Seminar on Adolescence in the 21st Century

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    The Finnish Institute in London is hosting an open seminar on current debates in adolescence and young adulthood in Finland and the UK on 15 February.

    The aim of the international "Adolescence in the 21st Century - Current debates in Finland and the UK" seminar (Happy School Series 4) is to bring together researchers and policy makers from Finland and the UK, who are working with contemporary topics related to adolescence and young adulthood. How do adolescents negotiate their paths to adulthood in the two countries, and how do policy and the media approach these issues? The seminar will discuss some of the many challenges that the young generation currently faces in their lives, such as recession, unemployment, immigration, and challenges related to schooling and further education.

    The seminar will include speakers and participants from both countries. Key note lectures are by Professor Sir Michael Rutter (Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London) and Professor Marjo-Riitta Järvelin (Imperial College London) and there will be themed lectures focusing on young people during the economic crisis and polarisation. The seminar day will end with a panel session on how research meets policy and practice. The panel discussion will be chaired by Professor John Bynner (Institute of Education, University of London).

    The seminar is organised by the University of Helsinki, Academy of Finland, the Institute of Education, University of London and the Finnish Institute in London.

    The full programme can be downloaded here.

    The seminar is free and open for all, but registration is required by February 8 to Mette Ranta,


    Adolescence in the 21st century - Current debates in Finland and the UK
    15 February 2012, 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

    The Finnish Institute in London
    35-36 Eagle Street
    London WC1R 4AQ