Dr Krista VarantolaChancellor, University of Tampere, Finland
Chancellor Krista Varantola received her PhD in English from the University of Turku, Finland in 1985. She worked as a senior lecturer at the same university until 1989 when she moved to the University of Tampere to become Professor of English at School of Modern Languages and Translation Studies. She has published widely on technical English usage, as well as the use of dictionaries and the use of electronic text corpora as translation tools. She is member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.
Alongside her scholarly pursuits she has held several administrative positions at the university and served as Head of Department, Dean, Vice-Rector and Rector (President) of the University of Tampere. She was elected Chair of the Finnish Council of University Rectors for 2008-2009. Her five-year term as Rector ended in August 2009 when she was appointed Chancellor of the University of Tampere by the President of the Republic of Finland.
She is a member of a number of national and Nordic academic boards, research councils and foundations. She served twice on the Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland (chaired by the Prime Minister). She is currently the Chair of the National Advisory Board on Research Ethics in Finland and Vice-Chair of The Delegation of the Finnish Academies of Science and Letters.
Krista Varantola is married and has two grown-up children.