Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia | Finnish Academy of Science and Letters | Academia Scientiarum Fennica

Members

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
Geosciences 24
Chemistry 21
Biosciences 22
Agriculture and forestry 22
Medical sciences 51
  total 194

 

Humanistic section quota positions
Theology and religious studies 12
Philosophy,Aesthetics and Art reasearch 12
Psychology and Pedagogy 14
History and archaeology 17
Finno-Ugric Studies 17
Linguistics 21
Jurisprudence 18
Social sciences 29
  total 139

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.

International Members

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.

Honorary 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.

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