The Faculty of Science is dedicated to internationally high-standard and continuous basic research, and scientist education based on that research.
Its internationally most visible activity is the atmosphere research that relates to global climate change. The faculty constantly builds more of its own research equipment, and research and scientist education within the large science projects are important; e.g. the national Institute of Physics that coordinates Finland’s cooperation with CERN is part of the faculty.
Nationally, the faculty collaborates closely with the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The role of Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT) as a shared research environment for the faculty and Aalto University is significant. The institute coordinates the universities’ activities in the ICT area. The new collaboration between meteorology and mathematics forms an internationally unique association. It includes research groups studying mathematical physics and inversion problems, as well as the metabolism of the atmosphere and biosphere, and models on the molecular level.
One of the main areas of development is data science, which builds on the methods of computer science, statistics, and mathematics. The faculty aims at expanding its instruction in data science, while improving the study and utilisation of the area.
The faculty is in charge of the LUMA science education centre of the University of Helsinki, where cross-disciplinary science training for children and teens is developed. The science education centre represents the university in the network LUMA centre Finland.
The research focus areas of the Faculty of Science are: Dynamical systems from the Big Bang to human society, Materials and natural resources, Mathematical analysis – algorithms – software, and The atmosphere and climate change
Within these fields, experimental and theoretical research coupled with scientific computation form a strong basis of mutual support, and the work is carried out within interdisciplinary international networks. When selecting the key areas, we have utilised assessments of research and looked at the funding for researchers from Centres of Excellence of the Academy of Finland, as well as the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme (FiDiPro) and European Research Council (ERC), and the amount of external funding. Merits from independent peer reviews are our starting point.