Research Infrastructures

Research infrastructures are such reserves of research facilities, equipment, materials and services, which allow research and development. The infrastructures support organized research, as well as maintain and develop research capacity. University of Oulu has a number of high-quality, interdisciplinary infrastructures supporting research. The infrastructures are constantly being developed to serve the widest possible number of users.

University of Oulu Infrastructure Unit

The University of Oulu develops particularly research infrastructures that support its strategic research areas. Operations of the university-level infrastructures are coordinated by the University of Oulu Infrastructure Unit, which is led by the the Vice Rector for Research. 

Open Science and research infrastructures

University of Oulu published in 2018 guidelines of the Open Research Infrastructures , to support the implementation of the principles of open and responsible science in research infrastructures. In addition to national and university-level guidelines, each infrastructure has its own terms and conditions for the utilization of services and equipment.

Finland’s roadmap for national research infrastructures is a plan for key research infrastructures in Finland, which are either under development or will be newly required over the next 10–15 years. The plan also concerns a major upgrade of existing research infrastructures. The broad range expert body for research infrastructures, the Finnish Research Infrastructure Committee (FIRI Committee), nominated by the Academy of Finland, approved 31 national research infrastructures to the Finnish 2014–2020 Roadmap. On the national roadmap updated in 2018 the University of Oulu is involved in 11 infrastructure networks. In 2018, also two new infrastructures in which University of Oulu is involved were granted funding: The Printed Intelligence Infrastructure (PII) and the Research Infrastructure for Future Wireless Communication Networks (FUWIRI).

University-level infrastructures:

  • BCO-CORE - Biocenter Oulu Infrastructure Core.
  • Biodiversity Unit - Zoological Museum, Botanical Museum, Botanical Gardens and Bothnian Bay Research Station.
  • KEKS - Laboratory Animal Centre.
  • LeaF – Infrastructure - Multi-disciplinary Interaction Research Community.
  • CMNT - Center of Microscopy and Nanotechnology.
  • Oulanka Research Station - University of Oulu's regional unit in Kuusamo, North-Eastern Finland.

Faculty-level Infrastructures:

  • NFBC - The Northern Finland Birth Cohort Studies1966 and 1986 (Faculty of Medicine).
  • MAX IV - Swedish national synchrotron radiation facility (located in Lund, Sweden; Finnish coordination at the University of Oulu, Faculty of Science).
  • Minipilot - Continuous and automated concentrator mini-pilot facility (Oulu Mining School).
  • Virtual Oulu - An Open Innovation Platform for 3D City Applications (Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering).
  • Virtual Campus - An Open Innovation Platform for 3D Applications (Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering).
  • CWC- Centre for Wireless Communications; 5G testing network (Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering).

Inter-Faculty and co-operation infrastructures:

  • CEMIS - Centre for Measurement and Information Systems. Partners: Universities of Oulu and Jyväskylä, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
  • SGO – Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory.
  • FabLab - A technical prototyping platform. Partners: Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and Faculty of Technology).
  • Northern Finland Biobank Borealis. Partners: Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, University of Oulu, Nordlab laboratory, hospital districts of Northern Finland.
  • OBI- Oulu BioImaging- Partners: University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital OYS.

Finland’s national research infrastructures accepted to the Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2014–2020 of the Academy of Finland

University of Oulu participates in 12 infrastructure networks accepted to the Roadmap for Research Infrastructures of the Academy of Finland. University of Oulu has the responsibility of Finnish coordination of the following three international infrastructural networks:

  • Infrafrontier Finland - The European Infrastructure for Phenotyping and Archiving of Model Mammalian Genomes (biosciences and medicine). Responsible at the University of Oulu: BCO-CORE Biocenter Oulu.
  • EISCAT and EISCAT_3D - European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (physics and material sciences). Responsible at the University of Oulu: SGO Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory.
  • MAX IV - Laboratory for Synchrotron Radiation Research (physics and material sciences). Responsible at the University of Oulu: Physics.

University of Oulu participates in eight other infrastructure networks accepted to the Roadmap for Research Infrastructures of the Academy of Finland:

  • Biocenter Finland– A distributed national research infrastructure of seven biocenters in Finnish universities (biosciences and medicine). Responsible at the University of Oulu: BCO-CORE Biocenter Oulu.
  • BBMRI.fi - Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (biosciences and medicine). Responsible at the University of Oulu: Northern Finland Biobank Borealis.
  • Instruct Finland – European research infrastructure in structural biology (biosciences and medicine). Responsible at the University of Oulu: BCO-CORE Biocenter Oulu.
  • Euro-BioImaging- Euro-BioImaging Infrastructure (biosciences and medicine). Responsible at the University of Oulu OBI - Oulu BioImaging.
  • FGCI - Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure (e-infrastrukture). Responsible at the University of Oulu: Physics.
  • CLARIN - Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (human sciences). Responsible at the University of Oulu: Finnish Language and Giellagas-Instituute – Saami language and cultural studies, and research.
  • EPOS - European Plate Observing System (environmental sciences). Responsible at the University of Oulu: SGO – Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory.
  • INAR RI Ecosystems - Integrated Atmospheric and Earth system Science Research Infrastructure (Ecosystems). Responsible at the University of Oulu: Oulanka research station.
  • FinBIF 2.0 - Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility 2.0 (environmental sciences). Responsible at the University of Oulu: Biodiversity Unit.