Mind and Matter organises seminars, conferences, and other events.

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Mind and Matter Seminar, spring 2024

The Mind and Matter Seminar will return in the spring 2024 with eight guest presenters. Join us in person or online!

More information on the seminar webpage!

Past events

Mind and Matter Seminar, autumn 2023

Invited speakers gave insightful talks followed by lively discussions on topics ranging from neuroscience of music to AI-extenders and much more.

See the seminar webpage for more information.

Mind and Matter: Conversations Across Disciplines

The conference, organised in Helsinki on 6-8 June 2023, focused on the themes of Minds with Language, Perception, Motivation and Cognitive Control, Crossdisciplinary Influences in the Study of the Mind, and Dreaming and Consciousness. Find out more on the conference website.

Mind and Matter Seminar, spring 2023

Local researchers gave a series of thought-provoking talks on topics ranging from quantum software to colour perception. See the seminar webpage for more information.

Studia Generalia: Tekoäly ja ihmismieli (AI and the human mind)

A series of public lectures on topics related to AI, digitalisation, and the human mind. More details at

Mind and Matter Workshop: Controlling Brain Rhythms using 'tACS' brain stimulation, 6 March 2023

Mind and Matter organised a workshop on how transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) can be used to manipulate how brain rhythms synchronize to external auditory input, and to control brain-to-brain synchronization. See more details in Mind and Matter news.

Mind and Matter Talks 2022

Mind and Matter Talks invites renowned scholars with fresh insights into the themes of information, intelligence, and consciousness to share their research in conversation with UH researchers. See the Mind and Matter Talks page for more information on the talks that took place in 2022.

Decisions and Effort seminar, 28 October 2022

Professors Gerit Pfuhl (cognitive science) and Michael Paul Morreau (philosophy) from the Arctic University of Tromsø gave talks hosted by Mind and Matter associate professor Ben Cowley. More information about the event can be found in Mind and Matter news.

Mind and Matter 2022: Found­a­tions of In­for­ma­tion, In­tel­li­gence and Con­scious­ness

The first Mind and Matter conference was organised in Helsinki on 16-18 June 2022. Find out more on the conference website.

Seminar 2021

In what sense might artificial intelligences be able to understand, be creative or even conscious? What kinds of societal implications are to be expected from the rapid developments in artificial intelligence and neuroscience? Can we understand the deep nature of matter and information down to the quantum level? Researchers of the Mind and Matter profiling area presented their exciting research at the Mind and Matter seminar.

  • 16.4.2021 14:00-15:30 Riikka Möttönen and Luigi Acerbi: How cognitive resources affect learning in humans and machines. Watch the seminar session here.
  • 7.5.2021 14:00-15:30  Alexander Carruth and Anu-Katriina Pesonen
  • 28.5.2021 14:00-15:30  Sabrina Maniscalco and Riikka Koulu
  • 4.6.2021 14:00-15:30 Ben Cowley and Valtteri Arstila