About –
Mikko Ahonen

(A mini-history: where does my nature come from and how I got involved in information systems, e-learning, EMF & risk management areas.)

I was raised with my architect-brother Timo in a middle-class family in Tampere, Finland. My father Antti was a serial-entrepreneur and inventor with several patents. From this background comes my curiosity and researcher-inventor mindset. My mother Ritva was a bookkeeper, who set high expectations for boys’ education. I tried to keep up with these (B.Sc. -> M.Sc. -> PhD). She died rather early, after being years heavily exposed to chemicals and EMFs. To me this was of course sad, but also educative.

During my childhood we lived in a self-made house close to the city of Tampere, but still not far away from large forests, big lakes and world’s biggest gravel ridge. I (still) love hiking, skiing, mountain biking, climbing, football, golf and … music (singing), just like when I was a child. My special hobby is winter swimming, since the Great Tampere Area is world’s biggest (and densiest) winter swimming hot-spot with fabulous saunas next to magnificent lakes. I have also been a football trainer to my 2 children and still try to support their hobbies.

My relatives and my ‘blood’ comes from Wild Kainuu-area, Finland. That is why I have always liked honesty and disliked bullying and oppressing weaker people. That might explain my nature: I am a nice & co-operative guy, but simultaneously I really hate corruption and unethical behaviour. When I see unethical behavior, I must raise my voice, like with those environment polluters, pseudo-sceptics and anti-humanists.

I worked at the University of Tampere (UTA) 23 years, first with educational technology and then with information systems, open innovation and bioelectromagnetics research. During that time I participated big R&D projects, like the MOBIlearn, world’s biggest mobile learning research project (so far). Professors Pertti Jarvinen, Eleni Berki and Mikko Ruohonen were my supporters in the University of Tampere, but eventually mobile industry ‘couped’ the UTA and I was forced to leave it. Hard economic times did not give me or UTA much choices, either. Even after this drawback our risk-management research has continued with PhD candidate, researcher Tarmo Koppel and MD, professor Lennart Hardell. In this context I have had the great opportunity to work for/with the Institute of Environmental Health and Safety in Tallinn, Estonia.

Since my father Antti had worked with workers’ safety for 40 years, we founded with him and my wife Sari Sustainable Mobile Ltd in 2009. Because Finland has been in the forefront of promoting risky RF-technologies, our business and it’s risk managent view was first welcomed with deep silence and rejection. However, we did not give up and did expand our operations with our international partners. After we moved to Sweden, we stopped the measurement activity and eventually closed also the webshop.

We have done RF&ELF-measurements in workplaces, homes and schools, with 10 years experience.  Additionally,  EMI (Electro-Magnetic Interference) interference measurements and filtering of voltage transients is becoming more and more actual with ‘smart’ grids. I have taken several measurements courses in Germany and speaking German is my another nature.

Our webinars and e-learning courses of EMF risk-management are becoming more popular. Addiction control and related digital detox -courses are being asked more and more. My latest interest has been global risk-management courses & webinars with my English and US colleagues within Wireless Education, with a foundation focus. This is more like a hobby to me and I occasionally put some time for this wellbeing-focused activity.

Since October 2016 I started my work as a post-doc researcher in the Mid Sweden University. This work is focused on information systems and also my PhD thesis topic. More about it later …

My life so far has been interesting, tough and … self-actualising 🙂 Happy to collaborate in future projects.

Researcher