Statement "Bending, but not breaking"
"Bending, but not breaking – From the coronavirus pandemic to strengthening Finland’s crisis resilience" is a statement by a group of independent experts convened by the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.
In spring 2020, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters convened a multi-disciplinary group of experts to present their views on Finland's crisis resilience based on the lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic crisis, with the goal of a strong and resilient Finland. The statement looks further into the future, rather than focusing on the short-term recovery from the current crisis.
This statement is an invitation to join the discussion, created based on the work done by the group and representing an independent scientific perspective.
The "Bending, but not breaking statement" invites us to discuss ways of improving crisis resilience at the individual, community and societal levels. There are many types of crises, and they cannot be overcome by following a single model. The most sustainable solution is a society that is able to adapt and strengthen its creative potential through the joint efforts of scientists, government and businesses.
in English / på engelska / englanniksi
→ Bending, but not breaking – From the coronavirus pandemic to strengthening Finland’s crisis resilience (.pdf)
in Swedish / på svenska / ruotsiksi
→ Böjs men brister inte – Från coronapandemi till att stärka Finlands kristålighet (.pdf)
in Finnish / på finska / suomeksi
→ Taipuu vaan ei taitu - Koronaedpidemiasta Suomen kriisinkestävyyden vahvistamiseen (.pdf)
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Group of experts
The group of experts consisted of ten experienced scientists who are academics of science and recent presidents of the Academy. They represented a wide range of disciplines and have in-depth experience of interdisciplinary collaboration and participation in societal debate. The group was chaired by Anna Mauranen, the president of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. The group worked from June 2020 to January 2021.
President of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, Professor Emerita of English at the University of Helsinki
Academician, Professor Emerita of Molecular Plant Biology, University of Turku
Academician, Professor Emerita of Systems Neuroscience and Brain Imaging, Aalto University
Academician, Professor of Immunology, University of Turku
Academician, Professor of Aerosol and Environmental Physics, University of Helsinki
Professor Emeritus of Russian Linguistics, University of Helsinki
Academician, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Aalto University
Academician, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Helsinki
Chancellor Emeritus, University of Helsinki
Professor Emeritus of Social Policy, University of Tampere
Professor of Education, the University of Helsinki
Secretary General of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
Academy secretary, Sofi (Science Advisory Initiative of Finland)
Science coordinator, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters