Research Units

Faculty Research

The new structure of 10 faculties reflects the University of Oulu’s profile in research, education and societal roles. The faculties are:

This structure, launched in 2014, markedly enhances the University of Oulu’s attractiveness and competitiveness as a research and education environment as well as building collaborations with other operators, including companies.

Umbrella Organisations

In each of the four focus areas the University of Oulu advances high-quality research and provides support services through multidiscplinary umbrella organisations, namely

Biocenter Oulu and Infotech Oulu have operated already for long, and their research activities are rooted in the relevant faculties.
Eudaimonia was established only 2013 to support development of the human sciences-related research.
The Thule Institute has a background of being an independent research institute in arctic and northern research, and currently the University of Oulu is planning a tighter integration of Thule with the relevant faculties in the manner of the other three institutes.

These institutes provide multidisciplinary doctoral training, and organize and develop open access research infrastructure services serving many research groups in the University of Oulu and the larger local community such as companies.

Part of these infrastructures are of national and international significance and hence included in the Finnish Research Infrastructure Roadmap. The institutes also coordinate specific tasks of the University of Oulu, such as participation in arctic networks, and support high-level research in the faculties.

Centres of Excellence of the Academy of Finland

The Academy of Finland's Centres of Excellence (CoEs) are the flagships of Finnish research. They are at the very cutting edge of science in their fields, carving out new avenues for research, developing creative research environments and training new talented researchers for Finnish society and business and industry.

A CoE is a research and training network that has a clearly defined set of research objectives and is run under a joint management. Funding is provided for a six-year term, which means that CoEs can work to long-term plans and even take risks.

CoEs are jointly funded by the Academy of Finland, universities, research institutes, the private business sector and many other sources. 

University of Oulu is coordinating these CoEs:

Centre of Excellence in Cell-Extracellular Matrix Research (ECM), director Taina Pihlajaniemi
Centre of Excellence in The Relational and Territorial Politics of Bordering, Identities, and Transnationalization (RELATE), director Anssi Paasi
Centre of Excellence in Research on Solar Long-term Variability and Effects (ReSoLVE ), director Kalevi Mursula

University of Oulu is a partner in these CoEs:

Centre of Excellence in Analysis and Dynamics Research, coordinated by the University of Helsinki, Maarit Järvenpää from the University of Oulu
Centre of Excellence in Inverse Problems Research, coordinated by the University of Helsinki, Markku Lehtinen and Valeriy Serov from the University of Oulu
Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research, coordinated by the Finnish Geodetic Institute, Juha Kostamovaara from the University of Oulu


Research Units at the University

Bioeconomy Research Community - BRC-OULU is a joint venture of active research groups within the domain of biomass conversion and valorization value-chain.
Centre for Advanced Steels Research - CASR consists of seven research groups covering the whole production chain of steel making from raw material handling to final products.
Centre for Wireless Communications - CWC aims at multi-level mastering of future wireless communications from a myriad of requirements to potential technological solutions.
Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research - CERH is WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health with research activities that are versatile and employ registry, population-based, clinical and experimental studies.
Child Language Research Center CLRC research in logopedics, linguistics, various branches of medicine, neuroscience, psychology, education and phonetics. 
Giellagas InstituteGiellegas has a nation-wide responsibility to organize, introduce and provide Saami language and cultural studies and research.
Learning & Educational Technology Research Unit - LET focuses its research and teaching on the learning sciences and technology-enhanced learning.
Medical Research Center - MRC Oulu is a strategic research organisation of the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District and the University of Oulu, and it offers a multidisiplinary research environment for clinical, translational and health care socioeconomic research.


Research Stations

Oulanka Research Station promotes research and teaching in biological sciences and geosciences, and also functions as a multidisciplinary unit with a responsibility to coordinate the university's activities in the northeastern Finland.
Sodankylä Geophysical ObservatorySGO is located 120 km north of the Arctic Circle in Finland and performs continuous measurements of the Earth's magnetic field, cosmic radio noise, seismic activities, and cosmic rays.

Last updated: 14.12.2017