Ilya Usoskin


Space Physics

300 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 10000 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 600 citations. The author has a h-index of 53.00. (Web 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 as M.Sc. 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 member of C4 (Astroparticle Physics) commission of IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics), member of commission E3 of IAU (International Astronomical Union), 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) and 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). 

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Research interests

  • Cosmic rays
  • Solar Physics
  • Heliospheric Physics
  • Solar-terrestrial relations

Current projects

ESPERA Extreme Solar Particle Events: Risk Assessment (Academy of Finland, 2019-2023)

CRIPA-X Cosmic Rays in Polar Atmosphere (Academy of Finland, 2017-2020)

SEESUP Solar Extreme Events: Setting Up a Paradigm (ISSI, Bern, 2020-2022)

Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Member of the C4 commission (cosmic rays) of the IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics);
  • Team leader for AMS-02 experiment at CERN and MIT (2019-);
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Solar Physics journal (2009-2022)
  • Referee for many journals
  • Expert-evaluator of research proposals
  • Member of Research Council of Russian Academy of Sciences (Cosmic ray section)
  • Member of the Research Council of Megagrants (Russia)

Research groups

  • leader, Cosmic rays (

Thesis supervisions

  • K. Golubenko (expected 2023) Modelling of atmospheric production and transport of cosmogenic isotopes

  • P. Väisänen (expected 2022) cosmic ray variability

  • S. Koldobsky (expexted 2020) cosmic ray at Earth

  • A. Artamonov (2017) atmospheric effects of solar radiation

  • E. Asvestari (2017) Imprints of long-term solar variability on cosmic rays and terrestrial archives

  • R. Leussu (2016) Historical sunspot observations and long-term solar activity

  • S. Poluianov (2016) Proxies for long-term cosmic ray variability

  • A. Abe Pacini (2015) Study of solar activity and climate dynamics using Beryllium isotopes

  • I. Virtanen (2013) Asymmetry of the heliospheric magnetic field

  • O. Yakovchuk (2012) temporal variability of solar and heliospheric activity

  • L. Zhang (2012) Solar active longitudes and their rotation

  • K. Alanko (2007) Models and applications of long-term heliospheric modulation of galactic cosmic rays