Article series “Stories of Young Scientists” kicks off next week


How do young and outstanding Estonian scientists think about their research, academic lives and beyond that? In the following weeks, six members of the Estonian Young Academy of Sciences write about their everyday work as a scientist. You will see their thoughts on our webpage.

On October 20th, Leho Tedersoo will start the series off with his story about Fall and mushrooms. Leho Tedersoo is a research professor in mycorrhizal studies at the University of Tartu. Analyses of the biogeography of fungi and other microorganisms and their response to climate change factors form a part of his everyday life. He is one of the nine Estonian top-cited researchers.

In the second article, Juhan Aru will tell a story about Thursdays and teaching mathematics online. Juhan Aru is a mathematician at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), working on the geometry of random phenomena. EPFL is a research institute and university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specializes in natural sciences and engineering.

On the 3rd of November Andra Siibak will tell us how she learned not to let a good crisis go to waste while spending the pandemic as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Andra Siibak is a professor of media studies in the institute of social sciences at the University of Tartu. Her present research deals with new media audiences, generations and intergenerational relations on social media, mediation of children’s ICT use and privacy on social media.

The following week, we will publish a story from Ester Oras. Ester is a senior research fellow in analytical chemistry and archaeology at the University of Tartu. Her main field of research is biomolecular archaeology, particularly ancient dietary reconstructions and interrelations between health and dietary practices. Ester is the head of the newly established Archemy research group at the University of Tartu.

On November 17th, Maarja Grossberg will tell us about her everyday work as a professor at the Tallinn University of Technology. She has many decades of experience in studies of materials for photovoltaic (PV) applications. Maarja specializes in the defect studies by using optical and electrical characterization methods (Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy, admittance spectroscopy, modulation spectroscopy).

In the last article, Helen Eenmaa closes the series with a story from her academic life. Helen Eenmaa is a cyberlaw scholar and legal philosopher at the University of Tartu School of Law and a visiting professor of law at Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome. Helen received her doctorate in law (JSD) from Yale Law School. She leads the law & economics and technology law tracks in the European Joint Doctorate in Law and Development (EDOLAD) and has a long experience in teaching philosophy from Yale University.

“Stories of Young Scientists” is a series of stories where outstanding young Estonian scientists write about their everyday work. The series is initiated by Research in Estonia in close collaboration with Estonian Young Academy of Sciences.

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