I am a professor in space physics at the University of Helsinki (UH). I have strong  and long-time experience in studying eruptions from the Sun, including their effects in the Earth’s magnetosphere. My key research interests are

  • Evolution of coronal mass ejections (CMEs), and their shocks and sheaths in the corona and interplanetary space
  • Turbulence in the solar wind (in particular in CME-driven sheaths)
  • Data-driven modelling of eruptive solar magnetic fields
  • Initiation of CMEs
  • Forecasting space weather relevant parameters of CMEs in the near-Earth solar wind
  • Electron dynamics in the Van Allen radiation belts

I am an active publisher.  I have over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals, from which 38 are as a first-author.  My ISI-H index 35. 

I have been very  successful in obtaining research funding. I got an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2016. I am a team leader of Finnish Centre of Excellence  and the coordinator of a H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Network. My other most important past/currently active research projects include several EU H2020 and FP7 projects (as a Work Package leader), Academy projects (co-I), Academy of Finland Research Fellowship and  UH Three Year Research Grant Project.

My supervising experience covers over 30 post-docs, PhD students, and MSc/BSc students and I participate actively to institutional responsibilities at UH. For examples, I am the leader of the Doctoral Programme in Particle Physics and Universe Sciences (PAPU) that consist of about 60 doctoral students and I’m also a member of the educational jury board. I have lectured/am lecturing several master’s level courses on plasma physics and their space applications, and electromagnetisms for the first year students. 

During my career I have gather a very active and wide international collaboration network. I’m  participating actively to conference organising and act as part of international committees (e.g., Deputy President of EGU Solar-Terrestrial Sciences Division,  former member of the board of European Solar Physics Division,  current member of Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics; SCOSTEP, and co-leader in the recently established PRESTO program for 2020-2024). My important past responsibilities include also acting as a President of the Finnish Physical Society (2020-2021) and before that several years as a board member. I am member of Finnish Academy of Letters and Sciences.

I take actively part in science outreach, e.g., visit schools, give public seminars, organise outreach events and tweet actively (http://@EmiliaKilpua)

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