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Luke’s new research centre now open at campus

Natural Resources Institute Finland welcomes new ideas for research collaboration at their new research centre on Kampusareena’s first floor.
Luke's new research centre can be found on Kampusareena's first floor.
Luke's new research centre can be found on Kampusareena's first floor.

Luke, Natural Resources Institute Finland, is an organization of researchers and specialists working for the benefit of bioeconomy and the sustainable use of natural resources. The dozen specialists working at Kampusareena’s new research centre include a biologist, a fish geneticist, a food chemist, tree harvesting researchers, a mole specialist, a plant physiologist, and many other kinds of experts.

“The Kampusareena research centre acts as a window into Luke for researchers, companies, and students. Anyone can come in here to meet us and tell us about their ideas for collaboration in the field of applied bioeconomic research,” Luke researcher Harri Lindeman says.

Luke has numerous collaboration projects with companies, TUT, and other research organizations.

“Companies may have a need for all kinds of research to be carried out, and we can find them the right people at Luke. University people, on the other hand, might have suggestions for research projects or funding opportunities,” researcher Riina Muilu-Mäkelä says.

Muilu-Mäkelä is one of the researchers in the FORLEAP project seeking uses for forestry by-products. The testing and analysis methods developed during the project have been designed with business implementation in mind, making it easier for companies to connect research with their business.

“We want to lower the barrier for companies to enter into cooperation with research organizations,” Multi-Mäkelä says.

Many of the experts at the Kampusareena research centre are TUT alumni, so they already have a wealth of contacts. One such example is Elina Tampio, who defended her doctoral thesis in environmental engineering last autumn and works now as a researcher for Luke.

“In my thesis, I studied the utilization of food waste, from the preparation of ingedients to the efficiency of the biogas process. At the moment, I am working on the ProRavinne project alongside researchers from the TUT Laboratory of Chemistry and Bioengineering.”

Luke’s Tampere branch formerly operated from a smaller facility on Hermiankatu. Even though their stay hasn’t been very long yet, Luke’s experts already feel that Kampusareena is an appropriate place for developing the ties between research centres, universities, and business.

“It’s easier to connect with people when you’re here among them,” tree harvesting researcher Jori Uusitalo says.

For its part, TUT warmly welcomes Luke on its campus.

“The expertise offered by universities and research centres is better used when it is more easily available,” comments TUT’s President Mika Hannula. “Luke’s presence at TUT furthers our collaboration significantly and improves our ability to bring our expertise together for the benefit of companies and all of society.”

News submitted by: Riku Haapaniemi
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