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 the course the student will

  • be familiar with and inspired by Finnish biomaterials, including cellulose fibers, micro- and nanofibrillar cellulose, cellulose derivatives, lignin, bark extractives and novel combinations of these, and other biomaterials from the Finnish nature.
  • recognise the main sustainability issues related to these materials.
  • know various working methods for material exploration in laboratory environment, and have ability to apply those in their material experiments.
  • understand the basics of up-scaling processes related to bio-based material innovations.
  • have ability to envision how advanced bio-based materials can enhance sustainable way of living.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 08.06.2023 - 27.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pirjo Kääriäinen, Tapani Vuorinen

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    CHEMARTS Summer School is an intensive, experimental and interdisciplinary course focusing on bio-based materials. It is strongly based on ecological values. During the course students familiarise with Finnish wood-based and other biomaterials, and explore working methods used in materials research and design practice. The course includes thematic lectures, visits to nature, group discussions and assignments, independent background research and creative hands-on workshops. Full-time commitment required.

    There is an option to continue the project work further in CHEM-E0180 CHEMARTS Project (5-10 cr) during July-August, or following semester on periods II-III. After completing CHEMARTS Summer School students can continue their work also in Bachelor's or Master's thesis (needs to be discussed with CHEMARTS Summer School teachers).

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Material required for the evaluation: Learning diary including documented laboratory work with personal reflections,  material samples, final presentation.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, visits, guided and independent laboratory work, presentations. Full attendance and active participation necessary.

    Total workload 162 h

    Contact teaching 48 h

    Independent work  93 h

    Personal reflection 20 h

    Course evaluation 1 h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Summer
    2023-2024 Summer

    Enrollment :

    Registration in Sisu. Min. 10, max. 24 students.

    The following prioritization principles will be followed in accepting the students:

    (1) balanced student distribution between the schools, (2) motivation (described in Sisu enrollment), (3) the course is part of student's CHEMARTS minor, (4) MA Design major students, (5) enrollment order.