Docent Ilari E. Sääksjärvi is the Scientist of the Year
The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers (FUURT) has chosen Docent Ilari E. Sääksjärvi from the University of Turku as the Scientist of the Year.
From the year 2010, Sääksjärvi (36), has worked as the Head Curator and director of the Zoological Museum of the University of Turku.
FUURT emphasizes in their criteria that Sääksjärvi is an exemplary scientist. All of the key tasks of the university can be seen beautifully in his work: research, teaching and social influencing.
Sääksjärvi is a biologist who, in addition to research, writes and teaches. He has numerous administrative tasks as well as confidential posts. From the beginning of August, he has acted as the vice-head of University of Turku’s Department of Biology. Sääksjärvi has been a member of the board of directors of the Finnish Museum of Natural History since 2009. He has also been on the editorial council of the Luonnon tutkija magazine since 2007.
Sääksjärvi has annually about 150–200 teaching hours and he tutors several basic and post graduate degree students. Biology students of the University of Turku have voted Sääksjärvi as the Teacher of the Year four times.
Productive Researcher and Popularizer of Science