Bioblitz on Otaniemi campus 8.9.

Have you ever wondered with whom we are sharing the campus with? What kinds of non-human species live in the campus area? How many do you think we can find in few hours of time? Come and find out in first ever Bioblitz organised on Aalto University campus 8.9.2022! Winning teams will be awarded
Sun filters through the treetops in the forest area on campus, with lily of the valley covering most of the ground. There's an old tree trunk diagonally on the ground, gathering moss.
Image: Hanna Paulomäki

Arranged for the first time in Otaniemi, Bioblitz is a fun competition in teams that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. The observations are photographed and gathered in iNaturalist mobile application, making the results also available for research purposes. The application also facilitates the identification of species by providing suggestions based on users’ photographs of the observed specimen.  

In Otaniemi Bioblitz we want to map what species we have on Aalto campus. The idea is additionally to raise awareness on the importance of biodiversity and impacts of nature loss. The event is organized jointly with Aalto University Student Union (AYY) and Symbioosi ry, the organization of Helsinki university biology students. 

The competition is open for all students and staff in Aalto University and biology students and staff in Helsinki university and there is an option for teams to adopt biology students / staff into their teams. We strongly encourage the participants to form interdisciplinary teams from 2 to 5 members, but the event is open to all kinds of combinations of people. Aftergame at AYY Otaranta Club Room.

When: On Thursday 8.9. 2022, 14-19 + afterparty
Where: Otaniemi campus area 
Organisers: Aalto University / Meeri Karvinen and Hanna Paulomäki, AYY, Symbioosi ry  
Collaborators: A! Co-Educator Team, ACRE/Campus Sustainability Team, Aalto Solutions for Sustainability

Read more about Bioblitz

Register via link before 1.9. 

Further instructions and the final programme will be sent for registered participants after 1.9.

Preliminary programme

14:00 Gathering at A Grid (Otakaari 5) lecture hall A108b / A111a Mordor (left from the lobby)
•    Welcome / opening of the event - Meeri Karvinen, Hanna Paulomäki
•    Introduction to biodiversity - Symbioosi ry / biology students 
•    Biodiversity and development of the Otaniemi campus – Aapo Pihkala/ACRE
14:45 Instructions for the BioBlitz
•    What is BioBlitz & how to use iNaturalist application during the competition – Hanna Paulomäki
•    Instructions for the competition area and what happens after it – Meeri Karvinen
•    Getting into teams
15:00 The game begins, competition time 3 hours     
18:00 Gathering back at A Grid / Mordor
•    Gathering for snacks while waiting for the results
•    Announcing the winner & “award ceremony” – Meeri/Hanna/AYY/Symbioosi ry

19:00 -> Aftergame at Otaranta Club Room

Read more about campus nature

Image from remote site:

Aalto neighbourhood home to waterbird oasis and forest habitat for flying squirrels (external link)

Aalto University's campus is right next to a nature conservation area. We accompanied an expert on an outing to learn what makes it unique – and what can be done about biodiversity loss.

An autumnal aerial view of Aalto University campus from Laajalahti, autumn colours, yellow and orange, are prominent in the trees

Capital of the campus nature

Nature enhances the economic value of the area and contributes to the wellbeing of the people



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