20 new Academy Research Fellows funded by Research Council for Culture and Society

5 May 2017

The Academy of Finland’s Research Council for Culture and Society has granted funding to 20 new posts as Academy Research Fellow. The Research Council processed a total of 186 Academy Research Fellow applications submitted to the Academy’s September 2016 call. The Research Council’s total funding for the research posts amounts to some 8.7 million euros. In this round of application, the success rate was 11 per cent.

The funding for research posts as Academy Research Fellow is intended to support talented, mid-career researchers and promote the creation of research teams around them. The aim is to guarantee the regeneration of high-quality research and to achieve high impact and scientific breakthroughs. The Academy Research Fellow funding scheme is the Academy of Finland’s main opportunity for supporting research careers.

Research posts as Academy Research Fellow are intended for experienced researchers for independent scientific work according to a set research plan. The aim of the funding is to provide an opportunity for the best advanced researchers to develop their skills of academic leadership and to establish themselves as independent researchers. The funding covers the researcher’s salary for five years.

The new Academy Research Fellows are Marko Ampuja (University of Tampere), Jessica de Bloom (University of Tampere), Outi Hakola (University of Helsinki), Liisamaija Hautsalo (University of the Arts Helsinki), Josephine Hoegaerts (University of Helsinki), Mikko Joronen (University of Tampere), Tuukka Kauhanen (University of Helsinki), Hanna Konttinen (University of Helsinki), Matias Laine (University of Tampere), Tanja Leppäaho (University of Jyväskylä), Sanna Lipkin (University of Oulu), Fernando Losada Fraga (University of Helsinki), Päivi Lulaja (University of Oulu), Vili Lähteenmäki (University of Helsinki), Charles Frederick Mathies II (University of Jyväskylä), Mikko Peltola (University of Tampere), Virve Peteri (University of Tampere), Sakari Saaritsa (University of Helsinki), Oula Silvennoinen (University of Helsinki) and Juraj Simko (University of Helsinki).

Examples of funded Academy Research Fellows:

Mikko Peltola (University of Tampere) studies the development of parental sensitivity to infants in first-time mothers. Are pregnant women more sensitive to infants’ faces, emotions and cry sounds than women without children, or does this “maternal instinct” develop only after repeated interactions with the infant? Is sensitivity to infant signals associated with the oxytocin hormone during pregnancy? In addition to these and other questions, Peltola will explore whether it is possible to improve maternal sensitivity by using an attention training intervention during pregnancy.

Charles Frederick Mathies II (University of Jyväskylä) was granted funding to deepen the understanding of international students’ mobility and their subsequent migration in Finland and Europe. The project will produce new knowledge that can be used in designing educational and immigration policies. It also has potential to improve the lives of international students in Finland and within Finnish higher education.

Jessica de Bloom (University of Tampere) was granted funding for a project aiming to preserve and improve quality of life, long-term work ability and individual performance among employees. These are all factors that, according to de Bloom, ultimately determine the global competitiveness of Finnish companies. As the boundaries between work and non-work become murkier, it becomes increasingly difficult to recover from job-related stress during off-job time, which has detrimental consequences for employee wellbeing and performance.

Hanna Konttinen (University of Helsinki) aims to produce novel scientific knowledge for developing a personalised approach to promoting healthy eating based on an individual’s psychological and socioeconomic characteristics. A long-term objective of Konttinen’s project is to increase health and wellbeing in different segments of the population.

Outi Hakola (University of Helsinki) will analyse how and why end-of-life documentary films construct, normalise and challenge cultural understandings of a “good death”. For example, do the documentaries emphasise a certain narrative of how it is culturally acceptable to die, and should the documentaries specifically help people deal with their mortality? Hakola aims to encourage discussion around cultural expectations of dying processes, end-of-life care and their mediation in Western societies.

More information

  • Senior Science Adviser Päivi Messo, tel. +358 295 335 074, firstname.lastname(at)
  • Science Adviser Minna Söderqvist, tel. +358 295 335 100, firstname.lastname(at)
  • list of funding recipients

Academy of Finland Communications
Vesa Varpula, Communications Specialist
tel. +358 295 335 131

The Academy of Finland’s mission is to fund high-quality scientific research, provide expertise in science and science policy, and strengthen the position of science and research.In 2017, our funding for research amounts to 437 million euros. Part of our funds (€70.7m in 2017) come from proceeds of Finland’s national gaming company Veikkaus.

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