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Interface: Open science is an asset

The latest issue of Science magazine Interface by Tampere University of Technology discusses open science, presents research on light-based technologies and introduces us to interesting people.

Science and research must be open and transparent in order to be self-healing. When all research data is available to anyone, the research results can be repeated and the methods improved. This is a necessity for scientific and technological advancement. TUT’s new Research Data Policy outlines that research materials and methods are, by default, open and available for joint use.

“The more we open our publications and the underlying data and methods by following the principle of open science, the more we facilitate the verification of research findings. It helps researchers save both time and work when they can avoid redundancies. Opening research materials to others also increases related references. This, in turn, increases a researcher’s visibility and merits,” says TUT’s Library Director Riitta Lähdemäki.

“Openness is not only an option – it is a necessity,” says Professor Esa Räsänen from TUT’s Department of Physics.

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Openness is also promoted by the new TUTCRIS portal, adopted by TUT as a showcase for the research conducted at the University. The portal provides up-to-date information on the activities of researchers and research groups, including their publications, projects and merits.

Light everywhere

Light-based technologies form a new profile area in TUT’s strategy. Associate Professor Juha Toivonen and doctoral student Samu Järvinen introduce us to a new technology that utilizes laser to quickly identify impurities in water. This technology will be launched onto the market in the next few years.

Academy Research Fellow, Assistant Professor Arri Priimägi relates the work conducted by his research group on light-sensitive materials.

“Last year was proclaimed as the International Year of Light. Also, technological gurus have predicted that the 2000s will become the century of light and that light-based technologies will revolutionize our lifestyle as we know it,” says Priimägi.

Work and extra-curricular activities

Did you know that Tampere is a scene for major league cricket in Finland? In February, the Tampere Cricket Club won bronze medals at the televised national indoor championship tournament in Tampere.

“More than a half of our current TCC team, comprising 24 members, either study or work at Tampere University of Technology. In fact, TUT is an important sponsor of ours,” says the team’s former captain Zafar Ahmed, a postdoctoral researcher at TUT.

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