The Aalto University Platforms are designed to initiate and coordinate multi- and interdisciplinary research and teaching in thematic areas. They organize annually several thematic meetings which offer external stakeholders possibilities for co-operation and networking.
Multidisciplinary platforms gather together intellectual resources distributed across the academic
departments and schools. Platforms target increased visibility and enhanced collaboration with
external stakeholders, and provide a forum for recently recruited professors to create local networks.
The Digi and Energy Platforms have served as pilots to facilitate joint efforts to tackle scientific and societal challenges requiring systemic and integrative approaches beyond the capabilities of an individual department. The other three platforms are Living+ in the field of human-centred living environments, Health Platform in the area of health and wellbeing, and Materials Platform in the field of materials research.