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 (Finland’s Strategy and Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2014–2020, Academy of Finland).
There are several high-quality research infrastructures in the University of Turku. Automatically, these include partnerships in European infrastructure projects (ESFRI) that are represented in the University, international memberships, research infrastructures on the national research infrastructure roadmap (FIRI), and, additionally, significant local 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.
Research infrastructures of the University of Turku on the Roadmap for National Research Infrastructures 2021 - 2024
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.
University of Helsinki, Aalto University, CSC – tieteen tietotekniikan keskus Oy, 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 (www.kielipankki.fi) and CSC.
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 ERIC is a European-wide research infrastructure for imaging technologies in biological and medical sciences on the ESFRI Roadmap. The mission of Euro-BioImaging ERIC is to deploy high-quality biological and biomedical imaging in Europe in a coordinated manner, to maintain a leading position in the global landscape. By participating in Euro-BioImaging ERIC, scientists will gain open access to the best imaging technologies in Europe in a cost-effective manner. Euro-BioImaging Finland is the Finnish service branch of Euro-BioImaging, consisting of two multi-sited service centres called Nodes: Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node and Finnish Biomedical Imaging Node. The Finnish Nodes cover effectively the imaging technology areas that are of highest demand in Europe. The Finnish Nodes also provide special expertise and education in biological and medical imaging supporting high-level research in both academia and healthcare industry.
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.
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 develope 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.
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. The research infrastructure ‘Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility – 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.
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.
Åbo Akademi University, University of Turku, Tampere University
The Finnish Research Infrastructure for Public Opinion (FIRIPO) is a multidisciplinary consortium for the study of public opinion, attitude formation and choice behavior. FIRIPO will serve a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and scholars around the world who study public opinion. FIRIPO will also inform the society, especially decision-makers and the media. Through large-scale panel data design, FIRIPO is able to track developments in public opinion. FIRIPO has four central aims:
- To systematize and coordinate scientific research on public opinion and choice behavior in Finland;
- To learn, develop and share (new) methods in public opinion research, and to advise on the use of public opinion in policy-making;
- To create an open node for public opinion research;
- To accelerate open science aims through open data and open collaboration in public opinion research in collaboration with the Finnish Social Science Data Archive FSD.
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, coordinated by the Marine Research Centre of SYKE, allies research infrastructure of 4 Finnish research institutes (Finnish Environment Institute, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Geological Survey of Finland, Natural Resources Institute Finland), major field stations of 3 universities (Helsinki, Turku, Åbo Academi).
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.
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.
The FIRI-PBS will provide support for researchers and research groups in accessing existing survey data by supporting the FAIR principle of data use; and in preparing a new survey by facilitating the use of standardized and validated methods and instruments to enhance comparability of the outcomes between studies and over time.
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.
Research infrastructures of the University of Turku on the European roadmap
ESS (ESS Finland)
AnaEE (INAR RI)
LifeWatch (INAR RI)
EATRIS (EATRIS Finland)
EuBI (EuBI Finland)
ESA (Euclid Finland)
DiSSCo (Distributed System of Scientific Collections)