Academy of Finland creates Martti Ahtisaari Academy Professorship

(9 Nov 2011)

The Academy of Finland has announced plans to establish a new Academy Professorship in peace research and international conflict management research called the Martti Ahtisaari Academy Professorship. According to Academy President Markku Mattila, the professorship is aimed at supporting expertise in conflict management through leading-edge science. Other aims include increasing scientifically-based understanding of complex conflicts and strengthening knowledge in the field through researcher training.

With the professorship, the Academy Board wants to honour President Ahtisaari’s valuable work by promoting research in this very crucial area. President Ahtisaari has extensive experience as a successful mediator of various conflicts between nations as well as ethnic and religious groups.

Earlier this year, the Academy Board identified “dialogue of cultures” as one of six grand challenges currently faced by society that will be given priority focus in research policy over the next few years. The Board says that cultural diversity has historically been a valuable resource but at the same time a source of much conflict. Now, with increasing globalisation and a blurring of national boundaries, different cultures and people interact much more frequently with each other. The world economy and global thinking are built around the idea of an effective interplay and collaboration between different people and different countries.

The Martti Ahtisaari Academy Professorship is intended for a top-level researcher who has demonstrated skills and competencies in research and can be regarded as contributing to the progress of peace research and research in international conflict management. The post is intended for full-time, fixed-term research. The professor pursues a set research plan, supervises the research of his or her team and provides supervision to junior researchers.

The Martti Ahtisaari Academy Professorship is for five years at a time. The Academy Professor will be selected through an international call. In 2011, the Academy of Finland funds 41 research posts as Academy Professor.

More information:

  • President Markku Mattila, tel. +358 9 7748 8210, +358 40 0736 603 

Academy of Finland Communications
Director of Communications Maj-Lis Tanner
tel. +358 9 7748 8347

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