Short CV/Education and training


  • 2018 – 2025
    Director of Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space, Finland

  • Since 2017
    Professor in Computational space physics, University of Helsinki

  • Since 2013
    Research professor in Space research, Finnish Meteorological Institute

  • Since 2011
    Head of Department (Earth Observation), Finnish Meteorological Institute

  • 2008 – 2013
    Academy Research Fellow, Academy of Finland

  • 2005 – 2008
    Academy of Finland postdoctoral fellow

  • 1999 – 2011
    Scientist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute


  • 2003
    Doctor of Philosphy, University of Helsinki, Department of Physics

  • 1999
    Master of Science, University of Helsinki, Department of Physics

    Advanced Management Education Program (Aalto JOKO82)

Selected publications

  • Lakka, A., Pulkkinen, T. I., Dimmock, A., Osmane, A., Honkonen, I., Palmroth, M., and Janhunen, P., Accuracy of MHD simulations: Effects of simulation initialization in GUMICS-4, submitted Ann. Geophys., 2017

  • Whittaker, I. C., Sembay, S., Read, A. M., Milan, S. E., Carter, J. A., and Palmroth, M., Modeling X-ray emission from solar wind charge exchange for two Earth interacting CME events in 2001, submitted, J. Geophys. Res., 2017

  • Hoilijoki, S., Ganse, U., Pfau-Kempf, Y., Cassak, P., Walsh, B., Hietala, H., von Alfthan, S., Palmroth, M., Reconnection rates and X-line motion at the magnetopause: Global 2D-3V hybrid-Vlasov simulation results, J. Geophys. Res., doi: 10.1002/2016JA023709, 2017

  • Vaivads, A., Retino, A., Soucek, J., Khotyaintsev, Y., Valentini, F., Escoubet, C., Alexandrova, O., Andre, M., Bale, S., Balikhin, M., Burgess, D., Camporeale, E., Caprioli, D., Chen, C., Clacey, E., Cully, C., De Keyser, J., Eastwood, J., Fazakerley, A., Eriksson, S., Goldstein, M., Graham, D., Haaland, S., Hoshino, M., Ji, H., Karimabadi, H., Kucharek, H., Lavraud, B., Marcucci, F., Matthaeus, W., Moore, T., Nakamura, R., Narita, Y., Nemecek, Z., Norgren, C., Opgenoorth, H., Palmroth, M., Perrone, D., Pinccon, J.-L., Rathsman, P., Rothkaehl, H., Saharoui, F., Servidio, S., Sorriso-Valvo, L., Vainio, R., Vörös, Z., Wimmer-Schweingruber, R., THOR Turbulence Heating ObserveR – satellite mission proposal, J. Plasma Phys., doi:10.1017/S0022377816000775, 2016

  • Pfau-Kempf, Y., Hietala, H., Milan, S. E., Juusola, L., Hoilijoki, S., Ganse, U., von Alfthan, S., and Palmroth, M., Evidence for transient, local ion foreshocks caused by dayside magnetopause reconnection, Ann. Geophys., doi:10.5194/angeo-34-943-2016, 2016

  • Hoilijoki, S., Palmroth, M., Walsh, B. M., Pfau-Kempf, Y., von Alfthan, S., Ganse, U., Hannuksela, O., and Vainio, R., Mirror modes in the Earth’s magnetosheath: results from a global hybrid-Vlasov simulations, J. Geophys. Res., 121, doi:10.1002/2015JA022026, 2016

  • Palin, L., Opgenoorth, H. J., Ågren, K., Zivkovic, T., Sergeev, V. A., Kubyshkina, M. V., Nikolaev, A., Kauristie, K., van de Kamp, M., Amm, O., Milan, S. E., Imber, S. M., Facsko, G., Palmroth, M., and Nakamura, R., Modulation of the current wedge by bursty bulk flows: September 8, 2002 – Revisited, J. Geophys. Res., 121, 4466–4482, doi:10.1002/2015JA022262, 2016

  • Whittaker, I. C., Sembay, S., Carter, J. A., Read, A. M., Milan, S. E., and Palmroth, M., Modeling the magnetospheric X-ray emission from solar wind charge exchange with verification from XMM-Newton observations, J. Geophys. Res., 121, 4158–4179, doi:10.1002/2015JA022292, 2016

  • Gordeev, E. I., Sergeev, V. A., Honkonen, I., Kuznetsova, M., Rastätter, L., Palmroth, M., Janhunen, P., Toth, G., Lyon, J., Wiltberger, M., and Sibeck, D., Assessing the performance of community-available global MHD models using key system parameters and empirical relationships, Space Weather, 13, doi:10.1002/2015SW001307, 2015

  • Palmroth, M., Archer, O., Vainio, R., Hietala, H., Pfau-Kempf, Y., Hoilijoki, S., Hannuksela, O., Ganse, U., Sandroos, A., von Alfthan, S., and Eastwood, J., ULF foreshock under radial IMF: THEMIS observations and global kinetic simulation Vlasiator results compared, J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1002/2015JA021526, 2015

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research of Sustainable Space (Director), aims at sustainable utilisation of space

  • ERC Consolidator grant PRESTISSIMO develops and applies Vlasiator

  • Academy of Finland project looks at shocks and reconnection using Vlasiator

  • Global MHD simulation GUMICS

  • ERC Starting grant to develop Vlasiator

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Positions of trust (academic and professional, short list)

  • Space law committee, Ministry of Economic affairs and employment, since 2017

  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, European Commission Space programme, Horizon2020, since 2015

  • Commission of Space affairs in Finland, member of Secreteriat, since 2015

  • Scientific Advisory Board “Science with and for the society”, European Commission H2020 programme, since 2014

  • Scientific Advisory Board, European Commission Space programme, Horizon2020, 2013 – 2015

  • Cooperation forum to advise in scientific computing in Finland within Centre of Scientific Computing Ltd, Ministry of Education and Culture, representing government research institutes, 2013 – 2015

  • Space security board member, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland, since 2012

  • Committee for Space Research (COSPAR), Finnish National Committee, since 2012

  • Delegate of Finland, European weather spacecraft organization (EUMETSAT) Scientific and Technical group, 2011 – 2016

  • Kumpula Space Centre, Vice President, since 2011

Positions of trust (societal)

  • Advisory board, Vapa Media, since 2016

  • Board, Finnish Physical Society, since 2016

  • Board, Eurooppanaiset ry, since 2015

  • Board, Ursa ry (Finnish astronomical society with 18,000 members), since 2015

  • Member of high level Advisory Council (Neuvottelukunta), Nordea Pankki Suomi Oyj, 2012 – 2014


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