The Åbo Akademi University researchers’ association Forskarföreningen vid Åbo Akademi r.f. (FfÅA) is a local union branch that is part of the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers and thereby Akava. The working language is Swedish. The association has around 300 members, who are researchers and teachers at Åbo Akademi University.

The association advocates its members’ common interests in matters related to scientific education, working conditions and economy by keeping in touch with the employer and within various cooperation bodies. It conducts investigations, presents propositions and initiatives, negotiates, provides statements and conducts information activities.

The association is run on a voluntary basis. We have no employees in Turku, but the office of the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers in Helsinki has staff with special skills.

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Board 2024


Nanuli Silagadze, nanuli.silagadze(a) (ffaaordforande(a)

Deputy chair

Catharina Walldén, catharina.wallden(a)


Mia Åkerfelt, ffaasekreterare(a)


Camilla Kronqvist, camilla.kronqvist(a)

Communications manager

Ylva Gustafsson, ffaainfo(a)


Freddy Suarez Rodriguez, freddy.suarezrodriguez(a)

Renáta Sándor, renata.sandor(a)

Andrei Morariu andrei-raoul.morariu(a)

Karolina Andersdotter, karolina.andersdotter(a)

Alternate: Anna Törnroos-Remes, Anna.M.Tornroos(a)


Representation in committees and work groups

Strike leader: Anna Törnroos

Vice strike leader: Catharina Walldén

Working group for FUURT: Freddy Suarez Rodriguez

Young researchers group: Freddy Suarez Rodriguez

Equality committee at ÅA Freddy Suarez Rodriguez, alternate: Catharina Walldén

Committé for occupational health and safety at ÅA: Ylva Gustafsson, alternate Camilla Kronqvist

Cooperation committee at ÅA: Camilla Kronqvist, alternate Catharina Walldén

Research strategic council (FoR) Mika Helander

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If you identify as a researcher you are welcome to join FfÅA!

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