Surviving the Academia

June 8, 2022
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The beginning of the survival journey

The program’s objective is to perform a brief analysis of the current situation of the Finnish universities, and the perspectives for the future considering organizational, sociological and pedagogical aspects. During the episodes we will explore different topics related with the university life that influence those who aim to build their academic career. These topics are approached from three main perspective: 1) The lack of resources that scientific research has nowadays due to the economical crisis and the COVID-19. 2) The difficulties to build up an academic career for researchers within universities and 3) The new and trendy University models which try to build bridges between the academia and the private sector and its impact on the structural and pedogeological impact on the institutions. We will explore these topics together with others relevant debates by interviewing both workers and students in a friendly atmosphere that enables them to share opinions and ideas that promote a healthy debate.

In this first episode, we are honored to introduce our first guest, Professor Pertti Saariluoma.

He is a highly reputed professor in cognitive Science, specifically in the field of Human Computer Interaction and with a deep interest in thinking processes. In fact, his thesis was on expert thinking. Since then he has conducted studies and work in several places such as the Oxford University, Cambridge and Carnegie-Mellon among others. He has published a huge amount of highly influential papers and also books such as Foundational Analysis, published in 1997 and most recently “Designing for life”, a book that reviews the history of technology and suggests how it will continue to develop in relation to human use providing an holistic approach to designing human-technology interaction.


Producer & Host: Jose Cañas-Bajo
 Pertti Saariluoma
Sound recording, editing & live streaming: Bailey Polkinghorne

*The audio piece was recorded at the Helsinki Open Waves performance & recording room located at Caisa.

**The views expressed in this audio piece and texts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of Helsinki Open Waves.  

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