European Researchers’ Night 2019 in Kuopio

Date and venue: Friday, 27 September 2019, at 16–20 in Matkus Shopping Centre

Free of charge, everyone is welcome!

Experience Science at Matkus Shopping Centre!

The European Researchers’ Night brings scientific research, researchers and new experiences to the public at Matkus Shopping Centre in Kuopio. Visit our workshops, follow science sessions on topical issues and listen to mini interviews with scientists! The programme is suitable for people of all ages interested in scientific research.

The European Researchers’ Night at Matkus will be hosted by Journalist and Media Person Tuija Pehkonen.

Catch a free science bus to Matkus

Three science buses will be running between the city centre and Matkus in Kuopio, all of them free of charge. The science buses will offer researcher interviews and research-based knowledge on interesting topics.  Be sure to catch a ride – and questions are also welcome! The researchers will be interviewed by Journalist Risto Löf.

The interviews will be in Finnish.

Science buses and topics, Friday 27 September 2019, bus line 35:

  • City centre 13:55 – Matkus 14:20
    Interview topic: Challenges and opportunities of new work. Senior Researcher Juhana Venäläinen, PhD (Cultural Studies)
  • City centre 14:55 – Matkus 15:20
    Interview topic: Can you trust a stranger on a bus? Senior Lecturer of Sociology Antti-Jussi Kouvo.
  • City centre 15:55 – Matkus 16:20
    Interview topic: What is being done with my data? Professor of Data Science Pauli Miettinen.

Science Sessions in Elohuone at 16-19 (in Finnish)

Hosted by Tuija Pehkonen. The Science Sessions  topics include, e.g., the following:

  • An emission-free car? Postdoctoral Researcher Niko Kinnunen
  • Citizens as ant researchers – results from the great collection of ants Associate Professor Jouni Sorvari
  • When a machine learns wrong. Professor of Data Science Pauli Miettinen.
  • Good, bad indoor dust. Special Researcher Anne Karvonen, National Institute for Health and Welfare
  • Food as a multidimensional solution to the challenges of humans, societies and our plant. Professor Arto O. Salonen.
  • Extracellular vesicles are revolutionising our idea of how the human body functions. Academy Research Fellow Kirsi Rilla

What on earth? This is being studied, too. Elohuone at 19 (sessions in both Finnish and English)

Quick peeks into research topics that are less well known, served with images and illustrations!  Hosted by Tuija Pehkonen. The topics include, e.g., the following:

  • Once upon a time there was a pill - how to reduce the environmental impact of medicines. (In Finnish.)   Early-stage researcher Lasse Alajärvi
  • A closer look at brain injuries. (In English.) Early-stage researcher Isabel San Martin Molina.
  • Karelia built by imagery. (In Finnish.) Researcher Riitta Raatikainen.
  • How different activities affect our joints - can biomechanics be a solution to prevent osteoarthritis? (In English.) Early-stage researcher Amir Esrafilian.
  • Whole grain compounds with health-promoting properties. (In Finnish.) Post doc researcher Ville Koistinen.
  • How do forests respond to climate warming? (In Finnish.) Professor Annele Virtanen.
  • What is circular ecomomy? (In Finnish.) CICAT2025 project, post doc researcher Ville-Veikko Piispanen.

Non-stop workshops at 16–20

All workshops have both Finnish and English-speaking staff!

The list of workshops includes, e.g.

  • Plastics, make-up and metabolic syndrome. Disturbances of the energy and lipid metabolism, such as the metabolic syndrome, are becoming increasingly common. Endocrine-disrupting environmental chemicals may be linked to these disturbances. Come and learn about the work carried out in the EDCMET project!
  • Measure your heart rate variability! Heart rate variation can be used to assess stress and recovery, among other things. In this workshop, researchers of medical physics show how heart rate is measured and studied. For example, a heart rate variability software developed by researchers and commercialised by Kubios Ltd. can be used to monitor athletes’ readiness to perform. 
  • Children with active lifestyles and hobbies. Working together with the KuPs football club, researchers are developing a model to support the performance, well-being and recovery of young athletes. Experts from the Panic study and Ruokatutka project will give you nutrition-related tips for families with an active lifestyle. Players from KuPs will organise exercise activities for children!
  • Teddy Bear Hospital, Teddy Bear Maternity Clinic and Teddy Bear Pharmacy Bring your teddy bear or some other toy to get medical treatment - no advance booking required! The Teddy Bear Hospital and the Teddy Bear Maternity Clinic offer children a fun and comfortable experience of visiting a doctor and a nurse. The Teddy Bear Pharmacy will dispense all the medicines prescribed to the teddy bears and other toys by the Teddy Bear Hospital. The workshop is organised by the Finnish Medical Students' International Committee, students studying to become nurses at Savonia University of Applied Sciences and the School of Pharmacy of the University of Eastern Finland.
  • Science activities for children – Science day-care centre Väläys. Learn about electricity and human anatomy and identify tree leaves.
  • Life with an eye disease. Put on goggles that mimic cataracts, age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma, and see how it affects your ability to perform daily activities. Ocuther project.
  • Design a cancer drug! Researchers present molecular modelling in drug design and show how the progression of cancer can be stopped by blocking a key pathway. Researchers will also use 3D modelling to test drug molecules designed by workshop visitors.
  • Citizens as ant collectors. Citizens can send researchers ant samples from anthills, and thus contribute to Finland’s largest collection of ants. This is an example of a citizen science, which is becoming increasingly popular around the world, including Finland. In the workshop, you can study ants under a microscope – and you can also deliver your ant samples!
  • Biobank of Eastern Finland Samples and data from people who have given their biobank consent get stored in the biobank for research purposes. What happens to the samples and data in the biobank? Come and find out!
  • Excel and explore with LUMA! The scientific activities of the LUMA Centre will spark an interest in science and mathematics. The workshop also offers ideas for teachers to be implemented in classrooms and science clubs.
  • Proteins in food and metabolism. Have you tasted quorn? Do you know what ground beef made of crickets looks like? Visit this workshop to learn about plant-based and other sources of protein, as well as metabolism. The Food Valley is building a gut model that can be used to study the effects on proteins on the gut.
  • Who is your vocal dobbelgänger on YouTube? Did you know that your voice is a bibliometric identifier that can be used to identify you? You’ve probably also heard that we all have a dobbelgänger somewhere in the world. Come to this workshop and find your vocal dobbelgänger on YouTube! You task is to talk, in any language you choose, and our speaker recognition software will compare your voice against more than 7,000 celebrity voices on YouTube to find your vocal dobblegänger.
  • Microsurgery Centre Is microsurgery hard? Come and have a go at it! In this workshop, you get to do fun exercises using real surgical tools. You can also learn about the human body in virtual reality and find out what microsurgery is used for.
  • Exercise your brain! How to stay mentally agile and clear-minded? Neurocenter Finland offers some nuts for your brain to crack - come and learn more!
  • Find your own path. The charmingly mysterious fortune teller Leyla helps you to find your own path, perhaps taking you to study in the Open University.  With children, Leyla will take a look at her crystal ball to see if anything sweet is on the horizon. The fortune telling workshop is organised by the Centre for Training and Development, Aducate/ Open University.
  • Visit Ursa’s planetarium and learn about the starlit sky! The number of seats in the planetarium is limited. The audience is requested to refrain from speaking during the show.
  • Take a virtual look at the human body! Learn anatomy with Webmicroscope is and Visible Body and test your knowledge in a mobile quiz. Winners will be awarded! Organised by the Institute of Biomedicine.
  • Monitor your skin! What is a skin change that is a cause of concern, and how should you monitor your skin? What is the impact of the sun on the skin, and what is the best way to protect yourself? For tips, visit this workshop by experts of the North Savo Skin Cancer Programme.
  • What are good leaders made of?  Goal-orientation, energy, empathy, ethicalness and eco-friendliness? Is that what good leaders are made of? Come and share your thoughts on what makes a good leader - and participate in a raffle! Researchers from the UEF Business School give insight, from various perspectives, into what makes a good leader and how to become one.
  • Visit a virtual engineering workshop and try operating a real industrial robot. The machinery and industrial engineering sector uses a variety of machines and equipment to manufacture things for our everyday life, for example cars, bicycles and household appliances. Welcome to learn about technology! The workshop is organised by the Savo Vocational College / Valtek project.
  • Small deeds towards a healthier everyday. Developed in the StopDia study, the Pienet teot (=Small Deeds) app will help you to take baby steps towards healthier habits and to turn these habits into your new lifestyle. You can choose small deeds that fit into your everyday life. Visit our workshop to learn more!
  • The Children’s University takes children and youngsters to the world of scientific research through various functional assignments. This workshop also showcases the activities of the Snellman Summer University, including clubs run by the Children’s University this autumn, as well as trainings and courses for adults.
  • Humour Workshop. What makes you laugh? What makes children laugh? Visit this workshop to learn about children’s humour - and have a good laugh with us! The workshops pertains to a doctoral dissertation in early childhood education dealing with the humour of small children.
  • Steer clear of fatty liver disease. Take the journey from unhealthy to healthy body. Researchers will explain the links between liver status, gut microbiome, dietary metabolites and exercise. Help your family make healthy decision. Come & let's play!
  • Robots and technology supporting social and health care work. Savonia University of Applied Sciences trains health care professionals, but also develops new solutions to support their work and studies.
  • Make your workday more effective with digital tools. Get to know digital collaboration tools that boost productivity. Take part in a fun quizz created with Forms. Try creating and delegating a task in Planner and communicating in Teams. Organised by the School of Computing, TUPLA project and DigiCenter North Savo.