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International evaluation of research and doctoral training at the university of Helsinki 2005-2010

The overall report can be found here and the researcher community specific evaluations here.


The evaluation of research and doctoral training in the University of Helsinki was carried out in the years 2010-2012. The steering group appointed by the Rector in January 2010 set the conditions for participation in the evaluation and prepared the Terms of Reference to present the evaluation procedure and criteria. The publications and other scientific activities included in the evaluation covered the years 2005-2010.


Extract from the research community specific report of FEM and Bayesian statistic Group, p. 15:


The focus as well as the approach of BAYES responds very well to the global grand challenges. High relevance linked with high scientific quality is reflected in the bibliometric indicators: the MNCS index 2.27 is among the highest of all groups. They publish in high quality journals (MNJS 1.58, THCP 1.97). The combination of methodological and thematic research has apparently resulted in outstanding interdisciplinary research of high relevance. The scientific excellence of the RC has been recognized already in several earlier evaluations referred to in the material.


and from page 20:


The focus as well as the approach of BAYES responds very well to the global grand challenges. BAYES is composed of strong groups, the fisheries and environmental management group (FEM) and the Bayesian statistics group, which have a long tradition of collaboration. FEM focuses on the questions related to the management of natural resources as well as environmental management and more precisely on the decision analysis of renewable resources and Bayesian inference in interdisciplinary problems. Their results have been well adopted by the decision-makers, particularly in fisheries management.


and later:


BAYES is an excellent example of the successful combination of strong methodological and thematic research groups resulting in both scientific excellence and high societal impact, the university should strive to create incentives for the establishment of this kind of RCs.



Water research in Finland 2002-2006, International evaluation.

Finnish water research was evaluated by international panel, which was summoned by the Academy of Finland. The evaluation covered the activities in the field during 2002 2006. The panel evaluated the scientific quality in aquatic research also putting focus on training, research environment and organization, research system in Finland and to the outreach of aquatic research to society. Altogether 17 units were evaluated at seven universities and research institutes.


Extract from page 57, which describes research done in Faculty of Biosciences (of which FEM belongs to) at University of Helsinki.


"7.40 This Unit is a very strong research unit with much funding from the Academy and high aspirations for the number of doctoral students trained. It has a wide diversity, ranging from cutting-edge approaches to fishery management, climate change, sea-ice and lake restoration through ecological engineering, as well as nutrient management, to the evolutionary ecology and conservation of fish and amphibians. It is tempting to wonder why the physico-chemical limnology carried out in the Faculty of Science and the aquatic microbiology of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry have not been linked with the aquatic science of the Faculty of Biosciences in what would be a world-leading Faculty of Aquatic Sciences, but continued reorganisation, especially following a recent reshuffle can be very disruptive. There is a hint that the aquatic sciences in the various Faculties are seeking some common strategy, though little detail yet of what it is hoped to achieve."


Source: Publications of the Academy of Finland 1/08. Water Research in Finland 2002-2006. International Evaluation.



Report of the external evaluation panel on the salmon research program of the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute

Salmon research conducted at Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Intitute was evaluated by international panel. Research was well thought of, and some FEM members have worked on salmon research in co-operation with FGFRI scientists.


Extract from page 7.


"Fisheries scientists at the Institute are also conducting research of excellent quality that is directly relevant to management problems. The quality of this work and the Institute's goal of continuous improvement is demonstrated by several factors. First, the Institute's research is mainly published in peer reviewed scientific journals, many of which are among the top-quality fisheries journals in the world (e.g., the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences). Second, advanced methods of analysis are required because good scientific advice relevant to fisheries managers must take account of complexity of aquatic systems and large, unavoidable uncertainties inherent in data. The Institute's researchers in stock assessment developed and applied Bayesian statistical methods in collaboration with university researchers. Those methods are recognized internationally as the most advanced methods available in applied fisheries science for taking such uncertainties into account. Thus, fisheries managers and other "clients" of the Institute's research results are getting the most sophisticated salmon stock assessment advice possible from scientists at FGFRI. Third, 15 Institute scientists have completed their Ph.D. degrees in the last 10 years, which reflects an extensive effort to improve their scientific knowledge."


Source: Hansen, Lundgvist, Peterman (2007). Report of the external evaluation panel on the salmon research program of the finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, Finland. Unpublished report.