Tartu Ülikool (UTARTU)

The University of Tartu (UTARTU), founded in 1632 by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, is the leading institution of higher education and research in the Baltic countries. Renowned scientists Wilhelm Ostwald (Nobelist and founder of physical chemistry), Karl Ernst von Baer (founder of embryology), and many others studied and taught here. UTARTU belongs to the top 1.2% of the world’s best universities (QS Rankings) and to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions (ISI Web of Science). With 13,000 students and 1,800 academic staff members organised into four faculties and two colleges, UTARTU has annually been awarded about 50% of state research grant funding and accounts for more than half of Estonia’s annual research output (3000 scientific publications, 120 doctoral defences).


The UTARTU nuclear research group conducts education and training on radiation protection and has a longstanding tradition in research on radiation safety issues, radiological assessments including occupational exposure, and the investigation of processes involving naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). The research group has experience in Estonian environmental radioactivity, technogenic enrichment processes of natural radioactivity, and the development of nuclear detection methods. Recent work has been focused on radiological assessments in the aluminium industry and oil-shale power plants. The research group is familiar with the Estonian Electronic Health Record System and looks forward to applying its experience in artificial intelligence to digitalisation issues within the EURAMED rocc-n-roll project.

Role in project

Within EURAMED rocc-n-roll, UTARTU is the leader of WP4 Infrastructures for Digitalisation: Approaches and Ethics, responsible for the overall development of the WP4 work plan, coordinating meetings, and communication within the work package and with coordinators and administrators. It is also responsible for ensuring scientifically sound, accurate and timely completion of milestones and deliverables. The tasks to be coordinated include assessments of:

  1. Infrastructures for research on medical applications of ionising radiation and corresponding radiation protection.
  2. The digital revolution in medical application of ionising radiation and corresponding radiation protection research – data structures, electronic patient records and aspects related to artificial intelligence.
  3. The ethical challenge of digitalisation.


UTARTU also supports the development of Task 6.1 “The Strategic Research Agenda”.

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