Industrial dryer ModHeat of SFTec was chosen as the winner thanks to its potential for employment and commercialization in MPIDEA inno
Main image shows the Minipilot concentrator facility, which is in educational and research use in the University of Oulu. Picture: Juha Sarkkinen.
University of Oulu has opened new webshop for brand products, store.oulu.fi.
Microsoft donates one million US dollars to Finnish universities including the University of Oulu. By donating Microsoft wants to support Finnish science, research and education.
The innovation competition, organised for the first time for students of biochemistry and molecular medicine, culminated in a double victory. The jury was charmed by an invention reducing microbes in a refrigerator and a tea drink with protein content.
Associate Professor Anna Maria Pirttilä with her research group has received 526 000 euros funding from the Academy of Finland for research of bacteria mechanisms in pine.
The University of Oulu is a partner in the EU Horizon 2020 LifeCycle Project, which was launched in April 2017.
The tenth conferment ceremony of the University of Oulu will be held on 19-21 May 2017. The procession of the ceremony will take place in the center of Oulu on Saturday 20 May.
The University of Oulu is ranked at 481 in the world, fourth among Finnish universities, in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2017. Last year our university was ranked at 485.
Scandicode, a company in Oulu, has developed an application running on a tablet, which can be used for testing traits that tell about a person’s ability to function, such as their attention, reacti
10th conferment ceremony of the University of Oulu on 19-21 May 2017 as part of the Finland 100 anniversary year
The tenth conferment ceremony of the University of Oulu will be held on 19-21 May 2017. The ceremony is shared by all the faculties of the University.
Professor emerita Rauni Räsänen is University of Oulu Alumna/Alumnus of the Year 2017.
Finland's first 5G test network 5GTN expands in Oulu. 5G development environment of VTT, the University of Oulu and the Centria Polytechnic will be used especially for vertical business use.
An international academic journal, Journal of the Philosophy of History, will be edited in the future at the Faculty of Humanities in the University of Oulu.
The Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Research Unit in the University of Oulu has developed a new method, based on the “heavy” stable isotopes of water, which makes it possible to quant
World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated annually on April 26. The event was established by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in 2000.
The disease process of osteoarthritis is still poorly known.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There were 10,532 persons in total who applied to the University of Oulu in this spring’s joint application for Finnish universities.
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.
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)
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.