The inaugural lectures of the new professors
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.

Upcoming professorial lectures

Sixteen newly appointed professors of the University of Helsinki will give their inaugural lectures on Wednesday, 25 May, starting at 14. The lectures are open to the public and take place in the University’s Main Building (Unioninkatu 34). The lectures serve as popular introductions to the professors’ fields of science and current research issues. The 20-minute lectures will be held in four halls, and the audience may switch halls during the breaks. Professor Riikka Möttönen, Professor David Whipp and Professor Xavier Irz will give their inaugural lectures in English.

The inauguration ceremony, open to all, will begin at 16.30 in the Great Hall. The programme includes a speech by Chancellor Kaarle Hämeri, musical performances and introductions of the new professors. In addition, the inauguration ceremony will feature an inaugural lecture by Professor Tomi Rantamäki.


PROGRAMME, May 25, 2022

RUNEBERG HALL (Main building, older side, second floor)

HALL U3032 (Main building, older side, third floor)

HALL U4072 (Main building, older side, fourth floor)

HALL U4075 (Main building, older side, fourth floor)

at 16.30 Main building, Great Hall, 2nd floor

*Accessible entrance from the building's courtyard via the gateway from Yliopistonkatu 2.
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You can learn more about the new professors and their research activities on this website (below) or watch short introductory videos on our YouTube channel.

Professors holding their inaugural lectures in spring 2022
New professors' week

During the coronavirus situation, the professorial lectures transformed into an online event: New professors’ week. Lectures held in autumn 2020 and spring 2021 can be viewed on the University of Helsinki YouTube channel. Each lecture lasts roughly 10 minutes and focuses on the professors’ research topics. The 2021 online event was part of the Year of research-based knowledge 2021 programme. 

Newly appointed professors in May 2021
Dress code

The dress code for the new professors is a tailcoat with a white bow tie and black waistcoat for men, and a black dress with long sleeves for women. Members of the clergy may wear clerical dress. Professors who defended their doctoral thesis abroad may wear the doctoral gown of their home university. The new professors carry their doctoral hats with them. Participants in the procession wear a dark suit. Other participants to the ceremony should take into account the nature of the event.

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