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Honorary doctors give open lectures on Friday, 24 May

The University of Jyväskylä will confirm nine new honorary doctors on Saturday, 25 May. Three of them will give lectures that are open for the University community and public on Friday, 24 May. The lectures are held in English. Welcome!

Professor Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence) gives a lecture “Deconstructing generations in movements: evidences from anti-austerity protests in Europe” in Agora Alfa, 10 a.m.–12 noon.

Professor della Porta is one of the world’s most distinguished researchers of social movements, civil society, and participatory democracy. The topics of her research include social movements, political violence, terrorism, corruption, the police and protest policy.

Professor Scott Jarvis gives a lecture “Nonnative speakers in the US legal system: (Mis)Understanding the police warning” in Agora Beeta, 11 a.m.–12 noon.

Professor Scott Jarvis is the Chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah in the United States. He has been cooperating for many years with the Centre for Applied Language Studies, the Department of Language and Communication Studies and the Department of Teacher Education in the research on language skills assessment and language learning.

Academician Risto Nieminen’s lecture on nanoscience “Nano meets machine learning: the second spring of quantum mechanics” in Ylistönrinne, 12 noon–2 p.m.

Risto Nieminen is Professor Emeritus at Aalto University, who also holds the honorary title of Academician. He played an active role in the development of the Department of Physics and also served as the head of the department. Nieminen left Jyväskylä in 1987 but the close cooperation between him and the University is continuing. Risto Nieminen has made a huge contribution to theoretical and computational physics in Finland.

The tenth Conferment of Degrees Ceremony for the whole University and the conferment procession will be arranged on Saturday, 25 May 2019. Related festivities will take place throughout the weekend.

More information:

Coordinator of the Conferment Ceremony Vesa Holm, tel. 040 805 4159,