In its mid-term policy review, the Finnish Government decided to allocate funds to the Academy of Finland to implement a new ‘flagship programme’ for research clusters. The Academy will receive 50 million euros to distribute through the flagship programme in 2018 and 2019. Click here to read more.
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.
Music is a phenomenon strongly associated with our physical selves, says Academy Professor Petri Toiviainen. Toiviainen and his team have developed methods of analysing brain and movement data to study the relationship between aural and bodily reactions to music.
Academy Professor Eva-Mari Aro, Academy Professor Markku Kulmala and Professor Emeritus Ilkka Niiniluoto have been awarded the honorary title of Academician of Science, the highest honour that can be bestowed on any individual scientist in Finland.
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.
The undocumented migrants moving in and around Europe spend much time thinking about their life and its meaning. At worst, the difficult situations that result from migration may cause migrants to sink even further into despair, says Postdoctoral Researcher Inka Kaakinen.
Why do we need to study climate change? Academy Research Fellows in the biosciences and environmental sciences, who are researching the topic from several angles with funding from the Academy of Finland, try to answer this question. In the researchers’ view, not all hope of slowing down change is lost, if only people would pay attention to research results.
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.
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.
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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.
Finland has assumed the role of a pioneer in providing funding for strategic research. In a country such as Finland, which rests on structures with low hierarchical levels, researchers have relatively easy access to policy-makers, business executives and public servants.
An efficient and safe new drug administration method could help to cure diseases of the back of the eye, while saving on health care costs. Research led by Leena-Stiina Kontturi involves developing better dispensing methods for medicines targeted at the back of the eye.
Researcher Eemil Lagerspetz intends to move computing from computers to pocket devices and from data centres to homes.