Helen Haab, research coordinator at School of Natural Sciences and Health

addressNarva mnt 25, 10120 Tallinn

Phone(+372) 640 9413

Educational and cultural psychology group


Main research topics:

  • To examine the role of parental and teachers’ beliefs and practices in the development of children’s academic skills in kindergarten and basic school.
  • To conceptualise general competencies described in the National Curriculum for Basic Schools (value, self-management, learning to learn, communication, social, citizen, entrepreneurship, mathematics competencies) in the theoretical framework of the research team.
  • To develop tools for assessing general competencies that can be used by teachers, school psychologists, and for external evaluation.
  • To examine the development of general competencies in upper elementary school.
  • To analyse the role of child-related, school-and classroom-related and family-related factors in the development of general competencies.
  • To examine the efficiency of different teaching practices in children and classrooms with different skills and motivation
  • To examine the develepmental profiles of children with different ability and motivational level
  • To study school effectiveness and factors related to it
  • To develop instruments for early recognition of student’s learning difficulties.
  • Cultural psychology aims at understanding how individual mind changes in the interaction with its cultural environment.

Group members: professor Eve Kikas, professor Aaro Toomela, PhD Kätlin Peets, PhD Piret Soodla, PhD Grete Arro, Kati Aus (PhD student), Elina Malleus (PhD student), Kaja Mädamürk (PhD student), Valdar Tammik (PhD student), Hard Sigus (PhD student), Olga Lutova (PhD student), Margit Emberg (PhD student).

Plant and mycological material analysis group


Main research topics:

  • structure-property relations of polysaccharides from marine algae;
  • bioactive compounds from terrestrial plants, macroalgae and fungi;
  • dynamics of microelements in marine algae;
  • functional components from plant material and valorisation of biomass;
  • herbal fragrances and their dynamics.

Group members: PhD Rando Tuvikene, PhD Kalle Truus, Marju Robal (PhD student), Kristi Sootla (doktorant), Kadri Saluri (MA student), Mihkel Saluri (PhD student).

Genomics and Molecular Ecology Research Group


The main avenues of research focus on clinical, biological and ecological systems. All projects use approaches from:

  • whole-genome approach
  • bioinformatics
  • systems biology - integration of multitude of datatypes to create predictive models for any complex biological system under investigation

Group members: Kairi Koort,  Danilo Mladenovich (PhD student), Susanna Uusmaa (MA student), Siim Iskül (MA student), Merlin Matvere (MA student), Hanna-Liisa Kappel (MA student),  Kristiina Sõsa (MA student), Kristina Setškova (MA student)

Collaborators: ELIXIR Metabolomics, Center for Neurology of Eastern Tallinn Central Hospital (Center for Excellence in Behavioral and Neurological Studies, Center for Early Parkinsonism Research), North Estonia Regional Hospital Department of Hematology, University of Tartu, TerviseTAK, HansaBioMed Ltd., Lonza Ltd., Uppsala University, Karolinska Institute, University of Luxembourg.

Research group „Human-nature interactions in the city”


he research group working on “Human-nature interactions in the city” aims to enhance the knowledge on urban green spaces and ecosystems (incl. urban green commons), environmental behavior (such as environmental degradation, person-environment engagement), environmental justice (especially issues of accessibility) and sustainable urban planning (with focus on inclusive planning and citizen science) by uniting the approaches from different environmental disciplines, incl. ecology, environmental management, architecture and city planning, environmental sociology and anthropology. The working group is headed by Helen Sooväli-Sepping (Professor of Environmental Management) and includes

  • Tiiu Koff, PhD (Professor at School of Natural Sciences and Health, Senior researcher at Institute of Ecology, TLU)
  • Bianka Plüschke-Altof, PhD (Researcher in Environmental Sociology)
  • Piret Vacht, PhD candidate (Lecturer in Environmental Management)
  • Anni Müüripeal, PhD candidate (Junior Researcher)
  • Joonas Plaan, PhD candidate (Lecturer in Environmental Anthropology)

For more information, feel free to contact: Also read latest news about this research group HERE.

Institute of Ecology


Research at the Institute of Ecology is found here.

Last updated 09/30/2019 - 20:47