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Arctic Smartness
Regional Council of Lapland
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Kristiina Jokelainen
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Arctic Smartness

Arctic Development Environments


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Arctic Development Environments
Lapland University of Applied Sciences

Project Manager Raimo Pyyny



Lapland - a development region

Between 2007 and 2013, up to 70 million euros have been invested in different innovation and development environments in Lapland. How are these premises, originally built as learning environments, being used for the innovation and product development of businesses?

Development environments are physical and virtual environments, learning and innovation environments,
laboratories, research facilities, studios, workshops and simulation environments
in which products and services can be tested and developed further. Seven organisations from Lapland are involved in the recently assembled cluster of Arctic development environments: the Lapland University of Applied Sciences, the University of Lapland, the Lapland Vocational College, the Vocational College Lappia, the Geological Survey of Finland, the Natural Resources Institute Finland and the Finnish Forest Centre.

In total, the cluster has 44 different development and innovation environments available for rent to
businesses and communities. The facilities are located in various parts of Lapland at, for example, educational
institutions, universities and research institutes.

"By compiling Lapland's development environments into a network, we aim to attract synergy from one development environment to the next but, primarily, save the time and money of entrepreneurs when they are looking for a suitable workshop, laboratory or space for innovation," says Project Manager Raimo Pyyny from the field of Industry and Natural Resources at the Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

  Arctic Development Environments

Theory and testing for real demands

Even in Lapland, testing an electric sledge in a temperature of -20ºC is only possible in natural
conditions during cold winter days.

In the Arctic Power cold testing laboratory, the properties of the electric sledge can be tested in freezing temperatures all year round. In development environments, companies can test their products and services in an environment that is authentic or built to resemble an authentic environment.

"A development environment is a sandbox for a business or a community that wants to develop
their products or test their services
. The purpose of innovation and product development is to improve
the competitiveness of a product or service on the market," says Project Manager Pyyny from the Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

Educational institutions support working life and vice versa

These days, educational institutions and research institutes collaborate with other parties in the region increasingly. For educational institutions, for example, knowledge of new materials and related testing activities create the basis for understanding the industry of the region.

Co-operation helps young professionals graduating from educational institutions specialise and find employment while the business, in turn, gains skilled labour. Often there is specialised expertise available in the research and educational institutions of the region that meets the needs of those operating in that particular region.

In Lapland, there is experience of the fields of cold testing, metal industry, development of natural products
and research in tourism, among many other things.
Testing environments for, for example, social welfare and health care as well as sports in Arctic conditions in particular are currently also much in demand.


Further information
Project Manager Raimo Pyyny,