Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completing the CHEMARTS Summer School successfully, participants are able to envision how advanced wood-based biomaterials can be used to make our living environment more comfortable and sustainable. Students understand how to come up with innovative ideas related to biomaterials, and how to develop those ideas further with holistic approach, by experimentation and hands-on prototyping. Students are aware of strengths and challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration, and are willing to apply that knowledge to their forthcoming projects. Students learn how to communicate research and design processes and results professionally.

Credits: 10

Schedule: 02.06.2020 - 27.08.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Pirjo Kääriäinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pirjo Kääriäinen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEMARTS Summer School is an intensive, experimental and interdisciplinary course focusing on wood-derived materials research. It is strongly based on ecological values. During the first phase in June students familiarise with Finnish wood-based biomaterials and some working methods used in materials research and design practice. For the second phase (July-August) students define their projects either in teams, pairs or individually. Students continue to develop their project(s) independently throughout the summer, supported by peers, tutors and external experts. Documentation and presentations have an important role in the learning process. The results will be exhibited publicly in September. There is an option to continue the project work further during the following semester, for example in Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis.


    The Summer School starts with thematic lectures, visits, discussions, independent background research and creative hands-on workshops. In July-August the working process is mainly self-driven. Working in teams/pairs is recommended. Tutoring is available according to students’ needs, and team meetings with or without the tutor will be organized regularly. Students receive feedback in several phases, and the final feedback and evaluation will happen in the end of August.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Material required for the evaluation: Documented working process (learning diary including photos or videos), tangible material samples or/and prototypes, final presentation.

    Evaluation criteria: 1) Ideation and idea development 2) Research, experimental planning and prototyping and 3) Process documentation including presentations 4) Activity and teamwork.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Will be announced when the course starts.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Design Meets Biomaterials (CHEM-A1610, 3-5 cr) course is mandatory for CHEMARTS minor program students and recommended for all other Summer School applicants. To have an acces to laboratories, all students need to pass Laboratory Safety Course (CHEM-E0140,0 cr ) either before or in the beginning of the Summer School.