The board is the main decision-making body of the LUMA Centre Finland -network. It comprises of the representatives of all 11 signatory universities. The director of the network executes its decisions and supports all regional LUMA-centres,

The Board

The LUMA Centre Finland network has a board that

  • takes care of the network’s operating preconditions,
  • approves the network’s common strategy,
  • approves the annual plan and budget of the network,
  • steers and supports the work of the director as well as
  • approves the annual report of the network.

Each partner university has appointed its representative and vice representative to the board.

Members and their vice members

Partner University Representative Vice Representative
Aalto University Foundation Professor, Dr.
Ilkka Tittonen
Veli-Matti Ikävalko
Lappeenranta–Lahti University of Technology LUT Senior Instructor, Dr.
Virpi Junttila
Postdoctoral researcher, Dr.
Johanna Naukkarinen
Tampere University Foundation Professor
Pekka Verho
University of Eastern Finland University lecturer, Dr.
Mervi Asikainen
Professor, Dr.
Sari Havu-Nuutinen
University of Helsinki Professor, Dr.
Juha Oikkonen
Professor, Dr.
Ismo Koponen
University of Jyväskylä Docent, Dr.
Maaria Linko
Associate professor
Anne-Maria Ernvall-Hytönen
University of Lapland University lecturer, Dr.
Anna-Maija Partanen
University teacher
Pieti Tolvanen
University of Oulu Professor, Dr.
Jouni Pursiainen
Kati Kyllönen
University of Turku Director, Dr.
Laszlo Major
University Lecturer
Veli-Matti Vesterinen
University of Vaasa Project Manager, Dr.
Maarit Mäkelä
Professor, Dr.
Tommi Sottinen
Åbo Akademi University Professor, Dr.
Ronald Österbacka
Bengt-Johan Skrifvars

The board has elected a chairman (Jan Lundell) and vice chairman (Mervi Asikainen) from among its representatives.

In addition, the board has decided to invite to its meetings, as expert representatives with the permanent right to attend and speak:

Representative Vice Representative
LUMA Centre of Central Ostrobothnia Professor, Dr.
Ismo Hakala
LUMA Centre Päijänne Tavastia University Lecturer, Dr.
Anna-Lea Rantalainen
University lecturer, Dr.
Jarkko Lampiselkä

Furthermore, the board has decided that other specialists may be called upon to attend meetings of the board for specific matters. In the event that a nominated representative or vice representative of the university are prevented from attending, the university may be represented by another expert.


The director handles the operational management of the network under the annual plan and prepares the decisions for the board.

The university, where the director of the network is appointed, is responsible for the management and coordination of the network.

The Rector of the University of Helsinki appoints the director for a three-year term, after consulting the partner universities. During the term January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022 the director is Professor, Dr. Maija Aksela from the University of Helsinki.