Core Fields in Research Profile

The University’s research profile is based on following core fields:

Learning, teaching and the learning and growth environments that support development

We conduct multidisciplinary research on learning, teaching and learning difficulties, as well as develop the learning environments of the future. We are leading experts in broad-based teacher education, adult education and issues related to the management, assessment and funding of education.

Basic natural phenomena and mathematical thinking 

The Accelerator Laboratory and the interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center are unique research environments in Finland. They conduct world-class research on the basic natural phenomena of physics, chemistry and the biosciences. In mathematics research the focus is on mathematical analysis and its applications for research on inversion problems. Statistics, scientific computing and computer science strengthen the quantitative research approach in the human sciences as well.

Languages, culture and communities in global change processes

We observe global change processes in a multidisciplinary way from the perspectives of research on language, culture and the functioning of communities and economies. Research in the humanities is strongly connected to societal phenomena. This means that our language subjects concentrate on applied language studies, while the social sciences emphasise participation, social equality and the success of communities and societies.

Physical activity, health and wellbeing

Research at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, the only one of its kind in Finland, focuses on the interaction and promotion of physical activity and health. Collaboration with psychology, social sciences, education and economics enables holistic research and the promotion of wellbeing.

Information technology and the human in the knowledge society

The study of scientific computing, data analysis, information systems, cyber security and digital services – combined with research on digital culture, communication and marketing, education, wellbeing and economics – promotes the digitalisation of society and helps us to understand it better.

Groups of outstanding international level

  • Nuclear and accelerator-based physics
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Learning and learning difficulties
  • Applied language studies
  • Biology of physical activity
  • Gerontology
  • IT-based services

Technology profile

  • Human-centered information and communication technology
  • Paper manufacturing technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Accelerator-based technology
  • Environmental technology
  • Wellness technology
  • ICT in learning
  • Music technology

Contributing to various sectors of the society

  • Quality of childhood
  • Preventing social exclusion
  • Work ability and wellbeing
  • Increasingly multicultural Finland
  • Increasingly IT-based society
  • The State of the waters
  • Energy