Biomedicum workshop during Neuro departmental day

Published 2017-03-27 17:15. Updated 2017-04-04 08:31
Eero Castren Biomedicum Helsinki
Professor Eero Castren from Neuroscience Center, Helsinki , one of the speakers during the day. Photo: Karolina Wichman 

The Department of Neuroscience invited all employees to a one-day mini-workshop focusing on the future move into Biomedicum. Staff and members of the Biomedicum-project were invited as well, and were asked to share their thoughts on Biomedicum and inform about the process.

Head of department, Sandra Ceccatelli, gathered the ‘Neuro’ employees in the Samuelsson lecture hall and explained the origin of the Biomedicum project by providing short recap of the project progression.

“The project started more than 10 years ago and 2017 is a critical year, everything has to be planned properly for a successful relocation in the spring next year,” Sandra Ceccatelli says. 

Kerstin Lundin, project leader for the Biomedicum-project, agrees that it is important to understand the history of this massive project in order for everyone to join the vision of Biomedicum and where we are heading .

“This project is like a puzzle, we cannot spend time and energy on overlapping work, or find out later that a piece has gone missing,” Kerstin Lundin says.

Currently, there are circa 100 individuals who work part time in the Biomedicum project, Jonas Fuxe, senior researcher at MTC, told the audience. Jonas Fuxe is a main player who has been engaged in the project almost from the start. He is leading the ‘Researchers team’ and the ‘Quarter coordinators’ in their activities to ensure that the new facilities fulfill the various needs of the scientists. This includes laboratory design, office space, equipment, core facilities and service.

Jonas Fuxe described moving to Biomedicum as a complex process, with the five departments moving more or less at the same time. Many activities have been focused on the allocation of space to individual groups. Allocation is an interactive, stepwise process and the vision has since the start been to establish a creative mix of competences and research fields.

Eva Palmer, member of the Biomedicum working environment group, informed about the activities of the group and practicalities associated with the move to Biomedicum. She stressed that it is indeed time to carefully consider what to bring, and take this as an opportunity to sort out all the things kept over the years, but actually not needed.

Gilberto Fisone, member of the Biomedicum Doctoral education group, presented the ongoing discussion about the creation of a Biomedicum doctoral program. The proposal creates new interesting possibilities for both students and supervisors.

Professor Eero Castrén presented his experiences from the establishment of Biomedicum in Helsinki, which opened in 2002. He underlined the importance of  co-operation among scientists with different expertise and approaches to keep up with the fast moving forward of Neuroscience. In this respect Biomedicum should be regarded as a great opportunity for a ‘new’ start built on fresh ideas. 

Rochelly Diaz Heijtz, a group leader at the Department of Neuroscience, highlighted the new opportunities for interactions between experimental and clinical research  offered by Biomedicum. 

PhD-students and postdocs representatives gave their view on the upcoming move.  They stressed the importance of best possible planning ahead in order to minimize the interruption to ongoing experiments. Although the move will require some extra effort, they are looking forward to working in the new environment in Biomedicum.

The talks given by Annikii Roos and Catharina Rehn from the KI library, and by the Director of KI finance Eva Tegelberg also contributed to the Neuro/Biomedicum Day interesting discussions. 

Text: Karolina Wichman