FinBioNet - Finnish Graduate School Network in Life Sciences is a national network of doctoral training in biosciences and health sciences. Its purpose is to promote research training cooperation and to coordinate research courses. Its infrastructure is financed by the Academy of Finland and it is coordinated by the University of Helsinki.

The Finnish Graduate School system was started in 1995 by the Ministry of Education to improve the quality and effectiveness of research and research training. There are now 25 doctoral programs in health sciences/biotechnology in Finland. They offer 4-year research training programmes leading to the MD/PhD degree. Research training consists of thesis research and 30-60 ECTS of formal studies.

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Upcoming events

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The 24th Jyväskylä Summer School
August 6–22, University of Jyväskylä

Open positions

Graduate student positions
Postdoctoral positions
Other positions


The 2014 Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is open for applications (deadline 1 August).

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is a new global prize, established in 2013, aimed at rewarding young scientists at an early stage of their careers. The Prize is awarded annually to four young scientists for outstanding life science research for which he/she was awarded a doctoral degree in the previous year. Each contestant writes a popular science essay about his or her thesis.

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FinBioNet PhD Symposia

October 2012
Revolutionary Bioscience - from Advanced Technologies to Personalized Medicine

November 2011
Five Senses and Science

September 2010
Visionary Science

June 2009
Rovaniemi and Oulu
Mouse as a Model Organism
– From Animals to Cells

November 2007
Science and Society

October 2006
Life Sciences in Today´s Society

October 2005
Life and Science

August 2004
Interaction & Networks in Biology