The University of Helsinki coordinates seven of the 12 Centres of Excellence selected by the Academy of Finland for the period 2018–2025.
The Centres of Excellence operating at the University of Helsinki in the above period investigate cancer, stem cells, mathematical modelling, space and sustainability, disease genetics, ancient empires and the European identity.
Centres of Excellence are at the very cutting edge of science in their fields. They have clear objectives and are run under a joint management. Funding is provided for an eight-year term, enabling long-term research in complex subjects.
The goal of the Academy’s Centre of Excellence programmes is to bring together several research groups into extensive programmes focusing on a single topic so as to renew research, develop research environments and educate new talented researchers, responding to society’s needs.