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The Professor Pentti Kaitera Fund

The Professor Pentti Kaitera Fund rewards work done to benefit Northern Finland. The fund, which operates at the University of Oulu, was established in 1988 to honour the memory of Pentti Kaitera (1905–1985), the first rector of the University of Oulu.

Our fund is based on the notion that the vitality of Northern Finland is important for the success of Finland as a whole. We believe that the key to vitality lies in education, research, personal growth, the common good and pioneering spirit.

Achievement award

Every two years, we present the €20,000 Pentti Kaitera Award. The recipient of the award can be an individual or community which, through their own work, promotes the emotional health and economic well-being of Northern Finland or other aims of the University of Oulu. By 2021, we have presented a total of 19 awards.

    Recipient nomination for the 2024 Kaitera Award

    Professor Pentti Kaitera played a crucial role in the creation of the University of Oulu. His namesake fund presents a €20,000 award every two years for work done to benefit Northern Finland. In 2024 the award is presented to an individual or a group for significant research in the University of Oulu.

    The Fund is now accepting nominations for the recipient of this significant Finnish award. Send in your suggestion by August 31, 2024. The Fund’s board will process the nominations and make its decision in September.

    Use this form to enter the nomination. Please describe the achievements of the nominee in detail. The maximum length of the text field is 4000 characters. Please do not enter yourself or an organisation with which you have official affiliation.

    The recipient will be published on the Fund's website.

    Please observe that the form will clear after clinking 'Send'. Check below the orange area for confirmation.

    Contact infor­mation

    Chair: Katri Ervamaa

    All award winners

    2022 Dance artist, director Pirjo Yli-Maunula; Violinist, conductor John Storgårds

    2020 Domestication in Action research group

    2018 Polar Bear Pitching ry

    2016 Professor Matti Latva-aho

    2014 Nature photographer Jari Peltomäki

    2012 Professor Matti Pietikäinen

    2010 CEO Markku Jokinen, Sievin Jalkine Oy

    2008 Academy Professor Juha Kostamovaara

    2006 CEO Esko Järvenpää and WSP Suunnittelu KORTES Oy

    2005 Pentti Kaitera’s 100th anniversary memorial award: the University of Oulu’s staff, Hannu Väisänen’s Kullervo painting

    2004 Academy Professor Helena Aksela

    2002 Men’s choir Huutajat and Petri Sirviö

    1999 Professor Jouko Vahtola

    1997 CEO Esa Rousu

    1995 Professor Karl Tryggvason

    1993 Artistic Director Seppo Kimanen

    1992 Professor Risto Myllylä

    1990 Ceramic artist Anu Pentik

    1989 Professor Kari Kivirikko ja docent Taina Pihlajaniemi

    1988 Counsellor of Education Kerttu Saalasti


    The Professor Pentti Kaitera Fund operates at the University of Oulu.

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    Pentti Kaiteran katu 1
    90014 University of Oulu 

    Chair: Katri Ervamaa