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Research Infrastructures of the University of Turku

In its Strategy, the University of Turku emphasises the significance of up-to-date research infrastructure as a prerequisite for top research and teaching based on it.

Research infrastructures include research instruments, equipment, materials, and services that enable the research and development work taking placing at different stages of innovation activities and support organised research work, doctoral training and teaching, and develop research and innovation capacity (Strategy for National Research Infrastructures in Finland 2020–2030, Research Council of Finland).

The Research Infrastructure Policy of the University of Turku has a central role in the multidisciplinary University’s strategic decision-making and the implementation of the decisions (link to the policy's pdf version is at the bottom of this page).

The University of Turku has several high-quality research infrastructures, which together form the Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of the University of Turku. Automatically, these include partnerships in European infrastructure projects (ESFRI) that are represented in the University, international memberships, and research infrastructures on the national research infrastructure roadmap (FIRI). In addition to these, the University of Turku identifies and selects its own and local significant research infrastructures. The University of Turku emphasises the openness of research infrastructures and their joint use with other academic operators, the business sector, and companies.

Roadmap for research infrastructures of the University of Turku

Archives of the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies (SHCAS Archives)

The Archives of the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies provide the necessary long-term solutions for the preservation of research materials that have been produced by the School’s researchers and research projects, and the Archives’ personnel also advise researchers on how they can comply with the principles of ethical research when forming their materials.


Auria Biobank and Auria Clinical Informatics

Auria Biobank is Finland’s first biobank. Approximately a million samples are stored in the biobank and used for medical research. Auria Clinical Informatics organizes, harmonizes and maintains the clinical patient data of the Hospital District of Southwest Finland’s patient register in a way that ensures that the data is easily available to professionals and other experts.


Biocenter Finland (BF)

University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland, University of Oulu, Tampere University, University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University

Biocenter Finland was founded by the University of Eastern Finland, University of Helsinki, Oulu University, Tampere University, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. Biocenter Finland is rooted in the profiles of its host universities and supports implementation of their research strategies. It supports frontier research by coordination of a nation-wide network of fifteen technology platforms operating in five biocenters. Biocenter Finland serves on an open access principle the country’s life scientists’ community with its technology services, takes care of investments and safe-guards the quality of the services. It supports research collaboration, training, internationalization of the researcher base and translation of research findings into benefits for society. A number of the scientists using Biocenter Finland’s technology services have produced scientific breakthroughs and innovations benefitting the economy.

(see below for further details of Turku Bioscience)


Biodiversity Unit of the University of Turku

Multidisciplinary research and teaching lie at the heart of the activities of the Biodiversity Unit. As well as these, the unit also focuses on public outreach.

Contact: Ilari Sääksjärvi

BSL-3 safety laboratory

The purpose of the operation of the BSL-3 safety laboratory is to enable scientific research and training with level 3 biological agents, diagnostic product development, drug analyzes (antiviral and antimicrobial) and cooperation with companies.

Contact: Laura Kakkola

Center of Evolutionary Applications (CEA)

Center of Evolutionary Applications is a service unit based in the Department of Biology. We provide technical support for researchers at the Department, and offer genetic research and analysis services for external customers.


Central Animal Laboratory

Central Animal Laboratory of the University of Turku provides services to biomedical research by supplying and producing laboratory animals.


Centre for Population Health Research

The purpose of the Centre for Population Health Research (POPC) is to advance multidisciplinary health research focusing on different phases of the life cycle and to develop new modelling methods with the help of which national registers and clinical population research data could be utilised for predicting and promoting population health, well-being, and ability to function.

Contact: Olli Raitakari, Linnea Karlsson

Centre for smart digital design and manufacturing (DigiMan)

DigiMan is a platform that provides a nationally and internationally acknowledged smart digital manufacturing research infrastructure offering modern experimental and simulation-based tools (e.g. 3D-printers, smart robots, smart sensors etc.).

Contact: Antti Salminen

Climate smart food and nutrition research Infrastructure (FOODNUTRI) 

FOODNUTRI focuses in the scientific breakthrough needed to build a sustainable food system ensuring healthy nutrition, continuous food security, and excellent food safety. FOODNUTRI upgrades domestic raw materials for production of foods and food ingredients by exploiting innovative food processing technologies and provides know-how including tools and methods on food characteristics, physiological responses to food, consumer acceptance, food consumption and nutrient intake of populations as well as environmental and health impacts.

Contact: Baoru Yang

Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (FIN-CLARIAH)

University of Helsinki, Aalto University, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd., University of Eastern Finland, University of Jyväskylä, The National Archives of Finland, Institute for the Languages of Finland, Tampere University, University of Turku, University of Vaasa

FIN-CLARIAH is a research infrastructure for Social Sciences and Humanities comprising two components, FIN-CLARIN and DARIAH-FI. Taking the best practices established in FIN-CLARIN, FIN-CLARIAH seeks to significantly broaden the scope of infrastructural support into two major new directions: first, to reach beyond FIN-CLARIN language materials into other kinds of structured and multi-modal big data; and second, to cater to a broad range of SSH research needs. While FIN-CLARIN continues to break new ground in supporting research based on language data, DARIAH-FI will develop infrastructure for big, heterogeneous datasets for research in the humanities and social sciences. Beyond collaborating at the boundaries where these missions overlap, both components will also share facilities for the management and negotiation of material rights, for technical access, as well as for hosting the documentation, tools and services through the Language Bank of Finland ( and CSC.


Euro-BioImaging: Research Infrastructure for Biological and Biomedical Imaging

Åbo Akademi University, Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Helsinki University Hospital, University of Eastern Finland, Central Finland Health Care District, University of Oulu, University of Turku, Turku University Hospital

Euro-BioImaging is a European-wide research infrastructure that offers open access to biological and biomedical imaging technologies, training, and data services. Euro-BioImaging is hosted by Finland, with the European headquarters in Turku, and it is a landmark infrastructure on the ESFRI roadmap. Through Euro-BioImaging, scientists gain access to Europe’s best imaging expertise and services at 41 Nodes in 19 countries, in a quality-controlled and cost-effective manner.

Euro-BioImaging Finland is the Finnish service organization of Euro-BioImaging, consisting of two multi-sited Nodes: Finnish Advanced Microscopy Node and Finnish Biomedical Imaging Node.

Euro-BioImaging Finland is led by Turku BioImaging, and it is on the national roadmap of research infrastructures. The service-providing facilities of Euro-BioImaging Finland in Turku are the Cell Imaging and Cytometry core of Turku Bioscience Centre (biological imaging techniques), Turku PET Centre (biomedical imaging techniques), and Turku BioImaging Operations Team (image data analysis).

Euro-BioImaging Finland covers a very broad spectrum of imaging “from molecule to man” and is among the most used service providers in Euro-BioImaging, offering technology access, expertise and education in imaging to both academia and industry.

Contact: Pasi Kankaanpää, Tiina Saanijoki

European Infrastructure of Screening Platforms for Chemical Biology (EU-OS FI)

University of Helsinki, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd., University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University

Chemical biology, the development of new small molecules with specific biological activities, is of tremendous value as the starting point for understanding biological processes and for discovering new drugs, agrochemicals and other commercially valuable bioactive agents. EUOPENSCREEN ERIC (EU-OS), a European research infrastructure consortium, provides open access to world class infrastructures, technologies and expertise, with a compound collection of > 100 000 compounds and open database. The adopted open access policy aims to ensure maximal scientific and societal impact of investments. As founding member, Finland has a key role in EU-OS. Finnish membership in EU-OS brings domestic scientists outstanding opportunities for high quality research breakthroughs, innovation, and access to technologies, services and resources not currently available in Finland, as well as collaboration opportunities through incoming projects.


European Social Survey (ESS)

University of Turku

The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically-driven comparative social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe’s changing societies and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour pattern of its diverse populations. In addition, the ESS conducts methodological research to develop survey methods. The ESS employs extremely rigorous methodological standards in sampling, question-testing, translation and field-work procedures, and continuously develops and tests new survey methods. The ESS covers more than 30 countries and it forms a bi-annual time series starting from 2002. All data and documentation are freely available for all researchers. A multidisciplinary research community consisting of more than 150.000 users from all over the world use the ESS data. The ESS has served as a data source for thousands of journal articles, conference papers, books and other publications. Since 2013, ESS has been a European Research Infrastructure Consortium, ESS ERIC.


FICAN West - Western Finland Cancer Centre

FICAN West or the Western Cancer Center coordinates oncological treatment, research and training in Western Finland. It is a part of the national Finnish Cancer Center FICAN.

Contact: Panu Jaakkola

Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF)

University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä, Kuopio Natural History Museum, University of Oulu, University of Turku

Biodiversity is rapidly vanishing. This undermines the ability of mankind to adapt to global change. We must therefore develop our understanding of and ability to protect biodiversity. FinBIF accelerates the digitisation, mobilisation, and open-access distribution of biodiversity data to support research, governance, education, and business. FinBIF is an integrated e-infrastructure that combines three kinds of biodiversity data (specimens, observations, and DNA), links them with modern research tools enabling rapid generation of further data, and distributes these services openly. FinBIF allows the research community to reach scientific breakthroughs at a rate matching the urgency of the need to achieve conservation and sustainable use of our imperilled biodiversity. At the same time, FinBIF supports the public administration in effective biodiversity management.


Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO (FINCA)

FINCA practises and co-ordinates Finnish high quality research in fields of astronomy with European Southern Observatory (ESO) and promotes technological development work related to ESO.


Finnish Computing Competence Infrastructure (FCCI)

University of Helsinki, Aalto University, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd., University of Eastern Finland, University of Jyväskylä, LUT University, University of Oulu, Tampere University, University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University

Among other things, drug development and weather forecasts are largely based on computational science, which is one of Finland's key areas of strength in science and technology. Finnish Computing Competence Infrastructure (FCCI) provides Finnish universities with Tier-2 computational and data storage resources that heterogeneously support each university's specific research activities and thus the national profiling of the universities. FCCI integrates these capacities into a single entity that is coordinated through centralized maintenance and integrated into computational Tier-1 and Tier-0 resources. FCCI supports e.g.  data-intensive research, artificial intelligence, and high-performance computing. FCCI User Groups cover both science and the arts. In general, FCCI coordinates university cooperation in computational research, supports the training of top experts in computational science, and strengthens Finland's identity as one of the leading countries in computational science.

Contact: Tom Kuusela

Finnish Infrastructure for Photosynthesis Research (PHOTOSYN)

The PHOTOSYN infrastructure represents internationally competent and a truly multidisciplinary photosynthesis research combining biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, synthetic biology, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and biotechnology of oxygenic photosynthetic organisms. The infrastructure serves the plant biology and algae biotech community in Finland and enables research collaboration with top international academic and industrial R&Ds.

Contact: Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne

The Finnish Infrastructure for Public Opinion (FIRIPO)

Åbo Akademi, University of Turku, Tampere University

The Finnish Research Infrastructure for Public Opinion (FIRIPO) is a collaborative effort by Åbo Akademi University, University of Turku and Tampere University to establish a national infrastructure for public opinion research in Finland. FIRIPO is funded by the Academy of Finland. The infrastructure’s panel components provide researchers with reliable tools for data collection and the ability to quickly and accurately investigate public opinion on current events. The deliberation labs and decision making labs offer tools to experimentally investigate decision making and policy choices.

Contact: Heikki Kauppi, Maija Setälä

Finnish Marine Research Infrastructure (FINMARI)

Finnish Environment Institute, Geological Survey of Finland, University of Helsinki, Finnish Meteorological Institute, National Resources Institute Finland, University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University

Finnish Marine Research Infrastructure (FINMARI) combines all major components of the Finnish marine research community. It is a distributed infrastructure network of field stations, research vessels, gliders, laboratory facilities, ferryboxes, fixed measurement platforms, profiling buoys and multiple autonomous platforms. FINMARI provides a unique contact point to observational and experimental Finnish marine research facilities. Our joint infrastructure development plan is based on addressing the multiscale variability of the marine environment, through synergetic integration of the research foci and RI competence profiles of the partnership.

Contact: Jari Hänninen, Katri Kuuppo

Finnish Research Infrastructure for Population Based Surveys (FIRI-PBS)

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland, University of Oulu, Tampere University, University of Turku, Finnish Institute for Occupational Health

Population based health surveys and extensive health related registers have been available in Finland since 1950’s. Different data sources at the individual level can be linked with a unique personal identification code. Together these survey and register data form a unique resource for research. The FIRI-PBS will enhance active use of existing and newly collected population based survey data in both national and international research initiatives and multidisciplinary collaborations, to increase knowledge and use of common standardized tools for collection of new survey data; and to enhance data quality and cost-effective collection of new data.

Contact: Hanna Tolonen

Finnish Teacher Education Database (FinTED)

FinTED is dynamic national database for teacher education, which will be constructed and implemented through extensive national collaboration between higher education institutions. The basis of the database is national research data collected in the follow-up research (Baseline). FinTED is based on the principles of open science and the materials collected in the database are openly available to higher education institutions.

Contact: Mirjamaija Mikkilä-Erdmann, Anu Warinowski

Flavoria® Research Platform

Flavoria® is a multidisciplinary research platform and, at the same time, a unique lunch restaurant, café, and snack shop. The research conducted in Flavoria focuses on producing new scientific knowledge and consumer understanding for the sustainable development of both society and businesses. It offers research possibilities and environments for both scientific and commercial entities, including research institutions, students writing their theses or companies developing their products and services.


Hydrological Research Infrastructure Platform (Hydro-RI Platform)

HYDRO-RI-Platform includes a pool of unique instruments for hydrological, hydraulic, morphodynamic and water quality measurements, with a variety of
autonomous under- and above-water sensor platforms, a mobile field laboratory facility, and a data sharing platform to study essential scientific questions in present and future hydrology.

Contact: Petteri Alho

Histology core facility (Histocore)

Histology core facility provides methods for study of cell and tissue specimen of experimental animal and human origin. The services include tissue processing, preparation of paraffin and frozen blocks and sections, and visualization of tissue and cellular structures using histochemical and immunohistochemical stainings and detection methods.


Immunology Centre

Turku Immunology Centre is a joint centre of Faculty of Medicine and Turku Bioscience Centre of the University of Turku and the Hospital District of Southwest Finland (VSSHP). The Immunology Centre brings together everyone whose work and interest is in immunology. Closer collaboration between researchers and clinicians in the field of immunology at the University of Turku and VSSHP enables discovery and utilization of significant new scientific findings.

Contact: Kaisa Hakkila

Integrated Structural Biology Infrastructure (FinStruct & Instruct-ERIC Centre FI)

University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland, University of Oulu, University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University

FINStruct is a national, distributed, open-access research infrastructure for structural biology. It spearheads international research and development in biomolecular complex purification; cryoelectron microscopy; nuclear magnetic resonance; single cell proteomics; native mass spectrometry; structural bioinformatics; X-ray crystallography and data management. FINStruct top services were inaugurated as Instruct Centre Finland, a national node of Instruct-ERIC, making Finnish expertise in sample preparation, characterisation, and structure determination available through the Instruct-ERIC service catalogue. FINStruct serves the whole research community in academia and industry. Societal impact is in patent applications, start-ups, and diagnostic and therapeutic tool development. A benefit of Instruct-ERIC membership to all Finnish researchers is funded access to top-class Instruct-ERIC services and expertise, which boosts their international research profile.

Contact: Sarah Butcher

INVEST Data Infrastructures (InReg)

InReg develops and compiles new register datasets, takes care of the authorization and user permission processing, updates the existing data sources and is in charge of the internal standardization and metadata recording.

Contact: Matti Lindberg

Lawradar / LAWPOL

Lawradar is an open research infrastructure that brings together public politics and legal documents related to the different stages of domestic law-making. It makes lawmaking transparent not only for researchers in different fields but also for citizens - while promoting one of the cornerstones of democracy: citizens' access to information.

A working group led by the University of Turku is building a new research infrastructure at the interface between law and politics (LAWPOL), using the existing service and the extensive FINPARL policy database. The LAWPOL project will extend the objectives of Lakitutka in terms of discoverability, transparency and usability of public information. Materials will be expanded, new research tools will be developed, and access will also be made possible in Swedish in cooperation with the Centre for Parliamentary Studies at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi. The development of LAWPOL will extend the range of research materials available to all, including parliamentary materials, political programmes, EU legislative materials, court decisions and research literature, thus providing a wide range of materials focusing on different areas of politics and law. The LAWPOL project will also continue to extend the historical coverage of the material further back into the 20th century.

Funders of the Lawradar

The Law Library will be further developed in the context of the SILE project, with a particular focus on accessibility of law drafting, and in the LAWPOL project, by expanding the range of documents available on the service.

SILE project

The SILE project is funded by the Research Council of Finland's Strategic Research Council. 

LAWPOL project

The LAWPOL consortium has received FIRI2022 funding from the Research Council of Finland: Local Research Infrastructures funding for the period 2023-2025. The funding is part of the EU Recovery Resilience Facility funding.


Library’s collections and legal deposits

Turku University Library is the largest academic library in Southwest Finland and it is open to all.


Long-term bird breeding time-series (UTUBirds)

University of Turku holds and maintains many valuable long-term datasets on breeding bird populations, oldest time series starting from 1940’s. All these datasets, collected by different research teams, contain to large extent similar information on birds’ breeding. This infrastructure project is targeted to ensure the continuation of these time-series and to create a new database with a multiuser interface for organizing the data collection in an efficient, standardized and coordinated way among different research groups. The new database would be linked with data pipelines to the Pan-European SPI-Birds database, where all the data would be available in a standard format for any research use. Data pipelines will also be created to the Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility (FinBIF) and Bird ringing database of Finnish Natural History Museum.

Blue tit
Blue tit (Photo by Tapio Eeva)


Contact: Tapio Eeva

Machine Technology Center Turku

Machine Technology Center Turku Ltd. is a modern learning, training and development center for enterprises, educational institutes and researchers in the region of Turku and Southwest Finland. The Center provides a dynamic and comprehensive environment for applied research and professional specialisation. Its facilities and services form a framework which supports and fosters cooperation between educational institutes, researcher organisations and local businesses.

Contact: Erkki Virkki

Materials Research Infrastructure (MARI)

MARI is a broad-based platform for experimental materials research that combines methods of materials technology, physics and chemistry. It is based on significant equipment investment in material characterization (e.g., SEM and XPS) with the strategic funding of the University of Turku in recent years. Expansion to materials technology at University of Turku enables the construction of a qualitatively new, strong and versatile hardware package that serves both the needs of basic research in University of Turku’s internal co-operation network and business co-operation and service research in the Turku region and beyond.

Contact: Kati Miettunen, Petriina Paturi

MAX IV Laboratory

MAX IV is a new generation synchrotron radiation source in Lund, Sweden. The international MAX IV laboratory will be the home of broadbased research in physics, chemistry, materials science, environmental sciences, bioscience and medicine. The University of Turku is a member of this project.


Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT)

The Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) is a 2.56-m telescope located at the Spanish "Roque de los Muchachos" Observatory (ORM), La Palma, Canarias, Spain. The telescope is a facility exclusively intended for scientific research and education with the aim of studying the Universe from Solar System, stars and exoplanets to galaxies, black holes and other compact objects, cosmology and the Big Bang.

Contact: Seppo Mattila

Recombinant Antibody infrastructure (rAb)

The aim of the infrastructure is to enable the rapid and cost-effective development of antibodies, one of the key tools in biotechnology/biosciences. Antibodies have a wide range of applications in diagnostics, drug development and research. Through service and collaborative projects, the infrastructure will enable the systematic development, modification, production and characterisation of the biochemical and physical properties of recombinant antibodies and other binding proteins.

Contact: Urpo Lamminmäki

Sleep Research Centre

The main research interests at the Sleep Research Centre are interactions of sleep-disordered breathing and cardiovascular and metabolic function, special emphasis on nocturnal transcutaneous carbon dioxide profile, and menopause, sleep and breathing. There are several ongoing research projects in co-operation with other Finnish and international research groups.

Sleep Research Centre
(Photo by Tarja Saaresranta)


Contact: Tarja Saaresranta

Turku Bioscience

Turku Bioscience (previously known as Turku Centre for Biotechnology) is an advanced core facility and research centre hosted jointly by University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. It was established in 1992 to facilitate research infrastructure services and scientific interactions across departments and within the two universities. This concept has proved to be highly efficient especially in optimizing the coordinated acquisition of cutting-edge instruments and providing technology services by open access principles. Turku Bioscience is part of national Biocenter Finland research infrastructure, and it offers services to both academic and commercially-oriented research projects.


Turku Centre for Chemical and Molecular Analytics (CCMA)

Turku Centre for Chemical and Molecular Analytics (CCMA) serves as a shared facility for the Department of Chemistry at the University of Turku and the Department of Science at Åbo Akademi University. With 5 modern NMR instruments and a sophisticated mass spectrometer, the Centre is one of the best equipped educational NMR/MS facilities in Finland.


Turku Center for Disease Modeling (TCDM)

TCDM is a research and research service organization at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku, and is part of the national Biocenter Finland Model Organisms ( and the BF FinGMice networks ( as well as international European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine (EATRIS, network. TCDM applies and provides state-of-the-art research facilities and expertise in studies in experimental animals to support both academic and industrial associated non-clinical research. The facilities and expertise are also available for contract research.

Contact: Matti Poutanen, Petra Sipilä

Turku Clinical Biomaterials Centre (TCBC)

TCBC has a comprehensive range of up-to-date equipment to meet the challenges of research and development of novel biomaterials and implant designs for clinical applications in dentistry, cranio-maxillofacial surgery and orthopedics. Several facilities are dedicated to particular tasks in fabrication, characterization and biomechanical testing of materials.

Contact: Lippo Lassila, Pekka Vallittu

Turku Eye-tracking Laboratories (Turku EyeLabs)

Eye tracking is a research methodology that allows examining human cognition in various settings: for example, during text or music reading, viewing of images and videos, social interaction and communication, and in learning contexts including virtual reality environments. Turku EyeLabs consists of eye-tracking laboratories and a community of researchers who share know-how on designing experiments, use of different equipment, and applications of various types of analytical tools.

Contact: Johanna Kaakinen, Marjaana Puurtinen

Turku PET Centre

Turku PET Centre is a Finnish National Research Institute for the use of short-lived positron emitting isotopes in the field of medical research.

Contact: Juhani Knuuti

Turku Protein Core (TuProtCore)

Turku Protein Core (TuProtCore) is a one-stop-shop open-access core facility that helps internal and external users with their protein-related tasks. It includes vast basic and advanced infrastructure from both Åbo Akademi University and the University of Turku and has capabilities to assist researchers in moving their project from protein expression to biophysical characterization to protein crystallization.

Funded by The European Union - NextGenerationEU through Research Council of Finland



UTU-Digilang provides a nationally and internationally acknowledged infrastructure offering tools and linguistic datasets not available elsewhere. It brings together several independent language resources and language processing tools developed at the University of Turku: The Archive of Finnish and Finno-Ugric Languages; Digital Language Resources of the School of Languages and Translation Studies (SLTS); and the language resources and tools developed by the Turku Natural Language Processing group at SLTS and at the Department of Computing.

Contact: Veronika Laippala

University of Turku's partnerships in ESFRI roadmap infrastructures


AnaEE (Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems) will pave the way for understanding the complex impact of today’s multiple, interacting global change drivers on terrestrial and aquatic continental ecosystems across Europe. It will forge evidence-based adaptation and mitigation strategies that assure plant, soil, water, biodiversity and ecosystem health today and in the future. Those strategies are needed to maintain essential services to society, including carbon sequestration, food security, clean water, biodiversity.

Contact: Otso Suominen


BBMRI-ERIC is a European research infrastructure for biobanking. It brings together all the main players from the biobanking field – researchers, biobankers, industry, and patients – to boost biomedical research. To that end, it offers quality management services, support with ethical, legal and societal issues, and a number of online tools and software solutions.



CLARIN stands for 'Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure'. It is a research infrastructure that was initiated from the vision that all digital language resources and tools from all over Europe and beyond are accessible through a single sign-on online environment for the support of researchers in the humanities and social sciences.


DiSSCo (Distributed System of Scientific Collections)

The Distributed System of Scientific Collections is a new world-class Research Infrastructure (RI) for Natural Science Collections. The DiSSCo RI aims to create a new business model for one European collection that digitally unifies all European natural science assets under common access, curation, policies and practices that ensure that all the data is easily Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR principles). DiSSCo represents the largest ever formal agreement between natural history museums, botanic gardens and collection-holding universities in the world.



EATRIS is the European infrastructure for translational medicine. It brings together resources and services for research communities to translate scientific discoveries into benefits for patients. It provides access to a vast array of pre-clinical and clinical expertise and facilities that are available within 127+ top-tier academic centres across Europe. It focuses on improving and optimising preclinical and early clinical development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics, and overcome barriers to health innovation.



ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources across its member states and enables users in academia and industry to access services that are vital for their research.


eLTER (LTER Finland)

Countries supporting eLTER RI (Integrated European Long-Term Ecosystem, Critical Zone and Socio-ecological Research) will provide infrastructure in the form of eLTER Sites (focal points for long-term ecosystem observation and research) and eLTSER Platforms (large areas facilitating socioecological research and exemplary stakeholder engagement). These national building blocks form the in-situ backbone of eLTER RI. Site-based operations will be highly integrated and follow agreed policies. These facilities will be open for research and education via a centralised scheme.


EMBRC-ERIC (European Marine Biological Resource Center)

Archipelago Research Institute of University of Turku in Seili joined the consortium in February 2024


ESA (Euclid Finland)

ESA is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

Contact: Hannu Kurki-Suonio

ESS (ESS Suomi)

The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted across Europe since its establishment in 2001. Every two years, face-to-face interviews are conducted with newly selected, cross-sectional samples. The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations.



EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC (EU-OS) is a European-wide research infrastructure consortium or ERIC, that provides open access to world class infrastructures, technologies and expertise. Working with EU-OPENSCREEN provides numerous benefits, including access the carefully-selected compound collections, access to screening centers, the European Chemical Biology open-access database including both data and protocols, development of screen-ready assay and its application to the libraries, bioprofiling and screening your compounds, follow-up chemistry for tool development, quality standards, a collaborative framework and professional training programmes.

EU-OPENSCREEN services in Finland are provided through EU-OPENSCREEN-FINLAND. Finland is a founding member of the EU-OPENSCREEN ERIC, with a specialised screening partner site situated in Turku (University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University) that offers a range of screening-based services, including dynamic and longitudinal phenotypic screening of complex cell systems.

Through participation in EU-OPENSCREEN, Finnish scientists have a reduced cost access to the EU-OPENSCREEN library. Moreover, this also creates unique collaborative opportunities for researchers and technology developers via Horizon Europe programmes and projects that support the development and application of the infrastructures.


Euro-BioImaging ERIC

Euro-BioImaging is a European-wide research infrastructure that offers open access to biological and biomedical imaging technologies, training and data services. Euro-BioImaging is an ERIC, European Research Infrastructure Consortium, hosted by Finland, with the headquarters in Turku. Euro-BioImaging ERIC is an independent legal entity, not part of any university, but it collaborates very closely with the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University.

The Finnish service organization of Euro-BioImaging is Euro-BioImaging Finland, led by Turku BioImaging.

Euro-BioImaging ERIC is one of only three ERICs hosted by Finland, and the only one in Turku. It provides unique collaborative opportunities for scientists and research infrastructure experts in Turku, for instance through numerous Horizon Europe -funded large projects and through global collaboration spanning all continents in imaging-related science, technology, industry collaboration and international policy-making.


Euro-BioImaging Finland

Euro-BioImaging Finland is the Finnish service organization of Euro-BioImaging, consisting of two multi-sited Nodes: Finnish Advanced Microscopy Node and Finnish Biomedical Imaging Node.

Euro-BioImaging Finland is led by Turku BioImaging, and it is on the national roadmap of research infrastructures. The service-providing facilities of Euro-BioImaging Finland in Turku are the Cell Imaging and Cytometry core of Turku Bioscience Centre (biological imaging techniques), Turku PET Centre (biomedical imaging techniques), and Turku BioImaging Operations Team (image data analysis).

Euro-BioImaging Finland covers a very broad spectrum of imaging “from molecule to man”, specializing in full 3D service packages, and is one of the most used service providers among Euro-BioImaging’s 41 Nodes across 19 countries. Euro-BioImaging Finland offers technology access, expertise and education to both academia and industry.

Contact: Pasi Kankaanpää, Tiina Saanijoki

LifeWatch (INAR RI)

LifeWatch ERIC is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium providing e-Science research facilities to scientists investigating biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services in order to support society in addressing key planetary challenges.

Contact: Otso Suominen

Research infrastructure policy of the University of Turku