Reserapport - utresande lärare
Lärosäte: Turun Yliopisto (University of Turku/Åbo)
Utbildningsprogram: Biomedicin Master
Utbytesprogram: Erasmus
Termin: Vårtermin 14/15
Antal dagar: 3
Namn: Rachel Fisher



I flew from Stockholm Arlanda to Turku/Åbo airport from where the local organisers at Turku University had arranged for a taxi to collect me, which took me to the town of Nauvo in the Turku archipelago. From there I look a ferry (ticket cost of €3) out to the island of Seili and the Archipelago Research Institute. For the home journey at the end of the summer school, a boat was arranged to take all students and faculty back from Seili into central Turku (from where I took a taxi to the airport together with other teachers). Full board and accommodation, at a good standard, were provided at the Archipelago Research Institute. The local organisers made excellent arrangements and provided all necessary information in advance.

Språk och kultur


All teaching was in English, which functioned without any problems. All the students were at Master’s level and were used to working in English (both orally and in writing). In general the atmosphere was excellent and the students from the different universities integrated well. However, my trip also provided me with an opportunity to improve my understanding of Norwegian and Danish conversation!



The summer school, which was residential, was held at the Archipelago Research Institute, beautifully located in the island of Seili. Lectures about the history of the institute and the current research performed there were held. Social activities covered a visit to the historic church on the island, barbeques, sauna and a formal dinner on the last evening.



My teacher exchange was an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience. It stimulated new ideas for use within my teaching at KI and strengthened my links with similar teaching programmes at other Nordic universities. Furthermore, it provided me with potentially valuable research contacts.

Annan verksamhet


I had a range of discussions with other NordBioMedNet members of faculty present at the summer school regarding future activities within the NordBioMedNet network. A formal NordBioMedNet meeting was held at which representatives from three of the five component universities were present. In particular discussions focused on teacher exchange within the network and on the development of online, web-based courses. Furthermore, a follow-up meeting was planned in Stockholm during the autumn to evaluate the summer school and discuss future activities, organisation and funding for the network. In addition I discussed research topics with several members of the NordBioMedNet faculty.



My visit to the University of Turku was within the framework of NordBioMedNet, a collaborative network involving Biomedicine, or Biomedicine-related Master’s programmes at the universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Eastern Finland, KI and Turku, a consortium that was initiated in 2013. The goal of NordBioMedNet is to promote exchange at both student and teacher levels and the development of joint educational activities with a focus on the use of e-learning and communication. The NordBioMedNet consortium was funded by NordPlus in the spring of 2014. The purpose of my visit was to participate in the second NordBioMedNet summer school, "Omics in Drug Screening and Discovery", which was held 9th-14th August 2015 on the island of Seili (Själö), at the Archipelago Research Institute, which belongs to Turku University. I participated in the last three days of this summer school (12-14 August) with a role as a member of faculty and as a discussion partner/advisor for the students when preparing their course assignments. I had previously participated in the planning of the summer school via a series of meetings in Bergen, Turku, Stockholm and Copenhagen.



My participation in the NordBioMedNet summer school was an extremely positive experience. I was able to interact with both students and faculty from the five Nordic universities that comprise the network. The educational activities that we are developing within the network are aimed to expand the opportunities available to our students and this development work has greatly enhanced my knowledge and understanding of the use of ICT within education. The implementation of such teaching-learning activities will support the future development of new activities with other universities, thereby promoting the internationalisation of education at KI. During the coming term I will inform Master’s students and teachers at KI within the field of Biomedicine of NordBioMedNet and the summer school and I will highlight the possibilities for exchange within the network. Furthermore, I will continue to develop my involvement in NordBioMedNet, and Stockholm will be the venue for the next meeting of the network.



The course, entitled "Omics in Drug Screening and Discovery", focused on the use of new technologies in drug identification and development. Invited speakers covered different aspects of the drug development process – from target identification to drug development, financial considerations and ethical issues. Presentation techniques (oral and written) to different audiences were also covered. Lectures were often in the morning/early afternoon with time assigned to project work in the late afternoon/evening. Students worked in groups of five (with one student from each of the participating universities) together with a mentor. Their assignment was to put together a plan for drug development, which included a project description, business plan, ethical considerations and a press release. The course promotes the use of information and communication technology (ICT) since the students will complete their assignment during the autumn term working at a distance from one another and communicating via the internet.



I arrived in Turku in mid-morning on Wednesday 12th August and returned to Stockholm on the evening of Friday 14th August. Throughout my time at the summer school I functioned as member of faculty and provided general support for the organisation of the course. I discussed the course assignment with the different student groups, asked questions and gave feedback to each group following oral presentation of their project. In total I participated in at least 8 hours of teaching.