In recent years, Tallinn University has significantly increased its potential in research, development and creative activity. The university’s research concentrates on five focus fields: educational innovation, digital and media culture, cultural competences, healthy and sustainable lifestyle, and society and open governance.

Our research financing has multiplied by 1.7 over the past three years and the share of international projects is about a quarter of all research financing. Two large ERA-Chair projects financed by the Horizon 2020 programme are undergoing in the university; also, we have a grant financed by the European Research Council (ERC).

We established Tallinn University’s centres of excellence with an interdisciplinary scientific aim to support the cooperation between research and creative groups, and to achieve outstanding results in research and creative activity. To find out more about TU researchers’ activities in different focus fields, we would like to invite you to TU science seminar where our researchers present their outstanding achievements and talk about their forthcoming projects and plans.

For university employees and students, this event is great for obtaining the latest information on our researchers’ activities in TU centres of excellence and their forthcoming exciting plans.

For the university’s partners and enterprises, however, the event provides an excellent opportunity to meet our researchers whose knowledge could be used and put into practice in cooperation and activities. Within three hours, the participants have a share in exciting presentations both in Estonian and in English. In addition, discussions and poster sessions lie in store. Everyone has the opportunity to have their say in the discussions, of course, and to communicate directly with our researchers.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at 15:00 - 18:00 in auditorium A-002 of the university’s Astra building (Narva mnt 29).

Participation is free. Please let us know of your participation by 10th of March at the latest.


  • 14:30 – 15:00    Registration and coffee break
  • 15:00 – 15:10    Welcoming words
  • 15:10 – 15:40    Behavioural and Neural Sciences
  • 15:40 – 16:25    Intercultural Studies and Media Innovation and Digital Culture
  • 16.25 – 16:45    Coffee break
  • 16:45 – 17:15    Educational Innovation
  • 17:15 – 17:45    Interdisciplinary Lifecourse Studies
  • 17:45 – 18:00    Discussion
  • 18:00 – 19:00    The possibility to communicate with the scientists of the centres of excellence at the coffee table.

The organisers reserve a right to make changes in the time schedule where necessary.


More info:, 640 9145.

More about focus fields:

  • TU Centre Of Excellence in Behavioural and Neural Sciences shall be created under the focus field of Healthy and Sustainable Lifestyle. The purpose of this Centre of Excellence will be to facilitate the initiation and realization of high-level interdisciplinary research projects, which involve the study of behavioural sciences in cooperation with psychology, neurosciences and the natural sciences. Neuropsychology and other fields of psychology are important when conducting behavioural studies since they explain how brain activity influences psychological processes and behaviour, and thereby influence an individual´s working ability, their motivation, incentives and behavioural patterns. This study field is not only important in the development of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle at both the individual and community level but it also offers input in the development of teaching didactics. 
  • TU Centre Of Excellence in Educational Innovation purpose is to develop an interdisciplinary research field that focuses on innovative and evidence-based teacher education, school management and educational policy. The Centre has been created under the aegis of the Cross-Border Educational Innovation through Technology-Enhanced Research (CEITER) project, which is financed from the European Commission´s ERA Chair measures. With the support of the ERA Chair project, an international research group will be created in TU whose main focus will be in the following Information and Communication Technology (ICT) areas: the next generation of digital learning environments and resources; new ICT-based methods for promoting learning analytics; educational research.
  • TU Centre Of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture (MEDIT) purpose is to initiate and implement interdisciplinary creative works and research projects. On the one hand, these projects involve studies of cultural change and innovation processes that accompany digital media, mainly from the combined perspectives of the humanities and media or innovation economics.  On the other hand, the target is to apply the acquired knowledge in experimenting with creating new and innovative forms of digital media. 
  • TU Centre Of Excellence in Intercultural Studies is an interdisciplinary research cluster dedicated to the theoretical and empirical studies of meaning making practices in society. The Centre, which includes some of the most established and active researchers in their field, integrates four institutional research projects of the Tallinn University School of Humanities with the general aim to fulfill the scholarly objectives of the university's focus field of cultural competences. The purpose of the Centre is to support the initiation and implementation of high-level interdisciplinary research projects that focus on meaning making practices, intercultural communication, cultural transfer and contacts, and transnational networks.
  • TU Centre Of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Lifecourse Studies purpose is to contribute to the research activity of the focus field of open society and governance, including doctoral studies, by integrating different research areas involving high level, international research competence. The research areas facilitate the initiation and implementation of high level interdisciplinary research projects involving studies of life-course in cooperation with sociologists, demographers and political scientists (in perspective also researchers from the fields of health sciences, social work, psychology and educational sciences).