The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland has carved out four proposals for strategic research themes for 2016. The proposals, which were decided on 11 May, will be presented during an open consultation to be held in the auditorium of the National Museum of Finland on 26 May. The aim of the open consultation is to hear the views of members of the scientific community and to collect feedback for the next phase of the theme preparation.
The SRC's theme proposals are as follows:
- Knowledge, Know-How and the Changing Working Life
- Health and the Changing of Lifestyles
- Global Security in a Finnish Context
- Dynamics of Urbanisation
In addition, the SRC has identified three horizontal focus areas that cut across all four themes:
- International engagement
- Life course
After the consultation, the SRC will discuss the feedback received and prepare the final strategic research theme proposals to be submitted to the Finnish Government. The SRC's final proposals will be announced in June. The goal is that the Government will decide the final themes by autumn, so that the SRC can construct the research programmes later this year.
Some time ago, the SRC invited all members of the scientific community and users and beneficiaries of research from various areas of society to have their say in the preparation of new themes. For this purpose the SRC opened an online questionnaire, which yielded a total of 280 proposals. The SRC has used these proposals extensively as part of the theme preparation process. A list (mostly in Finnish) of the proposals received through the questionnaire is available on the Academy's website.
The open consultation will be streamed live at http://www.aka.fi/stn-kuulemistilaisuus (in Finnish).
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