Heikki Saxén awarded for promoting bioethics in Finland

Submitted on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 15:15
Heikki Saxén. Kuva: Jonne Renvall
Heikki Saxén

Heikki Saxén, the founder of Finnish Institute of Bioethics, has been awarded for promoting bioethics in Finland. Saxén is a doctoral researcher at the University of Tampere who is conducting research for his dissertation on the history of ideas in bioethics. Together with his wife Salla Saxén he has also authored a book on how bioethics could transform health care in Finland.

The prize was awarded in the first World Bioethics Day organised by UNESCO on 19 October 2016 when all 130 member states of UNESCO’s Chair in Bioethics network organised a seminar called Human Dignity and Human Rights. The Finnish seminar took place at the University of Turku and was titled Human Dignity and Human Rights – us and others.

The aim of these research days was to remind people of the importance of bioethical questions and to promote activities that help address them.

The Finnish Institute of Bioethics was established in 2015 with the aim of increasing the academic and social impact of bioethics, which is a relatively new field in Finland.

“The aim is to raise awareness of the ethical and moral questions related to medicine and health and life sciences on the society level and to support citizens’ participation in decision-making on bioethical themes,” said Heikki Saxén, Chair of the Board of the institute on the opening day.

World Bioethics Day

For more information, please contact:
Heikki Saxén, tel. +358 40 756 8485, heikki.saxen@gmail.com