International research projects
AMICI - Anti-Microbial Coating Innovations to prevent infectious disease
EU financing programme
Project manager / coordinator
+358 44 710 3063
Infections and infectious diseases are a continuous threat to human health. According to the European Centre for Disease prevention and Control (ECDC), over 4 million people are estimated to acquire yearly a HealthCare Associated Infection (HCAI). AMiCI brings together stakeholders from different countries and disciplines, including knowledge institutes, producers and processors of antimicrobial coatings, and organizations involved in the compliance with international standards on hygiene. The central aim is to evaluate the impact of (introducing) AMC in healthcare on the spread of infections and on the efficacy in fighting HCAI and bacterial resistance to current antibiotics.
The AMICI consortium has members from 26 countries all over Europe http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15114. AMiCI is led by Zued University of Applied strategic partner of SAMK. The chair of the action is Dr., Francy Crijns from Zues UAS and Vice Chair of the Action Dr. Minna Keinänen-Toivola from SAMK. In SAMK experts participating are from Faculty of Technology and Faculty of Health and Welfare.
COST is a unique means for European researchers, engineers and scholars to jointly develop their own ideas and new initiatives across all fields of science and technology through trans-European networking of nationally funded research activities.
BaltSe@nioR, Innovative solutions to support BSR enterprises in product development aimed at raising comfort and safety of seniors home living
Interreg Baltic Sea Region
+358 44 710 3171
Poznan University of Life Sciences (Poland)
Lifestyle & Design Cluster (Denmark), Art Academy of Latvia, Ukmerge District Municipality Administration (Lithuania), Architect Office Juha Lehto, Tallinn University of Technology, University Hospital of North Norway, Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany), University of Skövde (Sweden), Hanseatic Parliament (Germany)
The problem of aging societies went unnoticed and neglected for many years. The market offer of products adapted to seniors’ needs is fragmented or almost non-existent. Now is the time to change that. In order to tackle this demographic challenge the BSR needs to be strong in transnational cooperation and cross-sectorial specialisation.
Experts from different BSR countries and various disciplines must be united and work together to transform this challenge into fascinating business opportunity for enterprises in the region. Knowing the strength of creativity that exists in the BSR is empowering. There is a unique opportunity to raise seniors’ comfort and level of safety and at the same time enhance capacity of innovation. With broad competencies of leading BSR actors in the field of furniture, design, technology, ICT and robotics, economy and social sciences we will develop state of the art solutions making the BSR stronger.
Aspirations to improve the quality of life of older citizens in the BSR can actually empower SMEs in the furniture industry. Therefore, the project will provide companies with ICT based tools, applications and databases, which are innovative and have been developed in a translational environment. Cross-sectorial specialisation is the foundation for creative working methods for product design and development in furniture safety, reliability, specific needs and preferences of seniors and the problems they face while using furniture. The project will create synergies between the traditional furniture industry and innovative ICT solutions in the process of cross-sectorial specialisation.
The project will give BSR furniture companies inspiration and a common identity, it will enhance their knowledge and competences, and increase their capability to work in a transnational environment. Consequently it will enhance their capacity of innovation to create smart products adapted to senior needs, making the companies more innovative and competitive.
BOOSTED - Boosting tourism business growth through higher vocational education
Interreg Central Baltic, funding approx. 571 000 euros
11/2016 – 10/2019
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Pori, Finland
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Valmiera, Latvia
Tallinn University of Technology, Kuressaare College, Kuressaare, Estonia
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
University of Tartu, Pärnu College, Pärnu, Estonia
Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Lappeenranta, Finland
The project BOOSTED aims at providing an aligned and relevant skillset for the CB region tourism industry to grow as a coherent tourism destination. As pointed out in the EUSBR the region should be developed as a common tourism destination: it has joint markets and challenges. Skills and competencies of the tourism industry should also be aligned in the region in order the industry to grow and to be competitive. However, the business skills needed to attract and to receive more international tourists are lacking.
In practice, the project aligns higher vocational tourism education with the needs of tourism industry and labour market in Finland, Estonia and Latvia into a new, joint curriculum and a study programme (32 ects). In the project relevant and mutual skillset is identified and aligned by research, it is translated into a VET curriculum and implemented as an online study programme. The study programme is created in close co-operation with the tourism industry and around real-life business cases in order to support the industry development. Teaching material is also produced and experience is exchanged during an innovation camp. In addition, a teacher's guide is produced and future teachers are coached.
As a result, the project enhances quality of higher vocational tourism education in the CB region through internalization and digitalization. The project supports joint curriculum development, increases physical and virtual mobility and attracts more students outside the region to study. By matching the education with the skills needed in the industry the project boosts the growth of tourism businesses and contributes to creating new partnerships.
ENTELIS – The European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society
More infomation: www.entelis.net
Hygiene into Business - HygNess
ERDF, The Regional Council of Satakunta
+358 44 710 3064
1.11.2014 – 31.8.2017
Turku School of Economics, Pori Unit
Hygiene into Business project will endorse the smart specialization of Satakunta region in the field of indoor hygiene and related resource efficient building engineering. The objectives of the project include to survey the indoor hygiene related business potential in the whole Satakunta region and to create a strong foundation for clusterization as well as for Satakunta area to becoming an innovation centre in the field. At this turning point in both economy and industry, hygienic products and solutions are truly a potential opportunity to several fields of business and manufacturers.
In Hygiene into Business project, several new Living Lab innovation environments for pilot studies will be created in e.g. public buildings in the city of Rauma and in the future campuses of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. The project will develop the infrastructure of the RDI-activity in Satakunta region, one of the emphases in the regional agenda, through networking the research of universities, corporations and the public sector. The project will endorse the innovation cooperation, innovation initiatives, and networking of the operators in Satakunta area by organizing workshops and education as well as creating above mentioned Living Lab environments for research.
One of the innovation initiatives in this project is a new planning recommendation for building engineering of hygienic indoor environment, which will be completed through Living Lab pilot studies. In addition, from an early stage of this project a strong emphasis will be placed on successful commercializing of new innovations as this has proven to be quite challenging with innovations developed in projects. As a result of this project, the RDI-activity in the field of indoor hygiene and related resource efficient building engineering in Satakunta region will increase, creating new RDI-employment and raising private RDI-funding. Corporations have been very interested in Hygiene into Business project which indicates interest in this new field and also recognition of it as a new innovation initiative. Corporations foresee the field of indoor hygiene and related resource efficient building engineering as a possibility to improve their business.
The short term impacts of this project will fall upon the participating corporations, the Living Lab buildings acting as pilot study environments, and also corporations whose business potential within the field will be recognized during the project, both in Satakunta area and nationwide. The long term impacts will fall upon the whole field of construction and building engineering through the new planning recommendations and resource efficient solutions which both will also have a positive impact on education in the field. The project will also have a positive impact on environment through development of resource efficient i.e. sustainable solutions. In addition, the long term impacts of the project will fall upon the Satakunta region as the project will endorse the smart specialization of Satakunta region in the field of indoor hygiene and related resource efficient building engineering; improve the regeneration of region’s industry and its value creation; and increase the RDI-activity between corporations and research networks of the universities and the public sector. Hygiene into Business project will increase the prerequisites of new business initiatives in the field, and thus improve the national and international growth of corporations.
HYPE - Multidisciplinary serious game education
Financier: European Social Fund (ESR)
Duration: 1.1.2017 -31.12.2019
Project Manager: Sari Merilampi
Sataedu (Harri Sarri, firstname.lastname@example.org), TUT, Pori (Pauliina Tuomi, email@example.com)
SeGaBu project (Heli Tolonen, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The project generates new patterns and models for cross-sectoral collaboration between various educational levels, industries and organisations in order to create and tailor-make new educational opportunities on serious game technology utilizing opportunities created by digitalisation like time and place independent operation.
The principles of life-long learning and accumulation of human capital are in the centre when developing this cross-sectoral education programme. The goal is to increase industrial deployment of game technology and gamification in general by means of
1) generating and deploying new need-based innovations
2) improving employment of professionals in creative industries
3) promoting new business opportunities and by
4) promoting the quality of life and wellbeing in the region.
Although the potential of serious games is well acknowledged, the educational and training possibilities in the field are scarce. This project constructs ways to combine, complement and rationalise serious games education supply nationwide. In order to avoid overly education in the sector, this project focuses on utilising and complementing currently prevailing facilities and networks on education supply in the country by establishing a regional joint programme that combines various educational levels, industries and organisations.
HYVÄKSI (Common Weal) – Innovation network on Welfare Technology – Well-being enhancement by personalized and service designed client technology in Satakunta
ERDF, The Regional Council of Satakunta
+ 358 44 710 3182
HYVÄKSI (Common Weal) – Innovation network on Welfare Technology – Well-being enhancement by personalized and service designed client technology in Satakunta –project focuses on constructing a regional welfare technology network that focuses on generating new patterns of collaboration connecting various agencies and interest groups in the fields of care and technology.
A vision of regional Innovation Hub that interconnects strengths beyond traditional sectoral borders – like Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK), Prizztech Ltd (Regional Development Agency), public and third sector agencies - is the starting point in this project. The project tends to widen the Innovation Hub by means of systematic expertise identification, canalisation of expertise to meet the genuine client needs, diversification of business and service activities, and attainment of excellence in business development.
Innovation Hub actions will be piloted through various case studies. The cases are used to search technology or service design solutions to real life client situations or to search new, yet untapped possibilities and technology solutions. Cases will always fully engage both client/ end-users/ beneficiary parties (client need) and technology experts (technology solution). Putting a person itself as an active party in the centre of health promotion is the clue in developing new person-centred and individual-based methods and patterns of working within the sectors concerned.
Main methods used are inclusive development processes, partnership, service design, planting piloting culture into the partner organisations, and generating instrumentation to evaluate and support decision-making regarding effectivity of technology solutions in care and health promotion. Technology solutions generated will be exhibited and utilised in welfare technology learning environment that during this project will be established at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK).
Improvement of Skills in the Green Economy through an Advanced Training Program: Cradle to Cradle (C2C in SMEs)
This project is co-financed by the European Union
Project Manager / Coordinator
+358 44 7103227
1.9.2014 – 30.8.2016
Lead Partner: Hanseatic Parliament, Germany
- EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH, Germany
- Chamber of Crafts Schwerin, Germany
- Lower Silesian Chamber of Craft and Small and Medium-sized Businesses, Poland Ipartestületek Országos Szövetsége (IPOSZ), Hungary
- Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland
- Wojewodzki Fundusz Ochrony Srodowiska i Gosp. Wodnej w Gdańsku, Poland
Energy efficiency, climate change and environmental protection have top prioritity in the European Union. These issues become more and more important for the member state‘s economies. Small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) can contribute significantly in the energy efficiency and environmental protection and at the same time increase their competitiveness, enter new markets with new products and create jobs.
Cradle to Cradle (C2C) is an innovative methodology of a circular economy with a target of 100% recycling rate. It has been used successfully mainly by larger enterprises. With SMEs there is a clear need for knowledge, approach and applications of C2C.
During this project the C2C approach will be developed to meet the needs in SMEs, and further training programs with material packages will be developed, tested and evaluated. Programmes will be tested in Schwerin Germany, in Wroclaw Poland, and in Budapest Hungary. Knowledge sharing on the best C2C practices takes place in the workshops and the international conference.
Low carbon solutions for zero energy buildings
1.1.2017 - 31.12.2018
Finland is preparing to move towards near zero energy buildings due to the Energy Performance of Buildings -directive. It requires all new buildings to be near zero energy buildins (nZEB). As preparation for the directive, the goal is to modify Land Use and Building Act by the beginning of 2017 and the regulations for energy efficiency to be put into operation for all building permits starting from 2018. Construction industry, as well as citizens building new houses, are facing a major change and it has to happen fast. There is no more time to ponder the criteria of a near zero energy building.
Achieving long term climate goals is impossible without major actions in built environment. Execution of the EU directive is one action towards the goals. In order to reach the goals, practical work in creating examples and open models needs to be done. Current meters and calculators for near zero energy buildings are complex and far from user friendly. Also the effects of living life cycle are difficult to determine. Public examples and open information about performed modifications help people to react to coming changes more positively and courageously.
The aim of this project is to produce different models of energy efficiency and building solutions effect on filling the requirement of zero energy buildings and the carbon footprint. In addition to this the aim is to:
1. add SMEs awareness of low energy solutions carbon footprint
2. create opportunities for new business based on low carbon goals and
3. simplify single-family house residents ability to influence in the carbon footprint of the house
In this project, houses being built in Karjaranta 21 living area are modeled and their carbon footprint is calculated. Based on the calculations and models, requirements for these houses to reach zero energy house definition are researched. Also, the effect of these solutions to the e-value and carbon footprint of the houses are calculated. In addition to this, if near zero energy buildings are modeled, the requirements for more cost efficient solutions are researched. While performing these, the use of renewable energy (and its carbon footprint) and digital solutions in energy consumption optimization is researched. From the results of these actions, a simple and user friendly guide about solutions in the construction phase that effect the carbon footprint, is produced. In addition to this, model examples from the modeled houses will be published.
The project promotes transition to low carbon economy and knowhow of zero energy buildings in Satakunta. Modeled solutions help in every step from regional planning to living in a house. For Satakunta region, this project provides boost to new business opportunities in low carbon business.
Maritime Energy Management Training Strategic Partnership (MariEMS)
EU financing programme
+ 358 44 710 3674
Material and product innovation through knowledge based standardization in drinking water sector (MaiD)
+358 44 710 3062
SINTEF, Swerea KIMAB, Danish Technological Institute
Despite the long preparation, the CE mark will not be used for building products that are in contact with drinking water in the next few years. In Finland there is an optional approval for the properties water installation products, which is based on the co-Nordic product approval guide. These old international approval procedures should be updated. The situation is the same in Sweden and Norway, where the updating of the Nordic approval procedures has started in cooperation. In the project, the drinking water systems materials and products are assessed along with the products current approval procedures effectiveness and what needs to be changed. Additionally, we research the applicability of new European testing procedure standards as well as the 4MS acceptance procedure to the Nordic countries. The chemical and microbiological quality in the Nordic countries differs from the Central European water quality. It is the water institutes responsibility in the current work package to gather information about the quality of drinking water in the Nordic countries ja find out the particular characteristics of Nordic countries drinking water in EN standards compliant material and product testing and the testing waters used in them by the basis of their suitability. In the end we hopefully have recommendations for the Nordic approval procedure for drinking water systems pipes and other components.
NAMURBAN – Urban Resource Efficiency in Developing Countries – pilot study of Walvis Bay, Namibia
TEKES - the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Project Manager / coordinator
Minna Keinänen-Toivola, +358 44 710 3063, minna.keinanen-toivola(a)samk.fi
The two-year project NAMURBAN – Urban Resource Efficiency in Developing Countries – pilot study of Walvis Bay, Namibia is research work of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) from Finland and Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Namibia. The research is aimed at developing a framework for urban resource efficiency utilization in developing countries using Namibia as a pilot country. The specific solutions of NAMURBAN are based on the analysis of the current situation and needs for urban technology and systems in Namibia. This research studies and developes a sustainable technological concept on urban environments in developing counties using a pilot site, coastal town of Walvis Bay in Namibia. In the future, Walvis Bay will be part of the megahub for transport in Africa.The expected results include proposals for solutions on affordable housing, increase in renewable energy and clean water in Namibia. The results are scalable and transformable to other African countries. NAMURBAN, is part of BEAM - Business with Impact – programme and financed by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, SAMK and seven Finnish companies. The Finnish companies (Fimuskraft Ltd., GA90 Recycling Ltd., Naps Solar Systems Inc., Rannan Teollisuuskone Ltd., Riffid Ltd., Sansox Ltd. Oy, SWOcean Ltd.) are actively participating and presenting high know-how and technology on housing, renewable energy, water and sanitation as well as ICT and IoT applications.
NAMHUB - Preparatory project for a formation of an ecosystem to developing markets: Green, safe and smart transport and logistics hub to Namibia
Project manager / coordinator
+358 44 710 3063
In the BEAM preparatory project, project partners plan research and pilot activities of the ecosystem project based on the local need in Namibia as well as the potential of Finnish companies on green, safe and smart infrastructure and services of transport and logistics. The concepts cross-cutting theme is sustainability by promoting to local manufacturing of products, local services and capacity building needed to these actions.
As a result, Finnish companies and research instances have formed an ecosystem for providing products, services, and capacity building to “NAMHUB”. Project partners are Satakunta University of Applied sciences, University of Oulu, SYKE Finnish Environmental Institute and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
The preparatory projects will be running 1.1.2016 - 30.6.2016.
Programme: Central Baltic
+358 44 710 3063
- City of Rauma
- Municipality of Sottunga
- Kökar Havspaviljong Ltd.
- Municipality of Gävle
- Municipality of Söderhamn
Currently common challenges for small ports especially in archipelago and islands are
1) limitations in safe access arrival, stay and departure the port due to less experienced seafarers as well as nature factors such as shallow and rocky routes,
2) lack of sustainable resource efficient services in ports, and
3) insufficient marketing activities separately in each port.
In our project, these challenges are solved by mating the pilot small ports with the sailing triangle from Rauma, FI through Sottunga and Kökar, ÅX to Gävle-Söderhamn region, SE. Rauma and Gävle are also official sister cities. These areas have huge potential for visitors to the area both by the nature values and urban services. However, these small ports need practical co-operative actions to improve local and regional mobility and contribute to tourism development.
Our pilot small ports are owned and operated by the cities or private company in Rauma, FI, Sottunga and Kökar (ÅX) and Gävle and Söderhamn (SE). The practical activities in pilot small ports are
1) formation of interactive step-by-step guidance by using ICT solutions, compatible with those existing used by the operators, for seafarers on safe arrival, stay and departure to/from the ports,
2) investments to sustainable and resource efficient infrastructure on land (e.g. solar energy, water, sanitation and WIFI availability),
3) mating the small port operators with each other and with seafarers (local people and visitors) in the small ports to meet the needs for services and their availability as well as co-operation activities i.e. marketing.
The PortMate will enhance safe access, suitable "green services" and joint marketing in small ports. The best practices on share of pilot small ports with good services will be expanded to other Central Baltic areas by an open access web-based ICT solution as well as in face-to-face events. The result will be 19 Central Baltic small ports with improved services.
Safety Enhancements in transport by Achieving Human Orientated Resilient Shipping Environment (SEAHORSE)
Project manager / coordinator
+358 44 710 3674
Fall 2013 – Fall 2016
- University of Strathclyde
- Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek – TNO
- Deep Blue SRL
- Lloyd's Register EMEA
- Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
- Calmac Ferries Ltd
- Danaos Shipping Company ltd.
- Kahn Scheepvaart B.V.
- THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE
- ESM Instituto de Investigación en Seguridad y Factores Humanos, S.L.
- AP&A Ltd
- Kratis Training & Consulting Ltd
In aviation technology safe and reliable operation is vital for accident and error prevention, so that significant human and material losses can be avoided. Aviation technology has led the way in avoiding human error by making use of different tools and methods. In the SEAHORSE-project the purpose is to suit these tools and move designed systems to seafaring to increase eeficiency and safety.
More information: www.seahorseproject.eu
With systematic process into solar energy business
1.1.2015 – 30.6.2017
More information: Solarforum.fi
Pilot watersheds as a practical tool to reduce the harmful inflows into the Baltic Sea, WATERCHAIN
Interreg Central Baltic
+358 44 710 3061
10/2015 – 9/2018
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Pori, Finland
Pyhäjärvi Institute, Kauttua, Finland
Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
Estonian Environmental Research Centre, Tallinn, Estonia
Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
Foundation "Institute for Environmental Solutions", Priekuļu county, Latvia
Åland Waterwork Ltd., Jomala, Åland
The project WATERCHAIN helps to reduce inflows of nutrients and hazardous substances to the Baltic Sea from all types of land-based sources by using pilot watersheds and environmental technology. The project tackles both highly developed intensely populated cities as well as less developed peripheral, sparsely populated rural and island regions in pilot watersheds.
The main actions are carried out in the pilot watersheds in each partner country with the practical actions targeted to sustainable impact. The sustainable use of common resources is based both on prevention of nutrients and hazardous substances inflow, as well as on water treatment of these harmful substances already entered the water bodies. During the project period, one to two sources of nutrients or hazardous substances recognized by river basin water management plans are identified and activities to reduce the substances in each pilot watershed are also initiated.
As a result of the project best practices with a common approach for sustainable development are launched in other geographical areas within the Central Baltic region and further all countries around the Baltic Sea. By year 2023, the pollution loads of nutrients and hazardous substances from targeted sources are reduced in pilot watersheds flowing into the Baltic Sea. Therefore, project results have a direct impact on the quality of living environment of local people and visitors to the area, especially on pilot watersheds.
International strategic partners
Our international partners have a significant role in the internationalization of SAMK and Satakunta Region. They open up channels to new cultures, operational models and cooperation with foreign enterprises.