LUMA Centre Finland


LUMA Centre Finland

LUMA Centre Finland was established 8 November 2013 as the umbrella organization for LUMA Centres in Finnish Universities to strengthen and promote their collaboration on national and international level.

Aim

The aim of LUMA Centre Finland is to inspire and motivate children and youth into mathematics, science and technology through the latest methods and activities of science and technology education. The aim is also to support the life-long learning of teachers working on levels of education from early childhood to universities, and strengthen the development of research-based teaching.

Operation

LUMA Centre Finland is the umbrella network of LUMA Centres in Finnish universities and university campuses:

1. Central Finland LUMA Centre (University of Jyväskylä)
2. LUMA Centre Aalto (Aalto University)
3. LUMA Centre Lapland (University of Lapland)
4. LUMA Centre of Central Ostrobothnia (Kokkola University Campus Chydenius)
5. LUMA Centre of Ostrobothnia (University of Vaasa)
6. LUMA Centre of Southwestern Finland (University of Turku)
7. LUMA Centre of the University of Eastern Finland
8. LUMA Centre of the University of Helsinki
9. LUMA Centre of the University of Oulu
10. LUMA Centre Päijät-Häme (Lahti University Campus)
11. LUMA Centre Saimaa (Lappeenranta University of Technology + Saimaa University of Applied Sciences)
12. LUMA Centre Åbo Akademi (Åbo Akademi University)
13. Tampere LUMATE Centre (University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology + Tampere University of Applied Sciences)

LUMA Centre Finland promotes competence in LUMA subjects (i.e. mathematics, natural sciences and technology) according to national strategy and plan of action validated by the board.

Management

The LUMA Centre Finland network is directed and coordinated from the University of Helsinki.

The director is Professor, Dr. Maija Aksela, maija.aksela@helsinki.fi, tel. +358 50 514 1450 (Department of Chemistry, P.O. BOX 55, 00014 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, FINLAND).

The activities are coordinated by Planning officer, M.Sc. Lauri Vihma, lauri.vihma@helsinki.fi, tel. +358 50 319 9281 (University Services, P.O. BOX 64, 00014 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, FINLAND).

Board

The chair of the LUMA Centre Finland board is Director, Senior Lecturer Pekka Hirvonen from the LUMA Centre of University of Eastern Finland (pekka.e.hirvonen@uef.fi, tel. +358 50 351 4897), and vice-chair is Director, Professor Esa Räsänen from the Tampere LUMATE Centre (esa.rasanen@tut.fi, tel. +358 50 301 3386).

Members and their vice-members:

  • Pekka Hirvonen (Markku Tukiainen), LUMA Centre of University of Eastern Finland
  • Arto Kaarna (Liisa Puro), LUMA Centre Saimaa, Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • Jan Lundell (Jari Haimi), LUMA Centre of Central Finland, University of Jyväskylä
  • Juha Oikkonen (Ismo Koponen), LUMA Centre of the University of Helsinki
  • Anna-Maija Partanen (Pieti Tolvanen), LUMA Centre Lapland, University of Lapland
  • Jouni Pursiainen (Peter Hästö), LUMA Centre of the University of Oulu
  • Esa Räsänen (Jorma Joutsenlahti), LUMATE Centre, University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology
  • Tapio Salakoski (Petriina Paturi), LUMA Centre of Southwestern Finland, University of Turku
  • Ilkka Tittonen (Kai Zenger), LUMA Centre Aalto, Aalto University
  • Jaakko Yli-Ojanperä (Jari Kuusisto), LUMA Centre of Ostrobothnia, University of Vaasa
  • Ronald Österbacka (Kirsti Hemmi), Åbo Akademi University

Expert members and their vice-members:

  • Ulla Lassi, LUMA Centre of Ostrobothnia (Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius)
  • Rauni Strömmer (Jarkko Lampiselkä), LUMA Centre Päijät-Häme, Lahti University Campus

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History

Science and technology have been promoted in Finland through LUMA activities since 1996. The so-called LUMA programme was a science education development project by the Finnish National Board of Education from 1996 to 2002.

On 9 December 2003, Finland’s Science Education Centre LUMA was established at University of Helsinki to continue the work. One of its main goals was to strengthen the LUMA operations to promote science and technology education throughout Finland. To achieve the goal, the launch of LUMA Centres in universities around Finland was supported. Since 2007, 10 LUMA Centres have been launched in different universities.

LUMA Advisory Board with representatives also from pedagogical teacher associations, industry federations, and science centres had been active since 2010. The board is in charge of National LUMA Strategy that has guided the science and technology education in LUMA Centres.

LUMA Centre Finland shares the mutual concern over the level of competence in mathematics, natural sciences, and technology in general, and insufficient amount of professionals in these fields. In Finland, there is a need for more skilled experts of mathematics, natural sciences and technology but fewer and fewer youth choose to study these subjects.

According to international PISA results, Finnish youth achieve well in natural sciences and mathematics but they are not interested in studying these subjects. Few youth know about the career possibilities that studying mathematics, natural sciences and technology open, or about the Finnish innovations in the fields. It is also necessary to increase the teachers’ knowledge of science and careers.