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


The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters invites Finnish academics and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their own fields to become members.

Groups and sections

The Academy is divided into two sections, those of science and the humanities, and these in turn can be divided into groups for example by disciplines.

The Groups of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters

The groups are at the moment:

Mathematics and computer science  
Physics and astronomy  
Agriculture and forestry  
Medical sciences  


Theology and religious studies  
Philosophy,Aesthetics and Art reasearch  
Psychology and Pedagogy  
History and archaeology  
Finno-Ugric Studies  
Social sciences  

Selection of Members

A written proposal with justifications shall be submitted with respect to each proposed new ordinary or external member by at least two existing ordinary members or honorary members. The Selection Committee for each section shall consider the proposals for ordinary and external members and place its recommendations before a meeting of the section to be held at least two weeks before the Academy’s Spring Meeting.

Each section shall have a Selection Committee for the choosing of new members. This committee shall consist of eight members and shall be representative of the branches of science and learning covered by the section. The committee members shall be nominated by the Academy’s Autumn Meeting for a term of four years such that one fourth of its members shall change each year.

This election procedure is directed specifically at ensuring that all members have the necessary academic credentials and command widespread respect in their own field. Membership of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, in common with membership of any other academy of science, is looked on as a considerable achievement in a person’s academic career.

External Members

The Academy began inviting members from abroad in 1924. The same rules and requirements apply as in the case of Finnish members, and it goes without saying that these people represent the peak in their own field internationally.

Honorary Members

Especially distinguished scientists and academics or patrons of scientific research may be invited to honorary membership of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. The current honorary members are Academician Olli Lehto, former chancellors of the University of Helsinki Kari Raivio and Risto Ihamuotila and Professors Jarmo Visakorpi, Elina Haavio-Mannila and Heikki Palva.

Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
Mariankatu 5 A, 2nd floor
00170 Helsinki, Finland

+358-50-4620 890
acadsci (at)

Secretary General
Pekka Aula
+358-40-7030 952
pekka.aula (at)  

Administrative Manager
Leila Sarajärvi
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Secretary of Academy, Sofi (Science Advisory Initiative of Finland)
Jaakko Kuosmanen
+358-40-0601 716
jaakko.kuosmanen (at)

Content Producer, Sofi (Science Advisory Initiative of Finland)
Nanna Särkkä
+358-50-5208 366
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Administrative Assistant
Nina Rapelo
+358-50-4620 889 
nina.rapelo (at)

Office Coordinator
Suvi Salmi
+358-50-5128 830
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