Community Outreach

In Vaisala, we are building a world in which environmental and industrial observations improve daily lives. As a
global leader in measurement technology and as an active member of society, we support our stakeholders,
promote higher education and research, and help new generations learn more about science.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM
Vaisala provides charitable donations of products,
funding, or services to non-profit organizations through
its Community Outreach Program. The Program’s overall
objective is to support organizations and projects
that advance environmental awareness and science
education. All our outreach activities are in line with our
values and resonate well with topical issues close to our
business, such as climate, weather, environmental and
industrial measurements, and environmental sciences.
Vaisala allocates the donations and continuously
correlates them with the community outreach program.
Vaisala does not donate funds to political parties,
causes, or campaigns.
Within science education, Vaisala aims to increase
understanding of natural sciences, innovation, and
the environment by supporting universities, scientists,
and researchers focusing on these fields. Scholarships
paid in the form of salary are outside the scope of the
Outreach Program.
Another focus for the Program are non-profit
organizations working for environmental disaster
prevention and recovery. Furthermore, impartial
humanitarian organizations that provide protection and
assistance to people affected by disasters are within the
scope of the Community Outreach Program.
In 2018, donations amounted to EUR 101,000 globally.

PROFESSOR DR VILHO VÄISÄLÄ
AWARD
Vaisala funds the Professor Dr. Vilho Väisälä Award,
established in 1985 to encourage and stimulate interest
in research in the field of environmental measurement
instruments and observation methods. The award is
administered by the World Meteorological Organization
(WMO), which selects winners every second year.
In 2004, the WMO Executive Council decided to
establish a second Professor Dr. Vilho Väisälä Award.
The main focus of this award is meteorological instrument
work in developing countries and countries with
economies in transition. Both awards carry a cash prize
of USD 10,000, and they are granted in connection with
the CIMO TECO conference.
In 2018, the awards were granted in October in
Amsterdam.
VILHO, YRJÖ AND KALLE VÄISÄLÄ
FUND
In the 1960s, Professor Vilho Väisälä, Vaisala’s founder,
donated Vaisala shares to the Finnish Academy of
Science and Letters. These shares were used to
establish the Vilho, Yrjö and Kalle Väisälä Fund, which
provides grants to research in mathematics, physics,
geophysics, meteorology, and astronomy annually.
The Fund’s available grants are dependent on Vaisala’s

dividends, so the Fund’s prosperity depends on
Vaisala’s long-term financial success.
In 2018, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
granted over 1.4 million euros of grants and university
compensations in total to researchers in the fields of
mathematics natural science. The grants were targeted
especially to young students for their doctoral studies,
in addition to which grants were also given for shortterm
research visits abroad. Overall, 77 researchers
received grants that were distributed to nine universities
and research facilities in Finland. Furthermore, four
of the grant recipients work abroad.
The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters gave
out also four grants from the Väisälä Fund through Post
doc Pool: altogether around 140,000 euros. The Pool
promotes internationalization of Finnish science by
providing young researchers with flexible funding from
one source.
In 2018, the fund also granted three awards, each
worth 15,000 euros, to internationally distinguished
researchers in the fields of mathematics and natural
science.
Within science education,
Vaisala aims to increase
understanding of natural
sciences, innovation, and the
environment by supporting
universities, scientists, and
researchers focusing on
these fields.