Cheminformatics: solution delivers predictive models to chemistry and related sciences

Scientist at University of Tartu (UT) are hosting and developing a smart repository solution that allows easy access to quantitative and qualitative structure–activity relationships, (Q)SAR, models and improves publishing of research results. (Q)SAR are important tools for describing and assessing the properties of molecules in chemistry and related science fields like biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, biotechnology, […]

UT Estonian Marine Institute researchers discovering unexplored open sea

In their fieldwork, researchers of the University of Tartu Estonian Marine Institute have for the first time surveyed in detail over 500 km2 of seabed in the Estonian economic zone of the Baltic Sea. During the works discoveries have been made which have not been documented by anyone.   Unknown shipwreck which according to experts […]

Making the space habitable

The team of the Smart Systems and Materials Laboratory of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Tartu has just successfully finished a three year research program, financed by the 7th frame program of the European Commission. The goal was to build the first European testbed of a space habitat. The projects […]

DNA sequencing: University of Tartu scientists show that arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are globally distributed

In a recently published paper in Science, the University of Tartu’s plant ecology group, led by Prof. Martin Zobel, present the first global-scale empirical study of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal biogeography. Project fieldwork lasted from 2007 to 2012 and resulted in collection of 1014 environmental samples from six continents. The group’s results showed that many […]

Towards Characterization of Grass and Crops from Space

Estonian researchers and farmers start to investigate together with the German Aerospace Center novel methods for characterization of grass and crops from data acquired by the German radar satellite formation TanDEM-X. It is theoretically possible to measure the height of grass and crops to a precision of about 10 cm. Photo: Kaupo Voormansik TanDEM-X is […]

Students demonstrated skills in forging holographic security features of future banknotes

Three Estonian guys came up with a way to forge the holographic security features on imaginary future money and were the youngest team to win first place at the international Open Research Challenge contest in the category of photonics technology. A test device was installed at the University of Tartu Institute of Physics which demonstrates […]

Synthetic Biology: researchers of the University of Tartu create a centre for developing designer cells with new functions

The financial support of 2.5 million euros received from the ERA Chair measure of the European Commission strengthens the starting position of the synthetic biology centre set up at the Institute of Technology of the University of Tartu. Synthetic biology is a new research field that has gained attention in the past few years. It […]

Research: Increasing segregation in European cities due to income inequality

The widening gap between the rich and poor is leading to segregation in more and more European cities and it decreases the social stability and competitive power of the cities. These conclusions are based on the first rigorous comparative study on segregation in European cities which was published in the book “Socio-economic segregation in European […]

Researchers of Tartu develop “space grease”

The Estonian Materials Technologies Competence Centre (MATECC) has just signed an agreement with the European Space Agency. Researchers of the centre and of the University of Tartu will start to develop a nanotechnology lubricant suitable for extreme conditions. Triinu Taaber Photo: Andres Tennus/UT Shuttles and equipment used in space consist of numerous elements and have […]

Smarten Tartu

University of Tartu participates in major project to smarten Tartu The Mobility Lab of the University of Tartu Department of Geography participates in the European Union major project SmartEnCity to develop the Tartu city centre area with a Soviet-era planning into a smart city. The project is a “lighthouse project” in the European Union research […]