UT meteorologist Timo Palo's photo among Nature's photo contest winners

6 days 12 hours ago
16.05.2017

Nature published five of the best images from the competition, which ran throughout March and attracted about 170 entries, from New Zealand to Norway, Canada to Qatar.

Winners were chosen by a panel of Nature designers and journalists, who judged the images purely on their aesthetic impact. We did not ask for additional context, and we accepted only one image per person. Submissions could be made either through social media or by e-mail.

When UT meteorologist Timo Palo started working in the Arctic in 2006, he realized that bringing his message back home could be achieved more easily with a camera. “It's often too hard for scientists to put their work into simple words,” he says. “Photography can help there.”

In 2010, when Timo Palo's temporary home — the Chinese research and cargo vessel Xue Long (which translates as Snow Dragon) — gave up searching the Arctic Ocean for a stable berth and paused to allow scientists on to an ice floe instead, he climbed to the top deck to take this photograph using a fisheye lens.

Palo, a meteorologist at the University of Tartu in Estonia, has watched this part of the world change dramatically. Temperatures in the Arctic are rising about twice as fast as the average temperature in the rest of the world, he says. “Sea ice is shrinking. As a scientist, you can't have any conclusions before you analyse the data. But visually you can see it. And when you capture something that moves people, it can have a lot more impact than words can have.”

Normally, Palo says, he uses a wide-angle lens to convey the scale of the Arctic. “There's this vast territory of snow and ice, and tiny human beings in the middle of it. You feel small there,” he wrote to me after our interview. But he realized that a fisheye lens would help him to impart a different message. “We know the Arctic Ocean is on the top of a globe. It's like a roof on our planet.” The distortion, he thinks, helps the viewer to visualize this roof — and the cracks that run across its surface.

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University of Tartu and Cybernetica AS announce biggest ever IT scholarship

1 week 6 days ago
09.05.2017

As of autumn 2017, students of the international master’s curricula of Software Engineering and Computer Science can apply for the Cybernetica scholarship programme. The scholarship is 5000 euros per year, which is so far the highest scholarship to be paid monthly to IT students in the University of Tartu.

The scholarship also involves paid summer internship in Cybernetica AS. The programme gives a unique opportunity to selected students to participate during studies in research projects in one of the leading research and development companies in Estonia.

According to head of the UT Institute of Computer Science Professor Jaak Vilo, it is extremely important that students could focus on studying during their studies.  “Scholarship programmes support the possibility to study without financial help from parents, independently and without the need to work. Education obtained at the university is necessary during one’s entire life in different work assignments, and cannot be replaced by later continuing education courses. Cybernetica also provides an additional opportunity to participate in paid internship during the summer between the two academic years of master’s studies. Therefore, the scholarship enables to study and acquire practical work experience without hindering the course of studies,” said Vilo.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Cybernetica AS Ülo Jaaksoo said that contributing to science has been one of the principal focuses of the company. “Today Cybernetica celebrates its 20th anniversary and all through the period of operation we have laid a great emphasis on the development of research and education. We participate in international research and development projects all over the world and our scholarship programme gives an opportunity to young students to make their contribution to these projects,” said Jaaksoo.

First-year master’s students can apply for Cybernetica scholarship at the time of submitting their application already, and second-year students at the beginning ot the academic year. In an academic year, one scholarship is granted to a highly motivated student, whose average grade is at least 3.6. The scholarship amounts to 5000 euros and is paid over 10 months. For the remaining two months in a year, a paid internship place is guaranteed in Cybernetica AS.


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Top scientists focus on infertility and pregnancy topics

1 week 6 days ago
09.05.2017

On 11 May 2017 the “Happy Pregnancy” workshop is held in Tartu for the fourth time already, bringing the world’s top scientists to Estonia to discuss significant clinical and fundamental research studies in reproductive medicine.

Failure to have children is a topic that concerns many Estonians. In Estonia, one in ten couples face infertility. The objective of the “Happy Pregnancy” study, financed by Archimedes Foundation from 2012–2015, was to develop new medical solutions for the assessment of pregnancy complications and the infertility of both sexes, the related illnesses and genetic risk.

In the course of a study coordinated by Prof. Maris Laane, Dr Kristiina Rulli and Dr Margus Punab, the Tartu University Hospital’s Women’s Clinic and Andrology Centre, and UT human geneticists launched one of the largest reproductive medicine-oriented biobanks in Europe. In the “Happy Pregnancy” database, the biomaterials and clinical data of thousands of infertile patients and (happy) pregnant ones await analysing in the coming years. The analysis of data gathered during the project may help to find new possibilities for the prevention and treatment of infertility and pregnancy failure.

During the project the tradition was introduced to organise “Happy Pregnancy” workshops in springs, where important reproductive medicine issues can be discussed more comprehensively. The subtitle of this year’s workshop is “Linking scientific advances with clinical practice in reproductive biomedicine”.

Genetic aspects of male infertility are discussed by Dr Don F. Conrad (St. Louis, USA), who has been teaching the students of Medicine, Gene Technology and Biology as a visiting lecturer at the University of Tartu since 1 April. Dr Conrad is the leader of GEMINI, an international consortium studying the genetics of male infertility. GEMINI also includes scientists of Tartu as members. The presentation by Prof. Ewa Raipert de Meytsi (Copenhagen) deals with testicular cancer in young males, which results from fetal development disorder. Prof. Lee B. Smith (Edinburgh) introduces the use of mouse models in studying genes related with male infertility in order to develop and test new treatment opportunities.

Prof. Ana Zenclussen (Magdeburg) gives an overview of immunological changes during the early stage of pregnancy. Prof. Hannele Laivuori (Helsinki) speaks of the study by the Finnish consortium FINNPEC, which focused on one of the most frequent pregnancy complications - pre-eclampsia, a condition characterised by sudden high blood pressure and kidney dysfunction. Dr Siim Sõber explains to the audience the role of placental genes in the development of a pregnancy complication. Prof. John Aplin’s (Manchester) research results can be a significant breakthrough, helping children whose growth in the uterus is restricted to some reason. Research on mouse models has shown promising results and the possibility to support fetal growth and development by means of a novel treatment of the placenta.


The workshop programme also includes presentations about the “Happy Pregnancy” study. Dr Kristiina Rull speaks about the health status of Estonian pregnant women. “Compared to other countries, prenatal diagnostics and pregnancy monitoring is well organised and of high quality in Estonia, and therefore there are relatively few serious pregnancy complications. However, it is alarming that 27% of pregnant women are overweight and nearly 9% obese, which is a strong risk factor for several pregnancy-related problems,” says Rull, adding that in recent years pregnant women have been noted to use various vitamins and dietary supplements, but pay relatively little attention to exercise. “According to their own estimate, nearly 50% of pregnant women walk for less than one hour a day, and every tenth walks less than 20 minutes a day. This is obviously too little,” says Rull. Dr Margus Punab unveils the background to infertility in Estonian men based on the information collected during the 10-year study.

All interested are welcome to the workshop held in English on 11 May in Omicum, Riia 23b-105.The event is free. Please find the detailed programme of the workshop, overview of all presentations and preregistration on the Happy Pregnancy website.

The workshop is organised by the “Happy Pregnancy” team in cooperation with the UT Doctoral School of Clinical Medicine and UT Graduate School in Biomedicine and Biotechnology.
The keynote speaker Dr. Don Conrad’s stay in Estonia and at the University of Tartu is supported by the US government’s Fulbright Specialist programme, which was arranged with the help of the US Embassy in Estonia.

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45 people shared personal migration stories

3 weeks 3 days ago
28.04.2017

This spring the Estonian Refugee Council and the University of Tartu Centre for Ethics collected migration stories. In total, they received 45 personal migration stories, which will be used in preparing a new methodological tool for teachers and youth workers.

Most of the stories were written by people who left Estonia in boats during World War II. The stories described both the tragic escape and challenges in adapting to the new society. While most of the authors of these stories were children at the time of the escape, one author, a 96-year-old man living in the USA, recalled the painful journey through the eyes of a family man and father.

Project manager Ingi Mihkelsoo pointed out that a heartbreaking story was sent by a young woman, whose great-grandfather left Estonia for Brazil in search of a better life in 1926. “The woman who wrote her family’s story had never been to Estonia, but Estonia had been dear to her heart since early childhood, and a few years ago she proudly applied for Estonian citizenship in addition to her Brazilian citizenship,” said Mihkelsoo. “I went to Uus-Kalamaja street in Tallinn and looked for her great-grandfather’s last residence to send a few photos to Brazil, but unfortunately the house was no longer there,” Mihkelsoo added.

From the received stories the Estonian Refugee Council are going to select twelve, which are made into short and compact thrilling stories. From the stories a methodological tool for teachers and youth workers is prepared – a collection of twelve A2-size posters on the topic of migration. Due to the important historical background of several stories, the future study material can also be used, for example, in geography or history lessons.

The selected stories will be illustrated by designer Marja-Liisa Plats. All in all, 200 poster collections will be printed and distributed for free to educational institutions who participate in the training in the course of the project. In autumn 2017 the final result will be made available online.

Mihkelsoo said that during earlier training sessions educators had repeatedly mentioned that they lacked methodological materials to help them talk to students about different reasons for migration. “Inspired by the teachers’ interest, we found that we needed to create a new resource that would broaden the learners’ awareness of the various reasons for migration,” Mihkelsoo added.

Among authors of the stories there were both Estonians living abroad and foreigners living in Estonia. Thematically, the stories were about work, study and family-related migration, but also about escaping and emotional partings. Authors shared personal experiences, but some described the effect of their ancestors’ migration on their lives.

The project is managed by the Estonian Refugee Council and the University of Tartu Centre for Ethics in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Research, and it is funded by the Council of the Gambling Tax.

Additional information: Ingi Mihkelsoo, project manager, member of the board of Estonian Refugee Council, +37 2525 8702, ingi [ät] pagulasabi.ee

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Researchers help to find ways to represent the interests of elderly victims of violence

3 weeks 4 days ago
27.04.2017

Researchers of the University of Tartu participate in a joint project of six countries, which aims to raise the capability of organisations dealing with domestic violence in representing the interests of elderly victims of abuse in the health care system and politics.

Violence against the elderly is a global problem, which is related with the problem areas of human rights, gender equality, domestic violence and population ageing. A great concern is the lack of gender balance among the elderly, so the majority of the elderly are women who are particularly vulnerable to risks. 

The two-year European Union project “WHOSEFVA – Working with Healthcare Organizations to Support Elderly Female Victims of Abuse” (2017-2018) focuses on elderly women who are also victims of violence. Project partners want to draw public attention to the main obstacles and deficiencies that prevent health care organisations from acting effectively in helping elderly victims of domestic violence.

Pille Tsopp, the manager of the leading partner of the project, Tartu Women’s Support and Information Centre, said that additional finances are needed for more effective identification of elderly victims of domestic violence, and the identification of victims is just the first step in the process. “Practice shows that even if we succeed in identifying elderly victims of violence, they are often left without the necessary help. The main reason lies in the fact that the victims are affected by several simultaneous long-term dependence relationships. In addition, they have different health problems and they are financially dependent. In this situation, health care professionals form a very important support system for those who need help, and offer different possibilities for identifying victims of violence and for their future assistance,” said Tsopp.

In the course of the WHOSEFVA project the participants work out training materials that help organisations dealing with violence against women in cooperation with other health care providers. Experienced experts will also lead training courses, which provide partner organisations with necessary information and skills for conducting thematic workshops. In the partner countries, training courses for health and social care professionals are held to prepare the medical professionals for the effective use of the training materials. Training materials will be made available on the project’s home page in English and are also published in Estonian, Finnish, German, Greek and Latvian.

Researchers of the University of Tartu have several important tasks in the WHOSEFVA project. “We lead the web-based training programme, because Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies has significant experience in developing different online courses. In addition, we have the role of an external evaluator, which involves the evaluation of the effectiveness and quality of the project in the course of different actions. We are also responsible for the political analysis of the project and we train and consult partner organisations in how to raise public awareness in the society,” lecturer of Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies Hector Pagan introduced the role of the University of Tartu in the project.

The partner countries participating in the project are Austria, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia and Great Britain. The leading partner is Women’s Support and Information Centre in Estonia. The centre cooperates closely with the expert Sirkka Perttu, who deals with the issue of violence against the elderly in Finland.

The programme is funded by the Daphne programme of the European Commission.

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Four new partners join ADAPTER

3 weeks 5 days ago
26.04.2017

Today, on 26 April the current and new partners of the research and entrepreneurship cooperation platform ADAPTER.ee meet in Tartu. The new partners joining ADAPTER are the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences, Tartu Observatory, Software Technologies Development Centre and National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics.

Created in the cooperation of universities and oriented mainly to business enterprises, the www.ADAPTER.ee network has since its opening in October 2016 mediated more than one hundred enquiries, which concerned different topics from developing natural cosmetics series to nanotechnological welding electrode coatings to reduce harmful welding fumes. ADAPTER’s partners have entered into several new cooperation contracts with enterprises, conducted a number of different measurements and analyses, and directed the enterprises towards optimum solutions.

Today, Tartu Observatory, National Insttute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics (KBFI), Tallinn University of Applied Sciences and Software Technologies Development Centre (STACC) join the founders of ADAPTER, the six public universities of Estonia. 

“Each new partner brings new and important competences, new capabilities in terms of equipment, and new cooperation possibilities. For example, Tartu Observatory offers consultations and measurements of electromagnetic compatibility which are of utmost importance for the electronics industry, KBFI has top-level specialists in determination of the composition of different substances, Tallinn University of Applied Sciences provides a number of opportunities for the construction and metal industry, and STACC opens up new possibilities in the area of data mining and big data,” said Siim Kinnas, the ADAPTER project manager at the University of Tartu.

ADAPTER is the Estonian research and development institutions’ enterpreneurship cooperation platform, which aims to offer enterprises a quick and easy way for cooperation with all the universities, institutions of higher education and other research and development institutions in Estonia.

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Viljandi Culture Academy to open arts centre in Tartu

3 weeks 6 days ago
25.04.2017

In September a new centre for arts will be opened in the Old Anatomical Theatre of the University of Tartu. The centre will draw the competence of the whole faculty into one unit and coordinate arts studies in the university.

In recent years, arts education in the University of Tartu has been divided between two structural units – the Department of Arts in the Institute of Cultural Research and Arts and Viljandi Culture Academy. While mostly painters have been taught in the former unit, musicians, actors, dancers, lighting designers and sound engineers, and craftsmen and researchers in the areas of native textile, metalwork and construction study in the latter.

According to the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Prof. Margit Sutrop, gathering arts education into the new centre for arts is an important step in organising the division of work within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and also opening a window for Viljandi Culture Academy in Tartu. “The popularity of lectures by professors of liberal arts among students and also staff of different faculties shows that there is great interest in fine arts and in courses developing self-expression and creativity. So we had an idea to compile a whole package of such courses, from which everyone can choose the most suitable for them,” Prof. Sutrop said.

Head of the centre for arts Tuulike Kivestu says that from September the centre will offer a chance for all students of the University of Tartu to acquire new knowledge and skills and develop their creativity. “Students can take optional courses to study music, painting, photography, dancing, acting, drawing, crafts and a lot more. As verbal communication is often of secondary importance in arts education and information can be exchanged in other ways, most of the courses are also suitable for international students and lecturers,” said Kivestu and added that the centre also wants to contribute to teacher training, offering future teachers a lot of arts-related skills that can be used in working with children and youth.

In addition to students, the centre welcomes the university’s teaching staff and employees to discover and develop their creativity. Nearly all courses are also available for continuing education learners.

In the autumn semester the centre for arts will launch more than forty optional courses for the whole university. The sphere of topics is broad, extending from practical rhetoric to Estonian regilaul song and cartoon drawing. As exciting courses, the head of the centre points out the course by fashion designer Triin Amur “Problems of the fashion industry and the possible solutions and practices of its sustainable development”, followed by a more practical course in spring semester “Challenge of the fashion industry – how to sew from trash”, the course “Anger management” by one of the most highly appreciated lecturers of Viljandi Culture Academy Sergei Drõgin, and the course “Animalistic movement” by choreographer and dancer Stella Kruusimägi.

The centre for arts also plans to actively cooperate with other schools who offer arts education. For example, already in autumn a course in folk dance will be launched jointly with Tartu H. Eller Music College, where course participants can learn dancing skills accompanied by live music played by folk musicians of Eller College and instructed by Eva Talsi and Kadri Lepasson, alumni of Viljandi Culture Academy.

The position of professor of liberal arts, to which every year a prominent creative Estonian person will be invited, will also belong into the centre for arts. In the academic year 2017/2018, the renowned photographer Peeter Laurits will assume the position of professor of liberal arts. In the autumn semester everyone interested is welcome to listen to his lecture series “WILD AESTHETICS or how to explain a forest to digital hares”.

To be able to better introduce the creative work of the UT teaching staff, students and alumni of the field of arts, the centre plans to open a small gallery shop in the Old Anatomical Theatre. 

Additional information: Tuulike Kivestu, Vice Director for Academic Affairs and Development of Viljandi Culture Academy, Head of Centre for Arts, 525 8231, tuulike.kivestu [ät] ut.ee

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University of Tartu students participate in the world’s biggest synthetic biology competition with an ambitious and innovative idea

4 weeks ago
24.04.2017

For the first time, Estonia takes part in the world’s biggest synthetic biology competition for students iGEM this year. The University of Tartu Institute of Technology has formed a team of students-researchers, who work together over the spring/summer to create cells that are able to cooperate and produce ethylene.

Teams of students-researchers work together over spring/summer to solve an important local or global problem by means of synthetic biology. If everything works out, the student contest may result in a revolutionary and life-changing application.

Synthetic biology is a very promising future technology, which enables to create living cells that are directed to fulfil a specific task. “It is believed, for example, that thanks to synthetic biology, cancer will have been defeated in the world in about 10–15 years, because cells designed to attack cancer cells will enable rapid specific treatment,” one of the leaders of the work group Petri-Jaan Lahtvee gave an example how synthetic biology can offer possibilities for solving several global problems facing the mankind. “With the help of synthetic biology it is also possible to decrease dependence on oil products like fuels, plastic and synthetic textiles, by using microorganisms (like yeast) to convert sugars in the biomass into more valuable chemicals,” Lahtvee added.

“The iGEM competition is an excellent opportunity for synthetic biology students to get practical experience, as they will participate from the very beginning in the planning and conducting of the project and later introducing its results,” said Lahtvee. “Our team’s idea is to create two types of cells, which are genetically reprogrammed to produce chemicals in mutual cooperation. The first cell type produces ethanol from glucose, but only in case the other cell type grows in the same container and produces the necessary chemical for the first cell population to survive. Other cells use the ethanol produced by the first cells, to produce ethylene. Our aim in the demo project of the described system is to produce ethylene – a chemical, from which it is possible to make plastic, tyres, textile, and which can be found in cosmetic products, paints and drugs. However, if the project succeeds, the system could be used to produce many other chemicals,” the senior researcher introduced the idea of our work group for the contest.

iGEM – the International Genetically Engineered Machine – is an annual competition and global synthetic biology event for university and secondary school students and coordinated by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. The aim of the contest is to grow a new generation who is proficient in this field and introduce the possibilities of the development of synthetic biology to the general public.

A number of successful startups have been born from iGEM teams, the best known of them is Ginkgo Bioworks, who deals with the design of microorganisms for the production of biochemicals. Last year Gingko Bioworks raised more than 100 million dollar worth of investments.

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Students gather in solidarity with Central European University

1 month ago
20.04.2017

Students of the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies are organising a gesture in solidarity with Central European University (CEU) on Thursday at 13.45. Everyone wishing to express their support are welcome to attend.

CEU is an internationally esteemed university that has made an immense contribution to the intellectual life and societies throughout Central and Eastern Europe; numerous University of Tartu alumni have also undertaken their postgraduate studies at CEU. Recent legislative changes in Hungary have a severe impact on the Budapest-based Central European University (CEU), making it virtually impossible for the university to continue its operations there.

“What is happening in Hungary is an attack against academic freedom. Given the strong academic links between our universities, the students saw the need to react and express their solidarity,” Gert Siniloo, the organiser of the event and Master student of International Relations at the Skytte Institute, said.

A group photo will be taken at the event, organised in front of the Social Sciences building (Lossi 36) on Thursday at 13.45. The organisers recommend bringing along posters with a solidarity statement #IstandwithCEU. All students, staff members of the university as well as citizens of Tartu are invited to join.

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Esko Ukkonen: What is an algorithm and what can be done with it?

1 month ago
20.04.2017

On 24 April at 16.15 the lecture “The Era of Algorithms” will be delivered in the series of Granö lectures by the professor of computer science of the University of Helsinki Esko Ukkonen, who explores the limits and possibilities of algorithms.

When talking about IT, people mostly do not focus on the details of how things work. Actually, computers and processors perform predetermined algorithms. “Algorithms are basically rules that say what can be taught to the computer and how to “phrase” that,” said UT professor of bioinformatics Jaak Vilo. According to Vilo, algorithmic thinking is the basis of the entire IT, because computers just perform orders given to them. “On the one hand it is certainly necessary to understand what an algorithm is, what the limits of algorithms are – both temporal and formal ones. Everything cannot be computed quickly,” said Vilo, who believes that also in future, the main qualities of algorithms will remain the same. “What is going to change is that there will be algorithms with which computers can learn to look for new associations and create new algorithms and thereby make themselves “smarter”, in the area of artificial intelligence, for example,” Vilo explained the future of algorithms.

Professor of the University of Helsinki Esko Ukkonen is a very important figure in the Finnish computer science. His academic descendants in Finland include nearly twenty professors. Ukkonen’s own best known work has been related with text indexing and search. These have contributed to the analysis and also initial sequencing of the human genome.

Ukkonen believes that the word “algorithm” can be heard more and more often in everyday media. “It is true that algorithms and programming is everywhere around us. It is a topic with which elementary school children and people get in touch in their daily activities. But what exactly is an algorithm? What can be done with the help of algorithms and where are their limits?” asks Esko Ukkonen in his lecture. 

Esko Ukkonen was elected a foreign member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences in 2016. Three Estonians have defended their doctoral degree under his supervision. Esko’s scope in computer science extends from theory to several areas of application.

The lecture will be held in UT Institute of Computer Science, Liivi 2-111.

The lecture series was named after the Finnish geography professor Johannes Gabriel Granö, who was a professor at Tartu University from 1919–1923. The aim of the Granö lectures is to create new ties between Estonian and Finnish scientists. Lectures and seminars are organized by the Finnish Institute in cooperation with the University of Tartu, the University of Turku and the Granö Center.

Recordings of previous lectures are available at www.uttv.ee.


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Machine translation is put to test at Wikipedia hackathon

1 month ago
19.04.2017

From 19–20 April 2017 the Estonian Language Technology 2017 conference will be held in Tallinn. On 18 April, the day before the conference, several interesting workshops are organised. One of these is the machine translation hackathon, which tests how machines can contribute to the development of Wikipedia.

The Million+ project, launched on the Mother Language Day, aims to increase the volume of the Estonian Wikipedia to one million articles. “How can translation machines contribute to this goal, preserving the linguistic and content quality at the same time? This is the problem to which solutions are searched at the hackathon,” said Kadri Vare, one of the organisers of the conference.

At the hackathon, the newest neural machine translation models are used, which offer fluent translation into Estonian for postediting. Participants are translators who assess the different translation methods, as well as editors, who give blind evaluaton to postedited machine translation and human translation.

One machine translation programme that will be used is the machine translation project KaMa (Kasutatav Eesti Masintõlge) of the UT Institute of Computer Science, developed by Mark Fišel, head of the UT Chair of Language Technology. Also the translation software by Tilde Eesti OÜ, who provides machine translation service on the private market, is tested.

A Python software library workshop will also take place. Python offers several functionalities for processing texts in the Estonian language. In addition, a workshop is organised by Estonia’s first language technology start-up TEXTA, which is a toolkit for exploring and analysing free textual (big) data. In the course of the workshop TEXTA is used to explore the document register of a ministry in Estonia. “For example, who writes letters to the ministry most of all, and on which topics, and to what extent and what kind of personal information can be found in the published documents, or what kind of standard answers are used in official communication,” Vare said.

On 19 April the programme includes an overview of the current National Programme for Estonian Language Technology and an introduction of the new programme starting next year. It is also possible to get familiar with language technology software and applications. 20 April is the day of language resources projects in the Institute of the Estonian Language, held in parallel with the traditional spring conference in applied linguistics.

Everyone interested is welcome! The conference and workshops are free. Registration is required at www.keeletehnoloogia.ee.

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Sirli Zupping, Million+ project manager, sirli.zupping [ät] ut.ee
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Conference offers insight into the encyclopaedia of Estonian transitional society

1 month ago
18.04.2017

Authors of the twenty-year study “Me. The World. The Media” that was recently made into a book admit that Estonia is characterised by the ever deepening differentiation between population groups and the opposition between the accelerators and decelerators of social time. The findings of the comprehensive survey are more closely introduced at a conference in Tallinn on 18 April.

One of the main conclusions of the study reveals that due to the opposite forces, differentiation between societal groups in Estonia has intensified. It is pointed out that within the Estonian society, differentiation occurs in six dimensions – social stratification, generational dynamics, ethnic differentiation, differences in asynchrony, media consumption and types of social cohesion.

“Some people are willing to go along with changes, even force them. Another social current of an opposite direction, however, reflects the experience of those who have been harmed by change, or for whom change has caused too great tensions or losses. These people try to slow down or reverse changes, preserve structures or communities that stand against the main stream of changes,” explained Peeter Vihalemm, the editor of the book, professor emeritus of media studies of the University of Tartu.

The results of the survey will be introduced in more detail at the conference “Estonian society in an accelerating time” in Tallinn on 18 April. Besides Peeter Vihalemm, professors Marju Lauristin, Veronika Kalmus, Triin Vihalemm, Halliki Harro-Loit and other co-authors of the book speak at the conference. Visitors from Tallinn University, head of the Centre for Innovation in Education Mati Heidmets and professor of comparative politics Raivo Vetik debate with authors of the study.

The book compiled on the basis of the study gives a complete overview of the main results of the long-term research project dealing with changes in the Estonian society “Me. The World. The Media”. The analysis is based on the results of the representative sociological survey conducted in five waves (in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014). In addition to empirical material, the book provides an overview of the development of Estonian sociology and introduces several modern theoretical approaches to society.

More detailed schedule of the conference and further information can be found on the home page of UT Institute of Social Studies: http://bit.ly/2om3dfj

Additional information:
Peeter Vihalemm, professor emeritus of media studies, peeter.vihalemm [ät] ut.ee
Taavi Rebane, communication specialist, t.rebane [ät] ut.ee, 737 6355

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University of Tartu and Bauroc cooperate to develop innovative aerated concrete blocks

1 month ago
16.04.2017

Researchers of the University of Tartu Institute of Technology in cooperation with Bauroc AS start to develop novel aerated concrete, hoping to take its weight and strength ratio to a new level. A breakthrough is expected from the introduction of new binding agents.

“It is not easy to find suitable binders, because the production of aerated concrete involves high pressure and temperature, as well as an alkaline environment and saturated steam in the system, which pose high demands to the binder,” explains senior researcher in materials science Tarmo Tamm.

In the course of the one-year development project, among other things a laboratory model system is designed, which should give results comparable to the Bauroc factory installation, primarily processes taking place in the autoclave, otherwise the obtained results are not applicable in the factory in future. In the last stage of the project, experiments are performed in the Bauroc factory to test whether results attained in the laboratory are feasible in real production.

Director of the factory and member of the board Karmo Kapstas is hopeful, “As a result of the cooperation, Bauroc hopes to ensure that our materials continue to have unrivalled thermal insulation properties compared to other stone materials, and that the company’s flagship products, the ECOTERM+ blocks for building single-layer external walls, continue to be competitive with other multi-layer, thermally insulated solutions.”

The researchers and entrepreneurs’ joint project got a boost with the help of the Adapter cooperation network and is one of the first requests to have reached actual contract. Adapter is a web-based environment for entrepreneurs looking for the most suitable cooperaton partners for their research and development activities. Through Adapter, companies get comparative price offers from all public universities.
 

Additional information:
Karmo Kapstas, member of the board of Bauroc, 52 82 826, Karmo.Kapstas [ät] bauroc.ee
Tarmo Tamm, senior research fellow in materials science, Institute of Technology of the University of Tartu, 737 4833, tarmo.tamm [ät] ut.ee

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UT materials scientists support innovation in a major German company

1 month 1 week ago
13.04.2017

One of the biggest gas companies in the world, the German chemistry giant Linde AG, who is represented in the Baltic and Nordic countries by its subsidiary AGA, is building an industrial pilot plant based on the prototype created by the thin film technology specialists of the University of Tartu.

Linde supplies gases for industries, medicine and environmental measurements, inert gases for research laboratories, and several specific high-precision gas mixtures.

As many of the gases corrode metals or generate rust, alloy steels or expensive aluminium materials are needed for their transportation or storage. A cheaper alternative is to cover the internal surfaces of gas cylinders with an ultrathin material, which considerably decreases corrosion.

However, the problem is that gas cylinders are closed spaces with just one small opening, which makes access to their interior very complicated. The added coating must not alter the qualities of the container’s material or affect the high-precision gas mixture in the container. The coating must also withstand the mandatory periodic pressure tests. Namely in such conditions the atomic layer deposition (ALD) reactor created by UT materials scientists is useful.

With the help of an ALD reactor, materials can be covered atom by atom with an ultrathin anti-corrosion protective coating. Both the reactor and this efficient anti-corrosive nanomaterial is the fruit of the years-long research of UT thin film technologists.

“As you see, the prototype is ready and it works!” says UT thin film technology engineer Lauri Aarik, one of its creators, pleased. “We are applying for a patent to it in Europe, USA, Japan and globally.” 

Whether the industrial plant is useful, will be clear in coming months, when it is started up – Aarik and Sammelselg are optimistic. The company has already requested training on the operation of the plant for their employees from the UT laboratory.

The German gas company Linde is the first one to test in production our researchers’ ALD plant for processing cylinders, but a similar solution could be useful also for other companies who have problems with corrosion, including in aviation and medicine, adds Sammelselg.

Additional information: Väino Sammelselg, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Head of Department of Materials Science, 737 4705, vaino.sammelselg [ät] ut.ee

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University of Tartu Museum’s annual exhibition “Glory of the Cathedral” focuses on special and luxurious finds

1 month 1 week ago
11.04.2017

The new annual exhibition “Glory of the Cathedral” will be opened in the Treasury of the University of Tartu Museum on 12 April 2017. The exhibition focuses on the most magnificent cathedral in Old Livonia and its archaeological heritage.

“What makes the exhibition unique are the skeletons found in the cathedral, which give insight into the habits and problems of high clerics and noblemen. Special emphasis is laid on golden fabric and silk, the most valuable textiles in the Middle Ages,” curator of the exhibition Kerttu Palginõmm points out. As one of the star exhibits a 15-century brooch is displayed, originating from the treasures of Tallinn magistracy and serving as an evidence of valuable jewellery art reaching Livonia. The exhibited items are mainly from the collections of Tartu and Tallinn City Museums and will be on display until 14 January 2018.

The exhibition shows the latest information on the cathedral available to archaeologists, historians and art historians, and involves the Crazy Scientist’s special morning science experiment programmes for the entire family.

On 15 April, the Crazy Scientist’s Saturday morning programme hosts archaeologists and DNA researchers of the University of Tartu. You will see real skeletons and learn how genetics and archaeology can help us study people of the past.

On 20 April, jeweller Indrek Ikkonen takes part in the Crazy Scientist’s morning programme and introduces medieval jewellery techniques and details. Participants can admire beautiful jewellery and listen to the jeweller speak about precious stones and materials and their meaning in the Middle Ages.

Exhibition team: Kerttu Palginõmm, Martin Malve, Riina Rammo, Madis Maasing, Kristiina Tambets, Lehti Saag, Kaur Alttoa, Krista Anderson, Tiina Vint, Mairo Rääsk, Martin Eelma, Tanel Nõmmik, Henry Narits. 

The exhibition was supported by Cultural Endowment, city of Tartu and TAVA16 Tartu in Light.

Additional information: Kerttu Palginõmm, Curator, +372 5836 9444, Kerttu.palginomm [ät] ut.ee

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UT and AS YIT Ehitus have still not reached agreement about library reconstruction works

1 month 1 week ago
11.04.2017

For the last three months, the University of Tartu has tried to come to an agreement with AS YIT about the volume and quality of construction works performed in the library. On 21 March 2017, the university sent another reasoned compromise proposal to the construction company. YIT Ehitus did not respond and instead of looking for compromise, threatened to prevent the university from continuing construction works in the library by taking the matter to the court. The university was thereupon forced to submit a 670,000-euro claim under bank guarantee against the construction company.

According to independent experts engaged by the university, the performed works do not largely meet the quality requirements and conditions specified in the building design documentation, which is why a great amount of the works cannot be deemed completed. Moreover, in the experts’ opinion, several works performed in the library have been left unfinished or not done at all. AS YIT Ehitus also failed to present the required operational design documentation for specific parts of work on the site.

“The university has been flexible all through the negotiations and is still open for negotiations, because we wish to reach a result that is satisfying for both parties. However, YIT Ehitus wanted us to also accept substandard works, regardless of the fact that correcting and redoing such works involves additional costs,” vice rector for development Erik Puura explained why agreement was not achieved.

Heiki Pagel, head of Estates Office of the University, said that currenly a new procurement for continuation of the library reconstruction works is being prepared and plans are being made for moving the reading rooms in summer. “We continue to be optimistic that we can announce the new procurement in April 2017, make a new construction agreement for continuation of library renovation in June and allow users to enter the renovated reading rooms by the end of the year,” Pagel added.

The University of Tartu made a contract with AS YIT Ehitus for the reconstruction of the university library building for 6,695,970 euros (incl. VAT) in May 2016. According to the contract, the works were to be done and completed in stages and the library was to be opened for visitors at the beginning of October 2016 already.

After YIT Ehitus failed to meet the agreed deadlines and additional deadlines, the University of Tartu sent a notification to AS YIT Ehitus at the beginning of January about the cancellation of the library reconstruction contract and submitting a claim for contractual penalty.

Regardless of the stalled renovation, the university is doing its best to make library books available as conveniently as possible. Temporary reading rooms have been opened on Toome hill in the former National Archives building at J. Liivi 4, and opening hours have been extended in the libraries of academic units. Books can be ordered from the open collection of reading rooms by placing an order via the ESTER online catalogue. 
 

Additional information:        
Erik Puura, UT Vice Rector for Research, 506 9882, erik.puura [ät] ut.ee
Heiki Pagel, UT Head of Estates Office, 503 2021, heiki.pagel [ät] ut.ee
 

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Rode altarpiece project wins European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage and Europa Nostra Award 2017

1 month 2 weeks ago
06.04.2017

The European Commission and Europa Nostra have announced the winners of the most reputable heritage award in Europe – the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage and Europa Nostra Award for 2017. One of the winners is the Rode altarpiece research and conservation project, to which a considerable contribution was made by the UT cultural heritage workgroup.

Juries of independent experts reviewed 202 projects nominated for the award by individuals and organisations from 39 countries across Europe and selected the laureates. All in all, 29 laureates from 18 countries were recognised for their outstanding accomplishments in conservation, research, education, training and awareness-raising, and special merits in preserving cultural heritage.

According to Signe Vahur, research fellow in analytical and physical chemistry in the University of Tartu and a participant in the awarded project, the cultural heritage workgroup took part in such a major project for the first time. “Participation in the project allowed us to apply our knowledge and skills to real-life problems, and to be involved in the research process of a masterpiece of such high value on the European scale. It was also a project in which people of humanities and science cooperated closely and by the end of the project we had become a unified team. This team is now working on new cultural heritage research projects,” said Vahur.

“I congratulate all the winners. Their achievements demonstrate once again how engaged many Europeans are in protecting and safeguarding their cultural heritage. Their projects highlight the significant role of cultural heritage in our lives and our society. Especially today, with Europe facing many big societal challenges, culture is vital in helping us to raise awareness of our common history and values and to foster tolerance, mutual understanding and social inclusion. The European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 will be an ideal opportunity to focus on what binds us together as Europeans – our common history, culture and heritage. The European Commission will continue to support this prize and other heritage projects through our Creative Europe programme,” said Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

“I pay tribute to all those who made these exceptional achievements possible, thanks to their formidable talent, passionate commitment and great generosity. They are now among a select group of some 450 remarkable accomplishments awarded by Europa Nostra and the European Commission in the past 15 years. All our winners demonstrate that heritage is a key tool for sustainable economic development, social cohesion and a more inclusive Europe. EU leaders should seize the historic opportunity of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 to recognise the multiple benefits of heritage and its fundamental value in bringing countries, communities and cultures together in Europe and beyond,” stated Plácido Domingo, the renowned opera singer and President of Europa Nostra. 

The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2017 ceremony, co-hosted by EU Commissioner Navracsics and Maestro Plácido Domingo, will take place in the late afternoon on 15 May in St. Michael’s Church in Turku.  The European Heritage Awards Ceremony will assemble some 1,200 people, including heritage professionals, volunteers and supporters from all over Europe as well as top-level representatives from EU institutions, the host country and other EU member states.

The winners will present their exemplary heritage accomplishments during the Excellence Fair on 14 May at the Sigyn Hall of the Turku Music Conservatory, and participate in various events at the European Heritage Congress in Turku (11-15 May) (http://europanostra.org/european-heritage-congress). Organised by Europa Nostra, the Congress will provide a platform for networking and debating the latest European developments related to heritage with a special focus on the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Applications for the 2018 awards can be submitted from 15 May to 1 October 2017 on the website www.europeanheritageawards.eu.

Additional information: Signe Vahur, UT Research Fellow in Analytical and Physical Chemistry, 737 6661, signe.vahur [ät] ut.ee

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UT together with professional marketing specialists develop the first consumer behaviour laboratory of its kind

1 month 2 weeks ago
05.04.2017

In March, head of the Chair of Marketing of the University of Tartu Andres Kuusik and manager of Initiative media agency Indrek Soom made an agreement whereby they decided to join the skills of the academic world with the real marketing world. The partners’ common goal is to develop the first consumer behaviour laboratory in Estonia, which would enable to analyse consumer behaviour and the ways how it can be influenced.

“Consumer traffic, noticing different communication elements and the resulting emotions are analysed and based on the analysis, marketing channels can be put to work with maximum efficiency,” the managing director of Initiative Indrek Soom commented on the agreement.

Head of UT Chair of Marketing Andres Kuusik says that through different projects the university’s researchers have come to an understanding that together with Initiative they can perceive the customers’ needs much better and, using more modern equipment, create value. “We have been developing the consumer behaviour laboratory for quite a while already. The main focus is laid on neuromarketing, i.e. different psychophysiological measurements for the benefit of marketing. For example, we measure people’s emotions and track their eye movement in order to optimise the design of packages or advertising materials, the user convenience of a website or internet shop,” said Kuusik.

The newest tools of the consumer behaviour laboratory are eye-tracking glasses. “These are very precise tools for analysing what people actually notice in a shopping environment, or in the street or while consuming the media,” said Kuusik.

According to Andres Kuusik, development of the consumer behaviour laboratory will give an output to the work of researchers, as their discoveries can be useful for Estonian enterprises. “On the other hand, it gives interesting practical examples for our lectures, and an opportunity for the students to do something completely new and practical in the field of marketing. We have let students use the lab equipment for their homework and also several bachelor’s and master’s theses have been written based on results obtained with these devices,” Kuusik pointed out the practical opportunities the laboratory can provide for students.

Additional information: Andres Kuusik, UT Head of Chair of Marketing, 737 6321, andres.kuusik [ät] ut.ee

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Study reveals: when mother leaves abusive relationship, child protection workers lay responsibility with mother

1 month 2 weeks ago
05.04.2017

The master’s thesis “Child protection workers’ interpretations of parenting in assessments”, defended in the University of Tartu this year, reveals that child protection workers have different expectations for mothers and fathers. Besides, they see a mother who leaves a violent relationship as the responsible one, and disregard the father’s role.

The aim of the master’s thesis was to understand how child protection workers see the situation in the families, while they assess the parents and their roles. The study showed that child protection workers anticipate cooperativeness and the ability to change from parents, and expect them to admit problems existing in the family. Although child protection workers say that all parents may and do sometimes err, they describe a good parent as having idealistic characteristics, as someone who in their opinion should have certain personal properties and principles.

“What child protection workers deem important in a good parent is mutual trust between the parent and the child, being guided by the best interests of the child, being caring, unconditionally loving, able to set safe boundaries and do parental cooperation,” said author of the thesis Helen Hein, who believes that child protection workers might be more effective in their everyday work if they made their decisions based on the specific parent’s capability, skills and knowledge. This would enable them to help the child and the entire family more efficently, find suitable services and support measures for the family.

The study revealed that child protection workers have different expectations for mothers and fathers – fathers are less involved and mothers are seen as carrying the main responsibility for children. “For example, the mother is associated with unconditional love, caring for and developing the child, and with parenting matters. Fathers, however, are associated with playfulness, adventurous activities and being a role model for the child,” said the recent postgraduate Hein and added: “Also, when the mother left an abusive relationship, the child protection workers who participated in the research laid the responsibility on the mother and disregarded the father’s role.” According to Hein, the child protection workers sympathised more with the fathers and did not consider the fathers’ parenting mistakes to be as severe as the mothers’.

Additional information: Helen Hein, +372 555 74 234, helen.hein11 [ät] gmail.com

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Polish Culture Days offer Polish cuisine and songs

1 month 2 weeks ago
05.04.2017

Polish Culture Days are held in Tartu from 7–9 April. The programme of this minifestival includes lectures, workshops and various activities both for grownups and children.

The lectures introduce unique Polish Easter traditions, speak about places to visit when travelling in Poland, and the most widely held superstitions in the Polish culture. In the workshops everyone can learn Polish folk dances and songs, make dumplings and colour Easter eggs. Many events are free for everyone interested and thanks to cooperation with Genialistide Klubi and Tartu Toy Museum, you can also find several family events in the weekend programme. 

The Polish Culture Days in UT College of Foreign Languages and Cultures are led by visiting lecturer of Polish language and culture Joanna Dagmara Dobosz, who has been with the University of Tartu since 2014 already. Although the Polish language is quite difficult to pronounce and its grammar is regarded among the most complex ones in the world, there are approximately 30 learners every year who are willing to take the challenge. Thanks to Joanna’s close cooperation with the Ministry of Research and Education of Poland, the best language learners can participate in summer universities in Poland free of charge every year.  Also, the lecturer has initiated the “Polish Club in Tartu” in the university, which joins Poles living in Estonia as well as everyone else interested in the Polish culture.

In addition to Dobosz, also visiting lecturers from the University of Silesia and members of the Polish community in Tartu deliver the lectures, workshops and other activities. According to the lecturer of the Polish language, all the organisers are really dedicated and also passionate about the Estonian language and they are looking forward to sharing their experience, “We can't wait to bring some of the sounds and tastes of home for you to enjoy! We have a lot to tell and we hope there will be many who listen, so we can share and experience it all together!”

The Polish Culture Days programme can be found on the event website and in Facebook.

Additional information: Joanna Dagmara Dobosz, UT College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, visiting lecturer of Polish language and culture.

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