The new national network for fertility research, Synty, supports the collection and distribution of information relating to birth rates, fertility, reproductive health and family formation. The network, which is coordinated by the Family Federation of Finland, brings together fertility researchers and shares research information for media, experts and the whole population.
The declining birth rate in Finland in the 2010s is a part of the demographic shift experienced by all affluent countries, but the decline is nevertheless exceptionally steep. In 2019, fewer than 46,000 babies were born and the total fertility rate was 1.35, which is the lowest ever recorded number in the Nordic countries. The COVID-19 pandemic is also challenging people’s opportunities to plan and have children.
The research network’s goal is to create synergy between separate fields of expertise and encourage multidisciplinary projects that will broaden the research field of fertility. We want to further fact-based societal discussion through our regular publications and by organizing an annual fertility-themed event.
How to join the Synty network?
We are continuously accepting new members to the network from various academic disciplines. You can join either as an individual researcher or as a research group. Registrations and additional inquiries can be sent to the network’s coordinator, Karla Uusitalo, whose contact information is listed below. The network’s activities are planned and developed further in 2020.
Karla Uusitalo, coordinator
040 688 6701
Alli Paasikivi Foundation supports the founding of the Network for Fertility Research in 2020.