The Docents' Association of the University of Helsinki
The Docents' Association of the University of Helsinki is, as its name implies, an association established to strive to preserve the old and well-established docent1) system of University of Helsinki, to promote the position of docents in university teaching and research and strengthen the connections towards University of Helsinki management. Today the persons, that have been granted title of docent by University of Helsinki, are called as Associate Professors in English.
Each year the association, in co-operation with the university chancellor, organizes in early April a reception for those who have been awarded the title in the previous year and to the representatives of the faculties. The association annually selects the Associate Professor of the Year, based on proposals made by the faculties, and the selection is announced at the reception, followed by a celebratory presentation by the Associate Professor of the Year related to the area of their own expertise.
The association is the largest member of the Finnish Union of Docents.