Cooperation & impact

Earth and near-space system and environmental change

We are proud of our extensive partnership network with universities and other research institutions in Finland and around the world. Our collaborative network also includes municipalities and companies. These collaborations span student exchange and teaching in joint research programs, sharing of infrastructures, and technology development.


Networks and partners

Tulanet is a network of the seven Finnish research institutes. The network consolidates the impact of research by providing its points of views to science and research politics. It promotes interdisciplinary research and fortifies expertise work that supports decision-making. Tulanet also promotes cooperation between universities, business life, state administrations, and other stakeholders.

Arctic Space Centre provides answers to topical arctic questions. Sodankylä's Arctic Space Centre has expanded from a satellite data centre to a place where the entire chain is handled from the reception of satellite data, to processing and distribution and then the utilisation of data. The data can be utilised for example by environmental and security authorities. The Arctic Space Centre of the Finnish Meteorological Institute´s (FMI-ASC) partners and financiers include international space agencies (ESA, EUMETSAT, NASA, NOAA), the European Union and numerous other national organisations and research institutes such as the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), and the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory at the University of Oulu.

Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF) compiles Finnish biodiversity information to one single service for open access sharing. -portal enables people to browse wide range of information on species, their occurrences, distribution and scientific collections and to record and share observations. University of Oulu is one partner of the FinBIF.

The Finnish Geosciences Research Laboratory is a joint collaboration of Helsinki, Oulu, Aalto and Turku Universities, Åbo Akademi, and the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK).

The Finnish Climate Panel is an independent, interdisciplinary think tank of top-level Finnish scholars. The Panel provides scientific advice for policy-making and reinforces interdisciplinary insight in the operation of different sectors. The Panel also serves as an advisor to the Finnish ministerial working group on energy and climate policy. The representative of University in the panel is Professor Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen.

IPBES, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is intergovernmental body, which assesses the state of the biodiversity, and the state of the ecosystem services, the nation provides to society in response to requests from decision makers. Professor Anne Tolvanen has been appointed to the representative of University of Oulu to the national panel of IPBES for 2015-2018.

EISCAT Scientific Association is an international research organisation, undertaking fundamental research into solar-terrestrial physics and atmospheric science. EISCAT operates three high-power incoherent scatter radars, including a radar receiver in Sodankylä, Finland. The Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory operates also the Kaira facility (Kilpisjärvi Atmospheric Imaging Receiver Array), which can function as a fourth receiver for the EISCAT VHF radar.

The Finnish astronomers have access to the most modern Very Large Telescopes at European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile as well as to the Nordic Optical Telescope at La Palma island. They can also apply for time at the facilities of The European Space Agency (ESA) The European Space Agency (ESA) such as International Gamma-Ray Astrophysical Laboratory and XMM-Newton observatories. The European Space Agency is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.  ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States.