Course Announcement:

Here you will be able to find all planned NordAqua courses. All the courses will be published regularly, so keep an eye on updates to the course list. There will be a notification on the front page of NordAqua web for the courses published.


NordAqua Spring 2021

- Course KAB24007 (UTU): Towards Bio-based Finland (2 ECTS)

20-22 April 2021- Fully Online

Organiser: UTU and ÅA (supported by NordAqua NCoE, SmartBio Biocity program, Turku Science Park Oy)

Content: The course deals with basic concepts of sustainability, bioeconomy and circular economy. It gives an overview of current and potential bioeconomy in Finland, starting from biomass resources and advanced conversion technologies to national and EU strategies. Lectures are given by top experts from different fields in industry and academia.  The course also includes a virtual excursion to the Smart Chemistry Park, which is South Western Finland’s technology innovation park largely devoted to bioeconomy and cleantech.

The course lasts three full days and requires full attendance but in case of colliding events students need to be in contact with the responsible teachers in advance. The students are expected to keep a learning diary throughout the course and at the end of the course each student is assigned one of the topics to plunge into and to write a final report. The in-depth essay should describe the Finnish as well as global current situation, reflect on the future and include literature search. The course is intended for advanced Master students as well as for PhD students.

Click to download to course info as PDF: NordAquaCourse_Spring2021.pdf

Click to download the course programme as PDF: NordAquaCourse_Spring2021_programme.pdf

Course leaders:Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne (UTU) and Henrik Grenman (ÅA)

Contact information:

Prof. Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne, PhD
University of Turku
E-mail: allahve@utu.fi

Prof. Henrik Grenman, D.Sc
Åbo Academi University
E-mail: henrik.grenman@abo.fi

Registration latest April 13th via Nettiopsu (For UTU students) or by sending an email to allahve@utu.fi if you are from other organizations.


NordAqua Autumn 2020

- NordAqua Online Course Autumn 2020 (1 ECTS)

3 Sessions on 17 November23 November and  26 November 2020

NordAqua is organizing an online autumn course "Algae-based biotechnologies and their impact on Nordic blue bioeconomy". The course is preliminary organized for the NordAqua young researchers, but it is open for all algae enthusiasts.

The online course is planned to be held on 17 November23 November and  26 November. Each NordAqua partner organization will give 30 min lecture followed by a 10 min Q&A. Please see: NordAqua Online Course Pre-programme

Please register the course via : NordAqua Online Course Autumn 2020 Registration

The deadline for registration is 9th November!

The online links of the course will be send to whom registered.  For more detail please contact sesiri@utu.fi or follow announcements on the main page!


NordAqua Fall 2019

- Course UGSB0004-3001 Entrepreneurship for Research Professionals

Learning Camp 07.10.2019 at 9am- 7pm & Wrap-Up Session 31.10.2019 10.15am-12am

Organizer: UTU

Content: The course provides introduction to entrepreneurship by looking at entrepreneur-ship at individual and company level. The core themes include entrepreneurship as a career opportunity; business idea and opportunity creation; business plan-ning; and business growth. During the course the students assess their own en-trepreneurial resources in terms of competences and networks for example, and perform exercises on (business) idea generation in teams resulting in rapid pitch-ing-exercises aiming to sell their ideas to the others. The students will familiarize themselves with entrepreneurial process: what it takes to map problems and thurn them into interesting challenges which then can be solved. Furthermore, the students will also familiarize themselves with the (local) entrepreneurial eco-system, which provides various support for entrepreneurs.

Course leader: Professor Jarna Heinonen ; email: jarna.heinonen@utu.fi

Course Venue: Boost Academy, Turku  (Arwidssonkinkatu 3B, https://goo.gl/maps/Z59m9ycE3ZZpekiu6)

Registration in Webropol is open until 15th of September, 2019. Please click the link below to REGISTER!

https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/AAC8030BA3A6FD2E

The selection to the course is done based on a short motivation letter (max 300 words). Please attach it to the Webropol survey when you register.Number of students restricted to 30 persons due to interactive learning methods. If there are too many participants, those who registered to the cancelled course in spring 2019 will have priority.


NordAqua Spring 2019

- Course KABI4004:  Applied Photosynthesis Research (6 ECTS)

  04 March – 03 April 2019

Organiser: UTU (supported by NordAqua NCoE)

The basic concepts of the biorefineries and the contribution of photosynthetic organisms to blue and green biorefineries will be discussed.

Content: Photosynthesis as a starting point for biorefineries; photosynthetic organisms as a source of food, feed, and fuel; bottle-necks and strategies to improve cost-effectiveness of bio-based production systems; detection methods for assessing the value of different end-products (lipids, carotenoids, H2 gas etc).

Course leader: Y. Allahverdiyeva-Rinne, Molecular Plant Biology, Biochemistry Department, University of Turku

Contact information:

Assoc. Prof. Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne, PhD
University of Turku
Department of Biochemistry 
Molecular Plant Biology
Visiting address: Biocity 6th floor
E-mail: allahve@utu.fi

Course venue: University of Turku, Biocity and Pharmacity

Registration via Nettiopsu or by sending an email to allahve@utu.fi

- Course KABI4007: Towards Bio-based Finland (2 ECTS)

  15-17 April 2019

Organiser: UTU and ÅA (supported by NordAqua NCoE, SmartBio Biocity program, Turku Science Park Oy)

Content: The basic concepts of the bioeconomy and the circular economy, overview of different industrial companies operating in Finland, guest lectures by the industry professionals, site-visits to observe SME’s research and production facilities and direct interaction with industry representatives.Course venue: SparkUP

Course leaders:Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne (UTU) and Henrik Grenman (ÅA)

Contact information:

Assoc. Prof. Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne, PhD
University of Turku
E-mail: allahve@utu.fi

Assoc. Prof. Henrik Grenman, D.Sc
Åbo Academi University
E-mail: henrik.grenman@abo.fi

Registration via Nettiopsu or by sending an email to allahve@utu.fi or henrik.grenman@abo.fi