ExpREES Decision making
The decision-making body of the Russian and Eastern European Studies (REES) network responsible for ExpREESs studies is the executive board which meets three to four times per year.

All member universities of the network are represented in the executive board. Administration of ExpREES is managed by the head of ExpREES and network coordinator.

Since its foundation in 1998, ExpREES (former Master's School in Russian and Eastern European Studies) has had more than 700 students. Our annual intake is approximately 40 students.

Executive Board

Executive board

REES network/ExpREES has an executive board which represents the 12 universities of the network + students’ representative.

Hanken School of Economics
Professor Mats Ehrnrooth firstname.lastname@hanken.fi
Professor Benjamin Maury firstname.lastname@hanken.fi

Aalto University
Postdoctoral reseacher Daria Kautto firstname.lastname@aalto.fi
Academy Reseach Fellow Päivi Karhunen firstname.lastname@aalto.fi

University of Helsinki
Research coordinator Meri Kulmala firstname.lastname@helsinki.fi
Professor Tomi Huttunen firstname.lastname@helsinki.fi

University of Eastern Finland
Professor Jarmo Kortelainen firstname.lastname@uef.fi
Assistant Professor Heta Hurskainen firstname.lastname@uef.fi

University of Jyväskylä
Professor Mika Lähteenmäki firstname.lastname@juy.fi
Professor Markku Lonkila firstname.lastname@juy.fi

University of Lapland
PhD candidate Olga Pushina opushina at ulapland.fi

Lappeenranta University of Technology
Professor Juha Väätänen firstname.lastname@lut.fi
Postdoctoral reseacher Daria Podmetina firstname.lastname@lut.fi

University of Oulu
Research Professor Kari Strand firstname.lastname@oulu.fi
Professor Riitta Keiski firstname.lastname@oulu.fi

Tampere University
Professor Sanna Turoma firstname.lastname@tuni.fi
Assistant professor Nelli Piattoeva firstname.lastname@tuni.fi

University of Turku
University lecturer Tamara Budanova firstname.lastname@utu.fi
Postdoctoral researcher Pia Koivunen firstname.lastname@utu.fi

University of Vaasa
Lecturer Mika Kärkkäinen firstname.lastname@uva.fi

Åbo Akademi
Professor Mikko Lagerspetz firstname.lastname@abo.fi
Professor Martina Björklund firstname.lastname@abo.fi

Student representative:

Maija Harju etunimi.r.sukunimi@helsinki.fi

Aleksanteri Institute

Director of the Institute Markku Kangaspuro, Chair of the Executive Board

University Lecturer in Russian and Eurasian Studies, Head of ExpREES, Sirke Mäkinen, Referendary of the Executive Board

ExpREES Coordinator Hanna Peltonen, Secretary of the Executive Board

Student Contact Persons / ExpREES ambassadors

It is important that the ExpREES programme is visible at all its member universities, For this reason in 2007 we invited students to take part in the marketing and developing of the ExpREES. ExpREES ambassadors make up an important part of ExpREES activities. ExpREES ambassadors

  • act as a contact person to prospective and current ExpREES students at their home university.
  • help with the marketing efforts of the ExpREES programme especially during the application period in the spring semester (February-early April) and with the gathering of course information from their home university for the ExpREES study guide (May-June).
  • participate in developing ExpREES studies by giving feedback from student’s point of view. Workshops to develop ExpREES are organized once or twice a year with the ExpREES staff. 

Student Contact Persons 2022-2023:

  • Philip Cronstedt / Hanken
  • Anna Kananen, Maria Filippenkova, Elisa Minkkinen ja Alexander Malinen / University of Helsinki
  • Inka Piisilä / University of Lapland
  • Maarit Kiiskilä, Suvi Pukki, Juho Pitkänen, Reetta Tuominen, Anna Pitkänen, Elisa Airasvirta, Alisa Virtanen ja Maria Roivas / Tampere University

ExpREES ambassador, is a position of trust. It offers a lot of benefits and also some fun. It is an opportunity to learn about the administrative side of the ExpREES and to get experience on nationwide network cooperation. You may also mention it as a merit in your CV! 

At the end of the spring semester many of ExpREES ambassadors graduate, which means that the above list isn’t necessarily up-to-date. New student contact persons will be mainly recruited in the ExpREES summer school in August, but you can also contact our coordinator directly, if you are interested in working as a student contact person.

Call for ExpREES course proposals in the academic year 2022-2023


The Expertise in Russian and Eastern European Studies (ExpREES), maintained by the nationwide  
university network in Russian and East European Studies (REES), hereby opens the call for applications for
course funding in the academic year 2022–2023. Funding will be allocated to a degree programme, not to a
teacher responsible for the course.  In order to apply for funding for your course proposal, please fill in the e-form at https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/114633/  and submit it by 14 February 2022, at the latest.

The ExpREES trains experts in Russian and East European Studies by offering Master’s level courses in different fields of Humanities and Social Sciences focusing the territory of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in Finnish universities of the REES network. The majority of the courses in the ExpREES curriculum consist of the courses offered by the member universities as part of their regular teaching. In addition, in the academic year 2022–2023, the REES network may fund courses specifically designated for the purposes of the ExpREES with up to 50,000 euros in total.  

Target group and form and content of teaching

The ExpREES enrolls students from all 12 member universities of the REES network. In order to facilitate
the participation in the courses funded by the ExpREES for as many ExpREES students as possible,
preference in the allocation of funding will be given to courses that provide an opportunity for distance
learning. In the e-form we would ask you to specify how the course may be taken by using the distance
learning option, e.g. whether offline teaching will be live streamed, whether lectures will be recorded and
uploaded in the Moodle or whether the whole course will be available in an online format.

When allocating funding, we give preference to courses with a multi-disciplinary approach as well those organized around one theme but addressing different regions/countries of the territory of the former Soviet Union or Eastern Europe. We also encourage applicants to propose courses that focus on the territory of the former Soviet Union other than Russia and that of Eastern Central Europe. A comparative approach is also welcome. We encourage cooperation in course planning between different universities of the network. Universities may apply for funding for courses which have been planned in cooperation and will be offered in the teaching programmes of the given universities. A university will act as a coordinator and apply for funding for the co-hosted course.

The extent and level of the course

●  The extent of the course is, as a rule, 5 ECTS. However, please follow the instructions of the host university.
●  The course should be offered at the Master’s level (i.e. advanced).
●  In the course description, please give the following information: the content of the course (the lecture outline and the names of teachers, the amount of contact hours, teaching/learning methods, language of instruction), expected learning outcomes and assessment methods.


●  The maximum amount of funding allocated to a course is 2,500 euros. The method and content of teaching will be taken into account in the funding decision (see above).
●  The costs to be reimbursed may include teaching fees (payments for unsalaried teachers, researchers
working with a scholarship, visiting teachers, teaching which is not part of the work plan), teaching
materials and organization of exams, social security fees, travel and accommodation expenses, and rents
of teaching premises. It would be beneficial for the application if the host university agrees to participate
in covering part of the costs. Please note that if your university charges the VAT, it must be taken into
account in the budget (i.e. it will decrease the amount of funding available e.g. for teaching fees).
●  The costs will be reimbursed only according to real expenses. Therefore, a report of accountancy must be attached in the invoice. Detailed instructions will be given in the funding decision.

A joint application by the university – please contact a member of the REES board

When planning to apply for ExpREES course funding, we would recommend to contact a member or deputy member of the Board of the REES network at your university, please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/aleksanteri-institute/education/master-level/exprees/exprees-decision-making#section-84187. The course proposals of one university may be gathered together and submitted as a joint funding application. From the members of Board you may learn about a potential joint application of the given university.  When gathering and submitting a joint application, you will avoid proposing overlapping topics. In addition, discussing the topics among the researchers specializing in REES may alsosupport the research interests of each host university.  

The sum applied for the courses of the joint application may be defined as a total sum in the e-form.
However, the applicant must differentiate the costs of each course in an attachment (regarding the
differentiation, please see the budget section in the e-form). If you submit a joint application, please tick the correct box in the appropriate section of the e-form. Individual and joint applications will be processed on equal criteria.

Please note before submitting the course proposal and after receiving a positive funding decision

● The course must be offered free of charge and it should be part of the curriculum and teaching programme 2022-2023 of a degree programme of the given member university of the REES network. Funding will be allocated to a degree programme/department/faculty hosting the course, not to a teacher responsible for the course. If the host university takes part in the funding of the course, this will be regarded as an advantage when making decisions on the allocation of the ExpREES funding.
● Before submitting the application, the applicant should make sure that all teachers of the course give their consent e.g. to the recording of the course, or offering the course online.
● The applicant together with the host university must plan the schedule and book the teaching premises for the course. An agreement on the level of teaching fees should also be reached with the host
● The applicant/other person responsible for the course should submit a more detailed outline of the course and other updated information to the ExpREES Study Guide by the deadline given in the funding decision.
● Student feedback should be gathered from all the courses funded by the ExpREES. The teacher responsible for the course should write a summary based on the student feedback (instructions will be sent together with the funding decision).


Announcing the decision

The funding decision will be made by the by the Board of the REES network. The applicants will receive the funding decision by 21 March 2022.