Centres of Excellence

Research groups of the University of Eastern Finland are involved in both Finnish and Nordic Centres of Excellence. These Centres of Excellence represent the cutting edge of research in their fields. They renew research, develop creative research environments and train new, talented researchers for the needs of Finnish research and business.

Centre of Excellence of Inverse Modelling and Imaging

Inverse modelling is an interdisciplinary field of science that concentrates on the mathematical theory and practical interpretation of indirect measurements. In addition to purely mathematical problems, the research in the Centre of Excellence of Inverse Modelling and Imaging focuses on problems encountered in medical imaging, geophysical prospecting and nondestructive testing. The methods of inverse problems bring the advances of modern mathematics to a vast number of applied areas. Also, inverse modelling applications inspire new and deep mathematical questions closely connected to other sciences. Inverse problems research is one of the most important and topical fields of contemporary applied mathematics. The Centre of Excellence of Inverse Modelling and Imaging has been selected in the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence programme for the years 2018–2025. The University of Eastern Finland is represented in the Centre of Excellence by Professors Jari Kaipio, Ville Kolehmainen and Marko Vauhkonen, as well as Associate Professor Tanja Tarvainen and Academy Researcher Aku Seppänen from the Department of Applied Physics.

Centre of Excellence website

Computational physics and inverse problems research at the Department of Applied Physics

Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease

The research groups of  Professor Markku Laakso and Academy Professor Seppo Ylä-Herttuala play a central role in the  Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease, led by Professor Juhani Knuuti of the University of Turku and selected in the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence programme for the years 2014–2019. The research groups in Kuopio focus on the genetics and pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases as well as on developing new treatments, whereas the researchers in Turku represent a strong expertise in a variety of PET imaging methods. The Centre of Excellence unites the expertise of the former Centres of Excellence in Kuopio and Turku into an internationally significant research entity.

UEF research groups involved in the Centre of Excellence:

Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases

Seppo Ylä-Herttuala Group

Diabetes and Heart Disease Research Unit

Centre of Excellence in Atmospheric Science – From Molecular and Biological Processes to the Global Climate

The aerophysics research group, led by Professor Annele Virtanen at the Department of Applied Physics, is part of the Centre of Excellence in Atmospheric Science – From Molecular and Biological Processes to the Global Climate, which has been selected in the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence programme for the years 2014–2019. The Centre of Excellence is led by Professor Markku Kulmala of the University of Helsinki and also involves the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Centre of Excellence website

Aerosol Physics Research Group

Nordic Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Aquatic Production (SUREAQUA)

Three research groups at the Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences, led by professors Mikko Kolehmainen and Raine Kortet as well as by Associate Professor Amit Bhatnagar, are part of the Nordic Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Aquatic Production (SUREAQUA). The multidisciplinary centre, running from 2017 to 2021 and led by Fiona Provan (International Research Institute of Stavanger), will provide competence, innovation and technology to ensure sustainability and resilience in aquatic and associated land-based value chains, to ultimately advance the bioeconomy transition in the Nordic region. SUREAQUA aims to make significant contributions to food and nutrient security, employment and efficient use of resources, in the context of forecasted global changes.

SUREAQUA website

Further information on the Centre of Excellence programmes is available on the website of the Academy of Finland: