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 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals, from which 37 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.,  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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