welcome to everyone at the University!

This year’s special guests are miniature sheep Barbie, Hilda, and Otto; last year we had alpacas!