Time: 2.5.2016 – 8.30 local

“Freedom of speech, an academic freedom?” will be organized at the Päivälehti Museum (Ludviginkatu 2-4, Helsinki) from 9 to 11 a.m. (coffee to be served at 8.30 a.m.)

Future of earth and humankind depends on the progress of science and technology. In addition, knowledge of societal challenges and changes are of upmost importance for policy measures. What is at stake if academic discourse is muzzled by limiting the freedom of expression of scientists?

In this session, we explore the different mechanisms by which the freedom of speech of scientists is being limited. Lively discussion with the speakers and the audience is strongly encouraged.

Short presentations and introduction to theme is provided by:
Curtis Brainard, President of the World Federation for Science Journalists
Mari K. Niemi, Senior Researcher, University of Turku, Finland and Visiting Researcher, University of Strathclyde, Scotland (2013-2016)
Kassem Al-Sayed Mahmoud, Syrian Postdoctoral Researcher of food Technology and Engineering, currently at Ghent University, Belgium

Register to the side event here

Please notice that the seats are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Click here for more information on the World Press Freedom Day 2016

Organisers of the side event on May 2nd 2016 are 
Committee for Public Information
Council of Finnish Academies
Helsingin Sanomat Foundation