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Final call for applications

“Big Numbers, Small Numbers – from Data to Understanding”

5 - 10 March 2018, Finland

Call for applications is closed.

The Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI invites applications from Russian and Ukrainian postgraduate students for participation in the 22nd Winter School organized during 5 - 10 March 2018 at Tvärminne zoological station of the University of Helsinki Tvärminne Zoological Station of the University of Helsinki.

The goal of the Winter School is to enhance the mobility of young researchers and postgraduate students between Finland and the participating countries and to increase the cooperation between the universities. Before applying for participation in the 22nd Winter School, the applicants are expected to contact at least one scientist/research group leader at Finnish universities to discuss a possible project with them. Expression of interest by the Finnish host will be considered an advantage during the selection process.

Those Winter School participants who will be invited to Finland after the Winter School by Finnish research teams will have an option for a scholarship from the EDUFI (former CIMO) Fellowship programme. The Winter School provides an opportunity for the invited participants to join a research group in Finland for 3 to 12 months. In 2017, the monthly amount of scholarship was 1500 euros. The scholarship period should begin approx. within two years after the Winter School.

The 22nd EDUFI Winter School is multidisciplinary - not for a particular, narrow field of science, but rather for a scientific topic. This time, the school focuses on the common element of all scientific disciplines, the data. The school will cover state-of-the-art approaches and concepts for analyzing and understanding various kinds of data.

Applications from related fields, such as data science, computer science, statistics, environmental sciences, sociology, economics, linguistics, neuroscience, chemistry, pharmacy, biosciences, and medicine are welcome.

The school tends to stimulate active participation and discussion. The untraditional working method has been specially developed for the Winter School and it aims at enhancing the strength of participants’ own personal expertise, problem-solving capabilities, scientific presentation skills and creative mind.

Tentative themes of the days:

  • Data science (Machine learning and/or big data, neural networks/deep learning, statistics)
  • Environmental Sciences (Meteorology/atmospheric sciences, ecology, epidemiology)
  • Social Sciences (Economics, linguistics, sociology)
  • Biosciences (Drug design, bioinformatics, systems biology)

The teaching staff

Applications for participation

The application form and instructions

Written applications for participation are welcome from Russian and Ukrainian postgraduate students. The applicants must be citizens of Russia or Ukraine and not over 35 years of age. Applications are not accepted from those who have participated in one of the previous Winter Schools.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications was 27th November 2017. The complete paper versions of applications should have reached EDUFI by that date.

Financial assistance/grants

No participation fee is charged from the participants. Accommodation in student halls of residence and meals at course site are covered by EDUFI. EDUFI will also award a travel grant covering partial expense of the participants’ travel between their home town and Helsinki.

Contact persons at EDUFI

Tarja Mäkelä, Programme Coordinator

Päivi Jokinen, Programme Manager

The Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI
P.O. Box 380 (street address: Hakaniemenranta 6)
00531 Helsinki

Phone +358 0295 331 000 (switchboard)