I4WORLD - Imaging and Characterisation for a Sustainable World (2022-2027) is a new doctoral programme within a well-established doctoral training environment at the University of Oulu in Finland co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Co-funding of regional, national, and international programmes (COFUND).

The programme will train 25 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) with comprehensive understanding on environmental, economic and social sustainability. I4WORLD is based on taking the benefits of novel imaging and characterisation methods beyond the traditional borders between research fields to the sustainable world.
Logo of the I4WORLD programme and statement about EU co-funding.

Selection of Doctoral Researchers

In the Spring of 2023, 25 doctoral researchers were selected for the I4WORLD doctoral programme. The programme received 244 applications from 48 countries by the deadline of January 31st, 2023. The selection of the doctoral researchers was based on the excellency of the candidates and their proposed work. Doctoral researchers represent nine different nationalities, ten of them are females and 15 males. The research projects represent all the I4WORLD research themes. Good Health and Wellbeing theme will have 7, Affordable and Clean Energy 3, Sustainable Industries and Production 10 and Clean Water, Biodiversity and Environment 5 research projects. All of the projects have started their work.

Reseach themes

I4WORLD builds on combination of world leading novel imaging and characterisation methods excellence towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. I4WORLD benefits from the interdisciplinary expertise and wide intersectorality in selected themes within the UN’s SDGs, in focus for UOULU and Partner Organisations.


The University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) with its four internal doctoral programmes provides an excellent doctoral training environment and versatile options to support ESRs in the I4WORLD. The programme will include individual scientific training given under expert supervision and during the secondments by the companies and academic partner organisations.

The study requirements of I4WORLD comply with the general requirements of the UniOGS. The overall structure of the four-year doctoral training consists of the studies (min. 40 ECTS), research, secondment(s) and thesis.

Initial descriptions of the mandatory scientific and transferable skills training courses common to all are portrayed below and to be updated. Training courses are also available for all the doctoral researchers at the University of Oulu.

Participating research units

I4WORLD includes 24 participating research units from six faculties from the University of Oulu.


The Programme has 41 academic and 26 non-academic application phase partners (private companies and public organisations) . Partners will offer secondment positions for ESRs and participate to training and supervision.


In case of questions please contact us at: I4world@oulu.fi

Post Address: I4WORLD doctoral programme
University of Oulu
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90014 University of Oulu