BASE: Building Academics’ Societal Impact

Duration: 2022
Authors: The project is led by Mari K. Niemi and coordinated by Gökhan Depo. Other project team members are Ville Pitkänen, Matti Välimäki, and Roosa Veijola.

Funders: Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

Collaborators: Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, LUT University, University of Turku, University of Vaasa, The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers (FUURT).

Project objectives

BASE is a pilot project aimed to develop the foreign academics’ societal engagement and impact in Finland. Throughout the project, foreign academics and experts will be consulted, surveyed, and interviewed regarding their work and lives in Finland. The collected data will be utilized in strengthening the networks of foreign professionals and making their expertise visible.

The project will improve our understanding of what kind of support, instructions, and training are needed by foreign academics in their work and daily lives. Based on the surveys, meetings, and focus group interviews, we will develop a pilot webinar series to improve foreign academics’ societal engagement and impact in Finland, which will serve the coming good of the society by supporting all the stakeholders involved. 

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Read Mari K. Niemi's blog in The Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists -website: Societal engagement, Finnish media, and foreign academics – how to bridge the gap?

Project publications

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Building Academics' Societal Impact: Survey Results pdf 16.61 Mb

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