Annual Science Prize awarded to Pirkko Pitkänen for research on global migration

The University of Tampere has awarded its Annual Science Prize to Professor Pirkko Pitkänen of the School of Education. Since 2014, Pitkänen and her team have been investigating global migration…

Television brings families together while computers isolate

Young people are spending increasingly more time on their computers and less time with their friends and family. It is often said that people have gone to the internet to…

University of Tampere recognised for its commitment to improving the status of researchers

The European Commission has granted the University of Tampere permission to use the HR Excellence in Research label, which indicates that the University is committed to improving the status and…

Jonathan Middleton makes music about salmon migrating to the mountains

Who would think about making music about salmon migrating up the Snake River? Who would think about composing the DNA of redwood trees for a symphony orchestra? Whose computer contains…

Improving vision

Stem cell research paves the way for new eye treatments. Visually impaired people suffering from incurable eye diseases are eagerly awaiting new treatment methods. Many believe that stem cell research…

Transparency decreases concerns about surveillance

Transparency about the purpose and intent of data gathering can decrease concerns about surveillance. The basic and most important question is who uses the data and for what purposes. These…

Social history research on ancient papyri uncovers some pushy parenting

Research uncovers children’s every-day life in Roman Egypt. “The most striking story we uncovered in an ancient papyrus was a fixed match between two high-ranking 13 year-old boys in the…

Gut microbes hold the key to undernourishment

Gut microbes may yet provide an answer to the health problems encountered by undernourished children. Researchers at the University of Tampere are participating in a study directed by Washington University…

Number of sons contributes to inflammation in old age

The rate of inflammation increases in elderly individuals. This low-grade inflammation (inflammaging) is associated with many degenerative diseases, such as atherosclerosis, dementia, the frailty syndrome and even life expectancy. A…

“Schools must not close their doors to the society around them. Parents and the community should become more involved in taking responsibility for school work,” says Professor Marita Mäkinen. “Schools reach all pupils, but we must now find out how schools can also genuinely engage with them.”

Schools need to move with the times

The world-class results achieved by Finnish pupils in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study have been based on successful actions in the past. Schools cannot rest on…