The Academy of Finland has published its report on the state of scientific research in Finland 2016. The report concludes that the level of scientific research in Finland remains stable and above the world average. Science has significant societal impact. Research and innovation policy must take into account that there is a mutually reinforcing relationship between top-level research, high-quality education and the broader impact of research, the report says. The report also recommends that Finland continue the research-based profiling of higher education institutions and underlines the importance of recruitment and researcher training in the further advancement of research.
According to a bibliometric analysis, the level of scientific research in Finland has remained stable and Finnish research performs above the world average. Finland has a high number of scientific publications per capita in comparison to many OECD countries. The proportion of international co-publications by Finnish researchers has seen a visible increase in recent years. International co-publications accounted for more than 50 per cent of all scientific publications produced in Finland in 2011–2014. Some twenty years earlier, in the early 1990s, the corresponding figure was only 27 per cent.
Heikki Mannila, President of the Academy of Finland and chair of the report’s steering group said: “There is clearly a mutually reinforcing relationship between top-level research, high-quality education and the broader impact of research. This relationship as well as the various routes of impact and roles of science in society must be taken into account in the work to promote the impact of research.”