Where do good ideas come from? You meet people, you find that you share goals, ideals and challenges. In January 2019 a group of people gathered in Helsinki to discuss languages in scholarly communication. We found out that we all wished to see research shared in multiple languages and how that was often challenged due to ways research is funded, evaluated and valued. We realised together that issues appeared to be similar in many countries and we wanted to initiate change. As a result we started the Helsinki Initiative together as a movement to promote multilingualism in scholarly communication.
The Founding signatories are:
- The Committee for Public Information in Finland
- European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (ENRESSH)
- Federation of Finnish Learned Societies
- The Finnish Association for Scholarly Publishing
- Universities Norway
Present in the initial conversations were: Emanuel Kulczycki, Henriikka Mustajoki, Janne Pölönen, Leena Kaakinen, Sami Syrjämäki, Reetta Kettunen and Vidar Røeggen.
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