English Info

The Geophysical Society of Finland (founded in 1926, name in Finnish: Geofysiikan Seura r.y., in Swedish: Geofysiska Sällskapet r.f.) advances geophysical research and serves as a link between those involved in it.

One of the main activities of the Society is to arrange public lectures on different geophysical topics approximately once a month during the academic year. In most cases, the lectures are given in Finnish, but foreign speakers can be invited as well. The lectures are usually arranged in-house of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies ("Tieteiden talo") in Helsinki. Once a year, traditionally in December, the Society arranges a panel discussion on an actual geophysical topic such as climate change or disposal of nuclear waste in the bedrock. Excursions to interesting sites related to geophysics have been organized as well.

The Geophysical Society of Finland has published the journal Geophysica since 1935. Research papers, review articles, notes and short communications on all geophysical topics can be submitted to the pre-review process, and the journal is open to anyone who wishes to contribute an original scientific paper. Emphasis is given to papers concerning geophysics in Northern Europe as well as articles relevant to Finland. The journal is published in English.

Another publication of the Society is titled Geophysics Days. It comprises the extended abstracts of presentations, either oral or poster, given at a meeting known under the same name. This two-day meeting is organized by the Society every second year. The venue of the meeting alternates between Helsinki and Oulu in northern Finland. The meeting is essentially Finnish-speaking, but presentations given in English are accepted. Geofysiikan Päivät is mainly published in Finnish except for brief summaries in English. The last meeting was held in Oulu from May 26 to 27, 2015.

The silver Palmén medal can be awarded to a distinguished Finnish geophysicist for outstanding achievements within the fields represented by the Society. By 2013, twelve silver medals had been bestowed since 1968. The bronze Palmén medal can be awarded more frequently for contributions in geophysics when the board of the Society so chooses.

The Geophysical Society of Finland has approximately 250 members and 12 corporate members. New members are recruited through recommendation by two Society members. The application form has to be filled in and returned to the secretary or another member of the board. In 2016, the fee for a regular member is 30 € and for a student 10 €. Both memberships include a volume of Geophysica.

Officers of the Society in 2016 and their contact information:

  • Chair: M.Sc. (Eng.) Mirjam Bilker-Koivula (Finnish Geospatial Research Institute), firstname.lastname@nls.fi
  • Vice Chair: Dr. Laura Tuomi (Finnish Meteorological Institute), firstname.lastname@fmi.fi
  • Secretary: Dr. Toni Veikkolainen (University of Helsinki), firstname.lastname@helsinki.fi
  • Treasurer: Prof. Toivo Korja (Luleå University of Technology), firstname.lastname@gmail.com

Other members of the board:

  • Dr. Maaria Nordman (Finnish Geospatial Research Institute), firstname.lastname@nls.fi
  • Dr. Carl Fortelius (Finnish Meteorological Institute), firstname.lastname@fmi.fi
  • Doc. Johanna Salminen (University of Helsinki), firstname.m.lastname@helsinki.fi

You can contact the Geophysical Society of Finland by sending a message to the secretary.

Toni Veikkolainen
Department of Physics
Division of Materials Physics
P.O. Box 64
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
Tel: +358 40 7645 113
E-mail: firstname.lastname@helsinki.fi