Finnish Science Academies’ Risto Pelkonen Human Rights Award can be granted for active efforts in promoting human rights in academic communities. The award is granted in collaboration with Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki.

The criteria for the award:

-The award can be granted to a person, an organisation, or a community for active efforts in promoting freedom of science, academic freedom or human rights of academics.

-The awarded person/organisation/community can operate locally or internationally, within or outside the academic community.

-The activity can relate to fostering of human rights (such as freedom of speech) of academics or ensuring the foundations and possibilities for diversified academic work and scientific processes;

-the activity can relate to immediate intervening in human rights violations of academics or fighting against discrimination in its many forms;

-The activity can relate to objecting to hate speech, stigmatising of academics, or demeaning of scientific knowledge or communities.


The Human Rights Committee of the Council of Finnish Academies calls for nominations for the 2022 Awardee. Please submit the nominations with supporting statements to by 31 January 2022.