Freedom of speech, an academic freedom?


Welcome to the side event of the World Press Freedom Day on May 2, 2016

Freedom of speech, an academic freedom?

Time and venue:
May 2, 2016, at 9 - 11 am at Päivälehti Museum, Ludviginkatu 2-4, Helsinki. Coffee will be served at 8.30


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 panelists and the audience is strongly encouraged.


Short presentations and  introduction to the theme by
Curtis Brainard, President of the World Federation for Science Journalists
Mari K. NiemiSenior Researcher, University of Turku, Finland and Visiting Researcher, University of Strathclyde, Scotland (2013-2016)
Kassem Al-Sayed MahmoudSyrian 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:
Committee for Public Information
Council of Finnish Academies
Helsingin Sanomat Foundation

More information on the side event:
info (at), info (at)
Secretary general Reetta Kettunen, Committee for Public Informatioon, p. +358 40 733 5935