Theme Night – the new members event 13 September 2021 - watch the recording
The Theme Night of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters on Monday 13 September 2021 celebrated the arrival of new members in the Academy. Watch the recording! The event was bilingual: both Finnish and English were used. The event was broadcasted live from the Academy's n Mariankatu premises in Helsinki.
During the event we briefly got to know the new members who have joined us in the last two years (2020-2021). Academy science communicator Klaus Elfving interviewed ten new members, and we heard the most interesting news regarding research in disciplines ranging from artificial intelligence and social neuroscience to interaction and play, to mention just a few. The event culminated in two keynote presentations on the latest advances in quantum physics and the relationship between science and democracy in African countries.
Some 20-40 new members are elected to the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters every year, chosen by the existing members themselves. These newcomers are respected and acclaimed scientists from Finland and abroad. New Foreign Members 2020, Douglas Robinson, Professor of translating and interpreting, has a special connection to Finland and Finnish language. If the embedded video below doesn't work, please see the greeting here.
Secretary General, Professor Pekka Aula
Professor Liisa Laakso, The Nordic Africa Institute:
The impact of academic freedom on democracy: evidence from Africa
Professor Sabrina Maniscalco, University of Helsinki:
Quantum technologies: hype or reality?