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Curriculum vitae

1. Personal details

Full names: Jaana Kaarina Bäck                                         Born: 1961                                Nationality: Finnish         

Website: tuhat.helsinki.fi/portal/en/person/jkback 


2. Education and degrees completed:

2010: title of docent in Forest-atmosphere interactions, Univ. of Helsinki (UHEL), Finland

1998: title of docent in Plant ecophysiology, Univ. of Oulu, Finland

May 1994: PhD (Physiological plant ecology), University of Oulu, Finland

Sep 1985: M.Sc. (Environmental Sciences), University of Kuopio, Finland


3. Current position:

8/2013 –                  Professor in Forest-Atmosphere Interactions, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research INAR/Forest Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, UHEL


4. Previous work experience:

1/2007 - 1/2012     Research coordinator, Dept. of Physics, UHEL

8/2004 - 12/2006   Research fellow, Dept. of Forest Sciences, UHEL

1/1998 - 7/2004     Post-doctoral fellow, Acad. of Finland

1/1995 - 12/1998   Assistant in Plant Ecology, Univ. of Oulu

10/1985 - 7/1996   Research fellow, Univ. of Oulu and Acad. of Finland


5. Career breaks:

1997-98                   Parental leave (son born in Feb 1997) 12 months

1999-2003               Parental leave (twin daughters born in Jan 2000) 37 months


6. Personal research funding and grants (most recent ones):

2020-2024      eLTER PLUS (EU H2020 Advanced Community Grant),  UH funding 1.12 M€, total grant 10 M€ (JB as coordinator and PI at UH)

2020-2024      eLTER PPP (EU H2020 Preparatory Phase grant), UH funding 400 k€ (JB as WP lead, and PI at UHEL, Coordinator M. Mirtl, UFZ)

2018-2020    Marie Curie individual fellowship (EU grant no 798293) to Pille Mänd, BioVOLHum, funding total 191 325 € (JB as PI)

2017- 2020   Mechanisms, pathways and patchiness of the Arctic ecosystem responses and adaptation to changing climate (ClimEco) Acad. of Finland, funding total 499 647 € (JB as consortium leader and PI)

2017              Advance-LTER (Long-Term Ecosystem and socio-ecological Research Infrastructure), EU-H2020, funding to UH 170 000 € (JB as WP leader and PI at UHEL)

2017 - 2021  INTERACT I3 (H2020), funding to UH 345 850 € (JB as PI at UHEL, PI M. Johansson, Lund Univ)

2017-2021    INAR RI Ecosystems (Acad of Finland), funding total 1.7 M€ (JB as consortium leader and PI)

2015-2018    eLTER I3 (European Long-Term Ecosystem and socio-ecological Research Infrastructure), EU-H2020, funding to UH 146 000€ (JB as UHEL PI, Coordinator: M. Mirtl, EEA)

2014-2019    Finnish CoE in ‘Atmospheric Science – From Molecular and Biological processes to The Global Climate’ (Acad. of Finland); funding total 5.7 M€ (JB as Faculty PI, PI: M. Kulmala, UHEL)

2012 – 2016 Infrastructure for Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems ESFRI Preparatory Phase (FP7) (ANAEE-PP), funding to UHEL 415 000 € (JB as WP leader and PI at UHEL, PI: Abad Chabbi, INRA)


7. Leadership and supervision experience

supervising postdoctoral researchers: 3 ongoing (9 altogether)

supervising undergraduate and post-graduate students/doctoral students: 4 ongoing (main supervisor), 12 ongoing (co-supervisor or member in follow-up group), 8 finished

experience as leader of research work: Since 2011, leading the ‘Ecosystem processes’ -research group (www.helsinki.fi/ metsaymparisto/index.html), and in charge of the ecosystem research at the SMEAR measurement network www.atm.helsinki.fi /SMEAR/. Total obtained funding: 6 M€


8. Teaching experience

MSc level: Tree ecophysiology (FOR211), 5 ECT, UHEL; Forests and peatlands as modifiers of atmospheric composition (FOR217), 5 ECT, UHEL; Climate Now (ATM302), 5 ECT, MOOC course, UHEL

PhD/advanced level: Advanced Analysis of Atmosphere-Surface Interactions and Feedbacks (ATM003), 5 ECT, UHEL; Analysis of atmosphere-surface interactions and feedbacks (ATM309), 5 ECT, UHEL


9. Experience of organising scientific meetings

2016-2020 Elected Co-chair, Gordon Research Conference on Biogenic Volatiles and Atmosphere

2014           Co-convener, session 4 ’Extreme events and environments’, 4th iLEAPS Science Conf., Nanjing

2013           Co-chair, EGU General Assembly Session ‘Boreal forest chemistry and physics’ AS4.10/BG2.18

2010-2012 Member of organizing committee, Annual meetings of the Cryosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in Changing Arctic Climate (CRAICC)

2010           Member, organizing committee, World Congress of Resource Modeling Association, Finland

2007           Chair, 1st Finnish-Estonian VOC workshop, Hyytiälä, Finland


10. Patents, inventions, awards and honours

2017   Pro Scientia –award, given by the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Dec 13 2017

2018   Open Science Award, given by University of Helsinki


11. Other key scientific or academic merits

2008 -   Pre-examiner 3 times: Mikhail Paramonov, UHEL Physics; Elina Häikiö, Univ of Eastern Finland; Delia Pinto, Univ of Eastern Finland

2014-    Opponent/committee member (PhD thesis) 4 times: Kaisa Hartikainen, Univ. of Eastern Finland; Rajendra Ghimire, Univ of Eastern Finland; Ylva van Meeningen, Lund University, Sweden; Michelle Schollert, Univ of Copenhagen, Denmark

2012 -   External evaluator, Docentship 3 times: Minna Kivimäenpää, Univ. of Eastern Finland; Juha Heijari, Univ. of Eastern Finland; Vesa Palonen, UHEL Physics

2013-    Member in grant and tenure review panels: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; NSERC, Canada; NERC Standard Grants, UK; Open Programme, Netherlands; VR, Sweden; UHEL, Finland; Technology Academy Finland

Referee in: Atmospheric Environment, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Agronomy Research, Analytical Chemistry, Biogeosciences, Boreal Environment Research, Chemosphere, Critical Rev. in Biotechnology, Cryosphere, Environmental and Experimental Botany, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Environmental Pollution, Forest Ecology and Management, New Phytologist, Plant Cell & Environment, Sensors, Silva Fennica, Tellus B, Tree Physiology.


Administrative responsibilities:

2017-               Deputy member at Faculty Board (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry)

2016-               Vice chair of the Doctoral Programme ATM-DP (UHEL)

2016- 2018      Member, Helsinki Life Sciences Center Infrastructure Board

2014-               Member in SMEAR Board of Directors

2014- 2017      Vice chair, Department of Forest Sciences (infrastructures)

2011 –2014     Board Member in the Earth Science Women’s Network European Committee

2010 – 2015    Member in Scientific Steering Committee of the Nordic CoE ‘Cryosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Arctic Climate’ (CRAICC)

1/1994 – 12/1996 Member of the Board at the Faculty of Sciences, Univ. of Oulu


Key roles in international research projects or research infrastructures

2019-                Advisory Board member, Terrestrial Environmental Observatories (TERENO), Germany

2018-                Coordinating Committee member, ILTER

2016-               Core team member, eLTER ESFRI

2012- 2016     Steering committee member in EU-FP7 AnaEE ESFRI Preparatory Phase Project


Invited international keynote lectures

2018     Gordon Research Conference on Biogenic Volatiles and Atmosphere


12. Memberships and positions of trust in scientific societies

Positions as member or editor on editorial boards of scientific and scholarly journals

2018-                  Associate Editor, Forests and the atmosphere (Frontiers in Forests and Global Change)

2015-2017         lead author, European Academies of Science Advisory Council (EASAC) ‘Multi-functionality and Sustainability in the European Union's Forests’ (www.easac.eu/home.html)

2016-                  Board Member, Finnish Zoological and Botanical Publishing Board

2012-                 Guest Editor, ‘Interactions between climate change and the Cryosphere: SVALI, DEFROST, CRAICC’ in Biogeosciences, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, and Cryosphere

2006 – 2012      Subject Editor (Forests) in Boreal Environment Research

Education/Academic qualification

Forest-atmosphere interactions, Adjunct professor

Award Date: 1 Dec 2010

Plant ecophysiology, Adjunct professor

Award Date: 1 Dec 1998

Tree ecophysiology, PhD

Award Date: 20 May 1994

Fields of Science

  • 4112 Forestry
  • forest-atmosphere interactions
  • forest ecophysiology
  • Forest Ecology
  • Climate change
  • research infrastructures
  • 1183 Plant biology, microbiology, virology
  • ecophysiology of trees
  • 114 Physical sciences
  • biosphere-atmosphere interactions

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.