Kirsi Latola

PhD, Research Coordinator

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My background is in natural sciences. I defended my PhD thesis, Kirsi Laakso: "Effects of ultraviolet-B radiation (UV-B) on needle anatomy and glutathione status of field-grown pines“ in 2000 at the Department of Biology, University of Oulu. Part of the doctoral work was conducted at the University of Maryland, USA.

Over the past fifteen years PhD Kirsi Latola has worked in several Polar coordination actions and holds a positions of research coordinator at the Thule Institute at the University of Oulu. She has managed several national and international projects on Arctic research, coordination and knowledge sharing including organising several international events and graduate education. Broad knowledge particularly on Arctic research and infrastructures led also to her appointment to the chair of European Polar Board in 2017, where she is now in her second term. In her position as a UArctic Director of Thematic Networks she managed the University of the Arctic (UArctic) Thematic Networks strategic area since 2005 and continues to support UArctic’s network activities as a UArctic Vice-President Networks for which she was appointed in 2020. I addition to her work for UArctic and supporting the Arctic research conducted at the University of Oulu, she is leading the transnational access work package and acts as a Transnational access Watch Dog in INTERACT - International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (H2020 2016-21, 2020-24) and leads a work package on stakeholder engagement in the EU-PolarNet 2 project on coordinating and co-designing the European Polar Research area (H2020, 2020-2024). Her expertise in the project is a stakeholder engagement which follows the work and white paper she completed during the first EU-Polarnet (2015-20). 

For main publications and expert tasks see Kirsi's page on the 'Oulun yliopisto tutkii' database.

Last updated: 9.2.2021