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

The next inaugural lectures of the new professors of the University of Helsinki will be held on Wednesday, 29 May 2024, starting at 14 in the University’s Main Building (Aleksanterinkatu 5). The lectures are popular introductions to the professors' own field of science and current research questions. After the lecture day, the audience is also welcome to attend inauguration ceremony in the Great Hall, where one of the new professors will give their own inaugural lecture. A more detailed programme of the event will be published on this page later in the spring. 

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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. Dress code for the public and participants in the procession is dark suit without a doctoral hat.

Dress code applies only to the inauguration ceremony (starts at 4.30 pm). For the inaugural lectures, there is no specific dress code. 

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