Fresh from Campus keeps you up to date on the world of science. In the monthly event, researchers from the University of Helsinki give short popular talks on what they are studying right now. Come to Think Corner, follow the event via livestream or watch the talks afterwards on our YouTube-channel.
Fresh from Campus
Fresh from Campus: To Space and Back
Wed 13.2.2019 at 5 pm, Stage
Thinking of the universe makes you feel small. Huge galaxies are born and evolve over cosmic time. Billions and billions of invisible neutrinos are constantly moving around – and even through – us. With the help of new technologies researchers are trying to answer big questions such as what happened during the first three minutes after the Big Bang and what gave rise to matter.
You can follow the event also via livestream or watch the talks afterwards.
Galactic Winds Dictating Galaxy Evolution
”Galaxies are home to stars, planets, and also humans. However, we still don’t fully understand how galaxies evolve over cosmic time. Powerful outflows from the centers of galaxies – called galactic winds – are known to affect galaxy evolution. With the help of new technologies and international collaborations, I’m aiming to better understand the role that galactic winds play in galaxy evolution.”
Laura Zschaechner is a post-doctoral fellow affiliated with the Finnish Center for Astronomy with ESO and based at the University of Helsinki. She is fascinated by constantly developing new technologies that make her work exciting.
Dark Origins of Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry
”I study the first three minutes of the universe, right after the Big Bang. By colliding small particles, I’m trying to find answers to fundamental questions such as what gave rise to matter and why is there so much matter compared to anti-matter.”
Venus Keus is a post-doctoral researcher in high energy physics at the Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki. She wants to understand how the universe started and how it ended up the way it is today.
Kaiken läpäisevät neutriinot
”Ihmisruumiin läpi kulkee joka sekunti satoja miljardeja pienen pieniä alkeishiukkasia, joita kutsutaan neutriinoiksi. Neutriinojen yleisyydestä huolimatta hiukkasfysiikan mallit eivät kuitenkaan pysty selittämään kaikkia niiden ominaisuuksia. Tutkin, millaisia ennusteita malleilla on neutriinojen vuorovaikutuksille ja miten näitä ennusteita voitaisiin testata.”
Timo Kärkkäinen on hiukkasfysiikan tutkija Helsingin yliopiston matemaattis-luonnontieteellisessä tiedekunnassa. Häntä kiinnostavat aineen perustavanlaatuisimmat vuorovaikutukset ja ilmiöt.
Overseas and Back in Time
Wed 10.4. at 5 pm, Stage
Researchers at the University of Helsinki study hundreds of different countries and cultures. Recently, they have digged deeper into, for example, the secret archives of the Cuban Catholic church, ancient Indian texts and the way of life in the Angkor Empire. What was the role of the Catholic Church in the Cuban revolution? How was storytelling born?
Come to Think Corner for an armchair trip around the world and through history. You can also watch the talks online via livestream, Facebook Live or video recordings. The first talk is in Finnish, the other two in English.
Uusia tulokulmia vanhoihin teksteihin: kehyskertomusten synty muinaisessa Intiassa
“Tutkin kehyskertomusrakenteen syntyä muinaisessa Intiassa. Kehysrakenteissa tarinat ovat toisten tarinoiden tai muiden tekstien sisällä. Aihetta ei ole juuri tutkittu aiemmin. Väitöskirjassani todistin 2000-3000 vuotta vanhojen tekstien avulla, että kehysrakenteet ovat vanhempia kuin on oletettu ja että niillä on yhtenäinen historia.”
Virpi Hämeen-Anttila on Etelä-Aasian tutkija humanistisessa tiedekunnassa. Hän valitsee tutkimustensa kohteeksi mielellään aiheita, joita on tutkittu vain vähän tai ei lainkaan.
Seeing the invisible: challenges of studying nomadic fishermen from the Angkor Empire
“The Angkor Empire was one of the largest polities of Southeast Asia from the 9th to the 15th century. Even though the empire was successful for centuries, studies suggest it was unable to adapt to the climate change of the Little Ice Age in the 14th century. I’m trying to find out, what was Angkor’s key to conquering its rivers. I argue that current research over-emphasizes the role of agriculture while it forgets the role of nomadic fishing communities in the development of the city.”
Veronica Walker Vadillo is an archeologist working at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. She wants to bring visibility to communities that are usually considered less important because they don’t comply with common western frameworks of archaeological analyses.
A Silent History of the Cuban Revolution
"The revolution of Fidel Castro in 1959 transformed Cuba politically, socially and culturally. In my research, I examine the life of the Catholic Church in the revolutionary reality. Internationally, I am the first scholar to access classified archives of the Catholic Church in Cuba: these unstudied primary sources open new insights into the hidden histories of the Cuban revolution."
Petra Kuivala is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Theology. Her research has led her, for instance, to participate as an officially appointed observer in the visit of Pope Francis to Cuba.