Alumni Club in Finland (ACF)



Welcome! The JSPS Alumni Club in Finland (ACF) was established in 2009 by the initiative of former JSPS fellows, with the support of the JSPS Stockholm Office. The ACF organizes symposia on various themes, the All Alumni Meeting, the annual General Assembly and Board Meetings. The ACF is actively trying to reach its members by organizing symposia all over Finland. As an example, the 2016 activity seminar “The 2nd Bone and Biomaterials Workshop” was organized in Inari, northern Finland.

ACF Activity Plan FY2019

May・Board Meeting together with a membership event
・Announcement of the decision on BRIDGE Fellowship Program FY2019
June・Board Meeting
AugustCall for ACF Activity Seminar Applications FY2020
September・Board Meeting
October・Deadline for ACF Activity Seminar Applications FY2020
ACF Activity Seminar FY2019: Biomaterials in cellular and tissue microenvironments
November・Selection of ACF Activity Seminar FY2020 Applications
December・Call for BRIDGE Fellowship Applications FY2020
・10-year Anniversary Ceremony & All Alumni Meeting
February・Deadline for BRIDGE Fellowship Applications FY2020
March・Selection and nomination of BRIDGE Fellowship Applications FY2020
    Overview of ACF
  • Establishment: 2009
  • Number of Members: 90
  • Chair: Ville Syrjälä
  • Main Activities: ACF Activity Seminar, All Alumni Meeting, General Assembly, Board Meetings
  • Rules and Regulations: Stipulated in the Articles of the Club

Message from ACF Board Chair

The JSPS Alumni Club in Finland (ACF) was founded in 2009. Our main goal is to promote scientific exchange between Finland and Japan in contact with JSPS. This is done mainly by arranging events where former and current JSPS affiliated people can exchange information, as well as form and maintain wonderful networks. We arrange events for people with ties to Japan who are currently living or staying in Finland. We also offer annual financial support for our regular members to arrange scientific activity seminars, and to participate in the JSPS BRIDGE Fellowship Program to revisit Japan. I encourage you to join our Alumni Club. We currently have 79 regular members, 24 associate members and 4 honorary members. We hope to grow even more, since every year we have arranged many seminars all over Finland, and we plan to keep growing. In Finland, around 10 researchers go to Japan to carry out research under JSPS programs every year. We also hope to keep arranging events all over Finland, not only in Helsinki, but also in all scientific fields. We are always looking for opportunities to cooperate by arranging various events that promote scientific exchange between Finland and Japan. Everyone currently residing or staying in Finland, and who has participated in a JSPS program, is eligible to join us as a member. Please don't hesitate to send a membership form through the JSPS Stockholm Office’ Webpage. Let's keep ACF active together!

The board members of JSPS Alumni Club in Finland as of April 2019