University of Vaasa, lead partner. University of Vaasa brings its expertise both in technology and business to the Kvarken Space Center team. The Univaasa group active in the center consists of professors and researchers from the schools of technology & innovation and marketing & communications, as well as directors and researchers from all the three multi-disciplinary research platforms (Digital Economy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab and Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Center VEBIC). In the Kvarken Space Center, Univaasa is responsible for the center management, as well as its scientific activities on space-based technology and data utilization, web portal creation, telecommunications aspects, time and frequency technology, energy technology and renewable energy aspects, innovation ecosystems, branding as well as dissemination activities and leading the way in making a strong societal impact.
Key actors involved include Director Heidi Kuusniemi (coordinator of the project), Director Mari K. Niemi, Director Suvi Karirinne, Prof. Mohammed Elmusrati, Assoc. Prof Heidi Hirsto, Assoc. Prof. Ari Sivula, Project Researcher Rathan Alagirisamy, Development Manager Juha Vänskä, Research Assistants Johanna Kalliokoski and Kannan Selvan, Project Coordinator Johanna Haveri, Assoc. Profs Jani Boutellier and Petri Välisuo, Research Doctor Mikko Ranta and Project Researcher Antti Kinnunen.