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Europe Forum 2022

Europe Forum 2022


Wed 24.8.2022–Fri 26.8.2022

The theme for this years Europe Forum is the position of Finland and the EU as part of the changing international order. Speakers include Prime Minister Sanna Marin, and ÅAU alumnus, Minister of Education Li Andersson.

Wednesday 24 August 2022 is Europe Forum’s science and research day, which among a broad selection of topics also offers a climate forum. Thursday’s topic is Europe in the world, and Friday’s is Finland in Europe. You can find the complete programme on https://europeforum.fi/en/programme/ and the live streams via https://europeforum.fi/en/live/. There are live streams from every event in this year’s programme.


Åbo Akademi University takes part in the organisation of Wednesday’s events. In Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel:

10:00–11:15 Local meets global in the European energy transition: Perspectives on offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea. Speakers: Anna Häger, Regional Manager, Ilmatar Offshore AB, Mika Järvinen, Professor, Aalto University, Kari Hyytiäinen, Professor, University of Helsinki, Anne Nummela, Regional Planning Advisor the Regional Council of Satakunta. Moderators: Associate Professor Magnus Hellström (Åbo Akademi University) and PhD Candidate Thaysa Portela De Carvalho (Åbo Akademi University). This event is in English.

11:30–12:45 Why does Finland need its own drug development and manufacturing, does Europe not take care of us even in the event of crisis? Speakers: Liisa Hurme (Orion Corporation) Senior Vice President, Operations, CEO as of November 1, 2022; Ilkka Julkunen, Professor, Institute of Biomedicine, (University of Turku, Turku University Hospital, Inflames-flagship); Member of the European Parliament Sirpa Pietikäinen (European Parliament); Tiina Salminen, Professor, Biochemistry (Åbo Akademi University, InFLAMES- flagship). Moderator: Reijo Salonen, Guest Professor (InFLAMES-flagship). This event is in Finnish.

13:00–13:45 Surrounded by borders, Europe without borders. Speakers; Saila Heinikoski, Senior Researcher (Institute of Foreign Policy), Teemu Rantanen (University of Turku), Hanna Tuominen (University of Helsinki) and Markku Suksi, Professor, (Åbo Akademi University). Moderator: Henri Vogt, (University of Turku). This event is in Finnish.


In the City Theatre Foyer:

16:00–17:00 European strategy for universities, European university alliances and cooperation: Impact on university development? Speakers: Rector Jukka Kola (Univesity of Turku), Professor Jukka Heikkilä, Information Systems Science, Jenna Rautionaho (Association of Finnish Student Unions), University and Science Expert Birgitta Vuorinen, (Counsellor, Education and Science, Embassy of London), and Professor Joan Guárdia Olmos (the President of Barcelona University). Moderator: Rector Mikael Lindfelt (Åbo Akademi University). This event is in English.

All events