Doctoral education pilot

CIMANET Doctoral Education Network

Circular Materials Bioeconomy Network (CIMANET) is an interdisciplinary doctoral education network to promote sustainable growth. It strengthens the knowledge base required to enhance the bio-based industry with novel solutions unveiling the full potential of biomass.

CIMANET is a doctoral education network for circular materials bioeconomy consisting of Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Åbo Akademi University, Lappeenranta University of Technology, University of Oulu, Tampere University, Hanken School of Economics, University of Jyväskylä, and University of Turku. It is part of the doctoral education pilot program funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, aiming to increase the amount of experts in a wide range of sectors of our society. The network is coordinated by Aalto University. 

CIMANET aims to provide scientific and technological competences to support the renewal of the bio-based industry through new sustainable materials and processes.

CIMANET objectives

CIMANET addresses the competence needs for a more sustainable future and will boost the number of doctorates in Finland in the field of circular materials bioeconomy. The research fields of the doctoral network comprise:

CIMANET scope2

CIMANET operates in close collaboration with the industry, research and technology organizations, as well as other stakeholders to create economic and societal impact by addressing the major challenges of our century: resource sufficiency, access to clean water, and climate change. CIMANET will educate future experts and leaders to meet the needs of the industry, society, and academia. For more information about collaboration, please contact [email protected].

Contact information at Aalto (network coordinator)

Joanna Witos

Joanna Witos

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Elli Käpylä

Elli Käpylä

Corporate Relations Manager, FinnCERES and Bioinnovation Center

Contact information at partner universities

 Chunlin Xu

Chunlin Xu

Professor, Åbo Akademi
 Gyöngyi Kovács

Gyöngyi Kovács

Dean of Research, Hanken School of Economics
 Henrikki Liimatainen

Henrikki Liimatainen

Professor, Head of the Research Unit, University of Oulu

Kati Miettunen

Professor, University of Turku

Mika Mänttäri

Professor, LUT University

Petri Pihko

Professor, University of Jyväskylä

Sami Pajunen

Professor, Tampere University
 Timo Leskinen

Timo Leskinen

Assistant Professor, University of Helsinki
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