Research – High-level, impactful science
Research focus areas respond to global challenges
At the University of Oulu, multidisciplinary research is conducted in five focus areas. 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.
- Researchers – Sustainable materials and systems
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
- open access
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 2022
Our researchers publish about 3500 publications each year. The Oulun yliopisto tutkii database (SoleCRIS) contains information on the publications of experts at the University of Oulu.
The university's dissertation studies can be accessed at the open access repository Jultika.
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