The ESFRI Roadmap drawn up by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) identifies the research facilities of pan-European importance that correspond to the long-term needs of the European research communities.
The European Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Euro-BioImaging, EuBI) provides life scientists with an access to state-of-the-art biological and biomedical imaging technologies, data support and training.
The Kuopio Biomedical Imaging Unit at the University of Eastern Finland is part of EuBi trough the Finnish Biomedical Imaging node (FiBI). Its main international-level expertise area is preclinical MRI, but it also provides multimodal in vivo imaging services. The distinct expertise areas at the European level are awake fMRI studies, hyperpolarized MRI and PET/MRI.
UEF contact person: Olli Gröhn
The Integrated Structural Biology Infrastructure (INSTRUCT-ERIC) is a distributed research infrastructure that provides peer-reviewed access to a broad palette of state-of-the-art technology and expertise as well as training and technique development in the area of integrated structural and cell biology.
As a member of the Instruct-ERIC Centre Finland and the FINStruct network, the University of Eastern Finland provides native mass spectrometry services via access to three state-of-the-art high-resolution mass spectrometry instruments for both academia and industry, nationally and internationally. The top-end instrumentation allows atomic-level characterization of large proteins and their complexes as well as interaction studies with other molecules such as other proteins or drugs.
UEF contact person: Janne Jänis
The European Advanced Translational Research Infrastructure in Medicine (EATRIS) is a distributed research infrastructure that provides access to the combined expertise and high-end technologies required to develop new products for translational medicine, from target validation to early clinical trials.
The University of Eastern Finland is the coordinator of EATRIS Finland services and technology hubs. UEF’s National Virus Vector Laboratory provides high-quality virus vector manufacturing and QC/QA testing services together with small and large animal biodistribution, safety and efficacy studies for the entire EATRIS-ERIC network.
UEF contact persons: Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, Karin Koivisto and Petri Mäkinen
The European Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI-ERIC) provides researchers and industry with a gateway for access to biobanks and biomolecular resources coordinated by the national nodes, facilitating biomedical and clinical discovery. The Biobank of Eastern Finland is part of BBMRI ERIC via the Finnish national node, BBMRI.fi.
UEF contact person: Veli-Matti Kosma
The Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS-ERIC) is a distributed European Research Infrastructure to generate high-precision data and integrate knowledge on the carbon cycle and greenhouse gas budgets and of their perturbations.
The University of Eastern Finland is responsible for two ICOS measuring stations as part of both ICOS Finland and ICOS ERIC. UEF is responsible for both the ecosystem and the atmosphere measuring stations. The Siikaneva station in Ruovesi (SMEAR II, FI-Sii) near the Hyytiälä forestry station measures the exchange of carbon dioxide and methane between the peatland ecosystem and the atmosphere as well as axillary factors following standardized protocols. The measurements, which have continued since 2004, form a valuable and internationally exceptionally long-term series of observations that enables top-level research on the ecosystem's response to the changing climate. The Puijo SMEAR IV station in Kuopio continuously measures the concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. The location of the station at the top of Puijo makes it possible to assess the impact of the city's point sources. The material produced by these two stations is actively used by the international research community.
UEF contact person: Eeva-Stiina Tuittila
The sustainability of agricultural, forested, freshwater and other managed and natural ecosystems is critical for the future of mankind. The Infrastructure for Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems (AnaEE) is a distributed research infrastructure designed to provide the knowledge needed to support a sustainable future. This infrastructure aims, through state-of-the-art experimental facilities, to support forecasting the impacts of climate and land-use changes on ecosystems.
The University of Eastern Finland has an open-air experimental platform, the Lakkasuo-Siikaneva peatland experiment (BorPeat,) located near the Hyyytiälä forestry field station in Juupajoki and in Ruovesi. Through AnaEE Finland, our platform is part of AnaEE ERIC. The experimental platform makes it possible to study peatland biodiversity and functions, e.g., climate regulation, how peatlands respond to climate change impacts and how they are maintained. The BorPeat platform has a unique, long-term experiment of water level drawdown (since year 2000) and warming (since year 2007). The unique experimental platform enables internationally high-quality research and international cooperation through researcher visits.
UEF contact person: Eeva-Stiina Tuittila
The Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases Research Infrastructure (ACTRIS) is a pan-European distributed infrastructure dedicated to high-quality observation of aerosols, clouds, trace gases and exploration of their interactions. ACTRIS supports society in responding to global challenges such as poor air quality and climate change.
The University of Eastern Finland has both Observational and Exploratory ACTRIS platforms which belong to the ACTRIS National Facility (NF) list. Puijo SMEAR IV measurement station has two Observational NFs: Aerosol In-situ and Cloud In-situ stations, which offer first-class long-term measurements on aerosols and clouds. The Kuopio Atmospheric Simulation Chambers (KASC) facility is an ACTRIS Exploratory NF. KASC offers outstanding opportunities for investigating atmospheric processes, e.g., of biomass burning and traffic emissions, and is equipped with cutting-edge measurement instrumentation both for aerosols and gases. NFs will be open for transnational access (TNA) for international universities and companies.
UEF contact person: Annele Virtanen
The Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (CLARIN) is a distributed research infrastructure that provides easy and sustainable access for scholars in the humanities and social sciences to digital language data and tools.
The CLARIN activities at UEF are hosted in the School of Humanities that acts as a local node in the national FIN-CLARIN consortium that is currently funded by the Academy of Finland FIRI funding (2022–23). We are active in the board, and our researchers actively develop digital language materials and computational tools for analysing a range of language data. UEF scholars specialise in digital language collections that are closely related to our strategic areas of minority languages, parallel corpora from translation, and various born-digital social media materials. The materials and tools developed in CLARIN are actively used in teaching and research, including researcher training.
UEF contact person: Mikko Laitinen