Official pre-event of the European Researchers Night
This Café Scientifique is part of the official program of the European Researchers Night in Finland (full program here: as pre-event.

Initiated by the European Commission in 2005 as part of the Marie Skolodowska-Curie actions, the European Researchers Night is a free, open-ended scientific, technical and industrial culture event organized in the same day in more than 200 cities in Europe. Placed above all under the sign of discovery and pleasure, it is a unique and privileged opportunity for the general public to directly meet and exchange with researchers with animations for all. An evening to concretely touch the research being done.

This year, the Institut Francais in Helsinki will contribute to the program with a Café Scientifique which will be, for the occasion, in English.
Come meet and exchange with our two researchers on this occasion and celebrate with us the European research!

17h00-17h10: Welcoming words:
Mathieu LEPORINI, Science and Higher Education Attaché – Institute Francais de Finlande, Embassy of France in Finland – Representative of the European Research Night Finnish Consortium
17h10-17h30: “Materials science with antimatter” by Filip TUOMISTO – Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University.
17h30-17h40 Questions
17h40-18h00: “Macroeconomic impact of financial crises” by Marlène ISORE – University of Helsinki and Bank of Finland.
18h00-18h10: Questions
18h10-19h00: Networking reception to celebrate European researchers


Materials science with antimatter
Prof. Filip Tuomisto leads the antimatter and nuclear engineering research group at the Department of Applied Physics, School of Science, Aalto University. The group specializes in the development and applications of positron annihilation spectroscopies for investigating atomic-scale structural phenomena in new and functional materials.

In his presentation, Prof. Tuomisto will discuss why materials are the way they are, how to analyze their properties and how to characterize the relationship between the materials’ properties and their structure. In addition, he will discuss how antimatter can be used for studying these properties.


Macroeconomic impact of financial crises
Marlène Isoré is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Helsinki’s Department of Political and Economic Studies (Faculty of Social Sciences) since 2013, and a Consultant at the Bank of Finland’s Research Unit since 2016.
Previously, she obtained her PhD in Economics from Sciences Po Paris in 2012, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Department of Economics in 2012-2013. In the US, she was also a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s research department (2017), and Columbia University in New York (2012).
In France, she collaborates with researchers at CEPII, CEPREMAP (Paris School of Economics), and Banque de France. She was also a visiting professor at ENSAI (2014).
She is particularly interested in macro-economics, macro-finance, and international economics.