The 80th Anniversary of the Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2023. Since 1943, the Faculty has been an active health and well-being promoter and a regional influencer. Throughout the year, the Faculty will organise versatile events, to which we warmly welcome everyone.

In the spring, the anniversary can be seen on the streets of Turku as the procession of doctors and honorary doctorates, when we celebrate the Faculty's own Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees. On Thursday, April 20, we will be participating in the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra's Diandra & Bond concert, in connection with which we will present our activities.

In the fall, we will have a celebration week, during which we will focus on the future prospects of medical and health science research and education and think about how we can meet the challenges ahead. There will be interesting speakers on current topics.

The program of the anniversary will be announced in more detail on this page.

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Preliminary program

Studia Generalia of the Honorary Doctors on 25 May

In connection with the Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees at the Faculty of Medicine, Studia Generalia lectures will be organized in Medisiina D's Alhopuro hall on Thursday, 25 May from 9:15 to 11:00.

Lectures will be given by the Faculty’s Honorary Doctors Professor Emeritus Mikael Knip, Professor Emeritus Björn Klinge, Professor Manuel Tena-Sempere, Professor Adelaida Zabalegui, and Chief Physician Hanna Nohynek.

Lectures are in English.

Please register on 17 May at the latest.

Coffee is available from 8.45am.


9.15 Welcome by Dean Pekka Hänninen

9.20 Professor Emeritus Mikael Knip: The unsolved puzzle of type 1 diabetes

Discussion 5 min

9.40 Professor Emeritus Björn Klinge: The link between oral and systemic health

Discussion 5 min

10.00 Professor Manuel Tena-Sempere: Connecting body weight and reproduction: Physiological basis and pathological implications

Discussion 5 min

10.20 Professor Adelaida Zabalegui: Implementation of Advanced Practice Nursing in Spain

Discussion 5 min

10.40 Chief Physician Hanna Nohynek: What did the covid-19 pandemic teach us about vaccines?

Discussion 5 min

11.00 Closing by Dean Pekka Hänninen

International evening in Turku City Theatre on 25 September


Celebration week 2–6 October
  • Biomedicine Anniversary Symposium on 4 October
  • Alumni evening on 5 October
Innovation Festival in Flavoria in Fall


Art exhibition