Finnish research ranks among the international top

The Academy of Finland has today published its review on the state and quality of scientific research in Finland. Finnish science and research is of high international standard. Finland invests in R&D and the country has competent research personnel as well as a high-quality researcher training system.

Physicum, one of the buildings of the University of HelsinkiAmong the key objectives of Finnish science policy are to improve the quality and international exposure of research and by the same token to strengthen its scientific impact. The review confirms that these objectives have been attained reasonably well. During the 1990s and early 2000s, international publishing by Finnish researchers has rapidly increased. Articles by Finnish researchers are being cited more and more often.

The international cooperation of Finnish researchers increased considerably in the 1990s and early 2000s. For instance, in biosciences and medical sciences the number of publications co-authored by Finnish and European scientists grew by 50 per cent and the number of publications co-authored by Finnish and US scientists by almost 25 per cent during 1997-2001.

The changing relationship between science and society has given rise to growing demands upon the assessment of the impacts of research funded from the public purse. The balanced development of different components of the research and innovation system also requires a better understanding of the various impacts of research. However, the review points out that the impacts of research are difficult to assess and measure.

Read more about the review.

Text: Niina Haasola
Photo: Ida Pimenoff

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