The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland has decided to propose four strategic research themes for 2016. The themes will now be submitted to the Finnish Government for final approval.
The biodegradable plant material and bacteria that enter water bodies from drainage basins are of poor quality and offer only minor added value to the food chains in lakes.
The Academy of Finland’s April 2015 call included three SRC programme calls: Disruptive Technologies and Changing Institutions attracted 46 applications, Equality in Society attracted 35 applications and A Climate-Neutral and Resource-Scarce Finland attracted 49 applications.
Listening to music and singing could significantly help people suffering from neurological diseases such as stroke and dementia. New research has found that musical leisure activities can, for instance, enhance motor coordination in stroke patients and people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and improve a patient’s recovery from speech and cognitive disorders after stroke.
Åbo Akademi University needs to articulate a distinctive perspective on its differentiation and profiling. So says Professor Mikko Hupa, whose term as the new rector of Åbo Akademi University started in January 2015.
Researchers at the Nanoscience Center of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, have shown that dramatic changes in the electronic properties of nanometre-sized chunks of gold occur in a well-defined size range. Small gold nanoclusters could be used, for instance, in short-term storage of energy or electric charge in the field of molecular electronics.