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Vice Rector of the University of Turku Mika Hannula Elected as President of International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences


The Vice Rector of the University of Turku Mika Hannula has been elected as the next President of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences CAETS. CAETS prepares propositions based of scientific knowledge for the governments of different countries and actively comments on topical global challenges.

Open Access Publishing Popular as Ever in Wiley’s and Taylor & Francis’s Journals – Funds Reserved for OA Publishing Nearly Spent


The Library keenly follows how the funds reserved for open access publishing in its license agreements are used. At the moment, the funds in two such agreements is running out. Those of the library’s license agreements that include open access publishing have mainly been negotiated by FinELib, a consortium of Finnish higher education institutions, research institutes and public libraries. However the library has also entered into some such agreements directly with the publishers.

Hackmanite Changes Colour Also Upon Exposure to Nuclear Radiation – Memory Trace from Radiation Enables New Applications


Researchers at the University of Turku, Finland, have long studied the colour-changing properties of the natural mineral hackmanite upon exposure to UV radiation or X-rays. Now, the research group studied the reactions of synthetic hackmanite to nuclear radiation. The researchers discovered a one-of-a-kind and novel intelligent quality, gamma exposure memory, which allows the use of hackmanite as e.g. radiation detector.

Comma-project explores how cybersecurity affects business relationships and risk experiences


Data connectivity has increased the demand for cybersecurity and safety of mobile work machines, which are used for example in mining, port logistics and forest environments. Turku School of Economics (TSE) started a two-year research project which aims at creating new services around cybersecurity in machine systems. The project is coordinated by VTT and involves Tampere University, Sandvik Mining and Construction, Cargotec Finland, Ponsse and Netox.

Come Follow the Fun Science-Themed Contest Science Battle


How do scientists tackle a surprising problem they face? You can witness this in the Science Battle competition, where researchers from the Universities of Coimbra, Iasi, Jena and Salamanca compete against each other. Four teams try to solve questions submitted by the public. The competition can be followed online. Come and cheer your favorite to victory on September 30.