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The university's communications specialists can send out a press release of the public examination, if your research topic is of interest to wider audiences outside the academia. The press release will also be published on the University website. Information on public examinations can also be distributed on the unit websites, using direct links to the online version of the doctoral thesis, as well as on social media. Press releases are not made of all public examinations.

It's a good idea to also publicize the event in your own social media channels in good time before the event – communicating about the research process can, for example, spawn new contacts for research cooperation.

How to advertise the event

At least three weeks before the event

  • Fill in and submit the University's doctoral dissertation form.
  • After you've done this, information on your event will automatically be added to E-thesis (if you have problems with the dissertation form, please contact e-thesis@helsinki.fi) and to the University's online events calendar.

At least two weeks before the event

  • If you think that your public examination could be of interest to a wider audience, please send a popularized, Finnish-language abstract (the same one you have submitted to E-thesis) to the service email address of the communications team at your campus, to be used as a basis for the possible press release.
  • Don't forget to also mention the other relevant information on your public examination: the date, the place and the names of your Custos and Opponent.
  • You can also add a ready list of the research results you think could be of special interest to a wider audience.
  • Include your up-to-date contact information (phone number, e-mail address, Twitter etc.) for possible media contacts.
  • If you have a high-resolution photo / picture related to your research topic, you can also include it in jpg-form. Include also information on the photographer and make sure you have the right to give out the photo / picture for a public release.
  • Once you've done all this, the communication specialists will then determine the best methods to advertise your event.

At least one week before the event

  • If communications have decided to put out a press release about your doctoral thesis, it will be sent to news desks and published on the University website.
  • The press release will also be published on your home faculty's website and can be distributed on the faculty's social media channels.
  • You can also freely distribute the links to the press release and to the online publication of your thesis in your own social media channels.
  • Prepare to be available to answer any contacts from the media by phone or by email.

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