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Eija Tanskanen

Eija Tanskanen

Professor
Aalto University
Finland

Biography

Space physics and its different flavours have been my passion for my entire career. Curiosity to learn and understand combined to the ambition for teaching has driven me to work around the world from finnish universities and research institutes to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Bergen University and the world´s most northern university UNIS in Svalbard. I have a PhD degree, teacher´s qualification and long-term expertise with 60+ peer-reviewed publications on the topics related to the magnetism, Sun-Earth coupling, space and ground instrument development and auroral substorms. Magnetic environment monitoring in different time-scales from seconds to solar cycles is important for securing high-tech society and its main functions including energy, heat and electricity supply, aviation, navigation and telecommunication.

Research Interest

My main scientific expertise areas include detecting magnetic signals from terrestrial and extraterrestrial sources, space weather and space climate, instrument and sensing system building for observing magnetic activity and induction at the Earth, and examination of magnetic disturbances and their sources in various environments. My main teaching methods are “teaching by curiosity” and “teaching by doing” and I am continuously seeking for possibilities to organize field works, workshops and other hands-on-activities for students.