The Council is chaired by the Prime Minister. The Minister of Education and the Minister of Economic Affairs serve as Vice-Chairs to the Council as well as one more minister appointed by Government.

In addition to the ministers, the Council has five other members appointed by the Government for the duration of the parliamentary term.

The Council members must provide extensive expertise in research, development and innovation activities.


Juha Sipilä, Prime Minister 


Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Minister of Education 
Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs 


Jussi Niinistö, Minister of Defence  
Sirpa Jalkanen, Academy Professor, University of Turku 
Ilkka Kivimäki, Partner, Inventure Oy 
Liisa Laakso, Rector, University of Tampere 
Jyrki Ovaska, Executive Vice President, Technology, UPM Oyj 
Antti Vasara, Chief Executive Officer, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd 

Permanent experts

Paula Lehtomäki, State Secreatry, Prime Minister's Office
Jari Gustafsson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Culture
Heikki Mannila, President, Academy of Finland
Pekka Soini, Director-General, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation

Preparation of the Research and Innovation Council's meetings

The Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation Tekes are jointly responsible for the preparation of the matters to be discussed at the meetings of the Research and Innovation Council. The above-mentioned organisations have appointed contact persons for the coordination of the preparation. The contact persons are responsible for the production of meeting documents and other materials.

Research and innovation activities, research results and business experts play a key role and are widely consulted in the preparation. The best national and international expertise in the matter to be discussed by the Council are utilised in the preparation.

Contact information

Research and Innovation Council

Visiting address: Meritullinkatu 10, 3rd floor, 00170 Helsinki
Postal address: PO Box 29, 00023 Government
Email: tin(at)

Erja Heikkinen, Counsellor for Science Affairs
Telephone: +358 295 330 101
Email: [email protected]