The northernmost EPS Young Minds Section, Finnish Young Minds, was created on March 29, at the 2016 Physics Days conference in Oulu, Finland. At the meeting, the bylaws and the action plan of the Finnish Young Minds section were accepted, the board was nominated and the Finnish Young Minds section was able to start its activities.
The aim of the Finnish Young Minds, in line with the EPS Young Minds project is to promote awareness of physics research and applications to the academic and local communities. Our aim is to establish interaction between students and young researchers on a local, national and international level. The Finnish Young Minds will work not only on a local level but will also be a portal of all young researchers in Finland. Related to this fact, our aim is to organise events nationally at different universities so that young researchers can participate in our activities in their hometown.
The first Finnish Young Minds event was organised right after the founding meeting. The event was aimed at PhD students but also at post-doctoral students and undergraduate students who are considering PhD studies. A panel discussion was organized on the subject: “What comes after graduation”. Five panelists working nationwide as senior researchers in the field of physics, shared their thoughts about what it takes to build a successful research career, how to balance work and social lives and discussed how to develop research skills. Young researchers were able to ask questions and receive advice related to their career paths after graduation. The questions from the audience provoked interesting conversations between participants.
At the Physics Days 2016 conference, we saw clear signs of positive interest towards the Finnish Young Minds section. The Finnish Young Minds board members were contacted by PhD students who are willing to organise more events at a local level. Actually, more events might be organised quite soon in Helsinki, but also in other cities in Finland by the next autumn – stay tuned.