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 12th of February at 09:00am. It is possible to arrive at the research station already on Sunday 11th of February. The course ends 16th of February at 13:00pm (after lunch).
  • Population ecology and population cycles course will start 9:00am on Monday 19th of February. It is possible to arrive at the research station beforehand on Sunday February 18th. The course ends on Wednesday February 21st at 13.00pm (after lunch). 
  • The workshop will start on Wednesday 21st of February at 09:30am. The workshop ends on Friday 23rd of February at 13:00pm (after lunch).

Preliminary schedule of the Boreal Winter Ecology course:

  • Sunday 11.2. Travel day
  • Monday 12.2. Day of Introduction to winter ecology, snow ecology and physics
    • Introduction
    • Snow physics and ecology
    • Snow measurements
  • Tuesday 13.2. 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 14.2. 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 15.2. 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 16.2. Summing-up day and seminars
    • After lunch departure for those who don't take the 2nd week course.
  • Saturday 17.2. For those who stay for the the Population ecology and population cycles course, own activities at the research station or possibility to visit Jyväskylä.
  • Student presentations will be flexibly incorporated into the program.

Preliminary schedule of the Population ecology and population cycles course

  • The schedule will be announced soon.