Nature-loving automobile pioneer - The story of the Nessling foundation

Tor Nessling (1901–1971) was one of the pioneers of the Finnish motor industry. Until his death in 1971 he served as managing director and chairman of the board of Oy Suomen Autoteollisuus Ab (Finnish Motors Ltd.). With no children of their own, Tor and his wife Greta Maria (Maj) Nessling (1901–1974) wished that their estate should be used for advancing Finnish science and culture. The charter establishing the Maj and Tor Nessling foundation was signed by Maj Nessling in July 1972 and the first research grants were awarded in 1975.

Foundation’s administration and action

The foundation is administered by a governing board. An attorney, employed on a part-time basis, prepares and presents proposals to the board regarding the financial administration. The head of research, employed on a full-time basis, prepares and presents the overall plans for the distribution of research grants. Proposals for projects to be granted are drawn up by a committee of experts, each appointed for a three-year term. The members of the committee represent universities, research institutes, business or administration, and are all specialists in environmental issues.