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1.6.2020 News

Minority identity lives in languages

Two new projects are promoting the revival of Nordic minority languages: translators of Meänkieli and Kven will be offered translator training for the first time, and Meänkieli will have its first corpus created. Niina Kunnas from the University of Oulu, who participates in the projects, tells us some more about the topic.

14.5.2020 News

Music is a microcosm of the Sámi world

Music researcher, musician and composer Marko Jouste has been studying the Sámi music tradition. While doing so, he has discovered songs that were thought to have been lost.

27.4.2020 News

University of Oulu collects worldwide everyday experiences of the corona crisis

The University of Oulu collects information worldwide on the effects of the coronavirus crisis on people's everyday life. Experiencing the Pandemic project material will be used in a variety of disciplines, including in dealing with potential new crises.

7.4.2020 News

Bringing human perspective in digitalisation research

The multidisciplinary GenZ profiling project of the University of Oulu begins to materialise when the tenure track assistant and associate professors selected in January begin their research activities. At the same time, the project objective of bringing human orientation to digitalisation is highlighted from the perspective of the different research fields.

11.2.2020 News

Vertebral size and shape potentially linked to generalized back problems

According to a multidisciplinary study at the University of Oulu, contemporary Finns’ vertebrae have not grown in the same proportion to body size compared to people who lived 200–500 years ago. The smaller size of vertebrae may be linked to contemporary back problems.

9.1.2020 News

Reindeer feeding began 800 years ago

University of Oulu researchers found out together with their Nordic colleagues that reindeer supplementary feeding began in some areas already 800 years ago. Previously it has been unclear when supplementary feeding of the reindeer began.

19.6.2019 News

New evidence about the bone strengthening effects of different forms of exercise from archaeological perspective

Medical research has confirmed it, and now archaeologists have as well: forms of exercise that involve shaking and vibrations are the best for strengthening bones. The archaeological research carried out at the University of Oulu also found that exercise involving repeated vibrations combined with a larger muscle cross-sectional area is the most effective for strengthening bones.

18.4.2019 News

Terrestrial products were prepared in the oldest pottery vessels of Northeastern Europe

Only products acquired from terrestrial environments were prepared in the oldest pottery vessels by the Stone Age hunter-gatherers of Finland and North-West Russia. Processing of aquatic products, like fish and seals, started only some five hundred years after the adoption of pottery technology.

3.4.2019 News

Do you want to become a tutor for Japanese university students?

Scandinavian Studies Summer Programme, 2nd September to 18th September 2019

30.1.2019 News

GenZ drives the human approach into digitalisation

Smart technology can be a good servant but a bad master. GenZ, a profiling project of the University of Oulu, puts people at the centre of the development and use of technology.

20.6.2018 News

Mummy studies contribute to knowledge of Northern Finnish disease history

The researchers in Oulu are pioneers in the tracing of Finnish disease history with the help of mummies. By studying the mummy of Nikolaus Rungius, a Vicar of the Kemi parish, Archaeologist Tiina Väre has discovered that the clergyman may have suffered from tuberculosis, obesity, and, according to the latest findings, gynecomastia.

4.5.2018 News

Researchers at the University of Oulu solve the mystery of the Käymäjärvi Stone

Archaeology and history researchers at the University of Oulu have solved the mystery of the so-called Käymäjärvi Stone, which has puzzled scholars of ancient history for over 300 years.

25.4.2018 News

Recent study pushes back the start date of Sámi offering rituals

University of Oulu researchers showed together with their Nordic colleagues that the use of Sámi offering sites began earlier than previously thought. New radiocarbon dates show that the use of these sites began more than thousand years ago.

9.3.2018 News

Forced displacement and migration are part of Finland’s recent history

It is only a few decades since many Finns became war refugees; there are still people among us whose past is marked by forced displacement and migration. What are their stories like? How did these people integrate into a new community and the society, and how long did it take?


17.1.2018 News

Remote presence and cooperation via avatars

How does co-operation with others work when face-to-face interaction is moved to the virtual world and physical presence replaced with an avatar playing field that opens up through virtual reality headsets? The University of Oulu is interested in exploring virtual reality in technology and in human sciences.

5.12.2017 News

One hundred years – so what?

Celebrations of Finland's centenary year culminate on Independence Day, 6 December. What makes this hundred-year period significant? One researcher feels that 100 is simply a number, and that the period should be examined not so much as chronological time as historical time.

20.10.2017 News

The past is present in the present

Lapland's Dark Heritage is a project that examines the traces that wartime cooperation between Finland and Germany left in the mental landscape of Northern Finland.

18.8.2017 News

Major ERC funding for reindeer domestication research

Academy Research Fellow Anna-Kaisa Salmi from the University of Oulu has received major funding from the European Research Council (ERC) for research on animal domestication. The 5-year ERC Starting Grant funding is worth 1.49 million euros.

4.5.2017 News

International academic journal transfers to University of Oulu

An international academic journal, Journal of the Philosophy of History, will be edited in the future at the Faculty of Humani

12.4.2017 News

Oulu Business School offers Minor Studies in English

In academic year 2017-2018 Oulu Business School organizes Minor Studies in English that are aimed at degree students in the University of Oulu.

15.6.2016 News

Energy weather forecast: Power from the sun and wind

The energy weather forecast converts sunshine and wind into kilowatt hours for each location over the next 24 hours.

13.1.2016 News

Demola Oulu is looking for new project partners for spring semester 2016

In an award winning international Demola network, companies can co-create ideas into working demos with talented and highly motivated multidisciplinary student teams.