Ms Mutanen holds an MA in Political Science from Helsinki University. She began her career in the Finnish News Agency as a staff writer and subeditor at the foreign news desk. From there she spent one year in the Geneva area as a freelance journalist. She then worked seven years at the Helsingin Sanomat, the leading daily newspaper in Finland, as the editor of the weekly science section and staff writer at the foreign news desk. In the past two years she has been working as a science writer and internet producer in the science magazine Tiede.