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.

For the applicants

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. 

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 partners (private companies and public organisations) . Partners will offer secondment positions for ESRs and participate to training and supervision.


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.


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

Post Address: I4WORLD doctoral programme
University of Oulu
Pentti Kaiteran katu 1
90014 University of Oulu