Here is the preliminary jury of Skolar Award

These 12 academic superstars from different fields of research will review and rank the Skolar Award applications.

Skolar Award preliminary jury

It is time to present the 12 experts who will be the first ones to review the Skolar Award applications! Preliminary jury is the one to outline the scientific quality of the applications and see which applications best match the Skolar Award criteria.

Members of the preliminary jury represent six different fields of research:  Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Medical and Health Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences. Each field is represented by two jury members.

Here are the Skolar Award preliminary jury members

Pertti Alasuutari, professor of sociology at the University of Tampere. Alasuutari is the author of several influential books on the methodology of social sciences and qualitative research. He was named Professor of the Year in 2014 by the Finnish Union of University Professors.

Mikael Fogelholm, professor of nutrition at the University of Helsinki. His research is focused on public health issues and he is actively involved in forming the national nutrition recommendations in Finland as well as in the Nordic countries. Fogelholm is also known as a talented science communicator and lecturer and a tough-skinned commentator for public debates on food and nutrition.

Carl Gahmberg, professor emeritus of biochemistry at the University of Helsinki. He has received several awards for his research on e.g. leukocyte adhesion. Gahmberg is also a member of several international academies of science, including the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Jan Kaila, dean of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and previously professor of artistic research. Kaila’s work includes photography and installation art and is often inspired by research in history, anthropology and archeology. He is also a scientific advisor in artistic research at the Swedish Research Council. Kaila received the Pro Finlandia medal in 2008 and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2014.

Arkady Krasheninnikov, senior researcher and visiting professor in physics and materials science at the Nanomicroscopy Center at Aalto University. He leads his own research group in the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf center in Germany. Krasheninnikov was one of the most highly cited researchers in physics in 2017.

Juhani Knuuti, professor, medical doctor, and director of the PET-imaging centre at the University of Turku. He has also participated in forming the European clinical practice guidelines for cardiology. Knuuti is a health columnist and actively communicates medical science to the public.

Anu Koivunen, media researcher and professor of cinema studies at Stockholm University. Her research interests include the construction of nationality, gender and sexuality in audiovisual culture. Koivunen is active in public discussion as a columnist and media commentator and through social media.

Aarno Palotie, professor, medical doctor, and research director at the Finnish Institute for Molecular Medicine. His research concerns examining the genetic basis of common diseases such as migraine and cardiovascular diseases. He also conducts research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Human Genome Research.

Cindy Prescott, professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia. Her areas of research include ecosystem restoration and long term effects of forest fertilization. She is the editor of Forest Ecology and Management scientific journal. She received the Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award in 2005 and was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Helsinki in 2014.

Jaana Sandström, vice-rector of Lappeenranta University of Technology. Her previous titles at LUT include dean of the School of Business, as well as professor of strategic management accounting. She is also a member of the EPAS board that evaluates and develops business education internationally.

Mika Sillanpää, professor and head of the Laboratory of Green Chemistry at Lappeenranta University of Technology. Sillanpää was one of the most highly cited researchers in engineering in 2017. His current projects concern the creation of new and profitable wastewater treatment methods.

Leena Ukkonen, professor at the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at Tampere University of Technology. She leads a research group that studies and develops wireless intra-body sensing technologies that could help paralyzed patients move and communicate. Her group does international collaboration with e.g. UCLA, Berkeley and UCSF.

How does the preliminary jury work?

Each member of the preliminary jury will choose the top five applications from their own field of research. They will rank the applications so that the best one gets 5 points, second best 4 points etc.

After the preliminary qualifiers, the finalists will be selected by a final jury composed of scientific experts, who will be revealed on Skolar Award website before the the application period ends.


photo of Anu Koivunen: Mika Tuominen
photo of Carl Gahmberg: Ari Aalto / Helsingin yliopisto
photo of Jan Kaila: Petri Summanen / Taideyliopiston Kuvataideakatemia