Upcoming events


We welcome you to the upcoming spring term events of the Bioscientific Society of Oulu:


17.6 Summer’s recreational event with Paintball and picnic

This year we will entertain ourselves with heart-pumping action of paintball. The outdoor paintball venue is located in Tirinkylä, Kiiminki (Kukkulanraitti 166). For more info, visit After that we treat ourselves with a picnic at 3 pm in a nearby fire place where snack and refreshments will be served.

The participant number for the paintball activity is limited so be quick and reserve your place now. The cost will be 17 Eur/person for members (includes 300 paintballs). Also non-member avecs are welcome but the society members have priority, and non-members will pay the full 27 Eur price for the paintball activity. You are also welcome to attend only the picnic!

What to wear to play paintball: long sleeve shirt and long pants (dark colours, loose fitting), thin gloves and shoes appropriate for outdoor activities. Wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty.

Please sign for the paintball and/or picnic latest on Tuesday 12th of June by sending email (lumi.viljakainen at

Past events



Company visit

In May the Bioscientific Society of Oulu had its annual company visit. This year the society visited the premises of Nordlab, home of one of the highest quality and amount clinical services and biochemical analysis. In just the Oulu University hospital Nordlab has up to 40 doctors and 250 technicians running several different laboratories: the chemical, emergency, microbiology and genetic labs.

In the emergency and chemical labs, our members witnessed the fully automatized analysis center. Tubes come autonomously from the hospital straight to the state-of-the-art analysis machines provided by Siemens and undergo their journey until the results are sent back to the health professionals. Services range from basic blood count to a complex biochemical analysis such as HPLC, LC-MS/MS, chromatography, immunochemistry analysis and many other personalized measurements.

The visit was concluded with a tour in the genetics lab, in which the inherited diseases in Finland are being studied with the latest molecular biology techniques, such as Sanger sequencing with the use of the 3500DX genetic analyzer and basic karyotyping.

Overall, the visit proved itself to be useful and interesting for our members, of whom many are also customers of Nordlab, utilizing their services when analyzing various disease models in mice.




NSMB – Natural Science Meets Business, a new exhibition event for natural scientists was organized for the first time on Tuesday 14th of November in the Linnanmaa Campus of the University of Oulu. The idea of the event was to unite natural science professionals and students from academia and companies. In particular, the NSMB event sought to bring together the academic knowledge and the companies, and to encourage students to contact the companies to facilitate their integration into the working life.

The event started with an introduction to the study program of Industrial Engineering and Management by docent Jukka Majava, and several specialized lectures and workshops on working life skills were given at the Tellus Ice Breaker Stage and lecture hall L2 during the day. These included workshops on LinkedIn and Productization & product development, as well as lectures with topics varying from science communication skills to product marketing. The day ended with the talk ”So you think you can think?” by science blogger Pauli Ohukainen encouraging listeners to engage in healthy critical thinking.



Around 30 company stands representing various disciplines of natural sciences were also present in the Väylä hallway during the day, and the visitors were encouraged to contact company representatives and to listen to company presentations and interviews by Jaani Mustonen in between the lectures.


The Biochemical Society of Oulu organized NSMB together with LuOpiO, the Oulu student branch of the Union of Professionals in Natural, Environmental and Forestry Sciences  (Loimu).  The partners and sponsors of the NSMB2017 event were Loimu, the BioBio Society, University of Oulu, the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine and the Health and Biosciences Doctoral Program (HBS-DP)


The Biochemical Society of Oulu  participated in European Biotech Week (25.9 – 1.10.2017) by organizing Bioquiz-event together with Histoni and Syntaksis. Event took  place in restaurant Tuba on 28th of September.

In bioquiz, attendants competed for prize in groups of four people by answering biotech-related questions spanning from basic molecular biology to Nobel laureates. Competition was tight between the 19 registered teams, and after few hours, the winners were awarded European Biotech Week merchandise and gift cards to restaurant Tuba. Overall, the event was succesfull in bringing together bioscientists and students!

Company visits

The Biochemical Society of Oulu arranged a company visit to its members 2nd of June. We visited OYS TestLab and ValiRX. Both organizations are located in Kontinkangas and are 10 minutes walking distance apart.

OYS TestLab, located in Oulu University Hospital, offers frameworks for collaboration between private and public sectors. In OYS TestLab, health technology companies can test their products in realistic environment and get feedback from health care professionals.

ValiFinn is multinational biotechnology company situated in Oulu. One of its core business activities is carrying out developmental research that is used for finding treatments for cancer. In addition, ValiFinn offers clinical laboratory services in co-operation with the University Of Applied Sciences Of Oulu.

Recreational day

The Biochemical society of Oulu organized an annual recreation day on July 1. This year we headed stand-up paddling (SUP) and coupled that with a picnic at Kiikeli. For once, the weather did not let us down, since it was one of the prettiest days of summer. The sun was shining from the clear blue sky and weather was perfect for outdoor activity and picnic.

First, we gathered at Kiikeli to hear instructions for paddle boarding by Leijakoulu Lappis instructor.


Then it was time to hop on boards and head from the Torinranta to the Kuusisaari and towards the open sea by paddling trough the river delta and then back. 

After nice but also exhausting a bit over two hours SUP trip the picnic was very welcome. The group headed to the Kiikelinranta where one of the board members had brought all the ingredients for an enjoyable picnic. Rest of the afternoon we spent enjoying the rare warmness and sunshine of Finnish summer with good food, drinks and company.




Oulu Bioscience Networking Event

The annual Oulu Bioscience Networking Event was organized on 3rd November at the University of Oulu, Ice Breaker stage. This year the theme was “Linking Nordic Biosciences – Over the Arctic”. The event gathered plenty of bioscience professionals from the academic and the private sector from Finland, Sweden and Norway. The event aimed to increase networking between the bioscience professionals over the Arctic, and to discuss about the current themes in the field of biosciences and collaboration between the Nordic countries.

obne_audience_smallThe introduction to the evening’s theme was given by Professor Tiina Kinnunen from the University of Oulu after which the Arctic Biodiscovery Centre & Biotech North, OuluHealth Labs, Ginolis Ltd, Admescope Ltd and Sangen Ltd told about their activities. After the delicious snacks and wine served during the netobne_food_smallworking break, Hannele Savela from the Joint Arctic Agenda introduced the joint venture between the Nordic countries. Collaboration between the Nordic countries was further addressed in the panel discussion. The panelists were: Eirik W. Lundblad from the Arctic Biodiscovery Centre & Biotech North at the Arctic University of Norway, Tanja Pyhäjärvi from the Department of Physiology and Genetics at the University of Oulu, Björn Ekström from Ginolis Ltd, Kalevi Virta from Nordic Test Beds and Hannele Savela from the Joint Arctic Agenda.


The event was organized by the Biochemical Society of Oulu, and it was sponsored by BioBio Society, Biocenter Oulu, BusinessOulu, the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Oulu, Finnish Union of Experts in Science LAL, Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu Health, Nordic Infrastructure for Mouse Models, the Finnish Union of Expert in Science and the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland.



Science popularization event

was held at the Tuba Food and Lounge on 15th of September and gathered a nice crowd of interested participants.

tiede_yleisoThe idea of this multidisciplinary event was to popularize scientific phenomena and research. During the evening we heard five short presentations including Thought mistakes of our brain by Pauli Ohukainen, Citizen science by Prateek Singh, Literature in the stream of time by Miika Savolainen, Why carbon is needed in the production of steel by Eetu-Pekka Heikkinen, and Biobanks – better health through research by Pia Nyberg.

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Hopefully we can organize something similar also next year.





Oulu Bioscience Networking Event


45th Anniversary Celebration

We got together to celebrate our society at restaurant Nallikari on 17th of September. Evening started with an overview to the history of the society given by our chair Minna Kihlström.

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And continued with wine tasting and education given by Katja Piippo. Several quality wines were tasted and compared with different types of food.

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Thank you all for the great atmosphere and great evening!


Visit to Finnish Seed Potato Centre Ltd

The Biochemical Society of Oulu is organized a trip to visit a local bio-field company in the Oulu region for its members. We visited The Finnish Seed Potato Centre Ltd on Tuesday 7th of June. The visit included a presentation and a tour in the laboratory premises.
The Finnish Seed Potato Centre Ltd was introducing its operation in the Oulu Bioscience Networking Event (OBNE) 2015. It is a leading Finnish company specializing in the production of seed potato, and uses an advantaged aeroponic production method.

“Innovation and pioneering are important to us. This is why we carry out continuous research and development work in collaboration with universities and research institutions, among others.”

More info about the company:


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Spring recreational day 15th of May

The Biochemical Society of Oulu organized a Spring recreation day on Sunday the 15th of May. We headed to the white-water area of Koitelinkoski to conquer the rapids of the river with a rubber boat and after that we enjoyed a picnic in beautiful Koitelinkoski area!

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Oulu Bioscience Networking Event


Oulun Biokemistiseura ry:n jo toisen kerran järjestämä ”Oulu Bioscience Networking Event” kokosi Oulun yliopistolle yli sata bioalan ammattilaista ja opiskelijaa niin tutkimuslaitoksista kuin yrityksistä. Tapahtuman tavoitteena oli lisätä alan toimijoiden verkostoitumista, tehdä yritysten toimintaa tutummaksi sekä keskustella ajankohtaisista teemoista.

Tilaisuudessa Admescope Oy, Biotech Start-up Management Oy, Paras Biopharmaceuticals Finland Oy ja –projekti kertoivat toiminnastaan.

Tapahtumassa pohdittiin Oulun bioalan tulevaisuuden näkymiä paneelikeskustelun muodossa. Siinä osajanottajina olivat Kalervo Hiltunen Biocenter Oulusta, Noora Jansson ja Tuula Palmen Business Oulusta, Juhani Lahdenperä Biotech Start-up Management Oy:stä, Leila Risteli Medical Research Center Oulusta sekä Marko Sankala Sigma-Aldrich Ltd:stä.

Oulun vahvuuksina nähtiin eri toimijoiden yhteistyö, monitieteisyys, IT-osaaminen, vahva perustutkimus, avoin mieli ja riskinottokyky. Opiskelijoiden mukaan ottamista erilaisiin tutkimus- ja kehityshankkeisiin pidettiin tärkeänä.

Panelistit rohkaisivat niin perus- kuin jatko-opiskelijoita kontaktoimaan aktiivisesti yrityksiä ja hankkimaan tarvittavia työelämätaitoja kuten esimerkiksi projektinhallinta- ja myyntiosaamista. He kannustivat jokaista erilaistumaan itselle mieluisille osa-alueille ja näin löytämään oman paikkansa alalta.

Tapahtuma järjestettiin yhteistyössä BioBio-seuran, Biocenter Oulun, Business Oulun, Kemianteollisuus ry:n, Luonnontieteiden akateemiset ry:n ja Medical Research Center Oulun kanssa.

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Oulu Bioscience Networking Event