The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies

Updated 11.4.2016 10.00

The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, established in 1899, is a national co-operative body for learned societies in Finland. It contributes to the co-operation between learned societies, supports and develops scholarly communication and publishing, and promotes awareness and usage of research results. It also supports and develops the role of its members in science policy discussion.

The Federation has a membership of 270 societies from all branches of arts and sciences, in total 250,000 individual members. Every year these learned societies arrange hundreds of meetings and conferences, attended by the academic community and the general public. The societies and academies are among the foremost academic publishers in Finland: they issue more than 100 periodicals and some 250 new book titles each year. Publications issued by the member societies are sold in the Bookstore Tiedekirja, the shop and webstore maintained by the Federation. The Exchange Centre for Scientific Literature is in charge of the exchange of publications of learned societies and other scientific publishing bodies.

The Federation distributes government subsidies allocated by the Ministry of Education and Science for scholarly publishing and for organising international conferences and national seminars.

The Federation also publishes a journal Tieteessä tapahtuu (Science now) which appears six times a year. It contains information on the events and publications of the learned societies and on the current issues within the academic community.

Tieteen päivät (The Science Forum) is a biannual science festival, co-organised with the Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, The Finnish Society of Science and Letters, The Finnish Academy of Technology and The Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Finland.

The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies hosts four expert bodies: The Committee for Public Information, The Council of Finnish Academies, Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity and Publication Forum.