Why universities are core actors of a world in common?

The event highlights global best practices of universities in building a future world by showing concrete actions in education, research and innovation. The research impact on societies will be discussed with focus on public engagement, entrepreneurship, digital learning and stronger collaboration with cities and regions. What is the role of universities worldwide?

NdI2017 Event 5 University

Where: Think Corner, Aleksanterinkatu 7, Helsinki

When: January 26th 2017, 22:15-23:00

Language: English

Registration: Free event, registration at: https://ndi5.eventbrite.fr

This event will be streamed live thanks to the support of Think Corner/University of Helsinki. You can follow the discussion online at https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/ajankohtaista/tiedekulma-live and ask live questions on Twitter with #NDIHelsinki



Prof. Hannu NIEMINEN, University of Helsinki

Hannu NIEMINEN is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Media and Communications Policy at University of Helsinki, Finland. His areas of expertise are in communication and democracy, theories on the Public Sphere and media regulation. He serves as an Expert in Public Service for the Administrative Council of YLE (Finland’s national public service broadcasting company). His recent publications include “Media and Democracy from a European Perspective” (Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication, 2016) and ”Digital divide and beyond: What do we know of ICT’s long-term social effects? Some uncomfortable questions” (European Journal of Communication, 2016).




Prof. François-Olivier Seys, Vice President International, University of Lille 1

François-Olivier Seys is Professor of Geography at the University of Lille 1. Vice-president of international relations since 2012, he has also been in charge of “double degrees” (2008-2012), and seconded to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000-2008) in Slovakia and in Kazakhstan. As a specialist in transforming demographic dynamics in Central and Eastern Europe and integrating them into planning and urban planning policies, he is also co-director of the “Eurostudies” course of the Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Development and co-leader of the Erasmus + Jean Monnet project “Euregio”.


Moderator: Tiia NURMILAAKSO, YLE journalist

Dialogue followed by:

Presentations of interdisciplinary Art-Science projects

Eija JUUROLA: “Climate Whirl – at the intersection of science and arts”

Laura RIUTTANEN: “The Climate.now project”