17.12.2018 News

The thaw of permafrost is a threat for Arctic cities and industries


Built environment in northern areas is at risk as the climate warms up. According to international research led by Finnish geographers, as much as 70% of the infrastructure in Arctic areas of permafrost is at risk as the climate warms up.


13.12.2018 News

Juha Röning and Pekka Siirtola won an IJIMAI Journal award

International Journal of Interactive Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence has granted an award to Juha Röning and Pekka Siirtola of University of Oulu for the Most Outstanding Article published in 10 Years of the journal life. Of course, the writers are really impressed and thankful.

12.12.2018 News

University of Oulu donations open new doors

The University of Oulu has decided to put a significant portion of the donations it has received towards various academic fields in the years to come.

11.12.2018 News

Bacteria have been engineered to produce a sweetener

Many substances beneficial to humans, such as insulin, have long been made with bacteria. However, the production of many types of proteins using bacteria has so far failed, as producing proteins that contain disulfide bond can be  problematic. CyDisCoTM (cytoplasmic disulfide bond formation in E. coli) is a method developed at the University of Oulu, which allows successful disulfide bond formation. The modified microbes are able to produce, for instance, the sweet tasting protein brazzein, which is being developed to become an alternative to existing low-calorie sweeteners.

5.12.2018 News

MAKNEE won the first Slush Life Science Pitching competition

Research based startup MAKNEE from the University of Oulu has won the €30,000 grand prize of Life Science Pitching competition for life science-based startups and pre-startups. MAKNEE develops novel non-invasive technology for the detection of joint disorders.

30.11.2018 News

Professor Heli Jantunen wins Nokia Foundation Recognition Award

Nokia Foundation has granted its 2018 Recognition Award to Professor Heli Jantunen from University of Oulu for her outstanding contributions to research and development of microelectronics, manufacturing and materials.

23.11.2018 News

3D scanning of people and other animals at the University of Oulu

What is 3D modelling and scanning like? Why are there birds from the zoological museum in the 3D scanner? And what do fifth-graders have to do with all this?

16.11.2018 News

5G is soon here – the time to get into 6G research is right now

The world is on the verge of entering the fifth generation in cellular networking, or 5G. 2019 will be the year of 5G, with commercial 5G networks rolled out across the globe. 5G is full of promise: driverless cars, smart homes, and virtual reality (VR) for everyone, everywhere. We are headed into the next generation, but no one can still say exactly how 5G will change our lives. Which is why right now is the perfect time to start looking at 6G.

14.11.2018 News

Values of the university community crystallise guiding principles

Hundreds of university people and alumni took part in an open on-line brainstorming session earlier this year to ponder what the university should be proud of and the preconditions for success. The shared thoughts about procedures have now been condensed into three values that guide our activities.

13.11.2018 News

New study shows an epigenetic link between prenatal exposure to maternal smoking and offspring’s cardio-metabolic health

According to new research, epigenetic changes found in the offspring exposed to maternal smoking during pregnancy or in current smokers are linked to smoking-related diseases in adulthood.

6.11.2018 News

The Saami people are increasingly vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change

The traditional Saami lifestyle and diet have protected the physical and mental health of the Saami people. However, according to the latest study, social and cultural changes have increased the occurrence of lifestyle diseases in the Saami people and created threats to their mental health. Many societal and lifestyle changes have also made the Saami people more vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change.

2.11.2018 News

Chronic inflammation is associated with higher risk for diseases of major internal organs and shorter lifespan

Researchers have elucidated the disease risk underlying a biomarker predictive of shorter lifespan.

1.11.2018 News

Academic freedom is stirring up debate amongst professors

Academic freedom was discussed widely in the autumnal Professor Forum. Do external pressures, such as funding sources, limit the freedom to choose one’s research subject? Are complex research questions difficult to grasp after research periods have shortened? Professor Forum brings together professors of the University of Oulu.

1.11.2018 News

A catheter coated with antimicrobial peptides saves you from healthcare-associated infections

Natural plants can have surprising hidden properties. Researchers in Oulu found small fragments of an antibacterial protein, also known as peptides, in a microbe living in crowberry. The peptides are powerful enough to defeat superbugs. Peptide-coated catheters can be used to prevent nasty urinary tract infections. Chain Antimicrobials Oy is a company founded on the basis of this innovation, and it is targeting the global market.

29.10.2018 News

The key to sufficient water supply is in our hands

Snow melt runoff and groundwater abstraction are the most used form of fresh water globally, but the supply is diminishing throughout the world. The problem is expected to worsen with ongoing climate change. Professor Björn Klöve, Director of the Water Resources and Environmental Engineering unit at the University of Oulu, offers a scientific take on the issue.

22.10.2018 News

Extreme temperatures and air pollution increase mortality

The University of Oulu’s Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH) focusses its research on the health impacts of global change. Climate change and traditional air pollutants are in a key role.

19.10.2018 News

Education helps to ensure the wellbeing of humans and nature

Quality and equal education is one of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Professor of global education at the University of Oulu Elina Lehtomäki sheds light on the multi-level connection between education and sustainability.

17.10.2018 News

Sustainable tourism requires regulation

The sustainability of tourism is one of the central themes under tourism geography at the Geography Research Unit at the University of Oulu. This multifaceted topic encompasses both ecological and societal perspectives.

16.10.2018 News

Artificial intelligence brings new tools for medical imaging diagnostics

A significant 525 000 euro funding was granted by the Future Makers –program by the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation for AIDMEI project, directed by professor Miika Nieminen from the University of Oulu. The goal is to develop a novel artificial intelligence-based workflow for the radiological diagnostics process leading to an accessible, more accurate, and affordable healthcare.

10.10.2018 News

Autumn leaves feed flowing waters

Did you know that the autumn leaves falling into rivers and streams from trees are an important source of nutrition for aquatic organisms? The leaves are attacked by different kinds on zoobenthos, which shred and grind them for nutrition. Climate change is even expected to change the volume of the mass of leaves remaining in flowing waters: when the autumn precipitation still increases from the current level, the flow rates will increase and the leaves falling into rivers will be carried farther away than they used to be. This will change the water ecosystem as well.

10.10.2018 News

5G to improve living conditions in remote areas

Wireless data communication is often still very underdeveloped in remote areas. The University of Oulu’s Centre for Wireless Communications is participating in the development of the 5G network in the remote parts of Brazil and the Arctic area.

5.10.2018 News

Biking to the university through rain and shine

People of the University of Oulu are eager cyclists. 19 teams from the university attended ‘Kilometrikisa’ cycling challenge.

4.10.2018 News

UniOulu alumni, please reply to the career survey!

Did you complete a higher university degree, a degree in pharmacy or a kindergarten teacher´s degree in 2013 or a doctor´s degree in 2015? Career surveys collect information about employment and the special skills needed in working life.

2.10.2018 News

Software production education export launched in China – collaborative research is being planned

A joint Bachelor’s Degree Programme in software production has been launched by the University of Oulu and the Nanjing Institute of Technology. In September, the universities signed a memorandum of understanding for collaborative research. Professor Markku Oivo is satisfied with the project’s progress: “We have been working hard and are forging ahead with a positive mindset.”