Research projects

Research financing

The research carried out within ESTA Lab’ is of an applicative nature, hence the team’s strong implication in research projects. Like most applicative research teams, project financing follows two distinct trends : 

  • Auto-financing (where the teacher-researchers are under contract and paid by the school to carry out research) enables the researchers to develop their own axes and propose future school projects. A tendering system for internal projects has been implemented in the team to finance emerging and multidisciplinary projects on an annual basis.
  • Project financing on national and European research contracts (ANR, Interreg…) following the response to project tenders and participation in consortiums within the framework of established partnerships (UTBM/IRTES,HE-ARC,UHA/COB,the Catholic University of Louvain, IUT BM, UFR STGI).

Research projects :

Several research projects have thus been developed by the research team and supported by the school since 2012 :

  • Digidemo
  • SolArc (Interreg)
  • Radical
  • Timalax
  • Opini'home
  • IVES
  • PAsCAL (H2020)
  • ...

Non-exhaustive list


Partners : Turku University of Applied Sciences (coordinator) (Finland), Meyer Turku Oy (Finland), Regional Council of South-West Finland (Finland), Turku Entrepreneur’s Union (Finland), TH Aschaffenburg (Germany), ESTA Belfort (France), University of Applied Sciences Hannover (Germany)
Project duration : November 2017 to October 2019
Project co-funded by : Erasmus+ programme of the European Union 
Website :

Key words : Blue industry – VET – Business-University Cooperation - 

The main challenge in the maritime industry in South-West Finland lies on qualified labour force. Companies have become more focused into their core business; the increased success and complexity of products have created additional demand for highly skilled staff leading to a lack of skilled personnel.

The overall objective of the RADICAL project was closing these urgent skills gaps between the demands of working life and post-secondary vocational education and training (VET). A new regional implementation model for post-secondary engineering education had therefore been developed. In the core of the model is work-based learning that is supported by a new VET-businesses mentoring model, tying companies more closely to the modern way of educating future marine technology professionals.

The new RADICAL model is based on multidimensional regional cooperation where key partners form also the main target group for the project. International partners from Germany and France had a dual role for the success of the project: on one hand Finnish partners learnt from their best practices in engaging companies to the enhancement of students’ competences. On the other hand their expertise was utilized in the formative evaluation of forming the new RADICAL model. Relevant Finnish Employers’ and Workers’ Unions complete the consortium as additional partners.

The main tangible output of the project was a modern regional education model, that is operational since autumn 2019 at Turku University of Applied Sciences, securing a maximal impact and sustainability. 

Results presented during the final Seminar in Vienna 15.5.2019:
Tackling the demand for highly skilled engineers in companies


Partners : ESTA (coordinator France), HE Arc (coordinator Switzerland), UTBM/IRTES, CCI90
Project duration : September 2013 to June 2013
Budget : 600.000 €
Project co-funded by : Interreg IV France-Suisse (2007-2013)

Key words : local economy – company creation – delivery services – electric vehicles – small and medium villages

The Solarc project aimed at developing and testing a business model for companies' local deliveries with clean vehicles, adapted to the specific conditions of reduced markets for small and medium-sized towns such as the towns in the Jurassic Arc. These companies will be federated by a Franco-Swiss overhead structure which will enable tools, strategies and experiences to be shared in order to minimize starting and working costs and also to ensure the long-term viability of the companies created. Some of the work and studies have been carried out within the teaching framework of students at ESTA and HE Arc.