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Active Involvement in the Scientific Community

​Vaisala is involved in active discussions with different stakeholders, promoting the advancement in science, particularly the development of environmental measurements.

Vaisala collaborates in several projects with leading research institutes in the field, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Colorado State University, University of Massachusetts, and the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the United States. In Finland, Vaisala conducts joint projects with VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland), University of Helsinki and Aalto University. Vaisala is also working with Shanghai Meteorological Service and the Nanjing University for Information Science and Technology (NUIST) in China. In addition, Vaisala grants research scholarships to universities, students, and researchers in these countries.

Vaisala collaborates closely with a number of national meteorological services around the world and is an active participant in UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) projects. Vaisala also collaborates with Finnish Meteorological Institute on several projects.

Vaisala funds two annually granted Professor Vilho Väisälä Awards: Outstanding Research Paper and Development and Implementation of Instruments and Methods of Observation. In 1985 established awards are administered and granted by the World Meteorological Organization. The award for an Outstanding Research Paper has been awarded already altogether 24 times and in 2014 it was given to four specialists from Netherlands. The award for the Development and Implementation of Instruments and Methods of Observation has been awarded altogether four times but in 2014 no awards were granted.

Vaisala supports The Millennium Technology Prize, which is Finland's tribute to life-enhancing technological innovations. The prize has been established to steer the course of technological development to a more humane direction. In particular, the prize seeks to highlight innovations that assist and enrich our everyday lives today as well as in the future. Prof. Stuart Parkin received the 2014 Prize in recognition of his discoveries, enabling a thousand-fold increase in the storage capacity of magnetic disk drives.

Vaisala is a partner and member of the Board of Cleen Oy, a strategic center for science, technology, and innovation for energy and environment businesses in Finland. Vaisala also partners with Technology Academy Finland.

Vaisala participates in the Distinguished Professor Program (Finland) by supporting scientists at the Finnish Meteorological Institute and University of Helsinki.

Vaisala’s representatives are also members of the Board of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries and in its committees, such as the Environmental Committee.

In the United States, Vaisala is an active member of the Board of Trustees at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the Industrial Advisory Board of the Center for Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, and the Dean’s Advisory Board to the College of Engineering at Colorado State University and an advisory committee for the University of Arizona’s Atmospheric Sciences Department. Vaisala also is a member of the Board of CO-LABS in the state of Colorado, USA and on the Environmental Information Services Working Group of the NOAA Science Advisory Board, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Weather Coalition in the US. In addition Vaisala serves on the Science Steering Committee of the Weather and Climate Enterprise Commission of the American Meteorological Society. Vaisala is a member of the American Meteorological Society's Scientific and Technological Activities Commission’s Committee on Atmospheric Electricity.

Vaisala was a member of the Science Program Committee of the upcoming World Weather Open Science Conference which was held in Montreal, Canada in August 2014, a decadal event organized by the World Meteorological Organization, Environment Canada, the International Council for Scientific Unions, and the National Research Council of Canada.

Vaisala is also a participant in the International Electrotechnical Commission's Committee on Lightning Protection, which includes Lightning Location Systems and Lightning Warning Systems.

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