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.
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.
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 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.