Panel discussion Making Media Accessible: Developing tools for audiovisual data in MeMAD

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Thu 14.11.2021, 17-18 (EET)


Programme at the Night of Science

The Night of Science is a block party for science and research. It is celebrated annually in Kruununhaka, Helsinki. The next event takes place on Thursday the 14th of January 2021. The program of the Night of Science is made by many different organizations and actors and the multiple events offer science and research in many different forms. All events are free of charge!

The event

We rely on audiovisual media for entertainment and information but what if you could not access that media due to restrictions in hearing or sight, or language barriers? Can technology help by transforming speech into writing, visuals into language and by translating languages? This panel reflects on media accessibility from a technological perspective. We discuss current technologies, unsolved problems and potential developments.

The Panelists

  • Associate Professor Mikko Kurimo (Aalto University)
  • Professor Jörg Tiedemann (University of Helsinki)
  • Dr Tiina Tuominen (Yleisradio)
  • Solution Architect Tiina Lindh-Knuutila (Lingsoft Language Services Oy)
  • Head of Access Services Minna Pöntys (Yleisradio)
  • Audio Description Educator Eija-Liisa Markkula (head of the audio description committee of the Cultural Service for the Visually Impaired in Finland)
  • Professor Sabine Braun (University of Surrey)
  • Sami Virtanen (special advisor, Kuuloliitto)
Moderator: Associate Professor Maija Hirvonen (Tampere University and University of Helsinki)

Meeting ID: 654 5992 9887
Passcode: memad

A cooperation of Goethe-Institut Finnland and the MeMad-project.


The language of the event is English. Closed captioning in English and sign language interpretation into Finnish are provided. The event can be viewed using either the Zoom client application ( or a web browser such as Chrome. Please note that features required for viewing closed captions or sign language interpreting are only supported in the Zoom application and these services may not work correctly on browsers.

To ensure that the interpretation works smoothly, the audience needs to install the Zoom-app on the computer/ laptop (Windows: at least version 5.2.1 (44052.0816), Apple: at least version 5.2.1 (44040.0816) or newer versions). 
You can also take part with a mobile device (Android: at least version 5.2.1 (44042.0816); iOS: at least version 5.2.1 (44038.0816) or newer versions).

The webinar is part of a series of events by the University of Helsinki and the Goethe-Institut. The series reflects on easy language, accessibility, multilingual communication and translation.