28th March: Stephen Hawking Symposium

On Wednesday 28th of March we will hold a special event to celebrate the life, work and influence of Stephen Hawking. Coffee will be served from 16.00, then we will have a series of talks by experts from across the university: Kari EnqvistEsko Keski-Vakkuri, Paavo Pylkkänen and Pentti Tienari, chaired by Director of the Helsinki Institute of Physics Katri Huitu. The talks will start at 16.30 in D101, Physicum, and the programme is expected to finish at 18.00. The talks will be accessible to a general audience. Welcome!

During this event (in particular during the coffee 16.00-16.30 and after the discussion 18.00-18.30) we will have a “memorial booth” in the Physicum lobby. We invite everyone to come and pay their respect to Hawking through a Hawking-related story: how his work has inspired you to pursue a career in Physics, or any other short anecdote about Hawking and his legacy. The stories will be filmed and collected into a “Hawking memorial video” from the Department of Physics in collaboration with The Science Basement.

Schedule – talks in room D101
16.00-16.30 Coffee, Physicum Lobby
16.30-16.35 Katri Huitu: Opening
16.35-16.45 Kari Enqvist: Who was Stephen Hawking?
16.45-17.05 Esko Keski-Vakkuri: A Brief History of Hawking’s Key Results
17.05-17.25 Paavo Pylkkänen: Stephen Hawking and the search for a new scientific world-view
17.25-17.45 Pentti Tienari: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the spectrum of motor neuron diseases
17.45-18.00 Discussion


Update 9.4.2018: You can watch a video of the event here: