The national multidisciplinary seminar BIOETHICS RESEARCH IN FINLAND – ITS STATE AND FUTURE draws together all interested parties to discuss the current state and future directions of bioethics in Finland. The focus is investigative rather than pragmatic, and emphasis will be placed on bioethical research conducted in universities, research institutes, ministries, non-governmental organisations, and committees.

Our international keynote speaker is Professor Norman Daniels from Harvard University, professor of population ethics and professor of ethics and population health in the department of global health and population at the Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, USA). Professor Daniels is known especially for his research on health and justice nationally and globally, and among his most noted publications are e.g. Just Health Care (1985) and Just Health: Meeting Health Needs Fairly (2008). The titles of Professor Daniel’s plenary address are “The nature, role, and importance of theoretical bioethics” and  “International Health Inequalities and Global Justice”

The seminar will culminate in a panel discussion on the possibility of founding a national institute of investigative bioethics. The institute would stimulate the progress of academic bioethics in Finland and provide a framework for further developments in the field.

The full programme is now released on the “Programme”  -page.

Participation in the seminar is free – there is no admission fee. The languages of the event are Finnish and English.

For questions and further information please contact johanna.ahola-launonen [at] helsinki.fi


Tentative program

The registration has now ended! We thank you for your interest: the seminar will have over 60 participants. Below you can find the tentative program for the seminar. Full program with presentation titles will be released in a couple of weeks.

Thursday 26th September
Venue: Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33, 3rd floor)
Lecture hall 5 (from 12pm to 16pm) and lecture hall 13 (from 16pm to 19pm).

12.00             Registration & Coffee

12.15 –12.45 Opening
Welcome! Tuija Takala, University of Helsinki
Bioethics research in Finland, its state and future, and the seminar’s objectives
Matti Häyry, Aalto University

12.45 – 13.45 Keynote speaker: Professor Norman Daniels, Harvard University
The nature, role, and importance of theoretical bioethics
Chair: Tuija Takala, University of Helsinki                   

13.45 14.45 Lunch on your own

14.45 – 15.45 Contributed papers Chair: Eero Vuorio, University of Helsinki
Heta Tarkkala, University of Helsinki,
Karolina Snell, University of Helsinki, Ari Haukkala, University of Helsinki

15.45 – 16.00 Break (transfer to lecture hall 13)

16.00 – 17.20 Contributed papers Chair: Jaana Hallamaa, University of Helsinki
Ville Päivänsalo, University of Helsinki
, Antti Jääskeläinen, University of Turku, Johanna Ahola-Launonen, University of Helsinki, Heikki Saxen, University of Tampere

17.20 – 17.30 Break & Coffee

17.30 – 18.45 Keynote speaker: Professor Norman Daniels, Harvard University
Global health justice
Chair: Matti Häyry

19.00             Reception

Friday 27th September
Venue: Fabianinkatu 24, 5th floor, lecture hall 532.

9.00              Coffee

9.15 – 10.15 Contributed papers Chair: Heikki Saxén, University of Tampere
Pekka Louhiala,
University of Helsinki, Aleksi Hupli, University of Helsinki / Universiteit van Amsterdam, Hannu Heinänen, LL, YTL

10.15 – 10.30 Break

10.30 – 11.30 Contributed papers Chair: Sakari Karjalainen, Cancer Society of Finland
Mari Stenlund,
University of Helsinki, Arja Halkoaho, University of Eastern Finland, Marko Ahteensuu, member of the Advisory Board on Biotechnology

11.30 – 11.45 Break & Coffee                 

11.45–13.00  Keskustelu bioetiikan tutkimuksen kehittämistarpeista ja tutkivan bioetiikan instituutista
Tutkivan bioetiikan instituutti – hanke Heikki Saxén, Tampereen yliopisto
Puheenjohtaja: Johanna Ahola-Launonen, Helsingin yliopisto