Natural Resources Institute Finland will have a strategic office in Kokkola

Kokkola campus will gain a new actor, as Natural Resources Institute Luke will establish its strategic office on the campus.

The executive vice president of Natural Resources Institute Finland, Johanna Buchert, says that Luke offices will participate heavily in campus co-operation. That is why the Kokkola campus with its University Consortium is extremely important for Luke in the establishment of co-operation, and it will complement the activities of Natural Resources Institute Finland within bioeconomy.

– Chemistry and bioeconomy are especially strong in Central Bothnia, and so is the food sector. All of these will be linked as Luke targets infrastructure co-operation to utilize each other’s equipment, and will network with different actors, such as students and researchers, says Buchert.

According to her, locating Luke in Kokkola opens many possibilities for the region.

– Our resources are not just locally in the province, but Luke will roll in to help the business life and enterprises of the region with the strength and know-how of an organization of 1300 people. We firmly believe that Finland will be a global winner in bioeconomy with the help of research. When research networks tightly with business, winning formulas will be born. The strategic office of Luke will start operation in Kokkola in April 2017.