LUMAT Science Research Forum

LUMAT Science Research Forum aims to improve the quality, effectiveness, and visibility of the Finnish science education research. This is achieved by developing and deepening the dialogue and research collaboration among the universities, faculties and research groups. Universities are in key position in supporting continuous learning opportunities also in teacher education.

  1. LUMAT Research Seminars
  2. LUMAT Summer School
  3. LUMAT Journal
  4. LUMAT Research Symposium
  5. Upcoming events
  6. Advisory board
  7. Apply as a member
  8. Contact

The aims are:

  1. Promoting mathematics, science and technology education and teacher education through multidisciplinary research in the LUMA ecosystem
  2. Promoting teacher education research (also PhD`s and master students` research) on mathematics, science and technology
  3. Fostering national and international collaboration
  4. Progressing funding opportunities
  5. Progressing research careers of young researchers
  6. Influencing LUMA education policy and practice in Finland
  7. Collaborating with other related associations

LUMAT Research Forum develops, supports, and participates in activities and research that progress the quality, effectiveness, and visibility of the Finnish science education research through the forum`s aims. LUMAT Science Research Forum activities and research is described by multidisciplinarity, collaboration, and openness.

LUMAT Science Research Forum in practice:

LUMAT Research Seminars

  • researchers, and students (master and doctoral) can present their research, and get feedback
  • research, such as research methods, are discussed about
  • other practices and discussion topics according to participants` needs and interests
  • is held online
  • presenters can reserve their presentation time by e-mailing the coordinator

International LUMAT Summer School

  • builds collaboration between researchers, doctoral students and teachers
  • promotes discussion and quality of research
  • brings people together
  • is held annually (late spring/early summer)

International LUMAT Journal

  • double peer-reviewed journal on math, science, and technology education
  • published by LUMA Centre Finland throughout the year (also special issues are published 1-2/year)
  • ranked as JUFO 1 in the Finnish Publication Forum rating
  • no publication fees

International LUMAT Research Symposium

  • gathers researchers and doctoral students worldwide to present and discuss about current research in math, science, and technology education
  • acknowledges traditional research presentations, as well as new and inspiring methods to collaborate and discuss about research, such as debates
  • is held annually (late spring/early summer)

Upcoming events:

Advisory board:

  • chair, professor, Dr. Maija Aksela, LUMA Centre Finland, University of Helsinki
  • secretary, Dr. Jaana Herranen, LUMA Centre Finland, University of Helsinki
  • university lecturer Dr. Veli-Matti Vesterinen, vice chair, president of the Finnish Mathematics and Science Education Research Association, University of Turku
  • university lecturer Dr. Johannes Pernaa, managing editor of LUMAT journal, University of Helsinki
  • senior university lecturer Dr. Mervi Asikainen, University of Eastern Finland
  • dean, university lecturer, Dr. Sari Harmoinen, University of Oulu
  • associate professor, Dr. Vesa Hytönen, Tampere University
  • university lecturer, Dr. Markus Hähkiöniemi, University of Jyväskylä
  • professor, Dr. Tuula Keinonen, Itä-Suomen yliopisto
  • university lecturer, Dr. Anu Laine, University of Helsinki
  • professor, Dr. Jari Lavonen, University of Helsinki
  • professor, Dr. Jan Lundell, University of Jyväskylä
  • associate professor, Dr. Terhi Mäntylä, University of Jyväskylä
  • post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Johanna Naukkarinen, LUT University
  • professor Dr. Anna Uitto, University of Helsinki

Apply as a member:

Through the forum, you have the possibility to:

  • collaborate with the other researchers in the field
  • get national and international visibility for you and your research
  • take part in LUMA activities and developing of them
  • review for LUMAT journal
  • apply for research funds in collaboration

Apply as a member thought this e-form.


  • director, prof. Maija Aksela, HY, LUMA Centre Finland
  • research coordinator, Jaana Herranen, HY, LUMA Centre Finland (