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Eight new Academy Professors

5 June 2012

The Board of the Academy of Finland has selected eight new Academy Professors for the years 2013–2017. The new Academy Professors are Professors Lauri Aaltonen, Yrjö Helariutta, Jaakko Kaprio, Antti Kupiainen, Juha Merilä and Uskali Mäki from the University of Helsinki,  Adjunct Professor Elina Vuola from the University of Helsinki, and Professor Kari Rissanen from the University of Jyväskylä. Their five-year term will start 1 January 2013.

The new Academy Professors represent a wide range of research fields: genetic epidemiology and cancer genetics, ecology, plant biology, mathematical physics, supramolecular chemistry, philosophy of science, and theology.

According to the international reviewers, the selected Academy Professors are world-class researchers in their own fields. They all have great potential to achieve major scientific breakthroughs.

The Academy’s funding to Academy Professors is intended for full-time research for a fixed term. Academy Professors are in an employment relationship with the universities and research institutes where they work.

At the beginning of 2012, the Academy funded 40 Academy Professors. The term of some of these Academy Professors will expire at the end of the year. The new Academy Professors are presented in the appendix and on our website at www.aka.fi/eng > About us > Who we are > Academy Professors.


More information:

  • Academy of Finland President Heikki Mannila, tel. +358 9 7748 8210, and Vice President for Research Riitta Mustonen, tel. +358 9 7748 8220
  • Biosciences and Environment Research Unit, Director Laura Raaska, tel. +358 97748 8336, and Science Adviser Timo Sareneva, tel. +358 9 7748 8243
  • Culture and Society Research Unit, Director Liisa Hakamies-Blomqvist, tel. +358 9 7748 8223, and Senior Science Adviser Raija Matikainen, tel. +358 9 7748 8348
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Unit, Director Susan Linko, tel. +358 9 7748 8215, and Senior Science Adviser Ritva Taurio, tel. +358 9 7748 8384
  • Health Research Unit, Director Jarmo Wahlfors, tel. +358 9 7748 8328, and Science Adviser Sara Illman, tel. +358 9 7748 8294

Academy of Finland Communications
Director of Communications Maj-Lis Tanner
tel. +358 9 7748 8347
maj-lis.tanner(at)aka.fi

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