The Union of Professionals in Natural, Environmental and Forestry Sciences Loimu is a multidisciplinary union: its members represent diverse academic backgrounds and include biologists, bioscientists, chemists, geologists, limnologists, foresters, environmental scientists, meteorologists, geographers, statisticians, physicists, mathematicians and many more.
Loimu was created on 1 January 2017 by the merger of the Finnish Union of Experts in Science LAL, the Finnish Union of Environmental Professionals YKL and the Union of Finnish Academic Foresters.
Loimu’s members work in sectors that play key roles in human wellbeing and the future of the world, including environmental research and protection, research and development in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, as well as forestry and the bioeconomy.
At universities and research institutes, Loimu’s members are responsible for significant research activities that create the conditions for positive future development.
Loimu has some 15,000 members in total. Loimu is politically unaffiliated and independent of any political party.