Session 07.07

Campfire: Finnish life skills: it’s ok to be quiet!

  • Thursday 26 Sept
  • Campfire pod 02, Level 0, Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre
  • Level: all
  • Related Expert Communities Language and Culture

A Finnish saying is 'Silence is gold, talking is silver'. If there's nothing important to discuss, there's no need for conversation. Small talk is a cultural standard set by the English-speaking Western world for brief, informal encounters, but international students from cultures where it is not as highly-valued often report feeling enormous pressure to keep a conversation going. This campfire will explore what we can learn from our Finnish peers to ensure all students feel at ease.


  • Leadership & strategy


  • Frank Haber, 
    Jacobs University Bremen GmbH, Germany


  • Joanne Pagèze, 
    Université de Bordeaux, France