12 October 2015

Strengthening collaboration between Finland and IIASA

Finland’s Strategic Research Council along with the Finnish National Member Organization for IIASA meet to discuss further collaboration between Finland and IIASA on 12-13 October 2015.

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Finland has a long history of research collaborations with IIASA ever since Finland became a member of IIASA through its National Member Organization (NMO), the Finnish Committee for IIASA, in 1976 (see Activities with Finland section below). However, the potential for even more productive cooperation through research projects and interaction with Finnish policymakers has increased with the recent establishment of the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland to fund multidisciplinary research that is solution-focused along with the appointment of new members to the Finnish Committee for IIASA.

The objectives of the meeting at IIASA include:

  • Discussions between IIASA’s senior researchers and the SRC on possible major global research themes as input for future SRC calls.
  • Presentations about IIASA, its value for countries with IIASA membership, and a range of recent research results in the areas of demographic change, systemic risks, air pollution and sustainable energy among others.


Participants at the meeting include:

Prof Dr Pavel Kabat, Director General and CEO, IIASA

Prof Dr Per Mickwitz, Chair, SRC; Research Director, Finnish Environment Institute

Senior Vice President Jaakko Kiander, Ilmarinen Mutual Insurance Company; Vice Chair, Finnish Committee for IIASA ; SRC

Dr Markus Amann, Director, IIASA’s Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases Program

Prof Dr Anne Brunila, Hanken School of Economics; Vice Chair, SRC

Dr Maggie Collins, Director, IIASA Capacity Development and Training Program

Dr Ulf Dieckmann, Director, IIASA’s Evolution and Ecology Program

Dr Tommi Ekholm, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd; Member, Finnish Committee for IIASA

Prof Dr Martin Forsius, Finnish Environment Institute; Member, Finnish Committee for IIASA

Dr Leena Ilmola, Research Scholar, IIASA’s Advanced Systems Analysis Program

Dr Laura Kitti, Science Advisor, Academy of Finland; NMO Secretary for Finland

Prof Dr Sixten Korkman, Aalto University Business School; Member, SRC

Dr Florian Kraxner, Deputy Director, IIASA’s Ecosystem Services and Management Program

Prof Dr Markku Kulmala, University of Helsinki; Member, SRC; Member, Finnish Committee for IIASA; IIASA Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Project Manager Sari Löytökorpi, Prime Minister’s Office; Member, Finnish Committee for IIASA

Prof Dr Wolfgang Lutz, Director, IIASA World Population Program

Dr Reinhard Mechler, Deputy Director, IIASA’s Risk and Vulnerability Program

Dr Anni Reissell, Research Scholar, IIASA

Prof Dr Keywan Riahi, Director, IIASA Energy Program

Dr Elena Rovenskaya, Director, IIASA’s Advanced Systems Analysis Program

Prof Dr Juho Saari, University of Eastern Finland; Member, SRC

Prof Dr Katariina Salmela-Aro, University of Jyväskylä; Member, SRC; Member, Finnish Committee for IIASA

Vice President Leena Sarvaranta, EU Affairs at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland; Member, SRC; Member, Finnish Committee for IIASA

Iain Stewart, Head of Communications, Library and Media, IIASA

Prof Dr Irma Thesleff, University of Helsinki; Member, SRC

Prof Dr Markku Tykkyläinen, University of Eastern Finland; Member, Finnish Committee for IIASA

IIASA Activities with Finland since 2008

Since 2008, IIASA has intensified its collaborations with Finland resulting in new research projects, significant interaction with Finnish policymakers, and growing scientific exchange through people. New projects have included an integrative assessment of plausible futures of the Arctic, a study of Finland’s resilience to a range of global shocks, structural change in the Finnish economy, and how to make more efficient use of Finland’s bioenergy resources. Interactions have taken place between IIASA researchers and the Prime Minister’s Office, a range of ministries from Defence to the Environment, as well as with Finnish corporations. Knowledge transfer between IIASA and Finland is also facilitated through multiple exchanges with Finnish researchers working at or visiting IIASA, and IIASA researchers visiting and attending events in Finland. The scientific output from all these activities is highly productive with 140 joint publications since 2008. 

Info Sheet: IIASA Activities with Finland (PDF)

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Last edited: 09 October 2015


Iain Stewart

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IIASA activities with Finland

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