Invitation: Science & solutions – can we solve wicked problems together?

We invite you to join a breakfast discussion about the possibilities of interdisciplinarity in solving societal problems and the power of education and research in transforming Europe and its future.

Breakfast event at University of Helsinki
Tue 1.10. 2019 at 9-10.30.
Thinkcorner (Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki)

Finland has a reputation of being a solution-oriented country. Throughout our history we have worked together to produce solutions to everyday challenges – be it surviving in a harsh climate, equity and equality in education or today sustainability.

In solving grand challenges, multidisciplinarity, social sciences and humanities play a crucial role. We try, as a society and in our universities, to integrate content and tools and to understand how societies and humans function.

When we build higher education upon the newest research, we provide our students with deeper understanding, tools and skills they will need to lead the world.

The University of Helsinki is Finland’s largest and oldest academic institution. We are a founding member of the League of European Research Universities LERU. Since 1640, the university has contributed to the establishment of a fair and equal society that is considered the best in the world according to a number of indicators.

We invite you to join a breakfast discussion about the possibilities of interdisciplinarity in solving societal problems and the power of education and research in transforming Europe and its future.

At the event the LERU paper for the EU Institutions on Universities and the future of Europe will be launched.

Please register here

Science & solutions – can we solve wicked problems together?

9-9.25: Welcome: Rector Jari Niemelä, University of Helsinki

Keynote: 'Science' and 'culture' in University Settings: How to achieve the involvement of early-career researchers and students. Professor Milena Zic-Fuchs, University of Zagreb, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Academia Europaea

9.25.-9.45: University cases: Multidisciplinary research, education & cooperation
– conflicting, combining, enhancing?

  • Professor Christopher Raymond, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science: Exploring the diverse values of nature and their role in solving wicked biodiversity conservation and sustainability planning challenges
  • Professor Anne Kouvonen, Helsinki Inequality Initiative INEQ: Master’s Programme in Social and Health Research and Management
  • Associate professor Teemu Roos, Machine Learning and Data Sciences: Elements of AI

9.45.-10.15: Solving society’s grand challenges with interdisciplinarity

  • Secretary General Mart Laidmets, Estonian Ministry of Education and Research
  • Managing partner Inka Mero, Voima Ventures

10.15-10.30: Universities and the future of Europe: Secretary General, prof. Kurt Deketelaere, League of European Research Universities