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Statement by Finnish Astronomers and Astrophysicists on Harassment

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.

Original statement online:

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

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

The APOSTLE collaboration

The APOSTLE collaboration is “A Project Of Simulating The Local Environment”.

An offshoot of the EAGLE collaboration, it was started by myself, Carlos Frenk, Azadeh Fattahi and Julio Navarro in 2013, and has now grown to a large international collaboration. To date, more than 20 papers based directly on APOSTLE data have been written by more than 30 different co-authors from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

Click below for a list of APOSTLE papers published to date. We also keep a repository for ongoing projects (password required). If you are interested in using APOSTLE data for your own project, please send me an email (till+DOT+sawala+AT+helsinki+DOT+fi)

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Jean Sibelius 1913

Jean Sibelius by Daniel Nyblin, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Music to our ears: CSC, the Finnish national supercomputing centre, have approved our Grand Challenge application for the SIBELIUS project: simulations beyond the Local Universe. Lots of exciting things to come!