No. 40



No. 40, December 2019

Focus: Estonian science.

In his essay, Jaak Aaviksoo writes about financing of science and research. President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences Tarmo Soomere gives an overview of the activities of the Academy during the last five years, and the plans for the future.

The new issue also includes a section “National University 100 – Estonia through the Prism of Social Sciences”, prepared in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Tartu. Articles by the psychologists, sociologists, political scientists and education and law scientists of the University of Tartu are published under this heading.

You can also read the next episode of the history of the development of the Riigikogu’s Rules of Procedure, written by Jüri Adams. Senior Researcher of the School of Governance, Law and Society of Tallinn University Lauri Leppik gives an overview of the sufficiency and sustainability of Estonian pensions.

Summaries of articles are in English.

Full articles in Estonian

Editor-in-Chief’s Column

  • Science Is Still Useful

    There is no reason for Estonia to hang its head in shame: we have excellent researchers whose work is at the highest global level. Estonian researchers are able to contribute to the international world of science, as well as research issues pertaining to life in Estonia. What can set certain limits is our impatience to get everything immediately, without stopping to ask what researchers have to do to earn their living.

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  • Research and Funding

    11 December 2019


    RiTo No. 40, 2019

    The article analyses aspect of research funding in Estonia.

  • Research Organisation in Estonia: Past and Future

    11 December 2019


    RiTo No. 40, 2019

    When the University of Tartu was established in 1632, the Western European progressive scientific worldview spread to the territory of what today is the Republic of Estonia. At the same time, that gave an impetus to higher education becoming more widespread in the region on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea.

  • Academy of Sciences: Expense or Investment

    11 December 2019


    RiTo No. 40, 2019

    The classic academies have been established with a twofold goal: to be resolutely committed to the advancement of science and to advise government authorities. In order to give adequate and timely advice, it is important to be engaged in the shaping of policy on all levels, starting from discussions of topics and goals of political parties.  Several members of the Estonian Academy of Sciences (EAS) have contributed to active policy-making over decades, among other things, through performing the duties of the speaker of the Riigikogu and serving as ministers or parliament members.

100 years of the national university




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