Distinguished Finnish scientists are invited to join the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. In January 1, 2017, the Academy had 723 members.
Groups and sections
The Academy is divided into two sections, the mathematics and natural sciences and the humanistic sciences. The sections are further divided into field-specific groups, of which there are seven in the mathematics and natural sciences section and eight in the humanistic section.
The number of domestic members of the Academy has been limited to 333 members under 65 years of age, of whom 194 belong to the mathematics and natural sciences section and 139 to the humanistic section. When a member turns 65, their quota position in the field-specific group becomes vacant, but they continue as a full member of the Academy.
The Groups of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
|Mathematics and natural sciences||quota positions|
|Mathematics and computer science||28|
|Physics and astronomy||26|
|Agriculture and forestry||22|
|Humanistic section||quota positions|
|Theology and religious studies||12|
|Philosophy,Aesthetics and Art reasearch||12|
|Psychology and Pedagogy||14|
|History and archaeology||17|
Selection of Members
New members are selected using a procedure with multiple steps. Proposals for new members are first considered by the group in question, followed by a vote on the groups’ proposals in sectional meetings. The final decision is made in the spring general meeting in April. The Board of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters can also propose new members to the sections.
The selection process is typical of science academies internationally and it is used to only invite scientists of high scientific standard who are generally respected as members. The membership of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters is, as with any academy of science, a significant qualification in any scientist’s career.
Since 1924, international members have also been invited to join the Academy. The same rules and preconditions apply to the international members as with the domestic members. The international members of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters represent the best scientists in their respective fields throughout the world. In 2015, the Academy had 173 international members.
Especially distinguished scientists and patrons of sciences may be invited to join the Academy as honorary members. At the moment, the Academy’s honorary members include President Mauno Koivisto, academic Olli Lehto and chancellors Kari Raivio and Risto Ihamuotila as well as professors Eeva Tapio, Jarmo Visakorpi, Elina Haavio-Mannila and Heikki Palva.