Education in physics and physics research form an important part of a national policy of development towards an information society in Finland. As a country of high technology Finland has overtaken many of its competitors. The proportion of high technology is at the moment 15.5% of total export. Research in physics as the basis of technology is in a pivotal role. Research activity makes it possible to follow what is happening elsewhere in the world, to understand it and to graft necessary knowledge quickly into Finnish society. A prerequisite for this is basic research at a high international level. Applications profiting from physics research findings and connected with the well-being of citizens are found in industrial research and in health and environmental research.


Twenty-five of the Department's researchers had leading positions in 47 international scientific organisations and 27 researchers in 44 domestic ones. These are listed in the supplementary part of this report.

The Department's researchers had 13 positions on the editorial staff of foreign scientific journals and six in domestic scientific journals. Thirty-one researchers acted as referees for a total of 107 international scientific journals. Three persons had a referee's post in domestic scientific journals.

Fifteen persons of the staff of the Department were active members on 50 boards, committees and other public bodies outside the University (see the supplementary part of this report).

The researchers of the Department have often been invited to give interviews or lectures of public interest. They gave 31 lectures for the "wide public" in happenings around Finland. In 1997 they also gave 16 radio interviews and lectures and appeared in nine TV programs.