PhD-Clinic is a PhD-seminar, which is offered free of charge for PhD-students. Participation requires that you prepare a pre-assignment, where you tell about your study subject and the process of your study.

By accomplishing the PhD-Clinic, you´ll earn 3 ECTS. Accomplishment of the clinic requires that you send your pre-assignment and participate actively during the official program in 23.10.



  • Write 1-2 pages about the subject of your study and what´s your dissertation process has been like. Send it latest on 30.9. (deadline extended) to us on You can write in Finnish, English or Swedish.
  • You are notified about acceptance at the latest during 30.9.
  • Prepare to tell about your dissertation writing process, possible challenges and successes. Idea is to mutually look for solutions and good practices.


Also, be sure to sign up for the Annual Meeting of Finnish Geographers on a separate form.

Programme for the PhD-Clinic in 23.10

University of Vaasa, Tervahovi-building, Säästöpankki-room D102

12:00 - 12:30

Doctors make their appearance

Teachers of the clinic present themselves: Venla Bernelius, Helka Kalliomäki, Ilkka luoto & Seija Virkkala

12:30 - 14:00

Signing-in some patients

Everybody tells about their dissertation process (possibly in small groups) and describes challenges and successess

14:00 - 14:30

Coffee and networking

Tervahovi-buildings ground floor.

14:30 - 16:30

Making a diagnosis

Lessons learned from possible challenges and successes of dissertation work. Our doctors also offer some tips for writing and publishing


Official programme ends

16:30 - 18:00

Preparing for a procedure

Leisure time & travelling for Bock´s Corner Brewery in order to enjoy some food and drinks

18:00 - 20:00


We take the nourishments we fancy (self-payment)



We drive you to your hotels