Psychology and Philosophy of the Mind - Philosophy and Psychology Joint Symposium 2018

Welcome to the joint symposium for doctoral students in psychology and philosophy! The theme of the symposium is the psychology and philosophy of the mind, including research of consciousness, neuroethics and open science.

The symposium will be held at the University of Turku on 27-28 August 2018. The latest version of the programme, updated on 14 August with final adjustments, maps and clarified evening programme, can be found here.

The symposium provides a unique platform for networking, meeting your fellow Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and for enjoying discussions and a good time together, as well as learning from chosen high-level keynote speakers. We also welcome all supervisors of the ESRs to participate in the symposium.


The registration period has ended and all who signed up will receive an email from the organizers very soon.

Keynote speakers

The programme features two keynote presentations. The first one, entitled Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience facing the Mystery of Consciousness: United We Stand, Divided We Fall? will be given by Professor Antti Revonsuo, Docent of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Turku and University of Skövde.

The second keynote will be given jointly by Senior Research Fellows Helena Siipi and Valtteri Arstila of the University of Turku and is entitled Agathokakological nature of neuropsychological research.

Lightning talks

One of the unique features of this year's symposium will be the integration of 7 lightning talks by doctoral students. According to Wikipedia, a lightning talk is a “very short presentation lasting only a few minutes, given at a conference or similar forum. Several lightning talks will usually be delivered by different speakers in a single session, sometimes called a data blitz.”

PechaKucha and Ignite are trademarked formats of lightning talks involving a specific number of slides that are automatically advanced at fixed intervals.

At this symposium, talks are capped at ten minutes plus three minutes for questions. The number of slides is limited to ten per presentation. The lightning talks will be tied in with the themes of the workshops.

The lightning talk presenters have been selected and will be notified as soon as possible.


The workshop topics have been influenced greatly by student submissions. In addition to the six alternate workshops listed below, the keynote speakers will give their own workshops / open discussions on their topics right after their respective talks. This will be an opportunity for you to tie in the keynotes to your own research.

The topics of the workshops are as follows. Workshop facilitators are given in brackets.

  • Monday
    • The psychology and philosophy of self (Anna Ciaunica, Institute of Philosophy Porto & Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London)
    • Researcher careers (Researcher Juha Sainio, University of Turku Career Services)
    • Practicing your pitch: how to explain your research plan effectively and interestingly (PhD students Khalil Shahramian and Tarek Omran, Winners of University of Turku and Coimbra Group Three Minute Thesis competitions)
  • Tuesday
    • Challenges of data sharing from an ethical perspective (Mikko Pennanen, University of Turku library)
    • 4E-cognition and philosophy of psychiatry (Anna Ciaunica, Institute of Philosophy Porto & Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London)
    • The problem of measuring subjective experience in psychological science (Pessi Lyyra, University of Tampere)

Practical information

Entering the symposium is free of charge. However, the organizers unfortunately cannot offer any funding for travel and accommodation or other costs. Lunches and light refreshments will be kindly provided by the University of Turku.

Important dates

  • noon, 10 August 2018: Registration for the symposium, including submission of lightning talk topics and registration for workshops
  • by 14 August 2018: All participants will be notified. Lightning talk presenters will be made aware of their selection.
  • 27–28 August 2018: The symposium

Organizer contact info

For Finnish doctoral training network Dopsy / Psykonet

  • Coordinator Kari Lehti,
  • Chair Paavo Leppänen,

For Finnish doctoral training network in philosophy

  • Senior Research Fellow Valtteri Arstila,