Researchers' Night 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Researchers' Night 2017 University of Oulu

Friday, 29 September 2017, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Venues: Tellus Innovation Arena on the Linnanmaa campus and in the Main lobby. The event will be hosted by reporter Päivi Annala of Yle Oulu.




5:30-8:30 p.m. in front of lecture rooms L5 and L6

Dragsters workshop for race car tuners and drag races

Create a car using differently shaped Finnfoam blanks and see how changes in form affect a dragster's speed. Drag race finals at 7:30 p.m.! Ages 9-12.

Organiser: Museum and Science Center Luuppi/Tietomaa


5:30-8:00 p.m., lecture room KE1094

Chemistry is all around us

Life is pure chemistry! In this workshop, chemistry phenomena take on a visible form. Make your own version of popular fad toy, Slime, customise a balloon and learn the formula for super-durable soap bubbles in the chemistry lab.  Nonstop.

Hosted by: Professor Ulla Lassi and the staff of the Research Unit of Sustainable Chemistry University of Oulu


5:30-8:00 p.m. Tellus Nest

Forest researcher mystery

A forest researcher found a mysterious bag filled with tree seeds. Help the researcher figure out the species and origin of the seeds! We will also learn about what a forest geneticist does, how genetic data is used in research on biodiversity and adaptation of forest trees. A variety of products made from trees are on display in the exhibit. Did you know that clothes can be made from trees? Nonstop.

Hosted by: Post-doctoral researcher Sonja Kujala, Natural Resources Institute and Professor Outi Savolainen, University of Oulu


5:30-8:00 p.m., lecture room PR101

Make paper and purify water with nanocellulose

At this workshop, you'll be able to make your own paper and learn about the possibilities offered by nanocellulose as a material of the future. Nonstop.

Hosted by: Associate Professor Henrikki Liimatainen, University of Oulu


5:30-8:30 p.m., Fab Lab

Fab Lab Oulu – hand-made electronics

Fab Lab Oulu is a digital micro-manufacturing workspace, where visitors can design their own objects, products or devices from start to finish. We will be focusing on two themes during the evening:

  1. Joule thief: Is a dead battery really dead? What if there's still a bit of power left? Light the LED with a dead battery.
  2. Wireless LED: Transmit electricity wirelessly.

Come put together your own electronics and laser cut mechanics at the University of Oulu's Fab Lab!

Hosted by: Post-doctoral researcher Antti Mäntyniemi, University of Oulu


5:30-8:30 p.m., lecture room L8

Catch the frauds! - Do you know what you are eating?

Food counterfeiting has received a great deal of attention in recent years. You've probably heard about the mixing of melamine in powdered milk, not to mention the faking of premium wines and olive oil. See how well you can identify the fake! We'll use a variety of techniques to sniff out the frauds, ranging from simple visual inspection to the use of Raman spectroscopy. Nonstop. Suitable for all ages. Duration: approx. 30 minutes

Hosted by: Academy researcher Satu Ojala, University of Oulu and Mari Tenhunen, Timegate Instruments


5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., lecture room L9

Technology design for all

When designing new technologies, uniqueness is the difference-maker. A wide range of experts--artists, nerds, entrepreneurs, people-persons--not to mention creativity, technical and social skills are all needed in the technology sector. In this workshop, researchers will talk about their work and participants can explore what technology design is all about. Minimum age to participate: 4-5 years, accompanied by a parent. No maximum age limit! Duration: 45-60 minutes

Hosted by: Professor Marianne Kinnula, University of Oulu


5:30-8:30 p.m., Aquarium area

Listen to words, massage your voice into shape and read stories to the one-and-only Reading Dog and Cat.

Listen for secret words in a cacophony of noise, soothe your vocal folds with the LAX VOX tube and delve into the wonderful world of the READING DOG and READING CAT books. Collect stickers for your passport! A real live dog and cat will be on hand for the workshop. Nonstop. Suitable for all ages.

Hosted by: Research Unit of Logopedics / Child Language Research Center


5:30-8:30 p.m., Main lobby Visitor center

Accessing the Internet with a can antenna

In this workshop, visitors will design and make antennae out aluminium cans to gain wireless access to the Internet at a frequency of 2.45 GHz. Wireless connection will also be tested without antennae to see how the Internet works. Nonstop.

Hosted by: Laboratory Manager Juha-Pekka Mäkelä and Development Manager Hanna Saarela, CWC


6:30 and 7:30 p.m., lecture room L7

Revealing the mystery of bones

Bone research can be used to, for example, tell the difference between the bones of humans and other animals as well as determine the gender and age of someone who died.  Workshop participants will be able to explore human and animal bones through a variety of exercises.

Duration: 45-60 minutes, 16 years and up

Hosted by: Post-doctoral researcher Sirpa Niinimäki and Hanna Puolakka (Bachelor of Arts (Humanities)), University of Oulu




5:30 and 7:30 p.m., lecture room L6

The Northern Lights – Nature's most beautiful colour show

The Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory is located in the middle of the Aurora borealis zone, where the Northern Lights have been studied for a long time. Observatory Director Esa Turunen will explain and show what we know about this phenomenon and what is still being studied.


5:30-8:30 p.m., Door R lobby

World of robot suits

Electrical engineering student Jani Lehtovirta has been building all kinds of robot suits over the years. He currently shows his creations off to the world on YouTube under his business name, Grovestream Engineering. At Researchers' Night, Lehtovirta will present the impressive robot suits he has designed and fabricated, including his three-metre giant, Teraleon!


5:30-8:30 p.m., in front of the Tellus Innovation Arena

Patterned, flexible solar cells are part of our daily environment

Thin and flexible solar cells, which are integrated into their environments, collect energy from interior lighting or sunlight to power a variety of small appliances and sensors for gathering data on the environment. Thin-membrane components can be placed on window and wall surfaces as well as different machines, devices and info-boards. Solar cells and other related items will be on display in the exhibit.

Hosted by: Senior Scientists Pälvi Apilo and Sanna Rousu, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland


6:00 p.m., lecture room L2

Researchers' Pecha Kucha

Stories about the work and achievements of researchers are told in exciting Pecha Kucha presentations. In collaboration with Northern Finnish Architects SAFA.

Researchers and topics:

Sara Porzilli: Preserving Wooden Heritage

Yang Bai: What does harvesting energy mean to your everyday life?'

Petr Stepanek: How light, magnets and atoms talk to each other

Pär Håkansson: Spin physics for tumor detection

Georgia Michailoudi: From synchrotrons to new understanding of climate change

Motahareh Peyvasteh: Light studies on meat freshness

Abdul Rahman Abid: The Story of Energy: Oder to Disorder

Atiqul Haq Mazumber: Exosome imaging in mental health: prospects and pitfalls

Vasiliki Mylonopoulou: A Dyslectic Marie Curie Fellow


6:30­-7:30 p.m., Tellus Stage

Nature Night

Ask our experts about insects, birds and plants. Please bring a picture if you want, not a living sample. Intendant (emer.) Juhani Itämies, docent Ari-Pekka Huhta and MMM Ari-Pekka Auvinen will give answers to audience´s questions. You can also send your question by email:


7:00 and 8:00 p.m., lecture room L2

Starry night on the silver screen

What does the night sky look like tonight? Can we see the moon and planets? Even if Researchers' Night is a cloudy one, we will still be able to explore these things in this planetarium presentation, where visitors will be able to learn about constellations and various heavenly phenomena. At the end of the presentation, visitors will be given tips on how to get started with stargazing.

Hosted by: Pertti Rautiainen.


8:00 p.m. Tellus Aspire

Physics is flabbergasting!

Livestream from Helsinki.

Hosted by: Finnish Physical Society




5:30 p.m. Tellus Aspire

Smarter power consumption through the Internet of Things

The imbalance between electricity consumption and production causes a variety of problems in power distribution. In the future, these problems will be further emphasised with the proliferation of solar and wind power. The Internet of Things (IoT) makes it possible to steer electricity consumption in a smarter, more flexible direction, so that consumption and production peaks can be reduced without the active participation of the consumer. This presentation focuses on the the possibilities offered by the Internet of Things in the smartgrids of the future. Preliminary experiences with end-user pilots will also be presented.

Introduced by: Researcher Jussi Kiljander, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland


6:00 p.m., Tellus Frost

How to become a researcher

Many dream of becoming a researcher. But, just how does one do that? What does a researcher do and what kinds of things are researchers interested in? Scientific exploration requires expertise and an open mind. Becoming a researcher can be made easier by making the right choices in upper comprehensive school and upper secondary school. Duration: 30 minutes

Introduced by: Professor Jarmo Rusanen, University of Oulu


6:30 p.m., Tellus Brisk

Cryptography - key to cyber security

Cryptography is one of the key techniques used to ensure cyber security. This presentation will talk about the past and present of encryption methods. What can be secured using cryptography and what cannot (at least yet)? What else is required to ensure effective cyber security?

Introduced by: Research Specialist Kimmo Halunen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland


7:00 p.m., Business Kitchen Tellus

The genes of the 100-year-old Maiden of Finland

The history of the Maiden of Finland's genes actually stretches back thousands of years, with events that transpired in the Stone Age still having a major impact on our genetic composition. An assortment of genes have entered our country from every direction throughout history. What does our genetic heritage say about us? In collaboration with the Argumenta project.

Introduced by: Bioarchaeologist Tarja Sundell, University of Helsinki


8:00 p.m., in front of lecture room L2

Science Pitch: Artificial kidneys made using 3D bioprinting technology

Team FutuRena aims to produce a functioning mini-kidney by means on 3D bioprinting. Team FutuRena's goal is to 3D print and grow fully functioning kidneys using kidney cells. Although the purpose of this is to, for example, provide new organs for transplant patients, the mini-kidney itself is an essential tool for medical research and the pharmaceutical industry. If successful, Team FutuRena could help millions of people waiting on organ donor lists all over the world. Team FutuRena will be competing in the HelsinkiChallenge science competition final.

Pitch delivered by: Doctoral researcher Susanna Kaisto, University of Oulu




Event area and Pihlajapiha

5:30-8:30 p.m.


Geocaching in Pihlajapiha and the event area

Suitable for everyone with reading skills.


Fun with books

Arts and crafts, using materials such as the pages of books to make, for example, origami. Suitable for all.


The hidden forbidden library

Miniature exhibit on banned books. Suitable for all.


Playing doctor

Dissertations from the University of Oulu Acta series are on display and visitors will be able to have a photo taken of themselves as doctors.


In the library's exhibition and craft area, humorous literary characters will be out and about to help visitors find their way.


Zoological Museum open all evening!

Problem solving and games at MathStop!

Spectacular Fire show at Pihlajapiha!

Heads up -band will perform!


Changes to the programme may be made.


Researchers´ Night in Sodankylä (in Finnish)

Researchers´ Night in Kajaani (in Finnish)

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Last updated: 29.9.2017