The City of Espoo announced the election of Professor Ahti Salo as the Espoo Ambassador of 2018. The selection was announced at the annual Espoo Ambassador event held at Dipoli on the 30th of August 2018. Salo is the 10th ambassador as the programme celebrates 10 years since its launch in 2009. The aim of the programme is to attract more international conferences to Espoo by encouraging and supporting scientists to host conferences in Espoo. Important goal is also to highlight the wide-spread positive impact and high value of international scientific conferences on the City of Espoo, the academic community and companies operating in the area.
Salo is an internationally known and respected expert in operations research and an active member of Finnish and international associations in his field. In addition to scientific positions of trust, Salo has taken part in the organisation of several international conferences in Finland and abroad. In 2015, Salo served on the programme committee of the main European conference in operations research. This summer, this conference of roughly 3,000 participants was held in Valencia, Spain. On the basis of a preliminary exchange of ideas at the conference, the Finnish Operations Research Society is considering applying to host the conference in Espoo in 2022.
“With the new metro line connecting Espoo to capital Helsinki and the development of the Aalto University campus area, Espoo is, by all accounts, an attractive destination for this type of a larger conference”, says Salo.