Research – High-level, impactful science

The University of Oulu is a northern, international science university. We are producing new scientific knowledge and solutions to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world.

Our research responds to global challenges

At the University of Oulu, we seek impactful and sustainable solutions to global challenges through multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research. The basis for applied multidisciplinary research is created by long-term basic research.

As one of the northernmost international science universities, we have a particular possibility and responsibility to study questions related to the Arctic. Arctic research, education and collaboration encompass all our research fields.

International top research

Our cutting-edge research is based on strong multidisciplinary competence. New research openings are sought particularly at interdisciplinary interfaces. These interdisciplinary research openings relate to the creation and understanding of the digital future and the building of a more sustainable world, among others.

Interdisciplinary research community

The research units of our eight faculties form a scientific community with unique interdisciplinary strengths. Many of our research units represent the international top in their respective fields. The research is supported by high-quality research infrastructure.

Find our researchers

At the University of Oulu, there are about 2000 researchers. They explore a wide and multidisciplinary range of topics relevant to the future of both humans and the whole globe. Get acquainted with researchers by focus area.

Research career at the University of Oulu?

Our international working environment offers diverse and interesting opportunities.

Open and responsible research

We want to contribute to the impact of science on society. Our determined Programme of Responsible Research helps us to promote the open utilization of knowledge, both in scientific research and in society.

The principles of the university´s declaration on responsible science include:

  • quality of research
  • transparency
  • open access
  • equality
  • sustainability

Research with impact

We bring our research findings and knowledge available to different actors in society. We actively promote the development and deployment of research-driven innovations and applications.


Research-based spin-off companies since 2000


Invention disclosures in 2023

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