Research Infrastructures

Research infrastructures are such reserves of research facilities, equipment, materials and services, which allow research and development. The infrastructures support organized research, as well as maintain and develop research capacity. University of Oulu has a number of high-quality, interdisciplinary infrastructures supporting research. The infrastructures are constantly being developed to serve the widest possible number of users.

Finland’s roadmap for national research infrastructures is a plan for key research infrastructures in Finland, which are either under development or will be newly required over the next 10–15 years. The plan also concerns a major upgrade of existing research infrastructures.

The broad range expert body for research infrastructures, the Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee (FIRI Committee), nominated by the Academy of Finland, approved 31 national research infrastructures to the Finnish 2014–2020 Roadmap. On the national roadmap approved in 2014 the University of Oulu is involved in 12 infrastructure networks and four of them is coordinated at the University of Oulu.

University of Oulu Infrastructure Platform

The University of Oulu Infrastructure Platform started in 1.1.2016. It includes the University’s international, national and multi-faculty internal infrastructures.

The platform is funded and centrally led by the mandate of the Vice Rector for Research. The university-level services, functioning and marketing of the infrastructures is enhanced with the steering group of the infrastructure managers led by the Vice Rector for Research.

The university-level infrastructures:

  • BCO-CORE - Biocenter Oulu Infrastructure Core
  • Biodiversity Unit - Zoological Museum, Botanical Museum, Botanical Gardens and Bothnian Bay Research Station
  • KEKS - Laboratory Animal Centre
  • LeaForum - Multi-disciplinary Interaction Research Community
  • CMNT - Center of Microscopy and Nanotechnology
  • Oulanka Research Station - University of Oulu's regional unit in Kuusamo, North-Eastern Finland.

 

Faculties’ infrastructures

University of Oulu has high-quality modern research infrastructures at the Faculties:

  • NFBC - The Northern Finland Birth Cohort Studies1966 and 1986 (Faculty of Medicine)
  • MAX IV - Swedish national synchrotron radiation facility (located in Lund, Sweden; Finnish coordination at the University of Oulu, Faculty of Science)
  • Minipilot - Continuous and automated concentrator mini-pilot facility (Oulu Mining School)
  • Open UBI Oulu - Ubiquitous computing infrastructure deployed at downtown Oulu (Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering)
  • CWC- Centre for Wireless Communications; 5G testing network (Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering).


Inter-Faculty and co-operation infrastructures

  • CEMIS - Centre for Measurement and Information Systems. Partners: Universities of Oulu and Jyväskylä, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
  • SGO – Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory
  • FabLab - A technical prototyping platform. Partners: Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and Faculty of Technology)
  • Northern Finland Biobank Borealis. Partners: Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, University of Oulu, Nordlab laboratory, hospital districts of Northern Finland
  • OBI- Oulu BioImaging- Partners: University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital OYS.

Finland’s national research infrastructures accepted to the Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2014–2020 of the Academy of Finland

University of Oulu participates in 12 infrastructure networks accepted to the Roadmap for Research Infrastructures of the Academy of Finland.

University of Oulu has the responsibility of Finnish coordination of the following four international infrastructural networks:

  • Infrafrontier Finland - The European Infrastructure for Phenotyping and Archiving of Model Mammalian Genomes (biosciences and medicine). Responsible at the University of Oulu: BCO-CORE Biocenter Oulu.
  • EISCAT and EISCAT_3D - European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (physics and material sciences). Responsible at the University of Oulu: SGO Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory.
  • MAX IV - Laboratory for Synchrotron Radiation Research (physics and material sciences). Responsible at the University of Oulu: Physics.
  • XFEL/XBI - European X-ray Free-Electron Laser and XFEL -integrated Biology Infrastructure (physics and material sciences). Responsible at the University of Oulu: Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine.

University of Oulu participates in eight other infrastructure networks accepted to the Roadmap for Research Infrastructures of the Academy of Finland:

  • Biocenter Finland– A distributed national research infrastructure of seven biocenters in Finnish universities (biosciences and medicine). Responsible at the University of Oulu: BCO-CORE Biocenter Oulu.
  • BBMRI.fi - Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (biosciences and medicine). Responsible at the University of Oulu: Northern Finland Biobank Borealis.
  • Instruct Finland – European research infrastructure in structural biology (biosciences and medicine). Responsible at the University of Oulu: BCO-CORE Biocenter Oulu.
  • Euro-BioImaging- Euro-BioImaging Infrastructure (biosciences and medicine). Responsible at the University of Oulu OBI - Oulu BioImaging.
  • FGCI - Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure (e-infrastrukture). Responsible at the University of Oulu: Physics.
  • CLARIN - Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (human sciences). Responsible at the University of Oulu: Finnish Language and Giellagas-Instituute – Saami language and cultural studies, and research.
  • EPOS - European Plate Observing System (environmental sciences). Responsible at the University of Oulu: SGO – Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory.
  • oGIIR - (Open Geospatial Information Infrastructure for Research (environmental sciences). Responsible at the University of Oulu: Geography.