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Paula Eerola appointed president of the Academy of Finland

Ministry of Education and Culture
Publication date 10.2.2022 13.33
Press release
Paula Eerola. Photo: University of Helsinki

The Government has appointed Professor Paula Eerola, president of the Academy of Finland. The five-year term as president begins on 1 March 2022.

Paula Eerola has served as Vice Rector at the University of Helsinki since 2018. She was appointed Professor of experimental particle physics in 2008. Eerola has also been Director of the Doctoral School in Natural Sciences, Director of the Helsinki Institute of Physics and Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki.

She worked as a senior researcher of particle physics, Professor of particle physics and head of the particle physics division at the University of Lund from 1998 to 2008, and prior to that at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Eerola holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Helsinki completed in 1990.

Eerola is a Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, the Finnish Society of Science and Letters, the Academy for Technical Sciences, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. She chaired the Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering of the Academy of Finland from 2013 to 2017 and has been a member of the Academy’s Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee and its working committee and a member of the Academy’s Board of Directors and General Section.

The Academy of Finland is an expert organisation within the administrative branch of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Academy funds high-quality scientific research, provides expertise in science and science policy and strengthens the position of science and research.

The President of the Academy of Finland directs all activities. Altogether 16 candidates applied for the post.


Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary, tel. +358 295 330 182, Ministry of Education and Culture