Science and universities

Parole d’expert

Parole d’expert highlights researchers and experts from many fields. In these short videos, they are invited to present their work to make research and science accessible to as many people as possible.

Antoine Doucet, professeur des universités à La Rochelle Université depuis 2014. Ses recherches sont à l’intersection entre la recherche d’informations, le traitement automatique des langues, la fouille de données textuelles et l’intelligence artificielle. Dans ce contexte, ses travaux visent au développement de méthodes passant à l’échelle et utilisant aussi peu de de ressources externes que possible, afin d’être notamment applicables à toute langue de rédaction et à tout type de document, de la presse en ligne aux réseaux sociaux, du document numérique natif aux manuscrits anciens numérisés.
Mathieu Leporini is a researcher at the European Centre of Excellence in sustainability at the University of Clermont Auvergne: He is working on circularity topics especially on circular economy and maintains close links with Finland.
Jonathan Massera received his Ph.D from Clemson University, USA, in 2009. He is a Professor of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering at Tampere University, in the faculty of Medicine and Health Technology. Jonathan Massera is head of the bioceramics, bio-glasses and bio-composites research group and head of the international MSc degree programme in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering. His research group focuses on inorganic biomaterials development and their composites/hybrids as well as cell/materials and protein/materials interactions. Another axis of research deals with combining photonic into bioactive glasses to develop new biophotonic materials for low light therapy, sensing and imaging.
Laeticia Petit received her Ph.D in Materials Science from the University of Bordeaux in France in 2002. She is a Professor in the Photonics Laboratory at Tampere University (TAU, Finland). She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology at TAU and in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory at Åbo Akademi University (Finland). Her current research interests include the processing and characterization of novel active glasses/glass-ceramics and fibers for photonic applications. She focuses her research on understanding composition-structure-property relationship in these materials, with the goal to tailor new compositions to suit specific applications in photonics.
This week, the researcher Mathieu Leonardon is presenting his research. Mathieu Leonardon is a lecturer at IMT Atlantique and works on hardware and software implementation of algorithms that are very effective in terms of calculation. He has been collaborating with Finland since his PhD, and the Maupertuis program gives him the opportunity to renew with his Finnish contact.
Nolwenn Decanter is a biology PhD student from INRAE, in Rennes, France. She is working on a fish species called lampreys. She came to Finland to do one part of her thesis at the University of Helsinki
Teemu Loikkanen is a PhD student in sociology and junior researcher at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Social Sciences. In his research he has examined Circular Economy, especially in relation to waste infrastructures and various types of waste. Particularly he is focused on the position of individuals in CE and has examined it by developing the concept of waste citizenship.
Saara Alakorva is a doctoral candidate and university teacher at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Social Sciences. In her PhD research, Alakorva is interested in Sámi political history and contemporary Sámi political thinking. As a Sámi scholar herself, Alakorva has deep knowledge of issues of the modern Sámi society and she has a background in Sámi reindeer herding. She is co-editor of The Sámi World (Routledge, 2022).
Nina Cossin Sevrin is a PhD Student in biology at the University of Turku in Finland.
She tells us about her research on the variation of cellular energy production on two species of birds: great tits in Finland and king penguins in the French Southern and Antarctic territorie
Anatole Danto is a PhD Student on maritime anthropology. He is doing research on coastal communities and their link with the maritime environment. Thus, he is conducting an ethnographic field survey in the form of exchanges, observation, and interviews. After doing research in Estonia, Finland’s neighbouring country, he came in Finland to exchange with the researchers in the University of Turku and Åbo Academy who carry out multidisciplinary research focusing on maritime studies and social sciences.
Maija Kuivalainen is an activist, entrepreneur while pursuing her studies. She was elected to the city council of the city of Joensuu and the region of North Karelia. She was elected Young Climate Delegate in 2021-2022.
Ibrahima Cissé is a researcher at the Institut de pédagogie universitaire in Bamako, Mali. He tells us about his research projects on multilingualism in relation to children’s speech development in multilingual contexts and on managing multilingualism at an institutional level.
He collaborates with the Department of African Studies at the University of Helsinki and his visit to Finland allowed him to observe how multilingualism is managed in the educational institutions and how this model could be exported and adapted to Mali.
Cécile Van den Avenne, sociolinguist, on the practice of the French language and access to citizenship in sub-Saharan Africa
This week, Cécile Van den Avenne tells us about her historical research on the practice of French in sub-Saharan Africa in a colonial context. As a director of studies at EHESS, working with Finland allows her to adopt a different point of view on the Francophonie and multilingualism in colonial history.
James Salomon Kahane is currently studying orchestra conducting at the prestigious Sibelius Academy.
He has led orchestras such as the Finnish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Strings, and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, and presently holds the position of Principal Conductor of the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra and Conductor of the Polytech Orchestra in Finland.
Since 2018, he conducts the annual Framcophonia concert, in collaboration with the French institute in Finland.
This week Jérémi Dardé, a lecturer-researcher at the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse III, talks about his research in mathematics, which has many applications, for example in medical imaging. He began working on these subjects in Finland and continues to carry out his projects in partnership with researchers at Aalto University.
Ari Huusela, born October 28, 19621, is a Finnish airline pilot and skipper specializing in ocean racing.
In 2020, he becomes the first Nordic skipper to participate in the Vendée Globe.