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Cablegate: Embassy Helsinki Requests Embassy Science Fellow

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R 230755Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY HELSINKI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4254
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 HELSINKI 000179

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE PASS TO EILEEN KANE, OES/STC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TSPL KSCA SENV EAGR AMGT OTRA APER FI
SUBJECT: EMBASSY HELSINKI REQUESTS EMBASSY SCIENCE FELLOW
ON BIOFUEL DEVELOPMENT

REF: A. 07 HELSINKI 0797
B. SECSTATE 28712

1. (U) Embassy Helsinki requests the opportunity to host an
Embassy Science Fellow from the U.S. Forest Service, within
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to research
emerging wood-based biofuel technology in Finland. The
Embassy Science Fellow will collaborate with leading Finnish
scientists and companies on biofuel development, including
sharing information on U.S. efforts in this area. Finland is
a leader in biofuel development, and this visit provides
significant opportunities for tangible collaboration between
Finland and the U.S. See reftel for background on Finnish
biofuel efforts.

2. (U) The Embassy Science Fellow will work closely with
contacts at Finnish research institutes (Tekes and VTT),
various universities, and Finnish biofuel companies to
produce a state of the art report on forest biorefinery
activities in the U.S. and Finland. The Embassy Science
Fellow will identify key research topics that could provide
the basis for future joint R&D projects between the Forest
Products Laboratory in the U.S. and key Finnish research
institutes. The Embassy Science Fellow will also meet with
key government contacts developing Finland,s biofuel and
renewable energy strategies.

3. (U) This request has full Embassy Country Team support.
Post agrees to provide housing, office space, computer and
Internet access, and reasonable local travel costs (as
needed), and other Embassy services as necessary. Post will
also arrange for initial orientation to Finland and the
Embassy community, as well as arrange the Embassy Science
Fellow,s overall schedule, including meetings with key
contacts.

4. (U) In as much as the Embassy Science Fellow candidate
reportedly does not have a security clearance, the Regional
Security Officer (RSO) requires that USDA, or another Agency,
provide a copy of the candidate,s NACI background check
(reference number, date, results, etc.), as well as any
employment documentation which validated candidate,s
trustworthiness for employment. This information should be
sent to post via a cable. Receipt of the requested
information is mandatory to make a determination as to
whether unescorted access on the compound and into non-CAA
spaces will be made available to the candidate. The
candidate,s 24/7 access will be limited to the compound
grounds and the CMR. Unescorted access into CAA and non-CAA
work spaces during after-hours is prohibited. During work
hours the candidate must be escorted to obtain access to the
Controlled Access Areas (CAA) of the Embassy. Furthermore,
access to non-CAA office space, excluding the CMR, will be
limited to normal working hours on business days. For
security reasons, if candidate intends to bring a laptop to
post, prior notification of make, model, and serial number is
required to allow the laptop access onto the compound. As
an alternative, a post provided laptop can be made available
to the candidate. The Embassy can issue the candidate a
laptop with access to the Internet (via our Dedicated
Internet Network ) DIN) and a printer. Should the candidate
choose to bring a laptop, Internet access will still be
limited to the Embassy,s DIN. The candidate will be
required to attend a comprehensive briefing with the RSO
before an ID badge and access to the Embassy compound and the
CMR will be granted. Consequently, we strongly recommend the
candidate arrive at post on a work day during normal business
hours. Before coming to post, the candidate should know that
access to the Embassy is being granted due to the special
circumstances of the Embassy Science Fellow Program; however,
overall security of the Embassy is paramount and trumps all
other considerations. Hence, while reasonable accommodations
will be made, the candidate must abide by all security
guidelines prescribed by Department policies and regulations
as administered by the RSO and other Embassy personnel.
Implementation of sound security practices may cause some
inconvenience, so the candidate is asked to be flexible and
patient in working within the Embassy,s strict security
policies.

5. (U) Working closely with OES, Post has identified Dr. Alan
Rudie from the Forest Product Laboratory in Madison, WI as an
ideal candidate for this program. Dr. Rudie has shown
willingness to come as early as May 2008 for approximately 40
days. Finnish contacts have likewise shown enthusiasm for a
visit by Dr. Rudie. As this visit will be less than 60 days,
Dr. Rudie would not require a separate medical clearance from
MED.

6. (U) Post point of contact for the Embassy Science Fellow

HELSINKI 00000179 002 OF 002


Program is Economic Officer Glenn Lewis, the Environment,
Science and Technology Officer at Post. Mr. Lewis can be
reached at: email - lewisgk@state.gov; tel. 358-9-6162-5481;
mobile 358-50-322-7925.

7. (U) Post would like to thank Eileen Kane, OES/STC, for her
assistance in coordinating this opportunity.
HYATT

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