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The network of Organic Chemistry - Finnish Virtual University project

The Network of Organic Chemistry is part of the National Finnish Virtual University and it is comprised of three organic chemistry laboratories in Finland. The network was launched an in 2002 and it is funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education.


It is possible to universities and institutes in Finland and abroad to become members of the network.

The main goal of the project is to improve teaching of organic chemistry . The aim is achieved by giving high quality advanced-level courses via Internet and by creating web-based teaching material. Other aims of the network are:

  • to assemble the educational and research activities in Finland
  • to create a general view of the scientific community of the past and the present by using multidisciplinary expertise.
  • to assembly multidisciplinary expertise to support education and research

The laboratories involved with the project are specialized in different fields of organic chemistry. It is therefore beneficial to all universities to share advanced-level courses. This also gives students more freedom to choose courses that they find interesting and useful considering their future career.


Special knowledge

Courses 04-05

Helsinki university of technology

Synthetic organic chemistry
- specially asymmetric synthesis

Asymmetrinen synteesi
(In Finnish)

University of Jyväskylä

Structure research

Introduction to Supramolecular Chemistry

University of Turku

Bio-organic chemistry

Solid Phase Synthesis

Studies 2005-2006

The network of Organic Chemistry offers a possibility to study the field regardless of location. In the 2004-2005 schedule there are 3 on-line courses provided by diverse units. Some of the web courses are given in English for example the course Introduction to Supramolecular Chemistry and Solid Phase Synthesis. Students in each of these three universities are entitled to participate on the courses of the network without costs. Students from other universities can apply JOO-right to study (.pdf).

January-April 2006 Nucleid Acid Chemistry (2 ov, 3 op, ECTS University of Turku
October-November 2006 Introduction to supramolecular chemistry (2 ov, 3 op ECTS) University of Jyväskylä
Autumn 2006 Asymmetric syntesis (2 ov, 3op ECTS) Helsinki university of technology

Current activities

The virtual lab guide for Organic Chemistry


  • Students can use it for independent studying
  • before lab work (possibility to integrate pre course exams etc.)
  • after lab work to refersh their memory
  • interactive excercices
  • videos of basic lab technicues -> possibility to link theory and excercices to relevant videos etc.
  • demostrations by screen capture about using databases such as Beilstein
  • general material which suits for all organic chemistry lab courses
  • advertisement of the laboratories to high school students

Please notice the spelling in email addresses: (at) = @

Helsinki University of Technology
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry
University of Jyväskylä
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry
University of Turku
Laboratories of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Helsinki University of Technology
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry

P.O. box 6100,
FIN-02015 HUT
Tel.+358 (0)9-451 2527
Fax: +358 (0)9-451 2538

University of Jyväskylä
Department of Chemistry
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry

P.O. box 35
FIN-40014 University of Jyväskylä
Tel.+358 (0)14-260 2500
Fax: +358 (0)14-260 2501

University of Turku
Department of Chemistry
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry

20014 University of Turku

Professor Ari Koskinen
Tel. +358 (0)9-451 2526
Professor Kari Rissanen
Tel. +358(0)14-260 2672
Professor Harri Lönnberg
Tel. +358 (0)2-333 6770

Planning officer Reetta Koski
Tel. +358(0)9-451 2507,

Planning officer Päivi Korte
Tel. +358(0)14-2602668

Planning officer Diana Florea-Wang
Tel. +358 (0)2 - 333 67 87


Finnish Virtual University 

In English Päivitetty: 24.11.2005