Paula Kankaanpää

Marine Research Centre

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Phone: +358 40 77 77 825

Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Marine Research Centre
Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki, Finland

Current task

As the director of the SYKE's Marine Research Centre my main resposibilities are as follows

  • leadership and management of SYKE's marine research centre
  • a member of directory board of SYKE
  • leading international cooperation, external relations, outreach and communication
  • leading project development activities

SYKE's Marine Research Centre is responsible for monitoring the status of the Baltic Sea for Finnish government. It is the main research unit in Finland that carries out scientific marine environmental research mostly in externally funded projects. It hosts the Finnish marine monitoring data bases, runs Finnish Research Vessel Aranda and the Marine Ecology Laboratory, coordinates the consortium of Finnish Marine Infrastructure (FINMARI) and the development of multi-sectoral national Marine Information Portal. The staff of the centre is about 100 scientists and experts.

Expertise and education

I have thirty years knowledge on international environmental cooperation with a particular emphasis on the arctic seas and territories. I have long experience on leading a wide range of multi-disciplinary research groups and in facilitaing related dialogues between science and policy.

I am interested in studying international environmental issues and decision making needs of the Baltic Sea and the ever increasing importance of the arctic areas within the global context.

I am Doctor of Philosophy that I received in the University of Helsinki, Department of Geography in 1998.


2000–2015 Director of the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland, the Centre is a multidisciplinary research institute that studies global change, climate change, sustainable development, and environmental and minority law in the circumpolar Arctic area.

1991–1999  Senior advisor at Finnish Ministry of the Environment being responsible for e.g. preparations of Finland’s international Arctic, Barents and Antarctic environmental co-operation.

2010  Visiting Fellow at Dartmouth College, Dickey Centre

1998–1999  Deputy Executive Secretary at Arctic Council, CAFF International Secretariat, Akureyri, Iceland

1990  Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Current memberships

  • 2018–  Representative of Finland: International Council for Exploration of the Sea, Ministry of Environment
  • 2018–2020  Member: Advisory Board of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Turku
  • 2017–  Representative of Finland: International Arctic Science Committee
  • 2017–2019 Member: Arctic Team for Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council of Ministry of the Environment
  • 2016–  Chair: Finnish National Committee of Arctic and Antarctic Research, Council of Finnish Academies
  • 2016–2018  Member: Committee for Antarctic Research and Logistics, Ministry of Education
  • 2006–  Member: Committee for Arctic and Antarctic Research by Academy of Science and Letters


CV and publications (PDF, 1/2018)

Published 2018-01-12 at 10:26, updated 2021-12-10 at 13:16

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