Career Seminar & 20 Years of Doctoral Training in BCO-DP

Time: December 15 at 8:45-11:30
Place: Leena Palotie Auditorium, Kontinkangas Main Building (Aapistie 5A)
Organizer: Biocenter Oulu Doctoral Programme (BCO-DP)
Contact: Ritva Saastamoinen, ritva.saastamoinen (at), 0294 48 6102

The event is open to all. Please register no later than December 9:



Welcome and introduction:

Johanna Myllyharju, Scientific Director of Biocenter Oulu
Markku Juntti, Dean of the University of Oulu Graduate School
Seppo Vainio, Director of the Biocenter Oulu Doctoral Programme


When and how it all started with the Biocenter Oulu Graduate School – seen by the first BCO coordinator:

Erja Heikkinen (Counsellor of Education, Ministry of Education and Culture)


How it continued and developed in Oulu and in Finland: Former BCO/BCO-DP coordinators:

Sinikka Eskelinen (Director, Strategic Research Services, UO)
Pekka Kilpeläinen (Research Manager in CEMIS-Oulu/Kajaani, UO)
Anthony Heape (Coordinator, University of Oulu Graduate School, UO)

9:50-10:20 Coffee break (30 minutes)

BCO(-DP) alumnis’ interesting career stories in science and beyond: What have you done with your PhD?

Maritta Perälä-Heape (Director, Center for Health and Technology, UO)
Malin Sund (Professor of Surgery, Chief Surgeon, Umeå University, Sweden)
Lauri Eklund (Principal Investigator, Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, UO)
Kati Takaluoma (Science Adviser, Health Research Unit, Academy of Finland)


Perspectives of a current BCO-DP trainee: What can you do with your PhD?

Abhinandan Murthy (Doctoral student, Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, UO)


Closing words:

Ritva Saastamoinen, Coordinator of the Biocenter Oulu Doctoral Programme

Group photo



Programme as a PDF.

Last updated: 21.12.2015