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.
The SRC selected the consortia that will make up the three new SRC programmes Changing Society and Active Citizenship, Adaptation and Resilience for Sustainable Growth, and Keys to Sustainable Growth.
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.
The Academy of Finland will open a call for applications for the new Academy Programme for Development Research on 1 September. Within the call, the Academy and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland will jointly fund four-year research projects with a total of 6 million euros.
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.
Professor Robin Ras, who has secured Consolidator Grant funding from the European Research Council, encourages Finnish researchers to be bold and have faith in their work.
Drought, heat, floods, storms and climate migration are climate change phenomena which have a worldwide effect on people’s health, says Professor Jouni Jaakkola.
The Academy of Finland has today published its report on the state of scientific research in Finland 2016. The report concludes that the level of scientific research in Finland remains stable and above the world average.
Is populism a threat to modern democracy? Academy-funded researchers of populism and democracy view this problem from a number of angles – some view it as a threat and some do not.
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.
The Academy of Finland and the Strategic Research Council (SRC) opened an online survey in November to invite proposals for new Academy Programmes and strategic research themes. The survey has now closed.We received 200 proposals in total. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey!
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.
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.
Academy Research Fellow Pekka Katajisto is exploring the causes and biological processes of ageing. Research on ageing, he says, has reached a breakthrough stage.
Why explore European culture of the early 19th century? Working at the University of Turku, Academy Professor Hannu Salmi is trying to show how various phenomena catch on and how the period he’s studying was just as prey to viral phenomena as today’s social media era.
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.
Some 200,000 Finns died during the 1860s famine. What do the memorials tell us about the famine and Finland 150 years ago? Academy Research Fellow Andrew Newby has studied the famine years in Ireland and Finland, and is now launching a new project around famine-related phenomena.
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Peer reviewers are faced with an ever-growing workload burden as the number of research applications continues to rise. Laura Kitti attended a conference in Amsterdam to discuss alternative methods for evaluating funding applications and to ease the peer review burden.
A recently published book by UNESCO Chairholder Tapio S. Katko, is a response to international audiences who wish to learn from Finland's experiences in water services.
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.
Urgent action is needed to clamp down on illegal wildlife trade and to ensure the survival of some of Africa’s most iconic animal species. Conservation biologist Enrico Di Minin is working to achieve these goals both in his research chamber and out in the field.