Three-day conference focuses on the nature of emotions

3 months 1 week ago
07.09.2017

The international interdisciplinary conference “Emotions: Rationality, Morality and Social Understanding”, held in Tartu from 7–9 September, concentrates on the nature of emotions.

Vivian Bohl, research fellow in theoretical philosophy at the University of Tartu, believes that it is namely emotions that add colour and give a meaning to life. “As humans we are emotional beings. In the case of pathologies – when emotions get lost – people can no longer act in a rational way,” Bohl explains the importance of emotions in human life.

Emotions is an area in which the interests and research problems of different fields of science intersect. For example, philosophers, psychologists as well as linguists deal with emotions. During the conference, emotions are viewed from different aspects and their connections with rationality, morality and social understanding are discussed.

The speakers at the conference include several renowned philosophers like Kristján Kristjánsson (University of Birmingham), Gregory Currie (University of York), Mikko Salmela (University of Helsinki), Carolyn Price (The Open University, UK) and others.

The conference is organised by the UT Centre for Ethics, UT Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics, and the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies (CEES). The event is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (IUT20-5) and by the European Regional Development Fund (Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies).

The conference programme and registration are available on the website.

The working language of the conference is English.

Additional information: Margit Sutrop, University of Tartu Professor of Practical Philosophy, margit.sutrop [ät] ut.ee

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Viljandi Culture Academy’s new arts centre now open

3 months 1 week ago
05.09.2017

On 4 September, the centre for arts of Viljandi Culture Academy was opened in the old anatomical theatre of the University of Tartu. The centre will draw the competence of the whole faculty into one unit and coordinate arts studies in the university. The centre offers interesting subjects and continuing education courses for all interested, including people from outside the university.

“Our aim is to reach the UT students and lecturers of all specialisations in order to cooperate and find ways how art studies can support students in their specialty studies and – by bridging art and different fields of science – create a fresh outlook and on that basis, cross-faculty activities both in studies and research,” said head of the centre Tuulike Kivestu.

The centre brings courses taught at Viljandi Culture Academy closer to the students of Tartu, offering them an opportunity to take part in courses, which were earlier unavailable to them because of the distance. 

The new centre gives an opportunity to all students and teaching staff of the University of Tartu and interested parties from outside the university to acquire new knowledge and skills and develop their creativity. In the autumn semester, more than thirty courses are provided, ranging from performing arts to cartoon drawing. In autumn a course in folk dance is opened jointly with Tartu H. Eller Music College, where participants can learn dancing skills accompanied by live music played by folk musicians of the Eller College and instructed by Eva Talsi and Kadri Lepasson, alumni of Viljandi Culture Academy.

Every year a prominent creative person of Estonia is invited to assume the position of UT visiting professor of liberal arts, a position belonging to the centre for arts. In the academic year 2017/2018, the professor of liberal arts is the renowned photographer Peeter Laurits, who conducts a lecture series titled “WILD AESTHETICS or how to describe a forest to digital hares” in the autumn semester.

To be able to better introduce the creative work of the UT teaching staff, students and alumni of the field of arts, also a small gallery shop is opened in the old anatomical theatre. 

More information on the courses is available on the centre’s website

Additional information: Tuulike Kivestu, Head of Centre for Arts, 525 8231, tuulike.kivestu [ät] ut.ee

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Tree rings tell ancient tales in Tartu

3 months 1 week ago
05.09.2017

The EuroDendro 2017 conference will be held in Tartu, Estonia on 6–10 September 2017. The international conference will bring together more than a hundred tree-ring researchers from twenty-five European countries as well as Asian, and North and South American scholars.

The scientists will present and discuss exciting advances in tree-ring research. During the conference 52 talks will be given and 50 posters presented. Novel aspects of climate change detected from tree rings and dating of panel paintings, historical ships and buildings are a few of the main themes.

The conference presenters include a dendroclimatologist and an author of millennia-long tree-ring chronologies Samuli Helama (Finland), a wood-anatomy specialist Katarina Čufar (Slovenia), and broad-scope daters of wooden objects Tomasz Ważny (Poland and USA), Aoife Daly (Denmark), and Kristof Haneca (Belgium). “Dendrochronologists work across borders – whether it is a climate study or a dating and provenancing of a wooden artefact. For example, dating ship wrecks found in Kadriorg or the oak-board book covers saved from the fire of the Piirissaare chapel is possible only in a good international dendrochronology network as the wood used to make the objects is not of local origin. Thus the conference will help to strengthen and broaden the connections between researchers and to create new horizons for international cooperation involving Estonian dendrochronologists,” explained Alar Läänelaid the most well-known dendrochronologist in Estonia, a co-organiser of the conference. “It is remarkable that Estonia has the opportunity to host tree-ring researchers all over Europe and beyond,” Läänelaid adds.

The conference excursion will take the dendrochronologists to world- and Estonian-record holding trees, a pristine peat bog and Setu village chapels which have been dated by tree rings as some of the oldest wooden buildings in Estonia.

EuroDendro 2017 is jointly organised by the Department of Geography of the University of Tartu and by the Department of Forest Management of the Estonian University of Life Sciences.

Webpage: http://eurodendro2017.ut.ee

Additional information:

Alar Läänelaid, Associate professor in landscape ecology; +3725236812, alar.laanelaid [ät] ut.ee
Kristina Sohar, Research fellow in physical geography; +37253432932, kristina.sohar [ät] ut.ee

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UT collects feedback to the Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

3 months 1 week ago
04.09.2017

The Estonian “Code of Conduct for Research Integrity” is now available for public discussion and University of Tartu is awaiting feedback for it until 1 October 2017.

The Estonian “Code of Conduct for Research Integrity” has been created as a framework document applying to the entire Estonian research. On the basis of this document, the University of Tartu will later formulate and adopt their own code of conduct with respective rules of procedure; and agree on how to implement it; how to raise awareness about its principles; how to monitor the science scene; and how to intervene or deal with the cases of potential misconduct.

The draft version of Estonian “Code of Conduct for Research Integrity” was first introduced at the international conference “Researching with Integrity” (10.02.2017) in Tartu. Based on the feedback that was collected, the code of conduct has since been greatly changed and complemented.

You can send your feedback about the current version of the document by the 1 October 2017 to eetika [ät] eetika.ee.

The full text is available both in Estonian and English on the UT website

The Estonian Research Council formed a workgroup back in the beginning of 2016 to put together the Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. The workgroup consisted of the representatives from the Ministry of Education and Research, Estonian Research Council, Estonian Academy of Sciences and other research institutions. The leading role of this process was entrusted to the University of Tartu, Centre for Ethics, who had previously started composing a similar code for the University of Tartu as a project funded by the University of Tartu Development Fund, on account of which those two initiatives were combined. University of Tartu has previously adopted a good practice of doctoral studies, teaching, learning and leadership.

Additional information:
Margit Sutrop, the Head of the Centre for Ethics, margit.sutrop [ät] ut.ee
Katrin Velbaum, Project Manager, katrin.velbaum [ät] ut.ee

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Nearly 4000 students begin studies in UT this autumn

3 months 2 weeks ago
03.09.2017

Opening ceremony of the new academic year starts on Monday, 4 September at 10:00 in the university assembly hall. Salutatory addresses are delivered by rector Volli Kalm and the mayor of Tartu Urmas Klaas. In the 2017/2018 academic year, nearly 4000 students start their studies in UT at all study levels.

Rector Volli Kalm welcomes the new members of the University of Tartu, drawing their attention to the rapid changes in our society, environment and working life, “Greeting and congratulating the new students who are beginning their studies, I expect them to develop, in addition to specific knowledge, an understanding how what they learn is connected, how it can be used and how it needs improving in the rapidly changing world. In the situation where, for example, over the period of their studies – in three years – the computer processor speed will increase four times (so-called Moore’s law), the consumption of energy and food will grow two to three times faster than the human population, and an area of the surface of the Earth equalling in size to eight times the area of Estonia will have become a desert. Besides, literacy will have reached to nine people out of ten in this time, and there will be 30 million more students than there are now.”

At the opening ceremony rector of the University of Tartu and the mayor of Tartu Urmas Klaas will deliver salutatory addresses. On behalf of the students, new students are greeted at the ceremony by vice president of UT Student Council Mariliis Vaht and in the name of the first-year students a speech is delivered by Jakob Päll, 1st year student of Government and Politics of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The University of Tartu Academic Male Choir, conducted by Kuno Kerge, performs at the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremonies in faculties are held on the same day in various academic buildings and lecture halls. The times of the faculty ceremonies are available here

The live broadcast of the UT opening ceremony can be viewed on UTTV. The broadcast can also be watched in lecture halls 139 and 140 in the the main building.

Additional information:

Kady Sõstar, UT Public Relations Specialist, 737 5685, 511 9188, e-mail: kady.sostar [ät] ut.ee

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Company law initiative to be discussed in Tallinn

3 months 2 weeks ago
03.09.2017

September 4-5, 2017 the European Company Law and Corporate Governance Conference will take place in Tallinn to discuss necessary changes in the existing EU company law.

The conference is planned to cover three different areas of interest: the digital company law, the cross-border mobility of companies (cross-border mergers, divisions and transfers of registered office i.e. conversions) and applicable law in company law matters.

Deputy Secretary General for legislative policy of the Ministry of Justice of Estonia Kai Härmand said that EU companies have used the opportunity of cross-border mergers for ten years. „At the same time, rules concerning cross-border divisions and cross-border conversions of companies represent significant missing parts in EU company law,“ said Kai Härmand.

„Free movement of persons is one of the greatest advantages of EU membership. On a daily basis we all experience the gains of free movement of people and we believe that simple rules of cross border movement should also apply to companies,“ added Ms Härmand. „The movement should be possible without unreasonable bureaucracy and using digital solutions as much as possible.“

According to its work program for the 2017, the European Commission intends to 'present a company law initiative to facilitate the use of digital technologies throughout a company’s lifecycle and cross-border mergers and divisions'. The aim of the conference is to bring together stakeholders to discuss possible necessary changes in the existing EU company law framework.

21st European Company Law and Corporate Governance Conference is organised by the Estonian Ministry of Justice as part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU in cooperation with the European Commission and is partnered by EY and University of Tartu.

More information about the program: http://www.just.ee/en/conferences-during-estonian-presidency

Additional information: Katrin Lunt, 5275806, katrin.lunt [ät] just.ee

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