Scientific Conference Promoter Award to Professor Marjaana Niemi

Submitted on Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:47
Vuoden Tiedekongressivaikuttajapalkinnon saa Tampereen yliopiston kansainvälisen historian professori Marjaana Niemi. Kuva: Markku Ojala c Messukeskus Helsinki
Professor of international history Marjaana Niemi. Photograph: Markku Ojala/Messukeskus Helsinki.

Professor of International History from the University of Tampere Marjaana Niemi has received this year’s Scientific Conference Promoter Award. Professor Niemi is awarded for her efforts to promote organising international scientific conferences in Finland.

The winner was selected by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.

Professor Niemi specialises in urban history and has organised several seminars and congresses for the field, the latest and the biggest being the 13th International Conference on Urban History in August 2016. The event gathered over 600 participants from 50 countries and was organised in cooperation with the University of Tampere and the University of Helsinki.

– International congresses have a key role in promoting research that addresses different phenomena from a transnational viewpoint, states Professor Niemi.

– Organising big international congresses is time consuming and requires effort. There is also a lot of invisible work, i.e. work that is not noticed unless something goes wrong. On the other hand organising congresses in Finland is relatively easy as such events are appreciated. Financial support is available and both universities and cities are eager to contribute. Also colleagues offer their support. This award is a recognition for all the support I have received and it also indicates that organising international congresses is considered important. I am honoured to receive the award, states Professor Niemi.

– The Scientific Conference Promoter award is given as recognition to an individual who has actively promoted Finland’s role in international scientific research and education, and who has successfully acquired international conferences to Finland. The winner contributes to the positive image of the discipline he/she represents and gives something to look forward to in the future. Professor Niemi meets all these requirements, lists Lea Ryynänen-Karjalainen from the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.

The Scientific Conference Promoter Award was handed out for the fourth time. The award was presented to Professor Niemi during Business Days held at Messukeskus Helsinki 21-22 September.

The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies consists of four scientific academies and 274 societies from different fields of science. The Federation grants state subsidies for organising scientific conferences. The €5,000 award is donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation.