After a year’s break, Flora is celebrated once more at 5–7 pm on Wednesday 12 May. This time around, you will get to take part in the joyous springtime celebration from the comfort of your own home or while enjoying a picnic, for instance, as Flora will be organised using a remote connection for the first time ever.
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Flora 2021 / programme:
5.00 pm Start
5.05 pm Opening words | Chair of HYY’s Board Jessika Isomeri
5.10 pm Rector’s speech | Rector Sari Lindblom
5.20 pm Plant research in Viikki | Professor of Horticulture Paula Elomaa
5.23 pm Helsinki Pharmacy Students’ Association: The secret inhabitant of Arboretum
5.30 pm Spoken word poet Pauli Pietilä
5.35 pm Helsinki Observatory: Film on the time signal bag
5.41 pm Condus: Views from Siltavuorenpenger
5.48 pm Ylva’s greeting | CEO Leea Tolvas
5.53 pm Greetings from the University’s research stations
6.00 pm Matlu: Kumpula – where the wild science students roam
6.08 pm Spoken word poet Pauli Pietilä
6.13 pm Greetings from the Alumni Association
6.17 pm Greetings from the Helsinki Alumni
6.22 pm Conferment ceremony
6.24 pm Meilahti subject organisations: TikTok trends
6.26 pm Overall fashion show
6.30 pm Music performance: Ilta
The times are indicative and there might be changes to the programme.
The event has advance registration, which opens at noon on Wednesday 7 April. The sign-up link can be found below.
The joint springtime celebration of the entire University community – Flora’s Day – is drawing near! Together with the organising parties, consisting of HYY, student organisations and the University of Helsinki, we have come up with diverse and dazzling activities to brighten up everyone’s day!
Our fabulous students have produced amazing glimpses into student life all around the campuses of the University of Helsinki. The nature documentary of the Helsinki Pharmacy Students’ Association dives into the Viikki Arboretum to teach us about the surprisingly diverse selection of species in the area. Students of the Faculty of Science will allow us to take a peek at the rhythm of life of a student from Kumpula in their natural environment, whereas Condus will present the University community with a view of the gorgeous scenery at Siltavuorenpenger. The subject organisations of Meilahti will introduce themselves through stunning TikTok trends! The activities produced by organisations will culminate in a fashion show of overalls where we will get to marvel at the colourful overalls of different faculties.
You will also be provided with a glimpse of the University’s operation outside its campuses: we will get to see greetings from the University’s research stations all over Finland and the world as well as learn about the history of the Helsinki Observatory through a silent film. Naturally, flowers are also a part of Flora’s Day! Professor of Horticulture Paula Elomaa tells us how gerbera flowers are developing geometrically in regular spirals. And although we will not get to have conferment ceremonies this year, we can at least experience their atmosphere in video form during Flora’s Day.
During the broadcast, we will hear spring greetings from Rector Sari Lindblom, Chair of HYY’s Board Jessika Isomeri, alumni of the University of Helsinki and Ylva’s CEO Leea Tolvas. The programme will be punctuated by modern spoken word poetry by Pauli Pietilä. The evening will culminate in a performance by the brilliant singer Ilta, who is known from UMK, for instance.
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What utopian event could provide you with a moment’s respite from the endless remote meetings, showing you a place where student culture meets the joys of art and a cheerful celebration of spring?