Declaration to highlight scientific responsibility

As the first university in Finland, the University of Oulu has introduced a declaration on compliance with responsibility and openness in all its research activities. With this written declaration, the university wants to make the basic principles of its research as transparent as possible to its partners at the national and international level. Another purpose of the declaration is to guide and improve the quality and impact of the university's research activities in society as a whole.

The declaration of responsible science by the University of Oulu is based on international and national policies and values guiding the responsible activities of science and research as well as declarations of principle signed by the University. In its declaration, the University of Oulu commits to promoting open and responsible science, good scientific practices, sustainable development, freedom of science, equality and equity in research, and responsible research evaluation.

“I hope that the researchers at our university will utilise the declaration especially in international research and teaching cooperation. The idea for the declaration came up from a real need in our research community, and the declaration is not only intended to be a top-level description of the values guiding our work, but also a document used when defining the ways and boundaries of cooperation”, says Vice Rector for Research Taina Pihlajaniemi.

The declaration of responsibility and transparency reflects the values of the University of Oulu and the objectives recorded in the strategy. The strength recorded in the university's strategy is to bring science and different actors in society closer together and bring research results and expertise to active use. In accordance with the value “We bear responsibility”, our research helps find solutions for the sustainable use of Earth's resources, for example.

Read more about the declaration and the guidelines for responsible research

Last updated: 11.2.2021