I4FUTURE: Novel Imaging and Characterisation Methods in Bio, Medical, and Environmental Research and Technology Innovations

Research summary

I4Future - Imaging for the Future: Novel Imaging and Characterization Methods in Bio, Medical and Environmental Research and Technology Innovations is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie action co-funded international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral doctoral programme.
The programme brings together complementary and supplementary expertise of internationally accredited researchers with the aim of training young researchers in an interdisciplinary manner in highly relevant sosioeconomic research areas using state-of-the-art techniques.
The programme network consists of 17 University of Oulu research groups, 10 international partner universities, 11 private companies and 4 multidisciplinary public sector organisations.


The I4Future Programme is a novel international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral doctoral programme hosted at the University of Oulu. The programme is based on full exploitation of the possibilities of modern imaging and characterisation methods in cross-disciplinary work.

The unique training programme aims to respond to the increasing need for skilled next-generation ESRs in the changing and demanding European job markets in industry, the public sector and academia. I4Future brings together the complementary and supplementary expertise of world-class researchers in training ESRs with interdisciplinary visions in highly relevant socio-economic research areas and state-of-the-art techniques.

I4Future combines five faculties and 17 research groups of UOULU, driven together with eight international universities and nine private companies from the paper, steel, mining and medical industries as well as appliances manufacturing and four multidisciplinary public sector organisations. The I4Future programme will provide 20 ESRs with a first-hand understanding of how research develops from basic science findings to interdisciplinary innovations and commercially valuable applications.

The programme exploits local, national and international strengths of the network partners at multiple levels: excellence in research, local and European cutting-edge infrastructures, collaboration networks and secondments, and wide dissemination and outreach. I4Future builds upon a critical mass of interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral and international expertise and provides a unique combination of complementary methodological approaches for high-quality training that would not be possible to implement at any site or organisation alone.

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Research title
I4FUTURE: Novel Imaging and Characterisation Methods in Bio, Medical, and Environmental Research and Technology Innovations

Research timeline
1.4.2016 - 1.3.2020

bio interdisciplinary research medical and environmental research and technology innovations modern imaging and characterization method


China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Sweden, United Kingdom

University of Oulu
Faculty of Science
Oulu, Finland

Funding instrument
European Union Funding

Head of research
Marko Huttula

Research team
Marko Huttula, Matti Alatalo, Erkki Thuneberg, Nonne Prisle

Institute of Chemical Technology, India; Soochow University, China; Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Liverpool, UK; Lund University, Sweden; Luleå University of Technology, Sweden; University of Gothenburg, Sweden. *The project has additional private and public partner organisations

Contact information
Marko Huttula
+358 (0)400 566218
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