Short CV/Education and training


  • 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

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

  • 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

Selected projects

  • Funding grants for over 17 million euros. PRACE Tier-0 grants for computational resources

  • Academy of Finland project for crisis preparedness in space weather

  • Academy of Finland project to develop GPU technologies for space environment models

  • 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 (professional)

  • Science and Innovation Council, Technology Academy of Finland, since 2019

  • Member, Commission for Space Affairs in Finland (ANK), since 2019

  • Member of the Board, Member, Finnish Academy of Technological Sciences, since 2018

  • Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, since 2018

  • INFRAG member, advising European Commission on supercomputing architectures, since 2018

  • 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, 2016 – 2017

  • Board, Finnish Physical Society, 2016 – 2017

  • Board, Eurooppanaiset ry, 2015 – 2018

  • Board, Ursa ry (Finnish astronomical society with 18,000 members), 2015 – 2018

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

Media coverage

  • Frequent media coverage in Finland and elsewhere, examples

  • Numerous appearances in TV (latest 12.4.2021, YLE TV1 Direct broadcast)

  • Numerous radio direct broadcast and science news (latest 30.1.2020 CBC Canada) Newspapers (latest 29.1.2020 front-page piece, largest newspaper in Finland)

  • Documentary movie for Finnish, and EU distribution, YLE and Arte, premiere 2.12.2019

  • Highlighted in two books targeted to general public S&S 2018; Docendo 2019

  • Numerous outreach public lectures, e.g. to 100+ business executives, Helsinki, 7.11.2019

  • Author of two books for the general public

Additional qualifications

  • Business administration education, part of MBA


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