Ilya Usoskin

Space Physics

Space Physics and Astronomy
Faculty of Science


Prof. Ilya Usoskin is the head of Oulu Cosmic Ray Station and vice-Director of ReSoLVE Centre of Excellence, an expert in cosmic-ray and heliospheric physics, solar physics and geophysics. He was graduated in 1988 with an MSc in Space Physics from Leningrad Polytechnics, obtained a degree of Cand. Sci. in Astrophysics from A.F. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia) in 1995, and a PhD in Space Science from the University of Oulu in 2000. He worked as a postdoc at INFN (Milano) in 1997-1999, and as the head of Oulu Cosmic Ray Station since 2000.

Prof. Usoskin serves the scientific community as an expert, being, in particular, a Vice-President of IAU (International Astronomical Union), member of C4 (Astroparticle Physics) commission of IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics), member of Research Council of Russian Academy of Sciences, etc. He has several awards, including the Knight's cross of the 1st class of the Order of Lion of Finland (2013), Julius Bartels medal of European Geoscience Union (2018), an award of the University of Oulu for outstanding contribution to research (2018), ISEE award (Japan, 2020).

Research interests

  • Cosmic Rays, Solar Physics, Space Climate, Space Physics, Geophysics, Astrophysics

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Visiting address

Space Physics and Astronomy Research Unit, room FY256

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Space Physics and Astronomy Research Unit and Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory
P.O.Box 3000
University of Oulu
FIN-90014 Oulu