Argumenta Seminar on Evolution

Argumenta Seminar on Evolution
Date: Monday, Nov 28, 2016
Time: 9.00-15.45
Place: Hotel Lasaretti, Aurora Hall, Kasarmintie 13b, 90130 Oulu
Registration: (Please, register before Nov 21)
Contact information: Coordinator Meri Rova, meri.rova(at)

Welcome to join this multidisciplinary seminar on Evolution!

Evolutionary biology is currently contributing to advances in various fields of science. What is the modern understanding about the evolutionary principle and its significance among sciences? How is the evolutionary theory applied in biology and other fields, such as human mind, social behaviour, language, environment and culture and what are the current research topics? The talks given by the invited expert lecturers cover various perspectives on evolution.

Note also the public lectures after the seminar at 16.00-18.00. Public lectures are in Finnish. Seminaarin yhteydessä järjestetään kaikille avoimet suomenkieliset yleisöluennot evoluutiosta klo 16.00-18.00.

PDF-version of the programme.


       Morning Coffee


       Seppo Vainio, University of Oulu
       Opening Words

Chair: Outi Savolainen (University of Oulu)


       Tim Lewens, Cambridge University
       Neo-Paleyan Evolution


       Petteri Pietikäinen, University of Oulu
       Evolution, Morality and Society: Edward Westermarck and his circle of evolutionists in Finland


       Sonja Koski, University of Helsinki
       The Evolution of Human Kindness


       Lunch break

Chair: Johanna Mappes (University of Jyväskylä)


       Petri Ylikoski, University of Helsinki
       Evolution and the Architecture of the Mind


       Terhi Honkola, University of Turku
       Many Faces of Language Evolution


       Mikael Fortelius, University of Helsinki
       Up Against It: environmental limits and the evolution of functional traits


       Afternoon Coffee

Chair: Matti Lehtihalmes (University of Oulu)


       Jukka Jernvall, University of Helsinki
       Mixing Species and Genes


       Virpi Lummaa, University of Turku
       Natural Selection in Contemporary Human Populations


       Seppo Vainio, University of Oulu
       Closing Remarks


       Break / Tauko


       Puheenjohtajana koordinaattori Meri Rova

       Emeritusprofessori Anto Leikola: Miten Darwin rantautui Suomeen (40 min)
       Professori Johanna Mappes: Miksi ja miten evoluutio ymmärretään väärin (20 min)
       Akatemiaprofessori Jukka Jernvall: Saimaannorppa genomitutkimuksen keskiöön (20 min)

The seminar includes morning and afternoon coffee/tea for all registered participants. The lunch is at own expense. Delicious buffet lunch at restaurant Virta costs 13,50 €/person.

Last updated: 19.11.2018