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Tuomas Pernu appointed as University Lecturer in Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics at UEF

The University of Eastern Finland strengthens its education in philosophy of science and research ethics on all levels of academic education. Tuomas Pernu, PhD, will start as the university's new University Lecturer in Philosophy of Science and Research Ethics on 1 January 2021. His main task will be to develop the university’s education in philosophy of science, in research ethics, and in responsible science, and to participate in social discourse around these themes.

“In my new role, I seek to show how philosophy is relevant to science, and to foster students’ and researchers’ skills in critical thinking. Due to the University of Eastern Finland being multidisciplinary, I expect that I will be able address theoretical and topical challenges in a variety of disciplines and in a manner that motivates both me and my students,” Pernu says.

Pernu obtained his PhD in theoretical philosophy from the University of Helsinki in 2013. Since 2014, he has been working as a Researcher at the Department of Philosophy in King’s College London, and he has been involved in a project that organises philosophy-themed events for medical practitioners and teaches critical philosophical thinking to medical students. King’s College London is the UK’s leading university in clinical medicine, and the largest provider of medical education in Europe.

Since 2019, Pernu has also held a University Researcher position at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS), which provides a top-class, international research environment for scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

“I have experience in research, with a philosophical twist, on physics, biology, neurosciences, psychiatry, medicine and psychology. My approach to philosophy of science and philosophy of mind is scientifically informed, following the principle of doing philosophy that does not leave everything as it is.”

Photo on top: Tuomas Pernu, photographer Leila Oksa

For further information, please contact:
Tuomas Pernu, tel. +358 44 291 3545, tuomas.pernu(at)