The Council of Finnish Academies celebrated the 40 years of collaboration between science academies in Finland by organising an open seminar October 5th 2016 at the House of the Estates in Helsinki. The seminar highlighted the opportunities and success stories made possible by co-operation of science academies and their international partner organizations. The official collaboration between Finnish science academies begun in 1976, as the predecessor of the Council, the Delegation of Finnish Academies, was formed.

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The Council of Finnish Academies Secretary General Dr. Päivi Tikka

The seminar opened with remarks from the Council of Finnish Academies’ Secretary General Dr. Päivi Tikka

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EASAC Executive Director Dr. Christiane Diehl

Dr. Christiane Diehl,  the Executive Director of the European Academies Science Advisory Council EASAC, outlined the possibilities and challenges that science advice faces currently in Europe in her talk Recent Developments of Science Advice in Europe: Possibilities for Science Academies Diehl highlighted the role of science academies in making truly interdisciplinary science advice projects possible.

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Dr. Keely Mills

Dr. Keely Mills from the International Union of Quartenary Research – Early Career Researchers program presented the benefits of international science organisation affiliations from the standpoint of a young researcher in her talk The Long and Winding Road… To Academic Tenure: The Role of International Science Organisations in Supporting Early Career Researchers. Besides career opportunities, Mills emphasized the  social significance of Young Academies and Early Career Researcher programs.

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Dr. Petra Autio and the chair of the evening the Council of Finnish Academies President Professor Emeritus D. Sc. Olavi Nevanlinna

The event was concluded with a  presentation Significance of the international activities of Council of Finnish Academies by Dr. Päivi Tikka and Dr. Petra Autio. Tikka and Autio wrapped up their presentation with a realization that to gain impact in international academic networks both collaboration and top-notch expertise are absolute necessities.