In addition to the board, the association has two permanent committees that are in charge of arranging professional and social events. The committees all work as their own units and are free to pursue any and all ideas that are within the scope of the associations aims. Here you can find a general outline of the committees and the aims of the association.

If you are interested in joining one or both of the committees, please send a brief e-mail to the head of the committee and tell them who you are, what you study and why you would like to join. If you already have ideas for events, please feel free to share!

The committee for personal and professional development

Our aim and goal in the CPPD committee is to offer and provide professional and personal development workshops / seminars / lectures / meetings from which doctoral students from all faculties can gain new knowledge and insights. Our secondary goal is to bridge the gap between faculties and provide opportunities to network outside your own subject-related topics. 

You don’t always have to work alone!

If you could plan, organize and execute something that is of value to all doctoral students, what would you do and how would you do it? In the CPPD committee, we appreciate people who are capable of initially working independently to find interesting topics (e.g. writing process, mental well-being, funding, etc.) that is of value and useful for all doctoral students, regardless of faculty or subject. For instance, one could share tips and tricks on how to get organized, or how to fight the imposter syndrome. 

If this sounds like something right up your alley, please send an email on why you could and would make a difference to committee chair Alex Mäkiharju [alex.makiharju(at)].

The committee for social events

The aim of the CSE committee is to organize various events for socializing between doctoral students. The focus is on events that are disconnected from academia, to give people a healthy break from work while still being able to connect to other students. This can be a variety of different things. For example, afterwork gatherings and dinners, physical activities such as football, bowling and yoga, and cultural activities such as museum or theatre visits.  

Do you want to play a game?

The motivation and benefit of this being planned by a committee is that it allows for a wider variety of events. I would hope that the members of the committee will have their own ideas, wants and interests, to make us able to offer a nice mix of different opportunities for our members! Members in Vaasa and other regions are strongly encouraged to sign up, as this would make it easier for me to make sure that social events are organized outside of Turku as well.  

If you want to take part in this committee, please email committee chair Sofia Wanström [sofia.wanstrom(at)] with a short introduction of who you are and why you would like to be in the committee.