Celebrating the 20th anniversary of LUMA work in Finland – Joy of science!

LUMA Centre Finland is a science education network of 11 universities and 13 centres in Finland. The aim of our activity is to motivate and inspire children and youth into the STEM-fields, mathematics, science and technology. In this anniversary article Maija Aksela, the Director of the LUMA-network (LUMA meaning STEM in English) will share her views on the anniversary and the impact of LUMA.

– Science belongs to everyone! The best part of our operations during the past 20 years have been the joy of learning and success of the children and young people, the makers of the future! In addition, doing together and learning from each other about science. Together with teachers, the scientific community and other cooperative partners we have built new openings in a research-based way, new best approaches and materials for a sustainable future, also globally. Together we are more! says Director, Professor Maija Aksela, LUMA “mother”, LUMA Centre Finland (11 universities, 13 centres), from the University of Helsinki.

LUMA is an abbreviation of the Finnish words for natural sciences and mathematics. According to international PISA-results, Finnish youth achieve good results in the fields of natural sciences and mathematics.

National LUMA-strategy

The national LUMA-strategy involves ensuring that there is science and mathematics competence and understanding in society to promote wellbeing and growth that is socially, ecologically and economically sustainable.

LUMA Centre at the University of Helsinki started 20 years ago. LUMA Centre Finland (11 universities, 13 centres) started 10 years ago. On the other hand, ChemistryLab Gadolin, was founded 15 years ago.

Please view our LUMA book for more information here.

Anniversary celebration

LUMA Centre Finland celebrates its 20th anniversary with an anniversary seminar on Friday, 10th of November at 13.15 pm at the University of Helsinki. You have the possibility to participate on-site at Unioninkatu 33, in the banquet hall, or online. The event will begin with cake and coffee at 12.15, for those who are interested, and will end at 15.00.

The Minister of Science and Culture, Sari Multala, will be speaking at the event. In addition, Kai Nordlund, Vice rector of the University of Helsinki will be sharing his views in the event. Furthermore, Laura Taajamaa, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education & Culture, will be sharing the LUMA-strategy and its meaning. Awards will also be given to schools and teachers, as a recognition of their work. We would like to thank and encourage teachers in their important work. 

For more information about the programme, please view our anniversary schedule here – the seminar will be held in Finnish and partially in Swedish.

Furthermore, we receive congratulation responses at the address luma-keskus@helsinki.fi. Please feel free to contact us and cheer us on!

You have the possibility to donate and support our projects financially here.

Thank you all, who have supported us in previous years.