The University of Oulu’s research council has appointed in January 2020 four new tenure track professors to the GenZ project's tenure positions:
Lifestyle and living environments have changed in the course of time. A large-scale research project led by the University of Oulu examines the interactions between the environment, lifestyle and health in determining the risks of chronic cardiovascular and metabolic disease. The consortium’s research will build on life-course data from 11 million European citizens to study cardio-metabolic health trajectories from birth to old age.
Pentti Leppänen will be awarded an honorary doctorate at the conferment ceremony held at the University of Oulu in May. The doctoral degree of his son Teemu Leppänen will be conferred at the same ceremony.
The Finnish research community aims for a responsible researcher assessment process, where the scientific merit of an individual researcher is evaluated on the basis of the quality of his or her research, not on the basis of the journal in which the research is published. Responsible assessment also takes into account other research outputs, such as data and source code, as well as the broader diversity of researcher roles, such as teaching merit and societal impact.
A Toyota self-driving car has been acquired for the University of Oulu’s Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering as a part of the 6G Flagship research programme. The car will be widely used as a means of research.
Sir Peter Ratcliffe, Reid Hoffman and 19 other people are the new Honorary Doctors of the University of Oulu
The University of Oulu will confer 21 new honorary doctorates in a Doctoral Conferment Ceremony on May 22–24, 2020. Conferment of an honorary doctorate is the highest honour that the University can grant to a person.
Altogether 2314 applicants submitted their applications to the international degree programmes during the first joint application period, which ended 22 January, 2020. The number increased by about 24 percent from the previous year (2019: 1870). University of Oulu received applications from over a hundred countries around the world.
Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation has granted significant funding to the researchers of the University of Oulu. Foundation has granted 1,5 million euro funding for Professors Johanna Myllyharju and Peppi Karppinen of the University of Oulu. The grant was awarded for hypoxia-related research (Key enzyme regulators of the hypoxia response, collagen synthesis and epigenetic pathways as therapeutic targets) for five years.
Anssi Paasi, Professor of Geography at the University of Oulu, has been named Professor of the Year by the Finnish Union of University Professors. His appointment was announced at the Communicatio Academica event in Vaasa on 17 January 2020.
The first Finnish professor specialising in brand management has been appointed at the University of Oulu. Docent Saila Saraniemi, Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration, started in the position at the beginning of this year.
Despite low back pain being the most common cause of impairment for individuals and of considerable cost to society, its pain treatment has serious deficiencies. According to recommendations, low back pain treatment should take psychosocial risk factors into account. Surveys aimed at people with back pain can identify individuals with clinically significant psychological, social and lifestyle-related risk factors for prolonged pain.
Previous studies have shown that bank voles that have been exposed to environmental radiation have immune suppression and cellular changes that might promote virus replication. However, the effect of environmental radiation on viruses in wild populations have not been studied before. Bank voles host many zoonotic viruses, such as hantaviruses that causes hemorrhagic fever in humans.
Memory disorders are seen as diseases of the elderly. One third of those over 85 years of age suffer from a memory disorder, most commonly Alzheimer’s disease. However, a memory disorder can manifest itself much earlier on, at the age of 50 to 60.
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.
Like all creatures, glow-worms host viruses. We studied glow-worm transcriptomes from animals collected from Finland and identified 11 new virus species. The viruses belonged to nine different virus families, among them Flaviridae.
The teaching staff were offered workshops in virtual reality in December. A VR environment enables genuine interaction even if there are hundreds of kilometres between the people in real life.
6G is about systemic disruption, which is why it is vital to look at the future of telecommunications from a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives, says Professor of Practice, Seppo Yrjölä.
Seventh annual Polar Bear Pitching will be held on the 12th of March 2020 in Oulu, Finland. The icy start-up event, organized by the university of Oulu, culminates with the start-ups pitching their ideas from an ice hole carved in the frozen Baltic sea.
The University of Oulu’s Innovation Centre provides training in intellectual property rights. Familiarity with them is an important working life skill for researchers and teachers alike.
Just over a year ago, the University of Oulu started major education export to China. The partner university is in Nanjing (Nanjing Institute of Technology). University teacher Päivi Raulamo-Jurvanen just returned from a two-week intensive period in China, and the NJIT delegation led by President Shi Jinfei is currently visiting Oulu.
The University and Oulu UAS start offering joint internal services.
High-strength steels are one of the main focus areas at the University of Oulu Centre for Advanced Steels Research. They relate to another central theme, climate goals.
70 top hackers from around the world gathered to Oulu – the world’s first open 5G Cybersecurity Hackathon was a success
Top hackers from all over the world gathered to the University of Oulu to test their skills against 5G and cybersecurity during the weekend. Oulu is known as a global 5G and 6G hotspot and is the home to research and development of top-tier cybersecurity.
Andy does not see the lack of Finnish skills as an obstacle to employment: “If you can demonstrate your skills, companies will go out of their way to have you”
International students Andy Alorwu and Anastasia Corjan have found employment in Finland during their studies. The government wants to support the employment of international students as well.