Twenty-two newly appointed professors of the University of Helsinki will give their inaugural lectures on Wednesday, 7 December, starting at 14. The lectures are open to the public and take place in the University’s Main Building (Unioninkatu 34) and Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3). The lectures serve as popular introductions to the professors’ fields of science and current research issues.
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 Leena Järvi.
Wednesday, 7 December 2022
Runeberg Hall (Main building, older side, 2nd floor)
Hall U3032 (Main building, older side, 3th floor)
Hall PIII (Porthania, first floor)
Suomen Laki Hall (Porthania, first floor)
Hall P673 (Porthania, 6th floor)
Hall P674 (Porthania, 6th floor)
at 16.30 Main building, Great Hall, 2nd floor
The public is welcome to arrive in the Great Hall from 16.15 onwards. After the ceremony, the reception, including refreshments, will be held on the second floor of the Main Building. Accessible entrance from the courtyard of the Main Building through the archway at Yliopistonkatu 2
You can read about the new professors and their research in the introductions published below. In addition, a short introductory video for each professor can be viewed on the University’s YouTube channel. The videos have been captioned in the language spoken in the video as well as in English or Finnish.
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.
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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