Issue #10 - 28 January 2008 | University of Tartu

Contacts of UT units

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5341
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 309–352, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5223
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 16, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18–310, 50090 Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, 51003 Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 435 5232
    Faculty address: 
    Posti 1, 71004 Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a–29, 50103 Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36–301, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 4, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5902
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409 Tartu
  • School of Law
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20–324, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Narva College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307 Narva
  • Pärnu College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012 Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5326
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 50406 Tartu
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5–205, 51005 Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46–208, 51014 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46–208, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618 Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5011
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b–134, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu Observatory
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4510
    Faculty address: 
    Observatooriumi 1, Tõravere, 61602 Tartumaa
  • Institute of Technology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Uppsala 10, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Genomics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010 Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51003 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6339
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Finance Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51005 Tartu
  • Grant Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6000, IT-help: +372 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090 Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 17–103, 51005 Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 102, 104, 209, 210, 50090 Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5620
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Procurement Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6632
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5400
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51005 Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5371
    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
  • Tartu Student Village
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 9959
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 730 2400
    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5945
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5852
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • View all other units

Contacts of UT units

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5341
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 309–352, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5223
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 16, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18–310, 50090 Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, 51003 Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 435 5232
    Faculty address: 
    Posti 1, 71004 Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a–29, 50103 Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36–301, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 4, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5902
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409 Tartu
  • School of Law
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20–324, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Narva College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307 Narva
  • Pärnu College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012 Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5326
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 50406 Tartu
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5–205, 51005 Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46–208, 51014 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46–208, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618 Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5011
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b–134, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu Observatory
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4510
    Faculty address: 
    Observatooriumi 1, Tõravere, 61602 Tartumaa
  • Institute of Technology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Uppsala 10, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Genomics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010 Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51003 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6339
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Finance Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51005 Tartu
  • Grant Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6000, IT-help: +372 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090 Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 17–103, 51005 Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 102, 104, 209, 210, 50090 Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5620
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Procurement Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6632
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5400
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51005 Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5371
    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
  • Tartu Student Village
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 9959
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 730 2400
    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5945
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5852
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • View all other units

Issue #10 - 28 January 2008

ANNOUNCEMENTSFree tuition in master’s programme in Applied Measurement Science
University of Tartu may be visiting you
NEWSNew picture book: International University of Tartu
Photo exhibition on indigenous South American cultures
The University of Tartu and A.Le Coq present - Water of Wisdom
SCIENCE"UT Estonian Marine Institute joins as partner in global marine studies programme
Philips Nordic Prize for research awarded to Professor Risto Näätänen
2007 Deadline for entries in the 2007 Estonian Science Photography Competition extended
PEOPLEDorpater Dozentenabend, club for UT international staff

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Free tuition in master's program in Applied Measurement Science

Students admitted in Autumn 2008 to the UT master's program in Applied Measurement Science will study tuition-free for the whole two-year program. Their studies will be financed through a special project of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. In addition, the students with the best academic standing will receive a stipend of 255 EUR/per month.

The master's program in Applied Measurement Science is an interdisciplinary program preparing specialists for quality assurance laboratories and accreditation agencies in various industries, with a focus on physical and chemical measurements, metrology and related legal and economic issues. The language of instruction in the program is English, and the courses and lectures are delivered by leading Estonian and European experts. During the program students will also be having internships (4-6 weeks) in companies and laboratories involved in chemical and physical measurement.

Admission for 2008/2009 is already open for international students who would like to commence with their degree studies at the University of Tartu. Eligible applicants for the Applied Measurement Science master's program are:
            • Graduates with bachelor's degrees in physics, chemistry, materials science, natural sciences, engineering, technology or medicine.
            • Practitioners in analysis and measurement laboratories who are facing the fast development of analytical methods and new regulations
            • Personnel of laboratories, accreditation, certification and inspection agencies
            • Quality managers in various industries
Further information and inquiries:

Program website: /ams
Download program PDF brochure: Applied Measurement Science

Prof. Ivo Leito
UT Institute of Chemistry
University of Tartu
Jakobi 2, Tartu 51014
ESTONIA
Tel. +372 737 5259
E-mail: ivo.leito [ät] ut.ee" target="_new">ivo.leito [ät] ut.ee

UT International Student Service
University of Tartu
Tel. 737 6109
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Text: Kersti Heek
Picture: Ivo Leito
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University of Tartu may be visiting you

Throughout the spring semester of 2008 the University of Tartu will be present at several international exhibitions and special events. We invite you to visit the University of Tartu abroad and receive first-hand information about the country, the city of Tartu, the University of Tartu, its study programs and research opportunities. You, or someone you know, may benefit from this possibility to talk to the University of Tartu admissions officer, directors of international study programs and representatives of the International Relations Office.

In spring of 2008 you could meet our representatives at the following venues abroad:

February 2 - Helsinki, Finland
February 16 - Brussels, Belgium
Feb 28-March 2 - Riga, Latvia
March 15-16 - Bucharest, Romania
April 25-26 - Berlin, Germany
May 25-30 - Washington DC, US
July 2-3 - Lübeck, Germany

Full details for each location can be found on the university website:
/studentoffice/contacts/infoday

Text: Svetlana Vogel
Picture: Svetlana Vogel
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NEWS


New picture book: International University of Tartu

In December of 2007 a picture book came out titled International University of Tartu: Past, Present, Future, and became a nice end note to the 375th anniversary calendar of events. The book is a joint effort of several University of Tartu departments and faculties, and contains 80 pages of photographs and short stories about the rich historical and cultural heritage of the University of Tartu to the world, legendary scientists and professors who made the name of the University of Tartu internationally famous.

The glorious past that goes back to 1632 is bridged with its present and far-reaching future with several chapters about the University of Tartu's famed contemporary scientists, international projects and distinguished visitors, who as always put the University in the international spotlight.

To receive a complimentary copy of the book, please respond to this e-mail with your name and mailing address, or contact the International Relations Office directly at iro [ät] ut.ee.

Text: Svetlana Vogel
Picture: Andres Tennus
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Photo exhibition on indigenous South American cultures at the University History Museum

A photo exhibition titled "Beyond the Horizon, Native American Cultures of the Andes and the Amazon" by Hungarian photographer Attila Lórant was opened at the University History Museum, 25 Lossi Street, on 9 January.

This colourful exhibition presents the diversity of indigenous cultures in five South American countries at the outset of the 21st century, recording the way of life and traditions that are in harmony with nature, as well as global environmental problems caused by nature's changing rhythms and rapid economic development. The pictures were taken between 2003 and 2005 during Lórant's six expeditions to Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

An emotional dimension has been added to the otherwise neutral documentation by accompanying texts which describe the indigenous identity of the Native Americans, as well as the downsides of their life: alcoholism, prostitution and destruction of rain forests.

Attila Lórant studied fine arts in Paris and design in Budapest. In 2002, he founded the Disappearing Cultures Foundation, the aim of which is to collect audiovisual material about native cultures that are in danger of becoming extinct. Images from his previous work in East Africa have been published in the book East Africa - More than a Safari (2003).

The exhibition and the book Indians from the Amazon and the Andes (2006) based on the same material have been created in cooperation with the National Geographic Society. The exhibition was brought to Tartu through the mediation of the Hungarian Institute in Tallinn. It will remain on view until 17 February 2008 (Wed through Sun from 11 am to 5 pm).

Disappearing Cultures Foundation homepage: http://www.disappearingcultures.org/

Additional information: Kadi Raudalainen, tel. 6440445 (Hungarian Institute in Tallinn); Terje Lõbu, tel. 737 5671 (University History Museum)

Text: Anneli Maaring
Picture: Pujllay Festival in Tarabuco, Bolivia by Attila Lórant

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The University of Tartu and A.Le Coq present Water of Wisdom


Water of Wisdom, table water containing two active ingredients, L-theanine and potassium citrate, was launched on 11 December and hit the supermarkets in mid-December. The new bottled drinking water, developed in cooperation with UT scientists and the Tartu-based brewery A.Le Coq, Estonia's largest manufacturer of beverages, simultaneously quenches thirst, supports brain functions and helps reduce stress. It is thus strongly recommended to anyone engaged in intellectual work.

According to Erik Puura, Director of the UT Institute of Technology, he was always astonished to see only French, Italian or Finnish water offered at meetings, when in fact Estonian ground water is by no means inferior in quality to the water bottled in the French and Italian Alps. This gave him and Mart Ustav, UT Professor of Biomedicine and Virology, the idea of developing a product which would help generate interest in Estonian water and, what's more, contain some active ingredients that stimulate brain functions and reduce stress during intellectual work. For finding the right ingredients they joined forces with UT Professors Mihkel Zilmer and Urmas Kokassaar, dieticians who have written dozens of books on the subject.

L-theanine, one of the two agents added to the composition of the Water of Wisdom, is a natural amino acid found abundantly in green tea. L-theanine is largely responsible for the many beneficial properties of green tea, which is why it has long been used in the traditional medicine of Japan. Repeated studies have found that L-theanine reduces stress, supports brain functions and helps strengthen observation. The other added ingredient, potassium citrate, fosters the supply of oxygen in neural tissues and improves brain functions by facilitating glucose metabolism. Under normal conditions, glucose serves as the main fuel of the brain. Potassium also helps decrease the harmful effects of excessive amounts of sodium in the body.

Chemical composition of the Water of Wisdom, or Tarkuse Vesi as its brand name:

- Water
- Carbon dioxide 0.4%
- Potassium citrate 0.056%
- L-theanine 0.002%

100 ml of water contains:
- Energy 0.1 kcal/0.3 kJ
- Proteins 0 g
- Carbohydrates 0 g
- Fats 0 g
- Potassium 20 mg
- L-theanine 2 mg

Water of Wisdom does not contain any preservatives. It is available in 0.5 and 1.5-litre plastic bottles.

Additional information: Erik Puura, Director of the UT Institute of Technology, tel. 737 4802; Tarmo Noop, Managing Director of A.Le Coq plc, tel. 744 9711

Text: Anneli Maaring, homepage of the UT Institute of Technology
Picture: Andres Tennus

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SCIENCE

UT Estonian Marine Institute joins as partner in global marine studies program


The UT Estonian Marine Institute has become a partner in Census of Marine Life (CoML), a long-term global marine studies program that brings together scientists from nearly 80 countries. The program represents a scientific initiative to investigate the past, assess the present and forecast the future of marine ecosystems across the world.

The CoML, which brings together more than 300 partners, was launched in 2000 and is set to end in 2010. The total estimated budget of the program is over 100 million USD and its founding sponsor is the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (US). Research conducted under the aegis of the program has led to the discovery of dozens of new species and yielded descriptions of exotic, hitherto unknown ecosystems (such as chemosynthetic ecosystems), or hydrothermal vents with recorded temperatures above 400°C.

Dr. Henn Ojaveer, Senior Research Fellow at the UT Estonian Marine Institute, is a member of the Steering Group of the History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP), one of the component program of the CoML, and is a principal investigator for the relevant research conducted in the Baltic Sea. "The purpose of our work, in cooperation with historians and marine ecologists, is to try to reconstruct the ecosystem of the Baltic Sea as it was centuries ago. The research commenced in 2000 and by now the first substantial overview of our work has been published as a special volume of the journal Fisheries Research," said Ojaveer, who was also the guest co-editor of the special issue.

As an example of the new discoveries made in the course of the CoML, Henn Ojaveer reveals, "As a result of a study of the personal archives of Karl Ernst von Baer (1792-1876), a world-renowned Baltic German biologist who studied at the University of Tartu and spent the last years of his life in Tartu, we can now say that the temporary decline in the fish catches (including those of the Baltic herring, our principal commercial fish) during the mid-19th century cannot be attributed to overfishing, as previously thought, but rather simply to bad fishing weather."

In addition to the Sloan Foundation, the HMAP work carried out as part of the CoML was also funded by three projects within the EU's Sixth Framework Program: MARBEF (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning), EUR-OCEANS (European Network of Excellence for Ocean Ecosystems Analysis) and INCOFISH (Integrating Multiple Demands on Coastal Zones with Emphasis on Aquatic Ecosystems and Fisheries).

Additional information: Henn Ojaveer, Senior Research Fellow at the UT Estonian Marine Institute, phone +372 515 8328

Text: Anneli Maaring
Picture: Karl Ernst von Baer, by J. Hagen-Schwarz, 1867 (K. E. von Baer House Museum, Tartu)

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2007 Philips Nordic Prize for research awarded to UT Professor Risto Näätänen

Risto Kalervo Näätänen, Professor Emeritus at the University of Helsinki and currently Professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Tartu, and Prof. Teija Kujala from the University of Helsinki Cognitive Brain Research Unit, were awarded the 2007 Philips Nordic Prize for research on 11 January 2008 in Lund, Sweden.

Professor Näätänen developed a mismatch negativity (MMN) method, which reveals the types of hearing and speech difficulties in children and also the improvement of the brain functions after treatment. The research was done in collaboration with Professor Kujala and her research group, who developed the applications from the MMN method. The method is based on measuring the brain activity by electroencephalography (EEG), while playing different sounds to children. This helps to detect impaired hearing and other linguistic processes at early stages, thus enabling treatment to be started before the child reaches school age.

Prof. Näätänen and Prof. Kujala have made a major contribution to the research of neurodevelopmental diseases with the development of the MMN and its application method.

The Philips Nordic Prize aims to stimulate new and innovative research on neurodevelopmental diseases and to increase the knowledge about such disorders, especially in the case of young children.

Text: Karoliina Vilimaa-Pennarun
Picture: http://philips.ntinternet.se

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Deadline for entries in the 2007 Estonian Science Photography Competition extended

29 February 2008 is the new deadline for entries in the competition of science photography, organized by the Estonian science news portal www.teadus.ee with the support of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.

The aim of the competition is to popularize scientists and science as well as to document research in Estonia in 2007. Researchers and professional photographers alike are encouraged to participate.

For the purposes of the competition "science photograph" is defined as a photograph depicting scientists, but also objects of their research, be they fossils, rocks, microorganisms, cells, specimens of rare species, etc. It may also capture experimental apparatuses and researchers working with them, discussions at seminars, conferences and workshops, fieldwork.

Prizes include free tickets to Science Summer School organized by MTÜ (NPO) Teadusteave at the end of August 2008 in Käsmu, a picturesque village on the northern coast of Estonia.

Competition rules:

The competition is open to anyone living or working in Estonia.Particularly welcome are contributions from the researchers themselves,for it is they who know best the uniqueness and beauty of the objects of their scientific interest.

The photographs should be submitted digitally on a CD (in high quality .jpg or .tif format, resolution no less than 2000 pixels on the longest side), as well as in hard copies on A4 paper with the password and caption written on the back. Each participant may submit up to 12 photographs.

Pictures should be accompanied by a text of up to 2,000 characters in MS Word format which gives the title of the photograph and specifies when and where it was taken, who or what is depicted in the picture and, most importantly, points out the importance and uniqueness of its subject matter.

Photographs along with the personal and contact details of the photographer must be submitted in a closed envelope marked with the password to Teadusteave NPO:

Teadusteave MTÜ
Treppoja tee 2
Kloogaranna küla, Keila vald 76702
Harjumaa

Entries must be received by 29 February 2008.

The images will be judged on novelty, scientific actuality, composition and technical excellence. The judges include representatives of Teadusteave NPO, members of the science community, journalists, and graphic designers.

Photographs submitted to the competition will not be returned. The organizers reserve the right to publicly display and reproduce the photos in its publications and promotional materials.

Additional information:
E-mail: toimetus [ät] teadus.ee" target="_new">toimetus [ät] teadus.ee;
Tel.: 50 67 488 Tiit Hunt

Text: Lauri Randveer
Picture: The winning photograph of the 2006 competition, by Ivar Jüssi, shows taking blood samples from baby seals (http://www.teadus.ee).

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PEOPLE

Dorpater Dozentenabend, club for UT international staff

The Dorpater Dozentenabend can look back on a fairly long history, and like so many other institutions in Estonia, it prefers to trace its ancestry back to the time of the first Republic of Estonian. But let us start at the actual beginning. In the spring term of 2001, the then visiting lecturer of Hungarian (and now PhD student at Tallinn University), Szilárd Tóth, initiated a gathering of foreign staff at the University of Tartu with the aim of sharing experiences and possibly influencing the powers that might be to improve our working conditions. He was later helped by the then visiting professor of Swedish, Stig Örjan Ohlsson, who soon became the unofficial head of the non-registered club without a membership list. Foreign academic staff would meet about once a month at restaurants or university departments. Stig Örjan Ohlsson proposed the name "Dorpater Dozentenabend" /Tartu Professors Evening/ for the club after reading out some humorous passages from his predecessor Per Wieselgren's memoirs describing informal gatherings of non-Estonian professors working at the University of Tartu in the 1930s.

During the spring term of 2002 Stig Örjan Ohlsson enjoyed a sabbatical and the organisational work was continued by then visiting lecturer in economics (presently professor at Tallinn Technical University) Karsten Stæhr and by then visiting professor of folklore (now senior research fellow) Jürgen Beyer. After his return in the following term, Stig Örjan Ohlsson managed to obtain the support of the University's International Office. The monthly meetings would now be held at the University Café with drinks and some snacks sponsored by the university. At the same time, a new tradition was instituted (well, as a folklorist I should point out that a "new tradition" only appears to be an oxymoron; which it is not, since most traditions are much younger than commonly assumed): at each meeting one participant would give a short talk on his research in a way understandable to non-specialists. These presentations are normally discussed very lively. After the academic part of the evening has ended, informal discussions continue, sometimes until midnight. Even before Stig Örjan Ohlsson's retirement in 2005, the University Café was replaced with Domus Dorpatensis (Town Hall Square 1/Ülikooli 7) as a venue. Such has been the format of the meetings ever since, meeting every third Wednesday during term at 7 pm.

Text: Dr. Jürgen Beyer, Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Cultural Studies and Arts
Picture: Sirje Üprus
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