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21/4/2017 News

Attention to creativity and inventions

World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated annually on April 26. The event was established by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in 2000. Its purpose is to draw worldwide attention to the importance of creativity and inventions in promoting prosperity and well-being.

Intellectual property rights include for example copyright, patent and trademark.

Research outputs

At the University of Oulu dozens of inventions are made annually. Last year, their number was 44. Most inventions (25) was born in the faculty of information technology and electrical engineering.

University of Oulu’s goal is to exploit commercially the research results, which will bring economic benefits to the researcher, the University and the society.

Commercial exploitation of research results supports the research made at the University for example by bringing more external research funding. Last year, University of Oulu received Tekes TUTLI (New knowledge and business from research ideas) funding for six different projects. The purpose of funding is generation of new research based business. 

Events

At the University of Oulu following courses related to intellectual property rights will be arranged:

  • 11.5. Utilization of patent databases in research
  • 4.10. IP Rights and research
  • 30.11. Patenttitietokantojen hyödyntäminen tutkimuksessa (in Finnish)

More information:

  • Look at statistics from inventions made at University of Oulu
  • Check out our research based companies
  • Find out what new will be developed with TUTLI-funding
  • Be interested in what kind of news have been published from our inventions and startups
  • Ask more from intellectual property rights

 

12/4/2017 News

Tall men susceptible to osteoarthritis of the knee

The disease process of osteoarthritis is still poorly known.

11/4/2017 News

More investment is needed in the arctic areas of Nordic countries

The first Business Index North concludes that the Arctic needs more influx of capital to create jobs and unleash the economic potential of the region. The Business Index North (BIN), launched on 6.4.2017 during the High North Dialogue conference in Bodø, shows that development in northern regions falls short of national averages in a number of areas, but that the region also shows great potential for future value creation.

The report presents and analyzes a wide array of statistics that show development in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and concludes that the North lags behind when it comes to growth in population, education levels, business revenue, job creation and innovation.

Project leader Erlend Bullvåg says that the report should be a wakeup call for policymakers and investors.

“There is no reason why these regions, which have considerable comparative advantages, should fall behind. They have abundant natural resources, a surplus of renewable energy and an increasingly educated workforce. There is a great potential in the Arctic, but we need to see more investments in these regions.”

Slow population growth, an ageing population and a shortage of female population rural peripheral areas experienced as some of the challenges facing the northernmost parts of Scandinavia. According to Bullvåg, one of the key findings of the report is that the biggest challenge for future development in the Arctic is making the region an attractive place to work and live, especially for young people.

“It is important that we make these regions great places to live. In order to achieve that, we need policies that make the region attractive for businesses. If we want populated and sustainable communities in the Arctic, we must find ways of creating economic growth and new jobs.”

Bullvåg also underlines the fact that Norway performs far better than Sweden and Finland when it comes to employment and production growth.  “This is in part due to the resources and transportation possibilities offered by Norway coastline, but it can also be traced back to investments in fisheries, energy production and fish farming in these areas,” says Bullvåg.

Northern Finland and Sweden are clear leaders in the area of innovations. The county of North Ostrobothnia in Finland is a clear leader in the BIN area in innovations measured as patenting activity. Northern Ostrobothnia is to be the first one in the BIN area to generate nuclear power; this may give new industry growth opportunities but change the energy balance in the Nordic north. The county of Northern Ostrobothnia was the most successful in growing the population of active enterprises (limited liability companies) during 2008-2015.

The report offers a number of recommendations on how to boost economic growth in the Arctic, and compares the development in different counties to highlight how these regions can learn from each other. The project will expand its scope to include Northwest Russia in 2017.

The researchers behind the BIN project hope that the report will serve as a tool for businesses, potential investors and legislators.

“Even between these three Scandinavian countries we see very different approaches to Northern development. We have different ways of managing infrastructure, knowledge, energy and nature, but there is no real discussion about what works, and why. This report will provide us with comparable and reliable data that can serve as a starting point for such discussions,” Bullvåg concludes. 

About BIN

Business Index North (BIN) is a project that contributes to sustainable development and value creation through increased global awareness of business opportunities in the Arctic. The goal of the project is to set up a recurring, knowledge-based, systematic information tool for stakeholders. The reports will be a freely available resource for businesses, academics, governments and regional authorities, as well as media in the Arctic states.

The project is led by the High North Center for Business and Governance at Nord University Business School. Implementing partners for the BIN report include University of Oulu Business School, Luleå University of Technology and Bodø Science Park.

The first edition of the BIN report covers developments in eight northern counties of Norway (Finnmark, Troms, Nordland), Sweden (Norrbotten and Västerbotten) and Finland (Lapland, Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu). The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by Nordland County Council.

Website: www.businessindexnorth.com

11/4/2017 News

23 Honorary Doctors to be conferred in the 10th Conferment Ceremony

There will be 23 honorary doctorates conferred in the tenth Conferment Ceremony of the University of Oulu, shared by all faculties, on 19th to 21nd May 2017.

10/4/2017 News

Cooperation agreement signed between the University of Oulu and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and the University of Oulu have made a bilateral cooperation agreement.

7/4/2017 News

10,532 admission applications to the University of Oulu in the joint application of universities

There were 10,532 persons in total who applied to the University of Oulu in this spring’s joint application for Finnish universities.

6/4/2017 News

Atmospheric impact of the strongest known solar particle storm assessed

An exceptional solar particle storm, the strongest during the last ten thousands of years, is able to perturb the polar stratosphere for at least one year and lead to winter temperature rises up to several degrees centigrade in the Northern Hemisphere. Knowing the effects of a worst-case scenario of such a hazardous event will help in risk evaluation for solar particle storms.

Solar particle storms are sporadic events caused by powerful eruptions on the Sun that may affect Earth in different ways. In particular, they lead to failure and disruptions of modern navigation and communication technologies and to radiation hazards for astronauts and transpolar jet crews and passengers. Hundreds and thousands of such events have been detected during the last decades, and impacts of some of them have been assessed as hazardous. But what could be the worst case scenario? What kind of event can we expect from our Sun on a bad day?

An international team combining 11 groups from six countries (Australia, Finland, Italy, Japan, Russia, Switzerland), led by scientists from Switzerland and Finland, has studied the atmospheric effect of the strongest known solar particle storm which occurred in the late Spring or early Autumn of 774 AD, more than 1200 years ago.

No direct measurements are available for that event, of course. Using data from cosmogenic beryllium-10 measured in polar (Arctic and Antarctic) ice cores and radiocarbon (carbon-14) in tree rings, the team has demonstrated that the extreme solar particle storm of 774 AD may reliably serve as the worst case scenario for the solar radiation hazard on the time scale of tens of thousands of years. This sets a strong observational constraint on the risk evaluation of severe solar particle storms.

Using a multi-proxy reconstruction, the team has evaluated the possible atmospheric and climatic impact of such a severe event and showed that it is able to perturb the polar stratosphere for at least one year. This will lead to regional changes in the surface temperature up to several degrees centigrade during Northern Hemisphere winters, which is a conservative upper limit for the immediate effect of solar particle storms.

The University of Oulu was represented by PhD student Eleanna Asvetsari and professor Ilya Usoskin, working in the frameworks of the ReSoLVE Centre of Excellence, who performed detailed state-of-the-art modelling of the cosmogenic radionuclide production and transport during the extreme event in the conditions corresponding to 775 AD.

The research was published in the Scientific Reports series of the Nature Group on 28th of March 2017.

Research report:

Sukhodolov, T., I.G. Usoskin, E. Rozanov, E. Asvestari, W. Ball, M.A.J. Curran, H. Fischer, G. Kovaltsov, F. Miyake, T. Peter, C. Plummer, M. Severi, W. Schmutz, R. T, Atmospheric impacts of the strongest known solar particle storm of 775 AD, Sci. Rep., 7, 45257 2017 (doi: 10.1038/srep45257)

Photo: JAXA/NASA

4/4/2017 News

Productivity of research and education of the University of Oulu improved in 2016

Productivity of research in the University of Oulu improved in 2016. The number of scientific publications increased from previous years and reached 2869, of which 2378 were international peer-reviewed publications.

The number of completed doctoral degrees reached an all-time high of 196, an increase of 24 from the previous year.

The University of Oulu also succeeded in increasing its nationally and internationally competed research funding. The total of competed funding was 49.1 million Euros (45.7 million Euros in 2015). There were 44 invention announcements and 8 priority patent applications made in 2016. Four new research-based companies were started.

From the start of 2016, research activities were implemented in research units, which were formed in the in the organization renewal.

Wide-ranging bachelor’s programmes introduced in education

During the year, 1445 master’s degrees were completed. This was an increase of 200 (+13 %) from the previous year. This did, however, fall short of the goal of 1545 degrees.

There was a significant increase in the number of students who collected 55 study points during the academic year, making 41.1 % of all basic degree students. This positive trend is expected to continue, and students are expected to graduate sooner and sooner.

During 2016 the degree programme reform was approved, and wide-ranging bachelor’s programmes were introduced. Planning of the new bachelor’s programmes for making studies more fluent was taken to its conclusion during 2016, and the new programmes will kick off in the autumn of 2017.

Best ever result in international university rankings

The University of Oulu reached an all-time high of 201–250 in the international Times Higher Education university ranking (our previous rank was 351–400). The University improved on nearly all evaluation categories: quality of education, citations, and private funding, and most of all, in research.

In the renowned comparison by the University of Shanghai, the University of Oulu was ranked 401–500 among the top universities of the world. The rank went down by one hundred from 2015, because no researchers of the University of Oulu no longer appeared on the most-cited researchers list.

Financial statement and financial period result

The University Board has approved the financial statement for 2016. The University Collegium will confirm it in its meeting in May.

The total income of the University of Oulu in 2016 was 223.2 million euros, and the result of the financial period was 5.7 million euros in surplus (221.8 million and 11.9 million Euros in 2015), of which investment profits were 3.7 million Euros. Operative result without investment profits was 2.0 million Euros, which includes the one million addition to strategy funding in December by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The balance sheet total at the end of the year was 236.7 million Euros.

31/3/2017 News

Youngsters inspired by the magic of light

About fifty high school students and eleven teachers from Finland and various European countries have visited the Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Research Unit of the University of Oulu.

28/3/2017 News

New guidebook for internships in universities – also for employers

A new guidebook for internships and other work periods in universities has been published.

24/3/2017 News

Plentiful exercise has positive effect on vertebra size

The winning study in the annual research competition organized by the Finnish Society for Back Research has shown that above-average lifelong leisure-time physical activity is connected with verteb

24/3/2017 News

Thelma Mäkikyrö foundation gives large donation for medical research

The Thelma Mäkikyrö foundation has made a significant donation of 100,000 Euros to the University of Oulu.

22/3/2017 News

Turning grain crop residues into high-value extraction compounds

Residues of agriculture are turned into high-value extraction compounds with a new biorefinery concept.

20/3/2017 News

Novel method for detecting coronary artery disease before heart attack

A large collaborative consortium led by the University of Oulu is developing a method for diagnosing coronary artery disease before a fatal heart attack occurs.

16/3/2017 News

Joint application offers wide-ranging degree programmes – students can specify their choices as studies progress

The University of Oulu is aiming to make the student’s study path as fluent as possible.

16/3/2017 News

Sawdust suitable for purification of industrial wastewaters

Chemically modified pine sawdust can be used for removing nitrates and metals from industrial and mining wastewaters. In her dissertation, M.Sc.

15/3/2017 News

Latest adipose tissue research is the theme of Biocenter Day

The adipose tissue of our energy reserve is the shock absorber of our body and sculptor of our topography, and it has been given new shades in recent research.

9/3/2017 News

Mehdi Bennis receives EURASIP award

An article written by Ejder Bastug, Mehdi Bennis, Marios Kountouris and Merouane Debbah has received the prestigious 2017 EURASIP Best Paper Award for the Journal

8/3/2017 News

University of Oulu among the best in the world in six sciences

The University of Oulu is ranked among the best universities in the world in six sciences in the new QS World University Rankings by

6/3/2017 News

Energy-harvesting mineral finding gets international publicity

Microelectronics researchers at the University of Oulu have discovered a type of the mineral perovskite which makes it possible to convert sunlight, heat and motion into energy simultaneously.

2/3/2017 News

A mineral finding could solve the energy demands of small appliances

Microelectronics researchers at the University of Oulu have discovered a type of the mineral perovskite which makes it possible to convert sunlight, heat and motion into energy simultaneously.

2/3/2017 News

City of Oulu supports student internationalization to honour Finland’s 100th anniversary

The City of Oulu is giving the total of 400,000 Euros of the City’s development funds to the University of Oulu and the Oulu University of Applied Sciences to honour the 100th anniversary of Finlan

2/3/2017 News

284 Young Doctors to be conferred in the 10th Conferment Ceremony

The 10th Conferment Ceremony of the University of Oulu on 19th to 21st May 2017 will see 284 Young Doctors conferred.