News 18.12.2020

Ari Laaksonen appointed as Academy Professor

The Academy of Finland has appointed Scientific Director Ari Laaksonen as a new Academy Professor.
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

Academy Professors are internationally leading-edge researchers in their field who are expected to have great scientific impact in the scientific community and in society at large. All in all, the Academy of Finland selected ten new Academy Professors for the period 1 September 2021–31 August 2026.

Ari Laaksonen has been one of the world’s most cited geoscientists since 2014. To date, he has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, with more than 17,000 citations to them.

During his term as Academy Professor, Laaksonen will study climate change and particularly the mechanisms behind deposition ice nucleation in the atmosphere. Laaksonen will examine ice nucleation on mineral, organic, black carbon and biological aerosol particles via laboratory experiments and molecular simulations. This will lead to improved descriptions of ice nucleation. The more detailed descriptions can then be implemented in climate models.

Ari Laaksonen is the Scientific Director of the Finnish Meteorological Institute and he also holds a part-time professorship in environmental physics at the University of Eastern Finland. Laaksonen obtained his PhD in physics from the University of Helsinki in 1992. He has worked at the University of Eastern Finland since 1998, and at the Finnish Meteorological Institute since 2008.

For further information, please contact:

Scientific Director Ari Laaksonen, 0405137900,

Academy of Finland press release

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