Climate Whirl Workshop II

Call for Participants


Climate Whirl Workshop II

8-10th April, 2015 Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Juupajoki, Finland


Albedo Dreams, Mari Keski-Korsu, 2012

The Art of Measuring the Woods

by University of Helsinki forest researchers and artist Mari Keski-Korsu (FI) University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences and Department of Physics and Capsula invited students and professionals of life sciences, arts, design, crafts, architecture and other interested for a three day workshop at Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Juupajoki, Finland 8-10th April 2015.


Workshop outline

The second Climate Whirl workshop combined practical and philosophical questions around scientific measuring in a forestry field station. It introduced the participants methodologies used in the natural-scientific and eco-socially engaged artistic research.

This hands-on workshop introduced the participants to the construction of scientific and DIY tools for measuring and converting the forest into the data. We build chamber systems, calculated the albedo and the growth of the trees, and discussed artistic and scientific approaches to the climate change studies, and, analyze the collected data. Participants got experience how the theoretical thinking of the researcher affects the results she/he will get.

The 3-days workshop happened mostly outdoors, in the woods surrounding the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station facilities. The first Climate Whirl workshop, lead by German artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis was celebrated in August, 2014.


The workshop was a part of ongoing Climate Whirl project. It has been supported by Kone Foundation, University of Helsinki, Aalto Biofilia and Institute of Art and Subjective Science.

Climate Whirl is a dialogue between science, art and education. It aims at introducing a holistic view on climate and ecosystem research and to increase public awareness on the interactions between climate and forests, as well as on the role of boreal forests in climate change. It is a collaborative project by Department of Forest Sciences and Department of Physics (University of Helsinki), Simosol Oy and Capsula.


Biographies of the workshop leaders

Elisa Halmeenmäki is MSc and PhD student of environmental sciences, and her research is about methane emissions in boreal forest. The main method is chamber measurements, from forest floor and trees. As environmental scientist she has a diverse background of studies related to environmental protection.

Kourosh Kabiri is forester with background studies in forest silviculture in Iran. Currently he lives in Finland and is a PhD student in the Forest Ecophysiology group at University of Helsinki where he is studying the structural regularities in Scots pine in Hyytiälä Research Station.

Mari Keski-Korsu is an interdisciplinary artist who explores how ecological and socio-economical changes manifest in people’s everyday life. How macrocosm becomes microcosm and vice versa? Her works have a political nature but they tend to also have a humorous twist. Often, the starting point is in location, a place and people’s relations to it and collaborations with different kinds of communities and individuals - including other species. She is interested in relations in between art, activism, politics and science. Her work has been exhibited in Europe and in many other countries around the world.

Janne Korhonen is an atmospheric scientist, working as a doctoral student at Department of Forest Sciences at University of Helsinki. His main research interest is transport of organic and nitrogen compounds inside forest, as well as between forests and the atmosphere. In addition to research, Janne is working on Climate Whirl concept, focusing on intersection between science and arts, popularization of science and science education.


Best regards,

Climate Whirl Team

Eija Juurola

Janne Korhonen

Ulla Taipale