Agora

Research on the knowledge society

The origin of the Agora building, as well as the "Agora" concept, has its base in two combined themes - "psycho-center" and "infotech-center". These were launched as research centres at the University of Jyväskylä in 1997, initially as separate propositions. The themes were grounded in the University's research strengths, which enabled them to be realized in a very short space of time.

The idea behind the "psycho-center" was to integrate research on human behaviour and life span. For its part, the "infotech-center" was an attempt to combine existing approaches in the field of mathematics and natural sciences with the fields of economics and social sciences. The combination of these two research centres in September 2000 resulted in the Agora Human Technology Center.

The City of Jyväskylä and local businesses have been active partners in developing Agora. By providing office space for private enterprises working in the information technology sector, Agora creates a bridge for research applications. This cooperation extends beyond the building to the whole region, and includes the public and third sectors.

As a meeting place, the Agora Center facilitates research that integrates the human, social, and technology sciences, and aims to develop information technology to address human and social needs.