Kaarle Hämeri, PhD, has served as the chancellor of the University of Helsinki since October 2017. Since 2002, he has worked as a professor of physics, also serving as the deputy director of the University of Helsinki’s Department of Physics from 2010 to 2017. Hämeri chaired the Finnish Union of University Professors from 2015 to 2017. In addition to the University of Helsinki, he has worked as a researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Stockholm University and Lund University, also serving in many national and international positions in his field of science. In 2016, Hämeri received the International Aerosol Fellow Award.
The following 10 individuals applied for the position of chancellor of the University of Helsinki: Antti Arjava, Francesco Basso, Kaarle Hämeri, Mika-Petri Laakkonen, Erika Löfström, Henrik Meinander, Fernando Oliveira Di Prinzio, Markku Rautiainen, Risto Renkonen and Jan Smolarski. From among them, Hämeri, Löfström and Meinander were shortlisted for the second round of the application procedure.
Pursuant to the Universities Act, the duty of the chancellor of the University of Helsinki is to promote science and scholarship and the societal interaction of the University, and to oversee the University’s general interests and operations. The chancellor has the right to be present and speak at the sessions of the Finnish Government which deal with matters pertaining to the University of Helsinki.
According to the Regulations of the University, the chancellor grants the titles of professor and docent. The chancellor is also in charge of inquiries concerning alleged violations of the responsible conduct of research. In accordance with the division of duties agreed with the University leadership, the chancellor oversees the University’s fundraising efforts.