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The XXXIII Finnish URSI Convention on Radio Science and SMARAD Seminar was organized by the Finnish National Committee of URSI (International Union of Radio Science) and SMARAD (Center of Excellence in Smart Radios and Wireless Research) in Dipoli, Otaniemi, on Wednesday and Thursday, 24–25 April 2013.

This convention was a historical event because it took place exactly 60 years after the first Radio Days in Finland (24–25 April 1953). The annual seminar of SMARAD formed part of the event.

The Swedish Member Committee (SNRV) was well represented at the convention. From left: Henrik Wallén (secretary, URSI Finland), Ari Sihvola (chairman, URSI Finland), Gerhard Kristensson (chairman, URSI Sweden), Carl-Henrik Walde (secretary, URSI Sweden). Note the URSI ties! Photo: Juhani Kataja

Ari Sihvola and Martti Tiuri

Professor Martti Tiuri was one of the organizers of the first Finnish "Radio Days" exactly 60 years ago. He later served as the Chairman of the Finnish URSI Committee during 1966–1991. At the banquet of the 2013 convention, he shared his recollections of the early times of Finnish radio science. Photo: Janne Lahtinen