Scientific expertise is at a high level in Finland. The exact sciences at the University of Helsinki, which have been very successful in international evaluations, are concentrated to the Faculty of Science located at the Kumpula campus. Its strategic areas of research include astronomy, basic environmental research, atmosphere science, nano-science, data science, computational science, mathematical physics, data analysis of biological data, as well as geoinformatics, geosciences, and urban research.

It is the goal of the Faculty of Science to be one of the top European ones in all of its disciplines. Thus, the teaching within the sciences is based on the research, which is carried out by internationally renowned scientists.

Long-standing basic research is what the faculty invests in. The work is carried out in interaction with applied research, corporate and public-sector organisations.

Within interdisciplinary research projects, the scientists collaborate with the research institutes on Kumpula campus, other faculties and universities, and corporate partners. Open science also brings a new kind of collaboration partners and networks.