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Coimbra Group Annual Conference 2024 in Turku

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The Coimbra Group Annual Conference and General Assembly attracted around 300 participants from 40 universities across Europe

The Coimbra Group Annual Conference and General Assembly, hosted by the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, was organized in Turku from June 4th to June 7th 2024. The event centered on the theme "Research and Education - Most Impactful Together", spotlighting the synergies between research and education. 

As an association with a history since 1985, the Coimbra Group unites 40 interdisciplinary universities from 22 countries, championing internationalization, academic cooperation, societal contribution, as well as excellence in education and research. It is influential in shaping European policies on research and education.

One of the highlights of the event was a public conference at Logomo

The conference was hosted by University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, both long-standing members of the association. The conference drew approximately 300 delegates from member universities, setting an all-time participation record. 

One of the highlights of the event was a public conference at Logomo, where rectors Jukka Kola and Mikael Lindfelt of the host universities underlined the significant role of tertiary institutions in advancing societal robustness, competition, and security on both European and global stages. They also accentuated the value of academic freedom and science's capacity to cross national lines. 

The public conference also featured the European final of the "3 Minute Thesis" contest, where doctoral candidates were to engagingly explain their research and its importance within a strict three-minute timeframe to the audience and the jury.

Rectors Mikael Lindfelt (Åbo Akademi University) and Jukka Kola (University of Turku)

The conference was praised for its relevant and diverse agenda

The event culminated with the Coimbra Group General Assembly. The conference closed on a high note, with social programme including tours to local attractions like the Turku Cathedral and Paimio Sanatorium, as well as Kurjenrahka National Park. The programme also included a trip to Naantali aboard the s/s Ukkopekka steamship. 

The conference was praised for its relevant and diverse agenda, and the organizers received acknowledgment for their excellent orchestration of the event. The local host were equally pleased with the success of the event. Rector Kola concluded the conference with gratitude towards the association for their engaged collaboration and highlighted the need for continuous advocacy. 

Aboa Congress & Event, a Turku-based PCO, was responsible for the practical arrangements of the congress. The event locations were Arken, Aurum and Logomo.

Many attendees showed keen interest in the session focused on the decolonization of universities

Read the original article on the University of Turku website. 
Photos: Antero Lynne. 

Learn more about Turku as a destination for congresses and meetings on the Turku Convention Bureau website. 

Piia Björn, Vice Rector of the University of Turku (pictured left) moderating a panel discussion on synergies between education and research