Research and Development
In Biovalley the diverse business activities are supported by research and development organizations, which provide companies with the latest research information. In Biovalley the research and development organizations undertake development work in close cooperation together with companies and various organizations representing the interests of those in the region.
The Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius acts as a joint institution in Kokkola, carrying out teaching and research under the auspices of the universities of Jyväskylä, Oulu and Vaasa. The Consortium’s areas of specialization mainly reflect those of its university partners: education, data processing, social sciences and regional studies, business and administration, the natural sciences, and materials technology. The consortium has a large intenational and national scientific network. We also work in close cooperation with industries in the region.
Sectoral research institutes:
- wood biomass production
- procurement logistics
- properties as raw material for energy and biorefinery products
- environmental impact of harvesting
- nutrient economy
Changes in land use
- afforestation methods of peat bogs and fields
Development of forest management planning methods
Timber yield of coastal forests
- The dimensioning and modelling of geoenergy production fields
- Lithium cluster project
- Peat bogs resources and their use
- Land use and the construction of communities
- Mapping of ores and minerals
Other research and development organizations:
The aim of Centria’s research and development is to develop the expertise for the companies and organizations, in order to enhance their activities and competitiveness. The goal is to both provide and create new knowledge, skills and technologies for the local businesses and industries. R&D is closely linked to teaching activities, which allows Centria’s students to benefit from a learning environment based on the real working life
KPEDU - The Federation of Education in Central Ostrobothnia consists of 7 vocational schools and an adult education unit. We arrange vocational upper secondary education for young students (16-19 years) and for adults. Additionally we are an active partner in development projects and co-operate with working life in our region.
Kokkolanseudun Kehitys Ltd KOSEK promote regional business, help all entrepreneurs and companies to grow and market our region.
MTK Keski-Pohjanmaa is regional farmers union, which takes care of various interests and living conditions of farmers, rural entrepreneurs and rural people.
Finnish Fur Breeders’ Association ProFur is a trade and educational organization for the fur industry that represents producers and guards social and political interests and business co-operation in Finland.
Suomen metsäkeskus – The Finnish Forest Centre is a state-funded organisation covering the whole country.
ProAgria is a Finnish expert organization providing an extensive network of specialists and a wide range of services to rural entrepreneurs.