About us

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.

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

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 Oulu
9. LUMA Centre Päijänne Tavastia (Lahti University Campus)
10. LUMA Centre Saimaa (Lappeenranta University of Technology + Saimaa University of Applied Sciences)
11. LUMA Centre Åbo Akademi (Åbo Akademi University)
12. Tampere LUMATE Centre (University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology + Tampere University of Applied Sciences)
13. University of Helsinki LumA Science Education Centre

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.

With our collaborators are we dedicated to promoting the study and teaching of science and mathematics. Our mission is to inspire and motivate both students and teachers through all levels of education.

This English language version of our site is dedicated to mathematics, science and technology education news from Finland to all international audiences. LUMA News highlights themes, innovations and research in Finnish mathematics, science and technology education as well as interesting events within the field.

Our peer-reviewed open access research journal LUMAT: Research and Practice in Math, Science and Technology Education publishes original research in the area of science, mathematics and technology education research.


Board

Members and their vice-members January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019:

Party Member Vice-member
Aalto University Foundation professor Ilkka Tittonen professor Keijo Nikoskinen
Lappeenranta University of Technology postdoctoral researcher Virpi Junttila postdoctoral researcher Johanna Naukkarinen
University of Eastern Finland university lecturer Pekka E. Hirvonen assistant professor Sari Havu-Nuutinen
University of Helsinki professor Juha Oikkonen professor Ismo Koponen
University of Jyväskylä professor Jan Lundell professor Tommi Kärkkäinen
University of Lapland university lecturer Anna-Maija Partanen university teacher Pieti Tolvanen
University of Oulu professor Jouni Pursiainen professor Peter Hästö
University of Tampere & TTY Foundation professor Esa Räsänen university lecturer Jorma Joutsenlahti
University of Turku professor Erkki Sutinen docent Mikko-Jussi Laakso
University of Vaasa university lecturer Jaakko Yli-Ojanperä professor Tommi Sottinen
Åbo Akademi University professor Ronald Österbacka professor Kirsti Hemmi

Chair

University Lecturer Pekka Hirvonen, University of Eastern Finland
pekka.e.hirvonen@uef.fi, +358 50 351 4897

Vice-Chair

Prof. Esa Räsänen, Tampere University of Technology
esa.rasanen@tut.fi, +358 50 301 3386


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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.