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The Faculty of Education and Culture welcomed its new professors with an inaugural lecture event

Published on 13.9.2022
Tampere University
The new professors walking down the stairs of the Main Auditorium with audience in the background.
The Faculty of Education and Culture celebrated its new professors at an inaugural lecture event held on Friday 9 September. Inaugural lectures were given by four new professors from the field of education who took up their posts between 2020 and 2021.

Three of the professors who spoke at the event, Zsuzsanna Millei, Hanna Toiviainen and Mari-Pauliina Vainikainen, progressed to their positions through the tenure track. In addition, an inaugural lecture was given by Kirsi Pauliina Kallio, Professor of Environmental Pedagogy. Finland’s first professorship in environmental education was established at Tampere University in 2019 with the support of the City of Tampere.

The inaugural lectures addressed the following topics:

In her opening speech, Dean Päivi Pahta said that professors are in many ways key figures in their community and field, with a special responsibility to develop and renew their discipline and to train new generations of researchers and other experts in the field.

“Inaugural lectures are a centuries-old tradition, but for the past couple of years, we have only had the opportunity to welcome new professors to the scientific community in a small circle, and for a while only digitally online. During the pandemic, even inaugural lectures adopted a new, digital format," Pahta said.

“So today, we are ever more delighted than usual to be able to gather in large numbers to welcome our new professors and hear their views on phenomena and issues in their respective disciplines.”

Congratulations to the new professors!

Photo: Jonne Renvall