Perseverance is the secret to the success of Academy Professor Riitta Lahesmaa. She keeps her eyes fixed on the future and does not dwell in the past.
The group of European research funders known as cOAlition S has launched an open consultation to seek feedback from the scientific community on the implementation of Plan S, the initiative for open access publishing.
The CERES flagship will focus on the future solutions of the bioeconomy and on materials research. Completely new kinds of materials have wide application in several life domains: textiles, wearables, household products, air and water purification systems, next-generation catalysts, ultralight transport and energy harvesting systems.
Research-based knowledge plays a key role in ensuring sustainable development and protecting the welfare of future generations. The Academy of Finland funds research across all scientific disciplines and thereby promotes the attainment of the objectives of sustainability.
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.
Instead of predicting the weather by watching frogs, biometeorology investigates the connections between the atmosphere and the environment. Finnish Meteorological Institute researcher Pilvi Siljamo is developing a model to forecast the dispersion of airborne pest insects and plant pathogens in Finland.
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.
University Lecturer Kia Lindroos (University of Jyväskylä) has been appointed chair of NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe) for 2019–2021. She is a member of the Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Culture and Society.
The mentoring programme launched by the Academy of Finland and the Council of Finnish Academies has got off to a good start. More than 20 pairs are participating. The mentees are heading their first Academy Project.
Academy Professor Samuel Kaski’s research has lately focused on the medical applications of artificial intelligence. He urges his students at Aalto University to engage in real research as early on as possible.
We crave it, we avoid it, we write screaming headlines and lifestyle guides about it. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate and a primary energy source. Despite the terrifying scenarios that have been fed into our minds, sugar hasn’t managed to wipe out all life on the planet. Is sugar evil, Associate Professor Ville Hietakangas?
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.
Tuomo Suntola, a Finnish physicist, was recently granted the 2018 Millennium Technology Award for inventing the Atomic Layer Deposition technology (ALD). Microcircuits manufactured with the help of ALD are nowadays used in the manufacture of practically all computers and smartphones. Research in the field continues to prosper in Finland. Research group of Mikko Ritala and Markku Leskelä is the most productive ALD research group in the world.
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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.