Simply Smart

Vaasa University of Applied Sciences’ new research, development and innovation platforms bring companies, communities and other public actors together with research. The platforms offer practical solutions to sustainable development, welfare services and smart everyday life. The platforms work in a phenomenon-oriented and multidisciplinary manner so that new information can be put into practice as quickly and seamelssly as possible.

VAMK helps in creating smarter society

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Smart Business

focuses on promoting business innovations and sustainable growth. The platform combines the latest technologies with business expertise to support companies in their development and transformation processes.

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Smart Industry

aims to find and implement actions that promote industries’ carbon neutrality. Smart Industry uses digitalisation to develop green and smart industry.

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Smart City

research activities develop smarter cities and environments in a sustainable way. Smart City improves the functionality of living environment and promotes carbon free city as well as green energy solutions.

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Smart Well-Being

responds in a socially and ethically sustainable way to societal challenges such as the aging of the population by utilising digitisation, financial know-how and service design.

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Contact Us

Join us in collaboration and make an impact on the future of your region with us.

Daniel Sahebi

Leader of the Smart Business RDI Platform
+358 207 663 656

Tiina Rinta-Rahko

Leader of the Smart Industry RDI Platform
+358 207 663 657

Riku Niemistö

Leader of the Smart Well-Being RDI Platform
+358 207 663 396

Marja-Riitta Vest

Director, RDI and Business Services
+358 207 663 500

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Director of Research, Development and Innovation

Marja-Riitta Vest is known as a passionate advocate for our region, a visionary and a dynamic developer. Before VAMK, ​​she has worked for the University of Vaasa, the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland, Viexpo and the ELY Centre. With her multi-disciplinary experience and community-building approach to work, she guides our RDI activities in a holistic and multidisciplinary way, always encouraging cooperation.

“Ambitious goals, pioneering, courageous leadership – they are all important drivers for me. But the most important of all are people and working together. Only by encouraging each other and strengthening our common know-how capital will we succeed in global competition, as Finland and as a region. All of these come true in Vaasa – courageous pioneering together.”

By strengthening our RDI activities, we are even more strongly involved in the core of the development of our wonderful, downright electrical area, as the best partner for know-how.


Marja-Riitta Vest, Director, RDI and Business Services (, +358 207 663 500)