Annual Doctoral Education Network Seminar, Vierumäki, Finland

The annual seminar of the Network was held on 10-11 June 2019 at the Vierumäki Resort, which offers excellent facilities for productive meetings and social activities, see
Our programme started around 10am on Monday, 10 June, and ended late on Tuesday afternoon, 11 June, by 6.30pm.


Seminar Participants














Aalto University
Ahti Salo
Antti Punkka
Jyrki Wallenius
Markku Kallio
Pekka Korhonen
Juho Roponen
Alessandro Mancuso
Lauri Neuvonen
Teemu Seeve
Olga Gorskikh
Edoardo Tosoni
Lucas Condeixa
Nikita Belyak
Andrei Vedernikov

University of Turku
Yury Nikulin
Alaleh Maskooki
Pauliina Mäkinen

Tampere University
Ali Ghavamifar
Ehsan Shekarian

LUT University / University of Trento
Michele Urbani

International Quests
Elena Rovenskaya from IIASA
Behnam Zakeri from IIASA
Alec Morton from University of Strathclyde

The major themes of the seminar include the following:

1) How to give an excellent conference presentation? Many of the doctoral students in the network will be giving presentations at scientific conferences next summer. We will therefore provide instructive opportunities for rehearsing these presentations in the presence of an interested and appreciative audience.

2) How to improve communication and networking skills? In many ways, career development depends crucially on the ability to communicate efficiently and to build collaboration networks. Based on the positive experiences from workshops organized by Aalto platforms, we will improve these skills through similar workshops, organized by Joppe Quaedvlieg, see

3) How I can improve my manuscript so that it will  be accepted for publication? Following the positive feedback from our earlier seminars in 2017 and 2018, we will organize groupwork sessions so that manuscripts at an advanced stage of development will be reviewed by the participants ahead of time and then discussed by them in smaller groups at the seminar. 

We are also pleased to have international visitors, most notably Dr. Elena Rovenskaya and Dr. Behnam Zakeri from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Prof. Alec Morton from the University of Strathclyde.

The Network will cover the costs of all participants at Vierumäki and, depending on the number of participants, possibly the costs of travelling to and from Vierumäki as well.

If you have questions about the Vierumäki seminar, please contact Juho Roponen (@qasavlatvok.cffib), the Coordinator of the Network.

Important information

(1) Instructions for arriving to vierumäki:

(2) If you want to go for a swim from sauna, remember to bring your own swimwear.

Seminar Programme

Monday, 10 June

09.30-10.20     Breakfast

10.20-10.30     Objectives of the seminar / Ahti Salo

10.30-12.00     Introduction of participants (max 3 minutes per person)

12.00-13.00     Lunch

13.00-13.20     How to give an excellent presentation? / Supervising professors & discussion

13.20-15.00     1st rehearsal session(s) on conference presentations

  • Edoardo Tosoni
  • Michele Urbani
  • Alessandro Mancuso

15.00-15.15     Coffee break

15.15-15.45     Understanding the role of a mentor / Jyrki Wallenius

15.45-16.30     Groupwork on scientific papers at an advanced stage of development

17.00-18.30     Sauna (separate saunas for men and women, possibilities for swimming, bring your own swimwear) 

19.00-21.00     Dinner in Restaurant Lyhty 

Tuesday, 11 June

 8.00- 9.00       Breakfast

 9.00-9.30        Research activities and career opportunities at IIASA / Elena Rovenskaya

 9.30-9.50        Examples from research projects / Behnam Zakeri                                              

 9.50-10.10      Doctoral education and career paths from an international perspective / Alec Morton

10.10-10.25     Coffee break

10.25-12.00     2nd rehearsal session(s) on conference presentations

  • Lucas Condeixa
  • Alaleh Maskooki
  • Juho Roponen

12.00-13.00     Lunch

13.00-15.00     Workshop on improving communication and networking skills / Joppe Quaedvlieg

15.00-15.15     Coffee break

15.15-15.45     Discussion on seminar outcomes and future plans  

15.45-18.30     Lots of fun in the Flow Park! 

18.30                Seminar ends