List of new professors

As specified in the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, which entered into force on 1 August 2015, the rector decides on the appointment of professors. Previous appointments to professorships can be found under Chancellor’s decisions (in Finnish only).   

The rector has appointed the following professors:

2018

  • 26 June Kaija-Leena Kolho to the position of Swedish-language professor of paediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine.
  • 21 June Christopher Raymond to the position of professor of sustainability science (sustainability transformation in managing ecosystem services) at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences.
  • 21 June Vincenzo Cerullo  through the tenure track system to the position of professor of biological drug development at the Faculty of Pharmacy as of 1 January 2019.
  • 20 June Pedro Henrique Cury Camargo to the position of professor of inorganic materials chemistry at the Faculty of Science.
  • 19 June Volker Heyd by invitation to the position of professor of archaeology at the Faculty of Arts as of 1 September 2018.
  • 15 June Sirkku Juhola through the tenure track system to the position of professor of urban environmental policy at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences as of 1 January 2019.
  • 6 June Johanna Viimaranta to the position of professor of Russian language at the Faculty of Arts as of 1 August 2018.
  • 6 June Mika Meitz through the tenure track system to the position of professor of economics at the Faculty of Social Sciences as of 1 August 2019.
  • 6 June Juha Herkman professor of media and communication studies  (fixed-term professorship from 1 August 2018 until 31 December 2021) at the  Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • 5 June Christoph Beier professor of geochemistry at the Faculty of Science from 1 January 2019.

  • 4 June Mari Niva professor of food culture  (fixed-term professorship from 1 September 2018 until 31 December 2021) at the Faculty of Educational Sciences.
  • 4 June  Juhani Taponen professor of reproduction in domestic animals at the faculty of veterinary medicine from 1 August 2018.
  • 22 May Coppélie Cocq professor of European Ethnology (fixed-term professorship until 31 December 2022) at the Faculty of Arts.
  • 18 May: Gareth Law professor of radiochemistry at the Faculty of Science from 3 September 2018. 
  • 16 May Nina Lindberg to the position of professor of forensic psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine as of 1 November 2018
  • 16 May Riitta Lassila to the position of part-time (35%) professor of coagulation disorders at the Faculty of Medicine as of 1 May 2018.
  • 15 May Mirja Ruohoniemi professor of veterinary diagnostic imagig at the faculty of veterinary medicine from 1 August 2018.
  • 15 May: Antti Mäkitie professor of otorhinolaryngology at the Faculty of Medicine from 1 June 2018.
  • 7 May: Minna Palmroth professor of computational space physics (invited professorship) at the Faculty of Science from 1 June 2018.
  • 2 May: Roope Uusitalo to the position of professor of public economics at the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1 August 2018.
  • 2 May: Jukka Pirttilä to the position of professor of public economics at the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1 August 2018.
  • 12 April: Anne Kouvonen to the position of professor of social policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1 August 2018.
  • 5 April: Mirjam Kalland to the position of professor of early education (Swedish-language kindergarten teacher education) at the Faculty of Educational Sciences from 1 August 2018
  • 3 April: Keijo Heljanko to the position of professor of computer science (parallel and distributed data science) at the Faculty of Science
  • 16 March: Minna Autio to the position of professor of home economics science and home economics teachers education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences from 1 June 2018
  • 5 March: Harri Saxén to the position of part-time (35%) professor of paediatric infectious disease at the Faculty of Medicine.
  • 28 March: Pentti Tienari to the position of part-time (35%) professor of neuroimmunology at the Faculty of Medicine.
  • 7 February: Reetta Toivanen to the position of professor of indigenous sustainabilities at the Faculty of Arts from 15 March 2018
  • 15 January: Sanna Lehtonen from the tenure track to the position of professor of translational metabolic medicine at the Faculty of Medicine from 1 February 2018

2017

  • 18 December 2017, Iiris Hovatta to the position of professor of behavioural genetics at the Faculty of Medicine from 1 April 2018
  • 27 November 2017, Markus Skrifvars to the position of part-time (35%) professor of emergency care medicine at the Faculty of Medicine
  • 21 November 2017, Sakari Melander to the position of professor of criminal law at the Faculty of Law from 1 January 2018
  • 10 November 2017,  Karl Lemström to the position of part-time (35%) professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Faculty of Medicine
  • 19 October 2017, Niklas Ravaja, professor of eHealth and wellbeing, Faculty of Medicine
  • 9 October 2017, Frank Trentmann, professor of the history of consumption and morality (part-time (20%) invited professorship, Faculty of Social Sciences from 1 January 2018.
  • 20 September 2017, Päivi Leino-Sandberg, professor of transnational European law, Faculty of Law
  • 1 September 2017, Minna Huotilainen, professor of education as of 1 October 2017, Faculty of Educational Sciences
  • 1 September 2017, Katariina Salmela-Aro, professor of education, Faculty of Educational Sciences
  • 31 August 2017, Janne Soininen, professor of regional environmental research through the tenure track system as of 1 February 2018, Faculty of Science
  • 21 August 2017, Petteri Uotila, professor of geophysics, Faculty of Science
  • 21 August 2017, Jaakko Husa, professor of law and globalisation as of 1 April 2018, Faculty of Law
  • 3 July 2017, Hartmut Lenk, professor of German as of 1 August 2017, Faculty of Arts
  • 26 June 2017, Kim Vettenranta, professor of cell therapy and transfusion medicine, Faculty of Medicine
  • 22 June 2017, Fred Dervin, professor of multicultural education as of 1 January 2018 through the tenure track system in educational sciences
  • 22 June 2017, Krista Lagus, professor of digital social science as of 1 August 2017, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 22 June 2017, Antti Kauppinen, professor of social and moral philosophy (ethics and social philosophy), Faculty of Social Sciences from 1 January 2018.
  • 22 June 2017, Jari Eloranta, professor of economic history as of 1 September 2018, Faculty of Social Science
  • 21 June 2017, Erika Löfström, professor in education (Swedish-language programme for class teachers) as of 1 January 2017, Faculty of Educational Sciences

  • 21 June 2017, Vladimir Gel’man, professor of Russian politics (invited professorship as of 1 August 2017), Faculty of Arts
  • 14 June 2017, Åsa von Schoultz, professor of political science and organisational research (Swedish-language professorship) as of 1 September 2017, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 14 June 2017, Suvi Keskinen, professor of ethnic relations, Swedish School of Social Science
  • 12 June 2017, Stephan Pflugmacher Lima, professor of aquatic ecotoxicology in an urban environment as of 1 November 2017, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • 7 June 2017, Jutta Jokiranta, professor of Old Testament studies and related fields, Faculty of Theology
  • 1 June 2017, Marjaana Seppänen, professor of social work (Swedish-language professorship) as of 1 August 2017, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 29 May 2017, Janne Saarikivi, professor of Finno-Ugrian studies (fixed-term professorship from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2021), Faculty of Arts
  • 23 May 2017, Tuula Linna, professor of procedural law as of 1 September 2017, Faculty of Law
  • 23 May 2017, Kim Talus, professor of energy law (invited part-time professorship (30%) for a fixed term of five years), Faculty of Law  
  • 23 May 2017, Akseli Hemminki, professor of oncology, Faculty of Medicine  
  • 23 May 2017, Kari Hyytiäinen, professor of the economics of Baltic Sea protection (invited professorship for a fixed term of five years), Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
  • 22 May 2017, Antti Lauerma, professor of dermatology and allergology (invited part-time professorship (35%), Faculty of Medicine  
  • 22 May 2017, Satu Mustjoki, professor of translational hematology (Erkko professorship), Faculty of Medicine   
  • 10 May 2017, Elina Vuola, professor of global Christianity and religious dialogue (invited professorship), Faculty of Theology
  • 5 May 2017, Jaana Bäck, professor of forest-atmosphere interactions (invited professorship as of 1 June 2017), Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
  • 26 April 2017, David Inglis, professor of sociology as of 1 August 2017, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 31 March 2017, Mona Forsskåhl, professor of Scandinavian languages (Swedish-language professorship) as of 1 August 2017, Faculty of Arts
  • 31 March 2017, Kenneth Österberg,  professor of experimental particle physics as of 1 May 2017, Faculty of Science
  • 31 March 2017, Pan Hui, professor of data science (invited professorship), Faculty of Science
  • 31 March 2017, Jari Arokoski, professor of physiatrics (part-time (35%) professorship), Faculty of Medicine
  • 17 March 2017, Sirpa Tenhunen, professor of social and cultural anthropology (fixed-term professorship from 1 August 2017 to 31 August 2021), Faculty of Social Science  
  • 17 February 2017, Peter Johansson, professor of astrophysics through the tenure track system (invited professorship as of 1 September 2017), Faculty of Science
  • 15 February 2017, Marjukka Myllärniemi, professor of pulmonary medicine and allergology (part-time (35%) professorship as of 1 April 2017), Faculty of Medicine
  • 27 January 2017, Juha Sinisalo, professor of cardiology (part-time (35%) professorship as of 1 April 2017), Faculty of Medicine
  • 24 January 2017, Ville Mustonen, professor of bioinformatics as of 1 February 2017, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • 16 January 2017, Simo Huotari, professor of experimental material physics, Faculty of Science
  • 16 January 2017, Paolo Laj, visiting professor of  atmospheric research and aerosol physics (part-time (37.5%) invited professorship for a fixed term of five years), Faculty of Science
  • 5 January 2017, Heikki Pihlajamäki, professor of comparative legal history (invited professorship), Faculty of Law
  • 5 January 2017, Eva Heiskanen, professor of sustainable consumption (invited professorship), Faculty of Social Sciences

2016

  • 20 December 2016, Kirsi Pietiläinen, professor of clinical metabolism through the tenure track system (invited professorship as of 1 January 2017), Faculty of Medicine
  • 19 December 2016, Craig Primmer, professor of genetics, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • 9 December 2016, Juha Räsänen, professor of fetal medicine (invited part-time (35%) professorship from 16 February 2017 to 15 February 2022), Faculty of Medicine 
  • 9 December 2016, Bodo Steiner, professor of food economics, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
  • 2 December 2016, Mika Pantzar, professor of consumer research (invited professorship), Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 24 October 2016, Minna Palmroth, professor of computational space physics (invited professorship for a fixed term of five years as of 1 January 2017), Faculty of Science
  • 3 October 2016, Markus Holopainen, professor of geoinformatics, (invited professorship as of 1 January 2017), Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
  • 3 October 2016, Perttu Lindsberg, professor of neurology (part-time (35%) invited professorship), Faculty of Medicine
  • 8 September 2016, Sture Anderson, professor of neonatology (part-time (35%) invited professorship), Faculty of Medicine
  • 18 August 2016, Tommi Mikkonen, professor of computer science (invited professorship), Faculty of Science
  • 27 July 2016, Marjaana Seppänen, professor of social work (fixed-term professorship from 1 July 2016 to 31 August 2018), Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 26 June 2016, Ellen Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson, professor of civil and commercial law (Swedish-language professorship), Faculty of Law
  • 29 April 2016, Maria Brockhaus, professor of international forest policy, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
  • 27 April 2016, Tapio Lappi-Seppälä, professor of criminal law and criminology (invited professorship), Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 27 April 2016, Janne Kivivuori, professor of criminology (invited professorship), Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 21 March 2016, Sampsa Vanhatalo, professor of clinical neurophysiology (part-time (35%) professorship), Faculty of Medicine
  • 8 March 2016, Mika Niemelä, professor of neurosurgery (part-time (35%) professorship), Faculty of Medicine
  • 8 March 2016, Jesper Ekelund, professor of psychiatry (invited, Swedish-language professorship), Faculty of Medicine
  • 8 March 2016, Maaret Castrén, professor of emergency medicine (part-time (35%) professorship for a fixed term of five years), Faculty of Medicine
  • 7 March 2016, Marina Heinonen, professor of food safety (invited professorship as of 1 August 2016), Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
  • 24 February 2016, Mikko Myrskylä, professor of social statistics (invited professorship), Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 19 February 2016, Jari Salo, professor of marketing as of 1 June 2016, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
  • 9 February 2016, Anja Nygren, professor of development studies as of 1 August 2016, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 9 February 2016, Panu Minkkinen, professor of jurisprudence, Faculty of Law
  • 3 February 2016, Xiao Zhong, professor of mathematics, Faculty of Science
  • 25 January 2016, Anu Kantele, professor of infectious diseases, Faculty of Medicine

2015

  • 21 December 2015, Timo Kaartinen, professor of social and cultural anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • 11 December 2015, Sarah Butcher, professor of microbiology as of 1 January 2016, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • 9 December 2015, Jussi Pakkasvirta, professor of area and cultural studies, Faculty of Arts
  • 9 December 2015, Ossi Rahkonen, professor of medical sociology, Faculty of Medicine
  • 9 December 2015, Leena Haataja, professor of paediatric neurology (part time 35%), Faculty of Medicine
  • 4 December 2015, Per-Henrik Groop, professor of internal medicine (Swedish-language professorship), Faculty of Medicine
  • 4 December 2015, Ari Ristimäki, professor of molecular pathology (invited part-time (35%) professorship), Faculty of Medicine
  • 4 December 2015, Antti Mäkitie, professor of otorhinolaryngology (invited part-time (35%) professorship), Faculty of Medicine
  • 4 December 2015, Ann Phoenix, Jane and Aatos Erkko professorship in studies on contemporary society (invited visiting professor from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017), Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies 
  • 21 September 2015, Sirpa Leppä, professor of oncology and radiotherapy (invited part-time (35%) professorship as of 1 January 2016), Faculty of Medicine
  • 21 September 2015, Martti Färkkilä, professor of gastroenterology (invited professorship as of 1 January 2016), Faculty of Medicine
  • 21 September 2015, Outi Mäkitie, professor of paediatric endocrinology (invited part-time (35%) professorship from 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2020, Faculty of Medicine
  • 14 September 2015, Ilpo Vattulainen, professor of biological physics (invited professorship as of 1 June 2016), Faculty of Science
  • 14 September 2015, Marko Elovainio, professor of psychology as of 1 January 2016, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences
  • 14 September 2015, Anu-Katriina Pesonen, professor of psychology until 31 December 2019, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences
  • 4 September 2015, Julie Yu-Wen Chen, professor of China studies as of 1 January 2016, Faculty of Arts
  • 4 September 2015, Markus Jäntti, professor of economics as of 1 October 2015, Faculty of Social Sciences

Inaugural lectures