Merja Penttilä works as research professor in biotechnology at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. Her specialties are industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology and microbial engineering for industrial production.
Academy Professor Jan Klabbers, who studies virtue ethics, hopes that the character of today’s leaders would be better taken into account when they are chosen for major positions.
Throughout his career, Academy Professor Jukka Pekola – who is also a professor at Aalto University – has researched the vicinity of absolute-zero temperatures, the home of many peculiarities.
Food production consumes a lion’s share of all clean water. Researchers Matti Kummu and Joseph Guillaume are developing an app that helps to see how our own choices impact global water consumption.
5G will be ready soon, and research on 6G has already begun. Academy Professor Matti Latva-aho urges decision-makers to allocate resources to education in technical fields, as experts will soon be in short supply.
Professor Shinya Yamanaka from Japan was awarded the Millennium Technology Prize in 2012. One of the researchers using iPS is professor Johanna Kuusisto from the University of Eastern Finland who investigates hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with the help of iPS stem cells.
Leena Suurpää, Vice Chair of the Academy Board, sees maintaining a strong dialogue with the scientific community as an important part of the Academy of Finland's work. As a science policy influencer, the Board's role is to foster open dialogue with researchers and societal forces.
ALS is a progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease for which no cure has yet been found. Researchers have however managed to successfully extend the lifespan of mice with ALS.
To examine the role of doctoral degree holders in society, the Academy of Finland has conducted a survey for doctoral degree holders in four different research fields. Read the survey here.
Quick loans are driving young people into debt beyond their means. Panu Kalmi and Tanja Sihvonen are researching instructional games that are intended to improve the financial literacy of upper secondary pupils.
There is a growing interest today in Islamic philosophy, says Academy Research Fellow Jari Kaukua. He and his team are working to give a broader view of what largely remains an alien tradition in the West.
We actively cooperate with key funding agencies in the Nordic countries, in Europe and worldwide to ensure that Finnish researchers are in the best possible position to engage in high-standard international research collaboration. Read more about our international activities here.
Follow the event “Finnish Research Infrastructure Policy – Past, Present and Future” online on 3 May: www.aka.fi/infra2018.
The increase in storage capacity enables us to create and store an ever-increasing amount of data, and apply big data to a multitude of applications. Medicine is one of the scientific fields that takes advantage of the increased storage capacity.
The 2nd Water JPI Conference will be held in Helsinki on 6–7 June 2018. The aim of the international conference is discuss emerging pollutants in freshwater ecosystems. The call for abstracts is now open.
Multi-year funding from the Academy of Finland has enabled Academy Professor Yrjö Helariutta and his team to strengthen their leading position in the field of vascular tissue research, in which the competition just keeps intensifying.
Gender continues to influence career progression. Academy Professor Matti Keloharju has recently published research confirming that childbirth, for instance, has a significant detrimental effect on female executives’ pay development. Furthermore, a female CEO remains a rare exception, especially in large companies.
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Academy Research Fellow Kirsi Mikkonen is developing a new stabiliser from spruce in cooperation with the food and cosmetics industry. The Academy’s key project funding will make it possible to continue to develop ideas that have emerged in her postdoctoral project.
The Academy receives each year some 4,000 funding applications. The process breaks down into three stages: checking and verification, assessment and review, and funding decision. In this article series, we let our experts explain how the process works.
Academy Research Fellow Pekka Katajisto is exploring the causes and biological processes of ageing. Research on ageing, he says, has reached a breakthrough stage.
Twitter is a microblogging service and, as such, can pose a challenge for researchers. Fitting your message within the space of 140 characters is not easy, and many researchers may not understand how such tiny bits of information could benefit their work. Twitter can, however, be quite an indispensable tool in research: it helps you grow your network, keep up with world events and condense your message.