In Finland, regional strategies and strengths focus on natural resources and using them smartly in products and services. Particularly in the sparsely populated regions, R&D networks are important developers of the region and its economy.

Through our nation-wide network of Luke offices and innovation platforms, we can co-operate with other networks, universities and businesses to promote regional advancement in bioeconomy as well as enhance innovations, growth and vitality.

Metropolitan area

Regional focus areas

  • Circular economy
  • Securing ecosystem services
  • Sustainable land use
  • Wood construction
  • Interlinkages between urban and rural areas, smart cities
  • Urban food systems
  • Nature-based wellbeing

Research sites and infrastructure

  • Luke’s headquarters on the Viikki Campus (Helsinki) – together with partners such as the University of Helsinki, the Environment Centre of Helsinki, and the Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira), Helsinki Sustainability Science Center and other campus actors.
  • Location on the Otaniemi campus (Espoo) with Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
  • Bioruukki demonstration platform (Espoo) for new bioeconomy solutions based on biomass fractionation in collaboration with VTT

Co-operation

Luke’s headquarters is located in Helsinki on the Viikki Campus together with partners such as the the University of Helsinki, the Environment Centre of Helsinki, and the Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) and Helsinki Sustainability Science Center.  In Espoo, the location is on the Otaniemi campus with Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. In addition to universities and research institutes, Luke executes the region’s Smart Specialisation Strategy and cooperates closely with companies, cities, regional councils, ministries and many other stakeholders in the metropolitan area.

Southwest Finland, Pirkanmaa, Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme and Central Finland

Regional focus areas

  • Circular economy
  • Sustainable, profitable and innovative food chain
  • Bioactive compounds, fractions and streams
  • New forest biomass based products
  • Peatland economy
  • Harvesting technologies and logistics

Research sites and infrastructure

  • Offices in Jokioinen, Kaarina, Turku and Jyväskylä
  • Research cooperation site in Tampere on the Hervanta campus (Kampusareena)
  • Experimental station in Parkano
  • In Pirkanmaa, Luke has launched a local pilot operations model, to provide tailored and easy access research and development services for companies. Luke’s services for companies in Pirkanmaa
  • Biogas laboratory with laboratary-scale reactors (Jokioinen)
  • Pilot-scale ammonia stripping system (Jokioinen)
  • GHG related research platform installed in dairy barn. Respiratory chambers to measure the methane production and energy balance in dairy cows (Jokioinen)
  • Pilot plant platform on processing technologies for food industry and SME’s, enabling companies an easy access for pilot and testing lines (Jokioinen)
  • Insect lab (Jokioinen).
  • Whole plant research chain from field to lab including modern greenhouses (Jokioinen and Kaarina)
  • Plant health diagnostic lab (Jokioinen)
  • Aquaculture infrastructure in Laukaa serves research and development activities in aquatic production. Recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS) with novel technologies for example state-of-the-art online water quality measurement systems

Co-operation

In addition to companies, municipalities, regional councils and R&D networks Luke has tight collaboration with regional actors, such has Tampere University of Technology, the Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) and the University of Turku. One of the most innovative technology campuses in Finland, Tampere 3, an alliance of Tampere University of Technology, Tampere Polytechnic and the University of Tampere, is located in the centre of Pirkanmaa.

Eastern Finland

Regional focus areas

  • Forest resource inventory and mapping
  • Biomass availability and cost assessments
  • Forest management and technologies
  • Value chains of nature-based products
  • Wood science and wood properties
  • Forest tree sapling research
  • Expertise in Russian forest economy

Research sites and infrastructure

  • Offices in Joensuu and Maaninka (Kuopio)
  • Research cooperation site in Kuopio and Mikkeli, experimental stations in Suonenjoki and Punkaharju and aquaculture infrastructure in Enonkoski.
  • Farm-scale biogas plant (Kuopio)
  • Water runoff management, lysimeter field with surface runoff collectors (Kuopio)
  • CowLab® – a place to biohack cows and develop products and motoring applications (Kuopio)
  • Root laboratory (Joensuu)

Co-operation

Luke is a partner in Green HUB, a Joensuu Science park lead expert community that solves the challenges of companies and incubates them in new innovations and business development.

In addition to companies, municipalities, regional councils and R&D networks Luke collaborates closely with the University of Eastern Finland and the Karelia University of Applied Sciences.

Ostrobothnia

Regional focus areas

  • New biobased products
  • Nature’s immaterial values and recreation
  • Animal production chains in cows, pigs, poultry, fur animals)
  • Feeds and technology to support animal production
  • Food processing industry (especially potato, milk and meat chain) and export of Finnish agricultural and fish products.

Research sites and infrastructure

  • Offices in Oulu, Kokkola and Seinäjoki
  • Experimental research sites (beef cattle production) in Siikajoki and aquatic platform (fish production) in Taivalkoski

Co-operation

In South Ostrobothnia, Luke is located in Seinäjoki on the Frami campus area with the collaborator Agrobioeconomy Seinäjoki (AB Seinäjoki). AB Seinäjoki is a local actor integrated with food industry, food systems and bioeconomy innovation activities.

In Central Ostrobothnia, Luke locates in the campus together with the collaborators: Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, Centria University of Applied Sciences, the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), the Federation of Education in Central Ostrobothnia (Kpedu), and Technology Centre KETEK. The target of collaboration in R&D projects and business is to establish an impressive expertise centre of chemistry and bioeconomy in order to offer added value for small and large operators working regionally, nationally or internationally.

Fur production has an important role in local and national economy. Luke is a partner in Luova Ltd, which offers R&D services for various stakeholders in the fur business.

In North Ostrobothnia, Luke is located in Linnanmaa campus together with the collaborator, the University of Oulu. Luke is a partner in Oulu Innovation Alliance, the centre of Oulu’s advanced and accessible ecosystem that covers every step of a company’s development process – from an idea to manufacturing the product. Companies can utilise the various test environments in Oulu to test their innovations and realise their full potential. The alliance integrates top know-how from printed intelligence, wellbeing technology, cleantech and 3D internet and brings together research institutes, businesses and public sector organisations to enhance innovations into business.

Lapland and Kainuu

Regional focus areas

  • Management of different types of land use in forestry, agriculture, mining, reindeer husbandry
  • Tourism and recreational values of nature
  • Circular economy
  • Nature-base products
  • Sustainable forest management, reforestation
  • Digitalisation of bioeconomy
  • Migratory fish
  • Arctic plants and animals

Research sites and infrastructure

  • Offices in Rovaniemi
  • Experimental stations in Utsjoki and Kaamanen
  • Aquatic research sites in Keminmaa, Inari and Paltamo

Co-operation

Luke is an active partner in Lapland’s R&D network, creating vitality and new business for the region. Co-operation and international work is done via five Arctic Smartness Clusters: Arctic Design, Arctic Safety, Arctic Industry, Arctic Smart Rural network and Arctic Development Environments. Luke also co-operates with the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences and Centre for Measurement and Information Systems (CEMIS).