The inaugural lectures of the new professors
Newly appointed professors are celebrated at the university twice a year. As they take up their new role, each professor holds a public inaugural lecture.
Professorial lectures

Upcoming professorial lectures

The next inaugural lectures will be held virtually on 24-28 May 2021 as a New professors' week. The inaugural lectures can be viewed online on the University of Helsinki YouTube channel every weekday starting at 14.00. The lecture videos will remain available for later viewing on the YouTube channel.

The event is part of the Year of research-based knowledge 2021 programme.  Watch the previous lectures on the University of Helsinki YouTube channel.

The inaugural lectures

Newly appointed professors are celebrated at the university twice a year: usually in May and in December. As they take up their new role, each professor holds a public inaugural lecture. The lectures are open for everyone.

Usually, newly appointed professors are celebrated through inaugural lectures, which take place during a single day and are popular public presentations of the professors’ fields and personal research topics. Normally, each lecture lasts 15-20 minutes, and audience members have the opportunity to move from one lecture venue to another between lectures.

New professors' week

During the coronavirus situation, the professorial lectures have transformed into an online event: New professors’ week. It lasts for five days. Each lecture lasts roughly 10 minutes and focuses on the professors’ research topics.

Follow New professors’ week on YouTube.

Newly appointed professors in May 2021