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Statement by Finnish Astronomers and Astrophysicists on Harassment
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We, astronomers and astrophysicists from Finland and in Finland, strongly condemn harassment and discrimination. This includes but is not limited to harassment or discrimination based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, or disability. Harassment can take the form of unwanted sexual attention, bullying, coercion, or the creation of an unsafe or hostile work environment, especially in the presence of imbalances of power. Our own academic community is no exception.

Harassment is a serious offence that too often goes unreported and unchallenged. When  victims come forward, they must be able to rely on our support. We must address the issue head-on. Otherwise, we not only enable harassers, but also send a devastating message to the individuals who have been harassed - and whose careers are often destroyed or seriously disrupted - as well as to the whole community.

Our concern and solidarity is first with victims of harassment, and with the right of all staff and students to work in a healthy and safe environment. And while we also recognise the possibility of rehabilitation, it can only be at the end of a process that begins with an acknowledgement of the offense, and taking responsibility for the harm caused.

The Finnish astronomical and astrophysical community is diverse and international, and it is also deeply connected. It strives on principles of fairness and equal opportunities. Harassment or discrimination threaten our community and our way of working together. They have no place here.

Finnish or Finland-based astronomers or astrophysicists, please use this form to sign:

Other academics, please use this form to show your support:

This statement has been initiated by a group of astronomers and astrophysicists in Finland.


Signed by astronomers and astrophysicists from Finland and in Finland:

Dr. Syksy Räsänen

University researcher, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki

Dr. Till Sawala

Academy of Finland Research Fellow, Astrophysics, University of Helsinki

Dr. Laura K. Zschaechner

Postdoctoral Researcher, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Dr. Merja Tornikoski, Docent

Senior Scientist, Radio Astronomy, Aalto University

Prof. Karri Muinonen

Professor of Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Prof. Peter Johansson

Professor of Astrophysics, University of Helsinki

MSc Antti Rantala

Doctoral student, Astrophysics, University of Helsinki

MSc Natalia Lahén

Doctoral student, Astrophysics, University of Helsinki

Dr. Joni Tammi

Director of Aalto University Metsähovi Radio Observatory,

Dr. Tommi Tenkanen

Postdoctoral researcher, Cosmology, Queen Mary University of London

Dr. Jouni Kainulainen

Assistant Professor, Astronomy, Chalmers University of Technology

Dr. Heidi Lietzen

Senior Research Fellow, Tartu Observatory, University of Tartu

Prof. Alexis Finoguenov

Professor, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Dr. Antti Penttilä

University Researcher, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

M.Sc. Emilia Järvelä

Doctoral candidate, Aalto University Metsähovi Radio Observatory

Dr. Mikael Granvik

Academy Research Fellow, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Pertti Rautiainen, Docent

University Lecturer, University of Oulu

Karri Koljonen

Post-doctoral fellow, FINCA

PhD Thomas Hackman

University researcher, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Dr Raine Karjalainen

Support Astronomer, Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes

MSc Teemu Willamo

Graduae student, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Dr. Charles C Kirkpatrick IV

Postdoctoral Researcher, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Dr. Joachim Janz

Postdoc, University of Oulu

Dr. Talvikki Hovatta

Senior research fellow, Astronomy, University of Turku

Dr Hannu Parviainen

Postdoc genérico, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

Dr Mari Kolehmainen

Postdoc, astronomy, Observatory of Strasbourg

Dr. Kaj Wiik

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku

Dr. Silja Pohjolainen

University teacher, Docent, Astronomy, University of Turku

Dr. Edmund Schluessel

Teacher of mathematics, International School of Helsinki

Dr. Jorma Harju

Researcher, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Dr Hannu Parviainen

Postdoc genérico, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

B.Sc Antton Luoma

Student, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Dr. Elina Lindfors

Senior Research Fellow, Astronomy, University of Turku

Prof. Juri Poutanen

Professor of Astronomy, University of Turku

Ilja Pippa

Student, Research assistant Astrophysics, University of Helsinki

Dr Olli Wilkman

Senior research scientist, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI

Emma Mannfors, MA

MSc Student, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Mika Saajasto

Ph.D. Student, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Julia Martikainen

Doctoral student, astronomy, University of Helsinki

Dr. Elisabetta Micelotta

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki

Dr. Pauli Pihajoki

Postdoctoral researcher, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Dr. Sergey Tsygankov

Researcher, Astronomy, University of Turku

Timo Väisänen

PhD Student, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

BSc Anni Järvenpää

Master's student, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Prof. Heikki Salo

Professor, Astronomy, University of Oulu

Dos. Eija Laurikainen

Researcher, Astronomy, Univ. of Oulu

Prof. Jari Kotilainen

Director of FINCA, University of Turku

Dr. Tuomas Savolainen, Docent

Academy Research Fellow, Aalto University

Dr. Francesco Montanari

Postdoctoral Researcher, Helsinki Institute of Physics

M.Sc. Lauri Siltala

Student Support Astronomer, Nordic Optical Telescope

Dr. Anna Parikka

Postdoctoral researcher, Astrophysics, Universität zu Köln

Dr. Jarkko Laine

Postdoctoral Researcher, Hamburg Observatory, University of Hamburg

Prof. Anne Lähteenmäki

Professor of Radio Astronomy, Aalto University Metsähovi Radio Observatory

M.Sc. Kimmo Kiiveri

Ph.D. Student, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Juha-Matti Ojanperä

Doctoral student, University of Helsinki

Prof. Seppo Mattila

Professor, Astronomy, University of Turku

MSc Teemu Ahlholm

University of Oulu

Auni Somero

Postdoc, MAGIC

M.Sc. Kalle Karhunen

PhD Student, Astronomy, University of Turku

Boris Zaprudin

PhD Student, Astronomy, University of Turku

Prof. Matts Roos

Professor Emeritus, Physics, University of Helsinki

Prof. Kari Enqvist

University of Helsinki

Dr. Rubina Kotak

Faculty, Astronomy, University of Turku

Prof. Esko Valtaoja

Professor Emeritus, University of Turku

Dr. Hannu Kurki-Suonio

Lecturer, Cosmology, University of Helsinki

MSc Akke Viitanen

Doctoral student, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Dr. Hanindyo Kuncarayakti

Postdoc, Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO

Valtteri Lindholm

PhD Student, Cosmology, University of Helsinki

Dr. Lauri Jetsu

University Lecturer, Astronomy, University of Helsinki

Dr. Elina Keihänen

University researcher, Physics, University of Helsinki

Dr. Tuomas Kangas

Post-doctoral fellow, Astronomy, Space Telescope Science Institute

M.Sc. Jussi Harmanen

Doctoral candidate, Astronomy, University of Turku

Sissi Enestam

PhD student Aalto University

Esko Gardner, FT

Tutkijatohtori, University of Turku

Dr. Jenni Virtanen

Research manager, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, National Land Survey of Finland

Supported by other academics from Finland and abroad:

Dr. Hanna Järvinen

Lecturer, Uniarts Helsinki; Senior Researcher, Academy of Finland

Ph.D. Jukka Kuva

Scientist, Geological Survey of Finland

Yvette Cendes

PhD student, Dunlap Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics

Dr. Henry Ngo

Postdoc, Astronomy, NRC Herzberg

Elena Manjavacas

Postdoc, astronomy, University of Arizona

Dr. Rosalie McGurk

Instrumentation Fellow, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Carnegie Observatories

Dr. Nicholas McConnell

Workforce Development Program Manager, astrophysics (PhD), University of California, Santa Cruz

Prof Bryan Gaensler

University of Toronto

Dr Daniel Mortlock

Senior lecturer, Imperial College London; guest professor, Stockholm University

Dr Anna Watts

Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam

Dr Samaya Nissanke

Ass. Professor, Radboud University, the Netherlands

Prof. Hiranya Peiris

Professor, UCL and Stockholm University

Dr Shane O'Sullivan

Postdoc, Universität Hamburg

Prof. Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz

UCSC, Chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Dr Katherine Mack

Assistant Professor, Physics, North Carolina State University

Dr. Freeke van de Voort

Postdoc, astronomy, HITS & Yale

Prof. Sera Markoff

Professor, Astronomy/Astroparticle Physics, University of Amsterdam

Olga Sergijenko

Researcher, Astrophysics, Lviv University

Andrew Pontzen

Reader, Cosmology, University College London

Dr. Beth Biller

Reader, University of Edinburgh

Prof. Ralph Wijers

Professor, Astronomy, University of Amsterdam

Dr. Carl-Johan Haster

CITA Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

Dr. Tana Joseph

Postdoc, South African Astronomical Observatory

Professor Carole Mundell

Head of Department, Physics, University of Bath

Prof. Michael Meyer

Department of Astronomy, University of Michigan

Prof Alastair Edge

Professor, Durham University

Ms. Anna Hughes

PhD student, Astrophysics, University of British Columbia

Dr. Grant Tremblay

Astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Dr Mari Napari

Postdoctoral researcher, Materials science, University of Cambridge

MSc. Amruta Jaodand

PhD student at Astron/University of Amsterdam

Dr Michele Bannister

Postdoc, QUB

Dr Stephen Feeney

Postdoctoral Fellow, Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute

Alysa Obertas

PhD student, Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto

Prof. Vicky Kalogera

Professor and Research Center Director, Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University & CIERA

Dr. Chris Gordon

Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Prof. Joey Neilsen

Assistant Professor, Physics, Villanova University

Dr Anna Neubeck

Researcher, geochemistry, Stockholm University

Dr. Michael W. Busch

Research Scientist, Planetary Astronomy, SETI Institute

Dr. Mordecai-Mark Mac Low

Curator & Professor, American Museum of Natural History

Prof. William Kinney

Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ. at Buffalo, State University of New York

Prof Garret Cotter

University of Oxford

Dr. Peter Adshead

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr Laura Wolz

Research Fellow, Astrophysics, University of Melbourne

Dr. Elisabeth Mills

Research Assistant Professor, Boston University

Prof. Kim Coble

Assoc. Prof., Physics & Astronomy, San Francisco State University

Prof. Yilen Gómez Maqueo Chew

Researcher, Astrophysics, Instituto de Astronomía UNAM

Prof. Misty Bentz

Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Georgia State University

Jon Gudmundsson

Postdoc, Stockholm University

Dr. Samantha Lawler

Plaskett Fellow, Astronomy, NRC-Herzberg, National Research Council of Canada (and Caltech alumna)

Dr. Matt Mechtley

Research Affiliate, Astrophysics, Arizona State University

Dr J.J. Eldridge

Senior Lecturer, Astrophysics, University of Auckland.

Dr. Michael W. Wise

Head of Astronomy, ASTRON

MSc Ekaterina Baibuz

PhD candidate, Physics, University of Helsinki

Eva Isaksson

Information specialist and physics/astronomy liaison librarian, Helsinki University Library

Prof Katri Huitu

Professor, physics, Helsinki University

Prof Kristiina Brunila

Social justice and equality in education, University of Helsinki

Dr. Rob Lyon

University of Manchester

Dr. Moses Milazzo

Research Physical Scientist

Dr Mathilde Jauzac

PDRA, Astronomy, Durham University

Dr. Elena Orlando

Research scientist, Physics, Stanford University

Dr Michael Parker

Research fellow, ESA

Tuomas Lähdeoja, MD

Clinical researcher, Helsinki University, Consultant Shoulder Surgeon, Helsinki University Hospital

Professor Peter Coles

Maynooth University

Dr. Markus Pössel

Managing Scientist, Haus der Astronomie, Heidelberg

Dr Maggie Lieu

ESA, research fellow

Mx Mark Mirmelstein

PhD candidate, Cosmology, University of Sussex

Dr. Suchita Kulkarni

Postdoc, particle physics, Institute of High Energy Physics, Vienna

Dr. Emily Drabek-Maunder

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Astrophysics, Cardiff University

Rachael L. Spowage

PhD student, Cardiff University

Dr. Knud Jahnke

Researcher, MPIA Germany

Einar H. Gudmundsson

Professor emeritus, astrophysics, University of Iceland

Dr Paul McMillan

Senior Research Fellow, Astrophysics, Lund University

Dr David L Clements

Senior Lecturer, Physics, Imperial College

Ms. Sarah Leslie

PhD student, Astrophysics, MPIA

Dr. Leo C. Stein

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Theoretical astrophysics, California Institute of Technology

Dr Mette Friis

Post doc at Royal technical institute of Sweden

PhD Ann-Katrine West

Research assistant, Biophysics, University of Copenhagen

Sabine Stanley

Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Dr Claudia Lagos

Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

PhD Anu Salmela

Researcher, Cultural History, University of Turku

Dr. Marc Postman

Distinguished Astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute

Prof. Sarah Horst

Assistant Professor, Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Katie Short

PhD Student, Cosmology, ICCUB (University of Barcelona)

Tuguldur Sukhbold

Postdoc, Astrophysics, Ohio State University

Rosa Victoria M. Dimitrova, PhD Student

PhD Student, Institute of Astronomy, BAS, Bulgaria

Dr. Brian Nord

Faculty, Fermilab and University of Chicago

Dr Kate Rowlands

Postdoc, Johns Hopkins University

Dr Lotta Purkamo

Research Fellow, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews, UK

Eric DeBlackmere

Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society

Prof Debra Burris

Professor, Physics, University of Central Arkansas

Dr. Ileyk El Mellah

Postdoc, KU Leuven, CmPA

Dr. Timothy A. Davis

Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Research Associate, Physics, University of Washington

Dr. Jennifer L. Hoffman

Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy, University of Denver

Dr. MacKenzie Warren

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University

Cathleen Fry

Graduate Fellow, Physics, Michigan State University

M.Sc Ari-Pekka Honkanen

PhD student, Physics, University of Helsinki

Megan Marshall

PhD Candidate, Physics, University of Maryland

Dr. James Guillochon

Postdoc, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Harvard

Dr. Peter Zimmer

Research Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, University of New Mexico

Dr Katharine Johnston

Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Dr. Douglas Caldwell

Research Scientist, SETI Institute

Göran östlin

Professor, Stockholm University, Sweden

Dr Stewart Eyres

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Computing, Engineering & Science, USW

Meredith Durbin

Graduate student, University of Washington

Professor Linda French

Professor, Physics, Illinois Wesleyan University

Dr. Marshall Johnson

Postdoctoral Fellow, Astronomy, The Ohio State University

Dr. Rukmani Vijayaraghavan

Postdoctoral Fellow, Astronomy, University of Virginia

Prof. Jillian Scudder

Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy, Oberlin College

Prof. Kari Rummukainen

Physics, University of Helsinki

Luke Zoltan Kelley

Graduate Student, Astrophysics, Harvard University

Dr. Meiert W. Grootes

Post-doctoral research fellow, ESA/ESTEC

Dr. Christine Simpson

PostDoc, HITS

Dr. Rachel Friesen

Scientist, NRAO

Dr Jean-Michel Desert

Ass. Professor, University of Amsterdam

Dr Alkistis Pourtsidou

Lecturer, Cosmology, Queen Mary University of London

Dr. Martin Kilbinger

Researcher, astronomy, CEA Saclay, France

Dr Amanda Bauer

LSST Head of EPO, Astronomy

Dr. Suzanne Smrekar

Senior Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Prof. Laura Woodney

Professor, Physics&Astronomy, California State University San Bernardino

Dr Henry Roe

Deputy Director, Gemini Observatory

Prof. Edgar Bering

Professor, Physics, University of Houston

Prof. Aleksi Vuorinen

Associate professor, Theoretical particle physics, University of Helsinki

Dr. Brian Morsony

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Astrophysics, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Jason Hunt

Dunlap Fellow, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto

Dr Ian Skillen

Staff Astronomer, Isaac Newton Group

Dr. Dominique Segura-Cox

Postdoc, Astrophysics, MPE

Sepideh Sadegi

PhD Student, Astrophysics, Heidelberg University

Rafael Luque

PhD student, Institute of Astrophysics of Canary Islands (Spain)

Adrian B. Lucy

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Astronomy, Columbia University

Dr Robert Minchin

Group Lead for Radio Astronomy, USRA/Arecibo Observatory

Dr. Glenn Kacprzak

Future Fellow, Astrophysics, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr. Eric J. Korpela

Research Astronomer, University of California

Dr. John Patrick Lestrade

Professor Emeritus, Astrophysics, Mississippi State Univ.

Dr. Carl Ferkinhoff

Assistant Professor of Physics, Winona State University

Dr Sara Lucatello

INAF Padova

Dr. Mariana Lazarova

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Kearney

Esko Keski-Vakkuri

Physics, University of Helsinki

Dr. Ronald Drimmel

Research Astronomer, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino, INAF

Dr. Niko Jokela

University researcher, Theoretical physics, University of Helsinki

Prof. Mark Hindmarsh

Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Sussex; Visiting Professor of Physics, University of Helsinki

Prof.dr. Scott Trager

Director, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen

Dr. Manda Banerji

Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

Prof Haley Gomez

Professor astrophysics Cardiff University

Dr Robert Grand

Postdoc, Theoretical Astrophysics, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies & Centre for Astronomy, University of Heidelberg

Dr Matt Darnley

Reader in Time Domain Astrophysics, LJMU

Prof. Robert Rutledge

Associate Professor, Physics, McGill University

Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein

PhD candidate University of Washington

Reetta Mietola

Postdoctoral researcher, Disability studies, University of Helsinki

Siddharth Mishra-Sharma

Graduate Student, Princeton University

M.Th. Katri Karhunen

PhD Student, Study of Religions, University of Helsinki

Prof. Ruth Murray-Clay

Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr Michelle Collins

Lecturer, Physics, University of Surrey

Dr. Guilhem Lavaux

Researcher, Physics, IAP, CNRS

Dr. Katariina Kyrölä

Lecturer, Gender Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Shantanu Desai

Faculty, IIT Hyderabad

Dr. Brian Cherinka

Assistant Research Scientist, Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

Anaïs Duong-Pedica

PhD student, Gender Studies, Åbo Akademi University

Sahra Taylor

PhD Researcher and Visiting Lecturer, International Politics, City, UoL

Charlotte Payne

PhD candidate, University of Cambridge

Amber Kepple Jones, MA

Graduate Student, HU Berlin

Mgr. Lukas V. F. Novak

Researcher & PhD Candidate, Protistology, Charles University, Prague

Dr. Pablo Cerdá-Durán

Researcher, University of Valencia

Angela Martin

PhD Student, Universitetet i Agder

Leonie Smith

PhD candidate, Philosophy, University of Manchester

Dr Astrid Breel

Impact Officer, Bath Spa University

Dr. des. Hariati Sinaga

Research fellow, University of Kassel

Dr Emma Chapman

Royal Astronomical Society Fellow, Imperial College London

Prof. Susanna Paasonen

Professor, Media Studies, University of Turku

Dr Taru Leppänen

Lecturer, Gender Studies, University of Turku

Dr. Beatriz Garcia

Researcher, Astronomer, CONICET-National Tech. University-Mendoza, Argentina

Sari Miettinen

Project specialist, University of Turku

DMus Assi Karttunen

University lecturer, Sibelius Academy, DocMus

Dr. Ilona Mikkonen

Lecturer, Marketing, Aalto University School of Business

Caroline Kay BA Hons

Graduate, English language and literature, UWIST

Dr. Leena-Maija Rossi

Lecturer, Gender Studies, University of Lapland

MA Marjukka Parkkinen

Doctoral candidate, University of Turku

Prof. Nissim Kanekar

Associate Professor, Astronomy, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, India

Pilvari Pirtola, MFA

Doctoral Student, KUVA/Uniarts

Dr. Elizabeth Cole-Kodikara

Researcher, Astronomy

Dr. Annamari Vänskä

Professor, Department of Design, Aalto University

Dr Laura Uusitalo

Senior Research Scientist, Finnish Environment Institute

Dr. Felicia Krauss

Postdoctoral researcher, astrophysics, University of Amsterdam

Dr Hanna Putkonen

Adjunct Professor, Forensic Psychiatry, University of Turku

Prof Paul Crowther

Head of Department, Physics & Astronomy, University of Sheffield

Dr. Terry Bridges

College Professor, Okanagan College, Kelowna, Canada

Dr. Paul Jonker-Hoffrén

Post-doctoral researcher, Social Sciences, University of Tampere

Docent Marja-Liisa Honkasalo

Docent, PI scholar, anthropology of medicine, University of Helsinki

Dr. Astrid Lamberts

Postdoctoral researcher, Theoretical Astrophysics, Caltech

Ms Natasha Cowley

PhD student, Physics, University of Sheffield

Docent, Taina Ruuskanen

University lecturer, INAR - Physics, University of Helsinki

Dr Zuleyka Zevallos

Adjunct Research Fellow, Swinburne University

Dr Andrea Zonca

Staff, San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego

Dr. Venus Keus

Postdoctoral researcher, Particle Physics, University of Helsinki

Prof. Adam Foster

Professor, Physics, Aalto University

Prof. Filip Tuomisto

Professor, Nuclear Engineering, Aalto University

Mikko Alava

Professor, physics, Aalto University

Xan Morice-Atkinson

PhD Student, ICG, University of Portsmouth, UK

Prof. Paula Eerola

Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki

Dr. Helena Liu

Senior Lecturer, Organisation Studies, University of Technology Sydney

Dr. Marco Berton

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Padova