BENJ1001 Post Graduate Seminar

Talks are given by doctoral students who are about to defence their doctoral thesis. To complete the course, a doctoral student must attend at least 10 other doctoral students’ seminars during their postgraduate studies. Seminars are generally followed by coffee/tea and biscuits in Tuma.

Place & time

These seminars (unless otherwise stated) will take place on Thursdays at 14.00 o’clock in lecture hall YAA303. In practice this means that Post Graduate Seminar and Departmental Research Seminar Series are organized in alternate weeks. The seminar schedule is available here.


The course will be graded as Pass or Fail.


The seminar serves as a training space for presentation of own research at scientific conferences and preparation for the upcoming public defence. In addition of getting a chance to rehearse how to answer questions and critique, students will receive feedback on their research, assisting them in considering aspects they might not otherwise have addressed. They will also learn from each other when attending 10 post graduate seminars. For others in the Department, the seminar is an opportunity to be aware of research done by the doctoral students.

Learning outcome

Doctoral students will have experience in delivering a full length scientific seminar talk. They will learn to discuss their own scientific results with other scientists and response to questions. By attending other seminars, students will learn to ask questions and discuss others research.

Guidelines for giving a talk at the seminar

Doctoral students should give a talk on their own PhD project no later than within 2 weeks after the dissertation has been sent to preliminary examiners. A doctoral student first contacts a seminar organiser in her/his division and set the date with the professor of her/his major. No later than one week before the presentation date, a doctoral student should submit the title and the abstract to a seminar organiser.

The length of the talk is 30–40 minutes with 15 min for discussion. The talk should include a broad theoretical background, description of the methods, a summary of results and conclusions. The talk should not consist of separate presentations of the articles in the dissertation but instead the experiments should be synthesized, forming a coherent entity. Due to the limited time allocated for the talk, it is not necessary to include all results in the presentation.

It is highly recommended that the doctoral student rehearses her/his talk under a guidance of her/his supervisor(s) prior to the seminar date.

Info for undergraduate students attending the seminar

Undergraduate students should enrol in the course “BIOS911 Tutkijaseminaari, Research Seminar”. Participation in 15 seminars entitles to 1 ECTS. Undergraduate students get an additional participation point for a written summary of the seminar presentation. Summaries must be written concisely in either Finnish or English (font size: 12, line spacing: max. 1.5) and should be at least one page long (min. 400 words). Summaries should be returned within a week via email to one of the seminar organizers.

Persons in charge

The oral presentation will be evaluated by a professor or a person appointed by her/him:

Aquatic Sciences: Jouni Taskinen
Cell and Molecular Biology: Janne Ihalainen
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Johanna Mappes
Environmental Science: Jussi Kukkonen


In each division, there is a person who is in charge of organizing the seminar and acts as a chair in the seminar. The seminar organizers are:

Aquatic Sciences: Ines Klemme
Cell and Molecular Biology: Maija Vihinen-Ranta
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Ossi Nokelainen
Environmental Science: Hanna Arola