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How to respond to growing consumer expectations for ecological, plant-based or healthy food? How can societies ensure sustainable food production? Researchers are looking for solutions to questions that are rapidly transforming the entire food industry. The University of Turku launches a new degree programme in food technology in the autumn to meet the growing demand for experts in the industry.
People living in the area of Finland have never been a homogeneous group. Our cultural, genetic and linguistic heritage all have a diverse background and are in a constant state of change. People, ideas, customs and diseases have always moved from place to place and left their mark on the population. In a major research consortium, researchers are studying how these marks are still visible in people.
Professor of Practice Helena Åhman: “It is important to recognise the situations that require conversational intelligence”
Helena Åhman, who has studied conversational intelligence with hostage negotiators and at Harvard University, reveals the superpower of a skilled conversationalist: “If the other person feels like they are heard, miracles can happen.”
Doctoral Researcher Jasmin Hannonen discusses the criminal law control of hate speech and its impact on the freedom of speech.
New Research Council of Finland funding to unravel the wide-ranging impact of glyphosate on ecosystems and pollinators
Glyphosate, a widely-used chemical compound in herbicides and its wide-ranging impacts on ecosystems and pollinators will be the research focus at the University of Turku. In their proposals, the researchers highlight the importance of comprehensively understanding the problem and stress the significance of collaboration between researchers, farmers and decision-makers to address the issue effectively. The research has received significant funding from the Research Council of Finland and Sakari Alhopuro Foundation.
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In Turku, child psychiatry recognises the inseparable connection between the psychological well-being of children and society. Factors such as the COVID pandemic, war, and migration have a significant impact on the mental health of children and adolescents. In addition to conducting cutting-edge research, Turku is actively developing means to make an impact on psychological well-being from an early stage within primary health care, starting from maternity clinics.
Early prevention of diseases improves individual health outcomes and the capacity of the healthcare system. A study conducted at the University of Turku aims at discovering breakthroughs for improving public health and seeks pre-emptive ways to prevent diseases.
Sleep apnoea causes interruptions in breathing during the night. This increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, as the heart cannot withstand the strain of sleep apnoea. Turku is one of the leading centres of sleep apnoea research in the world.