Centre of Excellence in research: RELATE

Academy of Finland has selected 14 new Centres of Excellence (CoE) in research for the period 2014–2019.

Two CoEs are located at the University of Oulu: firstly, the Centre of Excellence in Research on the Relational and Territorial Politics of Bordering, Identities and Transnationalisation, directed by Professor Anssi Paasi’s. This Centre of Excellence is located at the Department of Geography. The other is Professor Kalevi Mursula’s CoE in Research on Solar Long-Term Variability and Effects (Department of Physics).

The 14 selected CoEs represent the cutting edge in their research fields. They have great potential to achieve significant breakthroughs in their research and be successful in the competition for EU funding and international researchers.

‒ This is major acknowledgement from the Academy of Finland for the work that we have been doing with our researchers since mid-1990s, says Professor Paasi.

‒ The CoE status supports our international aims and the active, international recruitment policy that we have already in place, states Paasi . He refers here to the recruitment of young international researchers, Lauren Martin, a post doc coming from the US, and Jonathan Burrow, a PhD student coming from Australia.

The CoE directed by Prof. Paasi is the first ever in the discipline of Geography in Finland. The CoE in Oulu will be carried out in cooperation with Professor Jouni Häkli, CoEs vice-director, from the University of Tampere and his SPARG research team.

A Centre of Excellence is a research and training network that has a clearly defined set of research objectives and which is run under a joint management. Funding is provided for a six-year term, which means that CoEs can work to achieve long-term plans and take also risks in their research themes. 

The Academy’s initial CoE call (spring 2012) attracted a total of 128 letters of intent, of which the Academy’s Board selected 34 to submit full applications. The applications were reviewed by international expert panels and the nomination of new CoEs was announced in June 2013.

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(Based on oulu.fi News feed, 6.6.2013.)

Last updated: 3.9.2013