Formaly Kotka Maritime Research Centre is an independent research association, called Kotka Maritime Research Association (KMRA). It is managed by Executive Director Anna Kiiski.

Research activities

The research centre’s activities are based on collaboration between four universities. A research management team consisting of professors, research managers and the centre’s research director guides all research activities.

Tommi Inkinen Professor University of Turku

Pentti Kujala Professor Aalto University
Maria Hänninen Research Director


Sakari Kuikka Professor University of Helsinki

Justiina Halonen Research manager South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
Olli-Pekka Brunila Research manager South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences


The association’s board is responsible for managing KMRA. The association’s annual general meeting elects the board and the chairman of the board for two years at a time.

The research association has thirteen members:


  • Aalto University
  • City of Kotka
  • Cursor Oy
  • Etelä-Kymenlaakso Vocational College
  • Finnish Environment Institute
  • Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom
  • Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency
  • Kotka Maretarium Oy
  • Metsähallitus
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland
  • South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Turku

Board 2019

Chairman of the board: Anna-Maria Länsimies

  • Aalto University: Jouni Partanen (Jani Romanoff)
  • Etelä-Kymenlaakso Vocational College: Sami Tikkanen (Kimmo Kallioniemi)
  • University of Helsinki: Kai Kokko (Sirkku Manninen)
  • City of Kotka: Anna-Maria Länsimies (Terhi Lindholm)
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland: Meri Kallasvuo (Riikka Venesjärvi)
  • University of Turku: Sakari Kajander (Reima Helminen)
  • South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences: Ville Henttu (Noora Talsi)
  • Cursor Oy: Carina Pulkkinen (David Lindström)