Heikki Mannila appointed President of the Academy of Finland

(15 Dec 2011)

The Government of Finland has appointed Professor, Vice President for Academic Affairs Heikki Mannila President of the Academy of Finland. The post will be filled for the period between 1 March 2012 and 28 February 2017.

Heikki Mannila (b. 1960) has been Vice President for Academic Affairs of Aalto University since 2009. In 2002–2004 and 2009, he worked as Director and Research Director of the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT), a joint research institute of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. In 2004–2008, Mannila worked as an Academy Professor of the Academy of Finland. In 1998–2001, he held various research positions at private companies’ research centres.

Before that, Mannila worked as a university professor and associate professor. He has had a long and distinguished career as a researcher, with diverse and significant publications. Mannila also has extensive national and international experience in serving as an expert and in positions of trust in projects related to education and science policy.

The Academy of Finland fosters scientific research and its utilisation, promotes international scientific cooperation, serves as an expert in science policy, grants funding for scientific research, researcher training and the development of research capabilities, and performs other science-policy tasks laid down in the Government decree or assigned by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

Ten applications were submitted for the post of President of the Academy of Finland.

More information:

  • Permanent Secretary Harri Skog, tel. +358 9 160 77 210
  • Director Anita Lehikoinen, tel. +358 9 160 77 353
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