On our last day in the beautiful and surprising summerly Finnish capital we visited the public Helsinki Central Library Oodi to anticipate and discuss obstacles our lab will have to grapple with when Annette relocates to Finland. For this we made use of one of the many meeting rooms in Oodi that can be booked by everyone for free, even from Germany. Already impressed by this service, the O’BRAIN lab members strolled through the library during meeting breaks just to find even more striking offers like freely available 3D printers, sewing machines or VR gaming rooms. All this was only topped by the actual library on 3rd floor with a beautiful sun terrace.
In the afternoon we retreated once more in the think corner in the Helsinki inner city. On the agenda was the the first draft for a code of conduct and summary of values the O’BRAIN lab identifies with (running internally under the working title “the O’BRAIN manifesto”). The values ranged from work environmental issues like family friendly meeting slots to common goals in scientific transparency and open science. The manifesto shall serve as a guideline for current and future members of our lab and convey to the public what we stand for, as a research team as well as an employer.
Having checked off this list last item on our Helsinki to-do list we left all matters of business successfully completed behind and enjoyed the remaining hours of the almost never setting sun. Being aware of the challenging but at the same time exciting situation that the O’BRAIN lab is facing the next years, we prepared ourselves for the departure the next morning, knowing that most likely we will not have seen this staggering city for the last time.