Knowledge transfer

In year 2015 we continued giving education for subject teachers. The physics, chemistry, geosciences and biology subject teachers were trained in integrated continuing education courses with more than 50 participating teachers on the following themes: Veden biologia, kemia ja fysiikka; Paikalliset ja globaalit ympäristöongelmat; Metsät tutkivan oppimisen kenttäkurssi.

Outreach to schools included lectures reaching more than 100 high school students on the following themes: Pelastavatko metsät meidät ilmastonmuutokselta – yleisöluento lukiolaisten Dyna-miitti luentosarjassa; Halkoja ilmasta! – työpaja, suunnittelu ja pilotointi lukiolaisille Safari goes Helsinki Challenge; Hiilipuu yhdistää fysiikkaa ja biotieteitä, Lahti Science Day session for candidates for the matriculation examination.

Taina Ruuskanen coordinated the Finnish GLOBE activities and HIILI science education development project. The HIILI project was funded by the Ministry of Education and focused on the pedagogical development of the CarbonTree webportal as well as developed suite case version of the interactive carbon tree. The development was co-designed with biology and chemistry subject teachers, school students as well as other science educators including forest science centre Pilke in Rovaniemi.

The atmospheric education team tailored a holistic air quality education package for the Beautiful Beijing project roadmap. The education comprises of 12 key themes from air quality in the cities, health aspects, in-situ and remote observations and political and social tools. The education project established a MOE with the University of Nanjing that was signed by the Helsinki University Rector after the 1st Air Quality in a Changing World – education platform workshop. The workshop invited interactive lecture and chairing working session on development of platform and facilitating discussion on effective outreach and innovative thinking from top universities. The workshop jointly organized with prof. Aijun Ding, Univeristy of Nanjing, in Nanjing China and keynote speakers presentations were from Tsinghua, Peking, Fudan and Sun Yat-Sen University, Chinese Research Academy of Environment Sciences, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) CAS, Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center.