Three years ago, I started at Aalto University as professor (associate professor, catalysis science and technology). I started in February 2017, and worked 60% of time for the first half year, being at my former employer VTT for 40%.
In this post, I look back at my three first years as a professor and try to create an overview of the most important things that have taken place. When I had been at Aalto University of one year, I wrote a similar blog post, reflecting on the status then; those who are interested, can access it here.
The past three years have been years of continuous change. After three years, change seems only to continue. I look to the future with an optimistic mindset, advocating (also with this publication) what has in essence become my motto: “more openness in science and education”. Fits nicely in Aalto University’s new strategy, too.
Espoo, Finland, 3.2.2020
— Puurunen’s three-year professor summary begins —
Among the most important tasks of a professor is – to acquire research funding. Without funding, one cannot hire people to work in the group, and little progress can happen. That professors acquire competed funding is not only important for the functioning one’s own group but for the whole university, as overheads of the projects help pay university-level costs. Most funding applications do not get funded – depending on the call, even less than 10% of applications may get funded.
My major funding applications of three years in a nutshell: read more >>