“I like the quiet”
Neuroscience research at the University of Eastern Finland and Karolinska Institutet has evolved into an international network: Solomon is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Nordic-UK Brain Network, which aims to increase research resources and international collaboration related to dementia.
The network brings together researchers from the University of Eastern Finland, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Karolinska Institutet, the FINGERS Brain Health Institute in Stockholm, and Imperial College London.
“I plan projects, funding and scientific strategy for the entire network. I’m also the principal investigator of my own team in Kuopio,” Solomon says.
Besides her associate professorship at the University of Eastern Finland, Solomon also holds positions in Stockholm and in London.
“Of course, Karolinska Institutet and Imperial College London are big universities, but I ended up choosing the University of Eastern Finland because it’s a good fit for me. I see myself primarily as a member of an international network. Scientists are mobile people, and we find ourselves where it’s beneficial at each time.”
For her current situation and research, the University of Eastern Finland provides a good setting by fostering international collaboration. In addition, the university’s quiet and peaceful campus area, and a short commute, provide support for the neuroscientist’s everyday life.
“Compared to Stockholm and London, Kuopio is a small place, but I like the quiet. Here, commuting to and from work takes a lot less time, and when I don’t waste time on commuting, my time management is much more efficient. On my leisure time, I also like to spend time outdoors in nature. In Kuopio, nature is literally just a stone’s throw away from my doorstep,” Solomon says.
Alina Solomon is one of the 29 Associate Professors working at the University of Eastern Finland. (Situation September 2022)