Anneli Pauli is the next rector

The new rector-elect of LUT is Docent Anneli Pauli, Doctor of Science (Agriculture and Forestry), 58 years of age.

"I am very excited to become a member of the dynamic science community of Lappeenranta University of Technology, which is a forerunner in green energy and technology and in sustainable value creation. I am very impressed by the great steps LUT has taken in societal interaction, effectiveness and research in recent years. LUT has also significantly increased its appeal among new students. This development is built on the bold and agile mentality of LUT's staff and students," Pauli states.

Anneli Pauli has worked as the Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General Research and Innovation of the European Commission and as the Deputy Director-General of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission for a number of years. She has also been the Vice-president (Research) and Secretary General at the Academy of Finland.

"I now wish to devote all of the experience and expertise I have accumulated during my career to the university," says Pauli.

"The most important principles in education, research and innovation are quality and effectiveness. The two go hand in hand and are not mutually exclusive. This is the vision I stand by," Anneli Pauli relates.

Her goal is to elevate LUT to a high level of international distinction in its focus areas: green energy and technology, sustainable value creation and its role as an international hub of Russian relations. 

"Collaboration between education, research and innovation and the corporate world is a significant untapped resource between Finland and Russia. This is a challenge we will accept," says Anneli Pauli.

Anneli Pauli has an honorary doctorate at Aalto University and is currently a board member of the University of Jyväskylä. She wrote her doctoral dissertation for the University of Helsinki on biological phosphorus removal from forest industry wastewaters. At the moment, she is the Director of the Heureka Science Centre. At the societal and science policy level, Anneli Pauli has been involved in tens of national and international committees and working groups.

"Anneli Pauli has exceptionally profound and extensive experience in international duties, research and the academic world. Because of her work and activities, she is in touch with LUT's focus areas in a very practical way - especially green technology and sustainable development. We have found a highly qualified leader for LUT. The board was unanimously behind Pauli's election," explains Tuomo Rönkkö, Chairman of the LUT Board.

The four-year term of office of the new rector-elect will begin on 1 July 2014. The current rector, Ilkka Pöyhönen, has been in office for six years, and his term will end on 30 June 2014. 

Further information:

Tuomo Rönkkö, Chairman of LUT Board, tel. +358 50 3876120,