Weisell Foundation donates 50 000 euros to Aalto University’s Metsähovi Radio Observatory


The donation will be used to purchase control motors and a receiver for a 5.5 metre radio telescope.

Metsähovi Radio Observatory is the only astronomical radio observatory in Finland. Research in this field is highly respected in Finland and around the world. The donation makes it possible to further develop this research and the related teaching, as it will be used to purchase control motors and a receiver for a 5.5 metre radio telescope that was received earlier as a gift.

‘We’re very grateful for the Weisell Foundation’s donation, because it will allow us to finally put the new telescope into research and teaching use. The first exercises are already being planned and we're looking forward to the research and student opportunities that the new telescope will open up,’ states Joni Tammi, Director of the Metsähovi Radio Observatory.

Mikko Voipio, who chairs the Weisell Foundation, explains that the donation fits in well with the foundation’s operating idea. ‘We’re very pleased to support this kind of project, where both research and teaching receive the resources that they need. We’re contributing to the development of Aalto University and thus promoting the well-being of Finland,’ said Voipio at the donation event held at Otaniemi on 1 June.

The Weisell Foundation was established in spring 2016, and its purpose is to promote the well-being of nature and society by supporting scientific research and education and to preserve the environment, maritime safety and the maritime cultural heritage. The Weisell Foundation is based on a bequest from Hannu Voipio. Approximately 400 000 euros in donations are awarded each year.

In autumn 2016, the Weisell Foundation donated 100 000 euros to Aalto University’s fundraising campaign. That donation targeted education and research activities in the technology field.