#Side Event of the World Press Freedom Day on May 2nd 2016 in Helsinki: “Freedom of speech, an academic freedom?”

The event “Freedom of speech, an academic freedom?” will be organized at the Päivälehti Museum (Ludviginkatu 2-4, Helsinki) from 9 to 11 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

More information on the event and registrations at:



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