The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers is a professional organisation for teachers, researchers, library personnel and other academic experts at universities and research institutions. The Union is Akava’s largest and most influential affiliate within the university sector, and is the most qualified expert on issues concerning researchers employed in other sectors as well. The Union has 15 member associations with a combined membership of over 7,000 employees.

The University of Tampere (UTA) is a culturally-committed higher education institution with the social mission of educating visionaries who understand the world and change it. With its six faculties and some 15,000 degree students, UTA is one of the largest and most popular universities in Finland.

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is Finland's second-largest university in engineering sciences. The university's statutory duty is to pursue research and give the highest education in its field. The research, conducted by some 1,800 staff and faculty members, mostly focuses on applied science and often has close ties to many different companies (such as Nokia).

Tampere is a city in Pirkanmaa, southern Finland. It is the most populous inland city in any of the Nordic countries.