Recipients of honorary doctorates in the conferment ceremonies this spring to be announced on 15 March

In spring 2022, the University of Helsinki will organize four conferment ceremonies: the doctoral conferment ceremony of the Faculty of Medicine as well as the master’s and doctoral conferment ceremonies of the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

As per tradition, the title of doctor honoris causa, the University’s highest recognition, will also be awarded to several individuals in connection with the conferment ceremonies. In the ceremonies to be held this year, a total of 30 distinguished persons from around the world will be conferred as honorary doctors.


Faculty of Social Sciences to award five honorary doctorates on 20 May 2022

Jane Humphries, Professor Emeritus, All Souls College, Oxford

Nobuhiro Kiyotaki, Professor, Princeton

Erkki Liikanen, Master of Social Sciences, Governor of the Bank of Finland (2004–2018) and the first Finnish European Commissioner

Ann Pettifor, economist and political advisor

Laurent Thévenot, Professor, EHESS – L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris


Faculty of Philosophy to award seven honorary doctorates on 27 May 2022

Mika Anttonen, Master of Science (Technology), chair of the board of ST1

B. Rosemary Grant, Professor Emerita, evolutionary biologist, Princeton

Jaana Kapari-Jatta, Master of Arts, translator

Herbert W. Marsh, Professor, educational psychologist, Australian Catholic University/Oxford

Thomas Rades, Professor, Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Antti Tuuri, Master of Science (Technology), author

Gunther Uhlmann, Professor, mathematician, Washington


Faculty of Medicine to award 10 honorary doctorates on 10 June 2022

Rinaldo Bellomo, Professor of Intensive Care, University of Melbourne, and Professor of Medicine, Monash University; Director of Intensive Care Research, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, and Director of Data Analytics Research and Evaluation (DARE) Centre; Senior Research Advisor, Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, Monash University and Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Dorret Boomsma, Professor, Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Professor, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Netherlands

Ricardo Della Coletta, Professor in Oral Pathology and Genetics, Department of Oral Diagnosis, FOP-UNICAMP at the School of Dentistry, Piracicaba Dental School, University of Campinas, Brazil

Gordon H. Guyatt, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact and Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Canada

John Hardy, Research Director, Chair of Molecular Biology of Neurological Disease at the Reta Lila Weston Institute of Neurological Studies, University College London (UCL), UK

Risto Ilmoniemi, Aalto Distinguished Professor (technical physics), Professor of Applied Physics, Head of Department, Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering (NBE), Aalto University School of Science, Espoo, Finland

Trudie Roberts, Professor Emeritus of Medical Education, Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds, UK

Ulla-Marja Urho, Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry), chair of the board of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa HUS 2009–2021, Helsinki, Finland

Dieter Wolke, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Warwick, and Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Warwick, UK

Ramnik J. Xavier, Kurt Isselbacher Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Core member, Broad Institute and Director of the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology and Core faculty in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA


Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry to award eight honorary doctorates on 17 June 2022

Dag-Ragnar Blystad, Research Professor, plant virologist, NIBIO, Norway

Ian Givens, Professor, nutritional scientist, University of Reading, UK

Annikka Hurme, Master of Food Sciences, CEO, Finland

Janet Jansson, Professor, molecular microbiologist, microbial ecologist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Robert Kozak, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, researcher of business management, University of British Columbia UBC, Canada

Daniel Murdiyarso, Professor, Principal Scientist, forest meteorologist, IPB University, Indonesia & CIFOR

Karin Schwarz, Professor, food chemist, Kiel University, Germany

Jyrki Wallin, Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry), title of agronomi, Secretary General, Finland


Further information:

Anssi Peräkylä, conferrer of the Faculty of Social Sciences,, phone: +358 29412 4620; Kaisa Tiainen, conferment secretary,, phone: +358 29412 2666;

Henrik Meinander, conferrer of the Faculty of Philosophy,, phone: +358 29412 2842; Sonja Virta, conferment secretary, phone: +358 50 478 7073;

Annamari Ranki, conferrer of the Faculty of Medicine;, phone: +358 400 875 761; Maria Söderlund-Venermo, academic conferment secretary,, phone: +358 50 352 2483;

Juha Helenius, conferrer of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry,; Emmi Korjus, conferment secretary,;

Conferment ceremonies at the University of Helsinki on the website