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Doctor of Sciences, Krish Sankaran is new director of Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre (VEBIC).

– It is both a great honour and unique opportunity to build VEBIC into a "Centre for Excellence" in Energy Technology and Innovation. The University of Vaasa is excellently positioned to host such a multidisciplinary research platform in collaboration with the regional, national, and European energy cluster industrial and research partners, says Sankaran.

Sankaran was born in India and lived many years in Switzerland where he has been working as a guest professor in ETH Zürich and as a founder and CEO of a R&D venture named Prajñālaya (in Sanskrit, Temple of Energy).

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Research Projects

Energy and wastewater treatment solutions from algae

Algae are not just the unpleasant mush that people see at the beach. They are also a future source of energy.

Together with other Nordic partners, the University of Vaasa is participating in TransAlgae, a new algae research project that studies how to utilise waste flows to produce micro- and macroalgae in a profitable way and, at the same time, clean wastewater.

Algae cultivation generates a biomass that is suitable for energy production and as fertiliser or landscaping material. If clean source materials are used, algae can also be produced as nutrients or medicinal ingredients.

University of Vaasa participants are: Erkki Hiltunen, Director of Research at Vaasa Energy Institute; Liandong Zhu, researcher at the Energy Technology Department; and Petra Berg, PhD student at the Marketing Department.

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Interact with society

Strong societal impact

In addition to research and teaching, the University of Vaasa's third duty is to interact with society.

"We require our research themes to have societal relevance. We tackle topics that represent relevant questions for companies and that are connected to problems or tensions," says Management Professor Riitta Viitala from the University of Vaasa.

Professor Viitala, Professor Adam Smale and University Researcher Liisa Mäkelä belong to the University of Vaasa's Human Resource Management research group together with two other professors and a large group of researchers and post-graduates. The group received top grade in the University of Vaasa's overall evaluation of research, which was published in December 2015. In addition to the quality of research, the group's societal impact was considered to be very good.

Strong societal impact.

HR Excellence in Research

The University of Vaasa was awarded the HR Excellence in research symbol in December 2014 in recognition of our development work and our commitment to the European Commission's principles regarding recruiting researchers and safeguarding good working conditions.  The development work is proceeding in phases in line with an action plan and regular evaluations. Find out more: HR Excellence in Research

Feel good at work

It is important to us to improve work, working conditions and the communal spirit of the University as a whole.

We are investing in our employees' occupational well-being by offering fitness and culture vouchers, actions to support physical and mental well-being, and opportunities to participate in training and competence development. Flexible working time arrangements contribute to work well-being. Personnel well-being is monitored with the help of a regular well-being survey.

University employees are offered preventative occupational health care, as well as extensive medical care and the opportunity to attend a consultation with a specialist physician. Health care is the responsibility of Suomen Terveystalo, which has appointed an occupational health care nurse and a physician.