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 January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019:

Partner University Representative Vice Representative
Aalto University Foundation Professor, Dr.
Ilkka Tittonen
Professor, Dr.
Keijo Nikoskinen
Lappeenranta–Lahti University of Technology LUT Senior Instructor, Dr.
Virpi Junttila
Postdoctoral researcher, Dr.
Johanna Naukkarinen
Tampere University Foundation University lecturer, Dr.
Riikka Lahtinen
University lecturer, Dr.
Jorma Joutsenlahti
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 Professor, Dr.
Jan Lundell
Professor, Dr.
Tommi Kärkkäinen
University of Lapland University lecturer, Dr.
Anna-Maija Partanen
University teacher
Pieti Tolvanen
University of Oulu Professor, Dr.
Jouni Pursiainen
University lecturer, Dr.
Sari Harmoinen
University of Turku Director, Dr.
Laszlo Major
Katja Puutio
University of Vaasa Project Manager, Dr.
Maarit Mäkelä
Professor, Dr.
Tommi Sottinen
Åbo Akademi University Professor, Dr.
Ronald Österbacka
Professor, Dr.
Kirsti Hemmi

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

Besides, the board has decided to invite to its meetings, as expert representatives with the permanent right to attend and speak, for the period ending on 31 December 2019:

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

Further, the board has decided that other specialists may be called upon to attend meetings of the board whenever necessary for specific matters and, in the event that a nominated representative or vice representative of the university are prevented from attending, even remotely, the university may be represented by another expert as an expert representative.


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

The Rector of the University of Helsinki appoints the director for a three-year term, after consulting the partner universities.

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

During the term January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019 the director is Professor, Dr. Maija Aksela from the University of Helsinki.