The Science Forum in Helsinki

The Science Forum (Finnish: Tieteen päivät) is a biennial science festival taking place in Helsinki, Finland. It is free and open to all visitors. The festival presents the latest research to the curious public and discuss the possibilities as well as the limits of science more broadly. This is where Finland's leading scholars from various fields have a chance to introduce their branch of scholarship and the latest research results to a wide audience. The Forum includes debates, seminars, exhibitions, book sales and planetarium shows. Most of the lectures are held in Finnish or in Swedish.

The current format of the Science Forum is a five-day and one-night festival which consists of over 300 appearances by researchers from different parts of the country. All fields of research from the humanities and natural sciences to art and technology are represented. In the recent years the various events of the Science Forum have garnered an audience of about 15,000. The events are also widely followed on the Internet, both live and in recording.

The Science Forum is organized by the Federation of the Finnish Learned Societies, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and the Finnish Academy of Technology. The Forum is supported by Tieteen tiedotus ry and Kone Foundation.

The Science Forum 2023

The Science Forum 2023 will be organized from 11th–14th of January at the University of Helsinki´s Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3) and Science Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4). The full program in Finnish is published on the program pages. The lectures and panel discussions that will be held in English can be found below. Click the titles to read more.

Attraction, retention and recruitment of international talent in Finland

  • Date: 11.1.2023
  • Time: 15.00–16.45
  • Place: PIII, Porthania

Scholars at Risk and Protection of Academic Freedom

  • Date: 12.1.2023
  • Time: 10.00–11.45
  • Place: PII, Porthania
  • This event will be broadcast on Youtube

Transnational challenges: polarising populist rhetoric and practice

  • Date: 12.1.2023
  • Time: 12.00–12.50
  • Place: PII, Porthania
  • This event will be broadcast on Youtube

The Beginning of a Mutual Understanding of Science Capital

  • Date: 12.1.2023
  • Time: 13.00–16.00
  • Place: Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, Hanasaarenranta 5

Diverse applications of virtual laboratories

  • Date: 13.1.2023
  • Time: 12.00–13.45
  • Place: PIII, Porthania

Political tensions creating new beginnings in Latin America

  • Date: 13.1.2023
  • Time: 13.00–14.45
  • Place: Stage, Tiedekulma
  • This event will be broadcast on Youtube

How is it to begin a research career in Finland as a foreigner?

  • Date: 13.1.2023
  • Time: 16.00–16.50
  • Place: Suomen Laki -sali, Porthania

The new era of machine vision intelligence

  • Date: 13.1.2023
  • Time: 17.30–18.00
  • Place: Suomen Laki -sali, Porthania

What is it like to study and work in a field where you yourself represent a minority?

  • Date: 14.1.2023
  • Time: 14.00–14.50
  • Place: Suomen Laki -sali, Porthania