Collecting Memories from Finnish Researchers

What has it been like working in the field of science in the past? The scientific community in Finland has grown significantly since the 1960s, and to better understand Finnish researchers through history, and the many changes that the field has gone though, researchers’ personal experiences and memories from doing science is now being collected.

The Finnish Literature Society (SKS) and the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS) are in the process of gathering experiences and memories from Finnish researchers. Respondents are asked to share personal recollections, and they are welcome to send their submission until the closing date: 31 August 2023.

The purpose of this collection is to better understand the development and changes within science practices in Finland. Collecting scientists’ and researchers’ own experiences in their own words and descriptions adds valuable information and knowledge.

The collection is part of a larger research project named “History of Science in Independent Finland”. The project is coordinated by science coordinator Stefan Nygård from the Finnish Academy of Sciences and seeks to produce a structured, overall presentation of the Finnish field of science and its changes at different times. The project is led by Professor Jari Ojala from the University of Jyväskylä, Professor Henrik Meinander from the University of Helsinki, and Docent Heini Hakosalo from the University of Oulu.

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