Where, when and what happens during the Winter School?


The Jyväskylä Winter School is a two-week program offering intensive courses, but the Winter School is not only about studying. Social events will enable participants to get to know the Finnish culture, and learn about other cultures by interacting with other students from different cultural backgrounds.

  • The Boreal Winter Ecology course will start on Monday 11th of February at 10:00am. It is possible to arrive at the research station already on Sunday 10th of February. The course ends 15th of February at 13:00pm (after lunch).
  • Introduction to Molecular Evolution course will start 9:00am on Monday 18th of February. It is possible to arrive at the research station beforehand on Sunday February 17th. The course ends on Wednesday 20th of February at 17pm.
  • The workshop will start on Wednesday 20th of February at 09:30am. The workshop ends on Friday 22nd of February at 13:00pm (after lunch).

Preliminary schedule of the Boreal Winter Ecology course:

  • Sunday 10.2. Travel day
  • Monday 11.2. Day of Introduction to winter ecology, snow ecology and physics
    • Introduction
    • Snow physics and ecology
    • Snow measurements
  • Tuesday 12.2. Day of field work on birds and rodents
    • Field work with birds and small mammals
    • Lecture(s) and seminar
    • Introduction to evening field work and seminar
    • Evening: Enclosure, trap checking
  • Wednesday 13.2. Day of field work with birds and rodents and aquatic ecology
    • Field work with birds and small mammals
    • Fish biology field demonstrations and lecture: Life under ice
    • Evening: Skiing practice and evening at fire
  • Thursday 14.2. Pyhähäkki National Park day
    • Whole day: Skiing or walking in the National Park. Field observations of wild life and snow-tracking. The weather forecast and group composition of the winter school determines whether we walking or skiing. The forest terrain is probably might be too hard for non-experienced skiers.
    • Evening: Course party and informal evening
  • Friday 15.2. Summing-up day and seminars
    • After lunch departure for those who don't take the 2nd week course.
  • Saturday 16.2. For those who stay for the course Introduction to Molecular Evolution, own activities at the research station or possibility to visit Jyväskylä.
  • Student presentations will be flexibly incorporated into the program.

Preliminary schedule of the Introduction to Molecular Evolution course

  • The schedule will be announced soon.