September 7, 2018

Professor Outi Fingerroos was awarded for her efforts to promote the organisation of international scientific conferences in Finland with the Scientific Conference Power Player prize.

The EUR 5,000 award was donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation. The prizewinner was selected by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.

Outi Fingerroos works at the Department of History and Ethnology in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä. She has been involved in the organisation of workshops, symposiums and conferences related to her own research interests since 2002. The latest of these was the world congress of the International Somali Studies Association, the 12th SSIA Congress Revisiting Somali Identities – Addressing Gender, Generation and Belonging (2015) and the International Oral History Association’s XX IOHA Conference – Memory and Narration (2018).

Acquiring conferences takes effort

“Applying for and organising a major international conference requires long-term effort, preparation and networking. The reward is being able to bask in the international spotlight for a few days. Noone can become a conference power player on their own – the “chair” needs the support of a reliable conference secretary and a familiar organising team as well as the backing of a well-functioning service organisation. All these players roll up their sleeves at a very early stage. The University of Jyväskylä has been a good employer for me as a conference organiser,” says Fingerroos.

The Scientific Conference Power Player prize

This is the sixth time that the Scientific Power Player prize has been awarded.

“The Scientific Conference Power Player prize is awarded to individuals who have made a positive contribution to Finland’s role in international scientific activities and who have successfully petitioned for international conferences to be arranged in Finland. The award winner contributes to the positive image of the discipline in question, widely promotes the development of the discipline and has the ability to look to the future. Outi Fingerroos is exactly this kind of person,” comments Lea Ryynänen-Karjalainen, Executive Director of The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, citing the grounds for the selection.

The competition for the 2019 Scientific Power Player award will be launched in January.

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