The Institute promotes interdisciplinary networking of research groups as well as co-operation between groups and national and international partners.
Kvantum Institute contributes to solving global challenges by strategic research projects. University of Oulu’s strategic research funding is directed for these multidisciplinary, internationally reviewed 4-year-projects.
Kvantum Institute is driving a process called as “Foresight based identification of interdisciplinary research themes”. The objective is to outline a number of possible interdisciplinary research themes for 2022-2040. For this purpose a customised future radar has been created. The time horizon on the future radar is set at 2040 and its sectors reflect the research at University of Oulu and Kvantum Institute: Materials & Mining, Digitalisation & Sensors, Geopolitics, Transportation & Space, Energy, Nature & Biodiversity and Health. The shared view of the future will be passed on both to national and EU level research programmes.
Kvantum Institute develops doctoral training and coordinates Technology and Natural Sciences Doctoral Programme (TNS-DP) in cooperation with University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS). TNS-DP is related to the focus areas Sustainable materials and systems and Changing climate and northern environment, coordinated by Kvantum Institute, and it offers doctoral training to its doctoral researchers by organizing courses and other activities and events.