Annular Further – Finland – Forestry, Forest, Wood, Trees
University and other state funded research – I
The section’s focus is the country’s Forest Science, Forestry and Bioeconomy and related research centres. It is organised around Finland’s three main forest related research bodies. An overview provides an introductory sketch of the research landscape.
Forest science and forest related research in Finland can be divided into two main streams, the Government’s Natural Research Centre, known as Luke, and two Universities with specialist research in the Forest Sciences: the University of East Finland and the University of Helsinki.
Luke, the Natural Resources Institute, with research facilities in both Helsinki and Joensuu, is also joined by the Technical Research Centre (VTT) which is the state centre for materials research. In the wake of adopting the Bioeconomy Strategy, both organisations have been intensively focused on different respective aspects of the strategy to their research resources, strengths, and backgrounds.
The two universities – Joensuu’s University of East Finland is the home of the Department of Forest Sciences, which conducts a significant amount of research. It is dwarfed however, by the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry with its broad roster of research groups.