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The DiGRA Disinguished Scholar award was conferred in recognition of Mäyrä’s scientific merits and the work he has undertaken to promote the scientific community in the field.


The first eleven instructors and researchers at the University of Tampere completed their intermediate studies.


Aliisa Tiihonen, a first-year student at BioMediTech, spent her summer researching a vaccine.


“It is important to support scholars in vulnerable positions not only for humanitarian reasons but also because academic knowledge must be protected and promoted. Freedom of research is a prerequisite for the work of universities and this is an international matter,” says Liisa Laakso, Rector of the University of Tampere.


UTA Summer School 2016 brings 250 students from about 20 countries to the University of Tampere at the beginning of August. Most of the Schools organise English-speaking courses, and there are 14 courses altogether. The most popular courses are an introductory course to Finnish language and a course on cultural diversity in education and at work.


The University of Tampere organises a three-week-long intensive course on Finnish language and literature for international university students in July. The course is held in cooperation with the Centre for International Mobility CIMO.


Three students of Health Sciences from the University of Tampere had an unforgettable trip to Mongolia in May. Elina SeppäläChantelle Slayter and Malla Linna, who are Masters’ degree students specialising in International Health, took part in the evaluation of the Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA) project. The framework of the project is designed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.


The academic programme of the science fiction and fantasy convention Finncon gathered together dozens of researchers from Finland and around the world. The programme of the academic track, Fantastic Visions from Faerie to Dystopia, allowed researchers and participants of the convention to discuss the research done in the field in a relaxed atmosphere.