Thule Institute is a focus area unit which promotes multidisciplinary research and innovations in the fields of environment, natural resources and northern issues at the University of Oulu through high-quality research and doctoral training. Thule Institute coordinates a doctoral programme (Aurora DP), which is part of the University's graduate school UniOGS. The Institute represents the University of Oulu in national and international networks and arranges multidisciplinary seminars and training as well as provides information on environmental and northern issues.
Thule Institute is responsible of two of the University's thematic focus areas: 'Creating sustainability through materials and systems' and 'Earth and near-space system and environmental change'. Research projects have been selected through scientific evaluation. Projects and related doctoral training are implemented in the research groups at the University's faculties.