The lead partner of NovelBaltic is University of Oulu. The University of Oulu, founded in 1958, is an international multidisciplinary science university which creates innovation for the future, well-being, and knowledge through research and education. University of Oulu is one of the biggest universities in Finland with 13 500 students and 2800 employees including eight faculties and many specialized research units.

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.Centria’s R&D has been identified as one of the institution’s strengths and its success has been recognized on the national scale. Centria’s strength is the unusually close links to the local working life. The local business and working life have been funding about one quarter of the research and development activities.

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary research and education community with science and art meeting technology and business. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and 4 500 employees, over 400 of whom are professors. Aalto University and VTT form a joint national Bioeconomy Infrastructure is on the national research infrastructure roadmap 2014-2020. Aalto Bioeconomy contains the selected research infrastructures containing research laboratories, characterization and analysis equipment and modeling and simulation tools for the development of chemicals, fuels, fibre products and materials from renewable biomass utilizing biotechnical, chemical and thermal processing technologies (

The Finnish Forest Centre (Suomen metsäkeskus) is a governmental forestry organisation covering the whole country, employing 550 forestry experts. Its task is to enforce the Forest Act and to promote sustainable forestry and forest-based livelihoods in Finland. The Forest Centre operates under the guidance of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

NIBIO – The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research will be Norway’s leading institute for development of knowledge about the bioeconomy. The institute will promote food security, sustainable resource management, innovation and value creation in the value chains for the food, forestry and other bio-based industries. The institute will deliver research, administrative support and knowledge to be used towards national preparedness, public administration, trade and industry, and society at large.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø is a medium-sized research university and the northernmost university in the world.  UiT contributes to knowledge-based development at the regional, national and international level. Climate change, the exploitation of Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, and which the UiT takes special interest in. 

University of Latvia is the largest university in the country with over 15 000 students and 3360 graduates every year. University consists of 13 faculties and 13 scientific institutes with 3175 employees. Laboratory of Natural Product Research from Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences is the partner in NovelBaltic project. Team of University of Latvia brings expertise gathered through collaboration with SME's on non-timber forest product composition and potential to be used as valuable resource of bioactive substances, with emphasis on Northern berries.(

Since 2010, the company SilvEXPO has been working on transforming fresh ideas and technologies into new generation products and services. Several in vitro and in vivo studies have been carried out in close cooperation with scientists, researchers and health care professionals, as well as clinical studies to find the most effective dosages and compound combinations of Latvian spruce and pine needle active substances. At the moment the company is working on the development of new technologies, while optimising the existing ones for the extraction of active natural substances, as well as the most effective end forms, also integrating active substances in nano-forms.

Main scientific directions of Lithuanian Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry/Institute of Horticulture (LAMMC IH) Biochemistry and technology laboratory are assessment of fruit and vegetable chemical composition and quality, optimization and development of storage and processing technologies, development of healthy, high-added value fruit and vegetable products. (

Food Institute of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU FI) performs scientific research in the area of Food Science as well as applied research for food industry, retail etc. KTU-FI consists of sensory, microbiology, chemistry and technology laboratories, and Food Research Center (LST EN ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, scope: physical chemical and microbiological research of food products). (

Tartu Science Park (TSP) is the oldest science park in the Baltic. For almost 20 years it provides business support services to raise competitiveness of enterprises on the global market. TSP provides enterprises with infrastructure, business consulting, technology transfer and networking services. It has a wide network of contacts with universities, public and private sector organizations and has a close cooperation with the Bio-Competence Centre of Healthy Dairy Products, Tartu Biotechnology Park, Tartu Business Advisory Service Foundation, Tartu Creative Industries Centre and Tartu Rural Development Association that ensures comprehensive coverage of South-Estonian SMEs. Currently there are more than 80 enterprises located in TSP.



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