YSF2022 - Finnish Young Scientist Forum for Catalysis 

Friday, April 8, 2022 at Kakola, Turku/Åbo, Finland


The final programme is now ready! You can download it from here:

Final Programme (pdf)


The successful tradition of Young Scientist Forum is continuing, this time for the first time held in Turku on the well-known Kakola hill, which once was the home of prisoners. The symposium has the goal to present on-going and recently finished PhD thesis works in catalysis and to promote the interaction between the key players in catalysis in our country. Contributions from all sub-fields of catalysis are very welcome: homogeneous, heterogeneous, enzymatic and polymer catalysis; presentations covering aspects from theoretical chemistry to material science and chemical engineering. The symposium programme consists of keynote lectures, a prize winner’s lecture (the Prize for best doctoral thesis in catalysis for years 2019-2021 will be announced) and oral presentations of PhD students, followed by a poster session. After the symposium, the annual meeting of Finnish Catalysis Society will take place in the same facilities. The relaxed networking will continue during dinner at the river shore, where also a large sauna is available.

All PhD students, their supervisors and other researchers in the field of catalysis in Finland are cordially welcome!
Please register to the event latest on 15th of March. Provide the title of your presentation and few highlights in the registration form from the following link:

Registration here: Registration to YSF2022

Register by filling in your name, affiliation, e-mail and special diet and short information regarding your presentation (title and highlights). Prolonged Deadline for registration with presentation: 15th of March!
NOTE! You can still register without a lecture!



AURUM - The first Environmentally Excellent Campus building in Finland

Henriksgatan 2

The new Aurum building of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University on the University Hill has been completed. The significant chemistry cluster in Aurum promotes collaboration in research and teaching and, at the same time, the boost to the industry benefits the regional partners. Environmental efficiency has been taken into account in all solutions at Aurum, such as in the materials and use of space. Solar panels have been installed on the building’s roof and geothermal energy is used in heating and cooling. Aurum consequently received a BREEAM environmental certificate with the classification Excellent in the development phase as a first campus building in Finland.

We start the YSF2022 on the ground floor restaurant at 09:00 a.m. Address is: Henrikinkatu 2, 20500 Turku (map link). After breakfast, we will walk through the laboratory facilities as well as office and working spaces, before we transfer towards Kakola.

KAKOLA - A piece of Turku’s history

    Kakola building     Putka        artistic black and white                       

The young Scientist’s forum will be organized on the restaurant located on Kakola hill, Kakolanmäki. The hill of Kakola  has undergone a remarkable change since the times when the main building served as a notorious prison. Kakolanruusu, “the rose of Kakola”, was one of the first businesses to start in the area. It first opened its doors as a pop-up restaurant on May Day, 2017.

May Day 2019 started a new era for the Rose. The former kitchens made of shipping containers and outdoor grill oven has remain in history, as a new kitchen is put to use in new top-notch facilities in the Yöselli, “night cell”, building.

The lunch will be offered as a "feast". All portions at Kakolanruusu are to share. This way the whole table participates in the dining experience. Sociable, unformal and fun! In the registration form, please specify your diets and allergies, so that the chef is well prepared for diversity in the design of dishes.

A brewery, bakery and coffee roastery complement the range of services in the area wonderfully. Their products are being served also in Kakolanruusu.

RANTAKERTTU - The most relaxed dining at Aura River

rantakerttu       bastu        satamakapakka

Rantakerttu is located just next to the legendary Föri ferry, with which you can take a free ride over the river, and in the vicinity of the new but already legendary Funikulaari. Lets hope it works on this day! A The dinner will take place in the cellar of Rantakerttu, called satamakapakka Hunsvotti. After dinner, networking can continue either at the bar or in the large reserved sauna in the same building. Address: Läntinen Rantakatu 55 (map link )


The Keynote speakers are now confirmed! State of the art lectures are given by:

YSF2022 Keynote

YSF2022 Keynote

YSF2022 Keynote

The final detailed programme is now ready!

You can download it from here:  Final Programme (pdf)
There will be 3 keynotes, 11 oral and at least 15 poster lectures, and at least 60 participants!
Below is the structural programme.

9:00 Welcoming address and Breakfast followed by

Round walk in Aurum Building

Transportation by reserved bus(es) to Kakolan Ruusu
11:30 Plenary/keynote lectures followed by presentations at Kakola Cabinet
13:00 Lunch and networking at Kakolan Ruusu
14:00 Presentations continue
appr. 17 p.m. Coffee and Poster session starts
17:30 Annual meeting of Finnish Catalysis Society or other activities
18:45 Transportation down from Kakolahill with the Funicular of Kakola
19:00 Dinner at Rantakerttu including a reserved sauna

If you decide not to attend the Annual meeting of Catalysis Society, there are two other options for activities (by own cost). You can try to escape the Kakola prison as an EscapeRoom format (link), or you can go on an guided tour around the historical Kakolahill (link). We have already reserved 2 escape rooms and one tour. If enough participants then the activity will happen. Please make your selection in the registration form.


The registration fee is 50 euro. It should be paid directly to the account of Finnish Catalysis Society (Nordea Bank Account FI08 1107 3000 6085 17)  As an invoice reference please write "YSF 2022 Your First Name Family name". The fee covers the breakfast at Cafe Aurum , scientific programme, the lunch at Kakolan Ruusu, the afternoon coffee break and Poster session, dinner at Rantakerttu as well as use of the reserved sauna. PLEASE NOTE! Make the payment not earlier but during the time span 24.03-04.04, in case of postponement of the seminar.


There are several possibilities for accomodation Turku centre, for instance:

Scandic Julia , Scandic Plaza, Sokos Hotel Wiklund, Hotel Centro

Bead & breakfast options also are available, such as Bore ship, Forenom Kakolanmäki and Omena hotel


Dr Pasi Tolvanen: ptolvane (at) abo.fi  Åbo Akademi, Vice Chairman of the Finnish Catalysis Society

Prof. Mika Huuhtanen: mika.huuhtanen(at)oulu.fi  University of Oulu, Chairman of the Finnish Catalysis Society