The Science Forum and Researchers' Night in Turku

Turku Science Forum

Turku Science Forum and Researchers Night 2019

Two days, over 30 researchers taking the floor, functional presentation points, open house destinations, Science Battle, dozens of researchers who can discuss with you. This is in a nutshell, what the Science Forum (Tieteen päivät), is all about.

The theme of the Science Forum 2019 is  “Courage”.  The organisers of the event in Turku, the University of Turku and the Åbo Akademi, have wanted to add an additional approach of their own: “Let the Science Surprise You”.

English program

Saturday 28.9. at Visiting and Innovation Centre Joki (Lemminkäisenkatu 12.B)

10.00-14.00 at the lobby
IT- Have fun with robot Nao!

Defending refugees and those turned away
12.00 at Workshop

How is democracy in Finland doing? How well does the state ruled by law succeed in protecting the human rights of minorities? What impacts do the rising populism and anti-refugee attitudes have on the work of authorities? Does Finland meet the obligations of the convention on the rights of the child and the refugee convention? Have we lost humanity and compassion?
The panelists will discuss anti-refugee attitudes and discrimination in today’s Finland. The panelists include Ahmad Hosseini, Refugee of the Year 2018, Minna Saunders, Project Manager, All Women’s House, Eveliina Lyytinen, Postdoctoral Researcher (Academy of Finland) at the Migration Institute of Finland, and Stephen Phillips, Doctoral Candidate in International Human Rights Law, Åbo Akademi University. Jan Sundberg, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Helsinki, will conduct the discussion.

The discussion is conducted in English.

Other presentations are held in Finnish or Swedish. At the stands, you can discuss with the researchers also in English.


Anne Paasi, Communications Director, University of Turku, +358 40 735 4858

Thurid Eriksson, Communications manager, Åbo Akademi University, +358 400 534430

Eva-Maria Soikkanen, event coordinator, University of Turku,, 050 566 8776

Erja Hyytiäinen, event coordinator, University of Turku,, +358 40 751 4793

Pamela Friström, Communications Officer, Åbo Akademi University, +358 50 4856 422