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Nurmi, Pekka  PhD, Prof.
Science and Innovations

 Work address:

Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
P.O. Box 96 (Betonimiehenkuja 4)
02151 Espoo

Tel. +358 029 503 0000  


Research interests:
  • Scientific co-operation
  • Mineral policy
  • Mineral resources and their sustainable use 
  • Ore geology
  • Mineral exploration techniques
  • Precambrian evolution


Professional interests:
  • Scientific co-operation
  • Innovation projects
  • Geoscientific knowledge development
  • Circular economy
  • Mineral resources and their sustainable use
  • Mineral policy


1: Molnár, Ferenc; Nurmi, Pekka; Törmänen, Tuomo & Laukkanen, Jukka 2014. Observations on occurrences of awaruite in Lapland. In: Lauri, L. S., Heilimo, E., Leväniemi, H., Tuusjärvi, M., Lahtinen, R. & Hölttä, P. (eds.) Current Research: 2nd GTK Mineral Potential Workshop, Kuopio, Finland, May 2014. Geological Survey of Finland, Report of Investigation 207, 111-113. [Fulltext]
2: Nurmi, Pekka A. and Molnár, Ferenc 2014. The future of metal minerals mining in the EU. European geologist 37, 12-19. [Fulltext]
3: Eilu, P., Bergman, T., Bjerkgård, T., Feoktistov, V., Hallberg, A., Korsakova, M., Krasotkin, S., Litvinenko, V., Nurmi, P. A., Often, M., Philippov, N., Sandstad, J. S. and Voytekhovsky, Y. L. (comp.) 2013. Metallic mineral deposit map of the Fennoscandian Shield 1:2 000 000. Revised edition. Espoo: Geological Survey of Finland, Trondheim: Geological Survey of Norway, Uppsala: Geological Survey of Sweden St. Petersburg: The Federal Agency of Use of Mineral Resources of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation. [Fulltext]
4: Nurmi, Pekka A. 2013. Booming minerals industry in Finland employs the Green Mining concept. In: Golubev, A. I. [et al.] (editorial board). Zoloto Fennoskandinavskogo Ŝita: Materialy meždunarodnoj konferencii = Gold of the Fennoscandian Shield: Proceedings of the International Conference. Petrozavodsk: Karel´skij Centr RAN, 134-138.
5: Nurmi, Pekka A. 2013. Keynote: Finland's Green Mining concept. In: Fennoscandian exploration and mining: 9th Fennoscandian exploration and mining, 29-31 October 2013, Levi - Lapland, Finland, 2013: programme and abstracts, 38-39.
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Docent (ore geology), University of Helsinki, 1993
Ph. D., University of Helsinki, Department of Geology, 1984
Ph. Lic., University of Helsinki, Department of Geology, 1980
M. Sc., University of Helsinki, Department of Geology, 1979
B. Sc., University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry, 1976


Work history:
2016- Director, Science and Innovations, GTK
2004 -2015 Research Director, GTK
2003 - 2004 Programme Director, bedrock geology and resources; GTK
1998 - 2003 Research professor, Division Head, bedrock geology and resources, GTK
1995 - 1997 Departmend Head, Mineral Resources Department, GTK
1987 - 1995 Head, Basic Research, Mineral Resources Department, GTK
1985 - 1986 Geologist, Mineral Resources Department, GTK
1984 - 1985 Researcher, Nuclear waste disposal research group, GTK
1983 - 1984 Assistant, Department of Geology, University of Helsinki
1982 - 1983 Project Leader, Department of Geology, University of Helsinki
1980 - 1981 Researcher, Department of Geology, University of Helsinki


Other scientific activities:
  • Government’s action plan to make Finland a leader of sustainable exctractive industry, member of Steering Group and chairman of "Mineral resources and sustainable development" working group, 2012-2013
  • Green Mining Tekes Program, member of steering group, 2011
  • Green Mining Tekes Program, steering group member of program preparation 2011
  • Finnish Mineral’s Strategy, leader of the strategy process 2010
  • Government’s natural resources communication, member of the secretary 2010
  • National natural resources strategy team of Sitra (the Finnish Innovation Fund), member 2008-2009
  • Finland’s Minerals Cluster network, Vice-Chairman 2008-2011, Chairman since 2012
  • Institutional review of the South African Council for Geoscience, member of the international review panel 2009
  • European Technology Platform, Sustainable Mineral Resources, High-level Group member, since 2007
  • Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, Core Member, since 1996
  • Outokumpu Oyj price for the research leading to the discovery of the Orivesi gold mine 2003
  • Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining, member of Steering Group, 2013; Chairman of the Programme Group 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011; member 2001 and 2003
  • University of Helsnki, Department of Seismology, Board Member, 2002-2009.
  • International Lithosphere Program, National Working Group, member, since 2000
  • Geological Society of Finland, Chairman 1995, Vice Chairman 1994
  • Bulletin of the Geological Society of Finland, Editor 1987-1989
  • Association of Finnish Mining Engineers, Chairman of the Geology Section 1996-1998
  • National Geological Committee of Finland, member 1997-1999
  • Lauri Jäntti Foundation’s price for the scientific book of the year , 1999
  • University of Helsinki price for a good lecture book 1998

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