Senior advisor is the school's contact person and responsible of administration and communication as well as planning the school curriculum and other activities in collaboration with the board. The DONASCI board develops operations of the school under the leadership of the director. The board consists of the directors of the doctoral programmes who represent the top of their research fields and have a strong vision of future doctoral training.

Ilkka Kilpeläinen, Professor in Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
P.O. Box 55 (A.I. Virtasen aukio 1)
Phone: +358 2941 50359

For the four-year term 2018-2021 members of the board are:

Professor Ilkka Kilpeläinen

Professor Emilia Kilpua
Professor Ilmo Kukkonen
Academy Professor Timo Vesala
Professor Lauri Halonen
Professor Xiao Zhong
Professor Ilpo Vattulainen
Professor Tomi Männistö
Doctoral Candidate Tommi Mäklin (term 2020-2021)

The Faculty of Science has the coordination responsibility of all DONASCI doctoral programmes and majority of the activities take place at the Kumpula Science Campus. Many of the doctoral programmes are interdiciplinary and welcome doctoral candidates and supervisors from several partner faculties and institutes.


Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Pharmacy


Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN)
Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)
Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT)
Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP)
Institute of Seismology

For further information on each doctoral programme, please visit the programme websites or contact the programme coordinators:

Doctoral programme in atmospheric sciences (ATM-DP)

Sini Karppinen, PhL
E-mail: atm-dp-info(at)

Doctoral programme in chemistry and molecular research (CHEMS)

Minttu Uunila, DSc(Tech)
E-mail: chems-info(at)

Doctoral programme in geosciences (GeoDoc)

Sini Karppinen, PhL
E-mail: geodoc-info(at)

Doctoral programme in computer science (DoCS)

Sini Karppinen, PhL
E-mail: docs-info(at)

Doctoral programme in mathematics and statistics (DOMAST)

Sini Karppinen, PhL
E-mail: domast-info(at)

Doctoral programme in materials research and nanoscience (MATRENA)

Minttu Uunila, DSc(Tech)
E-mail: matrena-info(at)

Doctoral programme in particle physics and universe sciences (PAPU)

Minttu Uunila, DSc(Tech)
E-mail: papu-info(at)