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 the house of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (Tieteiden talo) in Helsinki.
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, usually 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 Rovaniemi from March 21 to 22, 2019 and the next one will be arranged at the Finnish Meteorological Institute from May 18 to 19, 2022.
The silver Palmén medal can be awarded to a distinguished Finnish geophysicist for outstanding achievements within the fields represented by the Society. By 2017, thirteen 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 200 members and 9 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 2022, the fee for a regular member is 30 € and for a student 0 €. The journal Geophysica is freely available at its website and a paper copy is available to members who have requested it from the secretary of the Society.
The National Committees of Geodesy and Geophysics, and World Climate Reseach Programme, work under the umbrella of the Society. The first one of these committees maintains connections to the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics.
Officers of the Society in 2020 and their contact information:
- Chair: Dr. Laura Tuomi (Finnish Meteorological Institute), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice Chair: Dr. Irene Suomi (Finnish Meteorological Institute), email@example.com
- Secretary: Dr. Toni Veikkolainen (University of Helsinki), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer: M.Sc. (Eng.) Timo Saari (National Land Survey), email@example.com
Other members of the board:
- Dr. Lauri Holappa (University of Oulu), firstname.lastname@example.org
- M.Sc. Sakari Väkevä (Finnish Environment Institute), email@example.com
- Prof. Ari Laaksonen (Finnish Meteorological Institute), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Doc. Päivi Mäntyniemi (University of Helsinki), email@example.com
You can contact the Geophysical Society of Finland by sending a message to the secretary.
Institute of Seismology
P.O. Box 68
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
Tel: +358 40 7645 113