The seventh Human Rights and Science Symposium is hosted by the Council of Finnish Academies. It belongs to a symposium series managed by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and is organized in collaboration with all Finnish science academies.

The 7th symposium “Human Rights and Science” discusses the human rights dimension in the Arctic studies. The focal themes revolve around the rights of the indigenous peoples, preconditions of scientific research in the Arctic, and the human rights perspectives in research and utilization of natural resources. The theme “Arctic” is especially topical in Finland, as Finland will assume the two-year rotating chairmanship position of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum addressing sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic, in May 2017. The scientific coordinators of the symposium are Professor Jukka Kekkonen, Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Finnish Academies in Helsinki and Dr Judith Miggelbrink, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig.

The symposium is part of the programme for the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017. The guests are welcome to an official reception by the City of Helsinki in the Old City Hall after the symposium. Symposium registration is free of charge, complimentary coffee and lunch are served for all registered guests. The guests are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

The event on 29th September is open to public. Registration is, however, needed for necessary preparations. On 28th September, the symposium program consists of a closed meeting of European science academy representatives.

On Friday 29 September, European Researchers’ Night is held in around 300 cities simultaneously across Europe. Events in Helsinki can be found from the Finnish Researchers’ Night webpage.

Registration for open symposium

Please kindly register until August 31st 2017.

Register here

Hotel recommendations

Because of the Finnish centenary jubileum, the hotels in Helsinki city centre are likely to be more occupied than usual this autumn. Therefore, it is suggested that the symposium guests would take into consideration taking advance of symposium bulk bookings provided by nearby hotels. The campaign codes are valid as long as rooms are available. Every guest will make the reservation individually with the campaign code.

Symposium location and hotel locations on a map

Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki

From Sept. 27th to 30th, 2017.
Single Room 130 € / night.
Twin Room 150 € / night.
Reservations: on the hotel web page with a reservation code: ARCTIC2017.
Allotment valid until Aug. 16, 2017.

Hotel Cumulus Kaisaniemi

From Sept. 27th to 30th, 2017.
Single Standard Room 130 € / night.
Twin Standard Room 150 € / night.
Single Superior Room 153 € / night.
Twin Superior Room 173 € / night.

Reservations: kaisaniemi.cumulus@restel.fi with a reservation code: ARCTIC2017.
Allotment valid until July 31, 2017.

Scandic Paasi

On Sept. 28th , 2017.
Single Room 131 € / night.
Twin Room 151 € / night.

On Sept. 29th, 2017.
Single Room 121 € / night.
Twin room 141 € / night.
Reservations: on the hotel web page with a reservation code: BTSV270917
Allotment valid until Sept. 13, 2017.

Organization

Professor Jukka Kekkonen, the Chair of Human Rights Committee of the Council of Finnish Academies.

Professor Hans Peter-Zenner, the Chair of Human Rights Committee of Leopoldina Science Academy.

Dr. Päivi Tikka, Secretary General in the Council of Finnish Academies.

Kalle Videnoja, Science Secretary in the Council of Finnish Academies.

Dr. Jan Nissen, Senior Officer in Leopoldina’s Department of International Relations.

Dr. Reetta Kettunen, the Committee of Public Information.

Professor Pekka Aula, the Finnish Academys of Science and Letters.

Professor Carl G. Gahmberg, the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters.

Adjunct Professor Panu Nykänen, the Finnish Academy of Technology.

Adjunct Professor Åsa Lindberg, the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Finland.

In cooperation with

Preliminary Program

FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER, 2017: SYMPOSIUM

09.00     Welcome

Professor Hans-Peter Zenner, National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and Professor Jukka Kekkonen, University of Helsinki & the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Finnish Academies

09.10     Opening words: Finland as the chair of the Arctic Council

Ambassador for Arctic Affairs Aleksi Härkönen

09.30     Keynote

Dr. Erkki Tuomioja, Member of the Finnish Parliament, Former Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs

10.00     A commentary and discussion

Research Professor Timo Koivurova, Director of The Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

10.15     Coffee break

10.35     Session 1: Introduction to environmental changes and livelihood in the Arctic

Professor Atte Korhola, University of Helsinki

Professor Antje Boetius, University of Bremen and Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

Research Professor Timo Koivurova, Director of The Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Moderator: University Lecturer Dr. Aili Pyhälä, University of Helsinki.

12.00     Lunch break w/ screening of an award-winning documentary The Reindeer belong to the Wind

Documentary on the traditional lifestyle of a Sami reindeer herding cooperative in Finnish Lapland is screened as an introduction to topics in Session 2. In the documentary, members of the cooperative describe the kind of threats their livelihood faces in the modern world. The documentary also introduces viewers to the special characteristics of their culture. The lunch is sponsored by the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters.

13.00     Session 2: Discussion on scientific perspectives on human rights of indigenous people living in the Arctic

Dr. Maria Sapignoli, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle

Dr. Marjo Lindroth, University of Lapland

Tiina Sanila-Aikio, President of the Sámi Parliament

Moderator: Science journalist Ari Laakso, The Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

14.30     Coffee break

14.50     Session 3: The work and rights of researchers in the Arctic

Adjunct Professor Reetta Toivanen, University of Helsinki

Professor Gail Fondahl, University of Northern British Colombia

Dr. Konstantin Zamyatin, University of Helsinki

Moderator: Dr. Nuccio Mazzullo, The Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

15.45     Closing words and recap

Professor Hans-Peter Zenner, National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and Professor Jukka Kekkonen, University of Helsinki & the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Finnish Academies

16.30    Official reception by the City of Helsinki in the Old City Hall (Aleksanterinkatu 20)

The Old City Hall location

Further information

Päivi Tikka
paivi.tikka(at)academies.fi
+358 325 42 14

Kalle Videnoja
kalle.videnoja(at)academies.fi
+358 44 762 4454

Jan Nissen
jan.nissen(at)leopoldina.org
+49 345 472 39 834