Professor Päivi Törmä from Aalto University appointed a member of the Research and Innovation Council
Professor Päivi Törmä from Aalto University has been named one of the members of the Government appointed Research and Innovation Council. The Council’s term is equal to the length of the present parliamentary term.
The Research and Innovation Council advises the Government and Ministries in matters related to the direction, follow-up, evaluation and co-ordination of science, technology and innovation policy
When selecting the members of the Research and Innovation Council the Ministry of Education and Culture heard from non-government affiliated parties and asked them to appoint member candidates. The composition of the Council is based on the government decree issued on the Council, the Council’s tasks and suggestions by different interested parties.
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen was appointed Chairman of the Council, and Minister of Education and Science Jukka Gustafsson and Minister of Economic Affairs Jyri Häkämies as its Deputy Chairmen. The Council's ministerial members are Minister of Finance Jutta Urpilainen, Minister of Culture and Sport Paavo Arhinmäki, Minister of Health and Social Services Maria Guzenina-Richardson, Minister of the Environment Ville Niinistö, Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen, Minister of Public Administration and Local Government Henna Virkkunen and Minister of Defence Stefan Wallin.
The other members appointed to the Council are Rector Kaija Holli (University of Tampere), CEO Risto Lammintausta (Hormos-Medical Oy), President and CEO Erkki Leppävuori (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland), President and CEO Pekka Lundmark (Konecranes Oyj), President Markku Mattila (The Academy of Finland), Professor Arto Mustajoki (University of Helsinki), Rector Anneli Pirttilä (Saimaa University of Applied Sciences), Director General Veli-Pekka Saarnivaara (Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation), Education Policy Adviser Saana Siekkinen (Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions, SAK ry) and Professor Päivi Törmä (Aalto University).
Source: Ministry of Education and Culture Press Releas