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29.1.2020 News

New GenZ tenure track professors appointed

The University of Oulu’s research council has appointed in January 2020 four new tenure track professors to the GenZ project's tenure positions:

29.1.2020 News

Understanding the interplay between the environment and our health

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.

27.1.2020 News

Father and son to share conferment ceremony in May

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.

27.1.2020 News

Fair criteria for the assessment of researchers

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.

24.1.2020 News

University of Oulu acquires self-driving car for research purposes

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.

23.1.2020 News

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. 

23.1.2020 News

Number of applicants to international degree programmes at the University of Oulu increased

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.

23.1.2020 News

1,5M€ funding for hypoxia research

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.

21.1.2020 News

Professor of the Year has been awarded to Anssi Paasi, Professor of Geography

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.


21.1.2020 News

Finland's first professor specialising in brand management started at the University of Oulu

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.

20.1.2020 News

Surveys prove to be useful for identifying the risk of prolonged low back pain

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.

14.1.2020 News

High environmental radiation does not affect viruses

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.


13.1.2020 News

Pioneering research on working-age memory disorders is conducted in Oulu


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.

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.

3.1.2020 News

New viruses found from the common glow-worm

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.


3.1.2020 News

A new kind of interaction enabled by virtual reality: “More presence than in the classroom”

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.

19.12.2019 News

Connecting you with your digital twin: 6G will bridge the physical with the virtual

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.

18.12.2019 News

Polar Bear Pitching 2020 is looking for start-ups

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.

17.12.2019 News

An invention that changed perspective of conducting research

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.

13.12.2019 News

Software production education export to China progressing well

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.

12.12.2019 News

137 Oulu UAS employees transfer to the University of Oulu

The University and Oulu UAS start offering joint internal services.

12.12.2019 News

High-strength steel is climate friendly

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. 

11.12.2019 News

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.

11.12.2019 News

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.