Aalto Handbook

Management of research and art

Research and art activities at Aalto University are conducted by faculty and staff based in the departments. The role of the university management is to ensure the long-term preconditions for conducting high-quality and high-impact research and art.
School of Business Management and International Business

Aalto University is committed to high quality research, art and creative practices of scientific and societal impact by securing their long-term funding base and by creating career systems optimised to sustain their academic and professional excellence. In this way, Aalto provides a strong foundation for teaching, learning and innovation.

The university's strategic objective is to become an internationally recognised, multidisciplinary research university, where research and education are promoted hand-in-hand. The university selects its research initiatives and projects carefully based on factors such as: scientific level and relevance, societal impact, global competition, and cooperation with international and domestic research and industrial partners.

The Vice President for Research leads and coordinates the development of the University's research and artistic activities across the Schools and represents the University in the development of research nationally and internationally. The work is supported by the Research Steering Group ReSG, Doctoral education working group DEWG and research services (RES).

The tasks of universities as defined in the Universities Act are to conduct free research and offer the highest quality education based on research, and use the results for the benefit of society. Societal benefits are achieved via research results, innovations, open access publishing, and by optimal use of research data. According to the Aalto University strategy, research activities focus not only on strong basic research in the fields represented by the university, but also on collaboration with top companies in their respective fields, as well as development of a vibrant innovation ecosystem around the university's research, artistic and educational activities. Key principles guiding our operations include open science and research, research ethics and research integrity and sustainability. We support multidisciplinarity and new collaboration across fields via Aalto Networking Platform whose mission is to facilitate matchmaking and networking of joint multidisciplinary activities leading to bigger research initiatives and solutions for grand challenges. 

The actors, roles and responsibilities of research and artistic activities

Aalto University's research and art, key research areas, and policies guiding the research are described in more detail in the page below.

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Research & Art

Our research focuses on seven key areas combining four core competences in the fields of ICT, materials, arts, design and business together with three grand challenges related to energy, living environment, and health.

The strategic plans for research have been carried out for the following four years, 2022-2025. In accordance with the principle of a living strategy, we look at our choices regularly. Plans are updated annually as part of our annual planning process, University Dialogue.

The university invests in the maintenance and support of state-of-the-art research infrastructures. Significant research infrastructures have clearly identified objectives and development plans, user interfaces, user statistics and other performance indicators. Agreements between the university and the schools and departments commit each party to a shared funding scheme. New infrastructures for the scheme are considered annually as part of the strategy dialogues.

Three researchers using a device on the surface of the ice at Aalto ice tank

Research and learning infrastructures

Our research and teaching infrastructures are a prerequisite for world-class, cutting edge research. They offer opportunities for collaboration and foster the local innovation ecosystem growth. The large infrastructures are open for all Aalto and external users.

The quality and merits of research activities are assessed through peer review using criteria relevant to the field in question.Peer review is carried out through regular research evaluation, during which an international panel assesses the research quality. At the school level, development is also monitored by a Scientific Advisory Board or Scientific and Artistic Advisory Board (S(A)AB). Research Steering Group (ReSG) coordinates the planning and monitoring processes of research activities.

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Research assessments

Aalto University regularly assess the quality of its research and artistic activities, and its societal impact. The assessment is based on internationally agreed best practices and peer review.

Research & Art
Accounting Impact

Scientific and Artistic Advisory Boards (SAB, SAAB)

The Scientific (and Artistic) Advisory Boards (SAB / SAAB) of our schools have an important function in supporting the development of the university.

Research & Art

Doctoral education is an integral part of research activities. It is described in more detail in the following page.


Doctoral programmes

Our six doctoral programmes offer high quality doctoral education within a multidisciplinary international research community. They prepare doctoral students for demanding academic careers and experts positions, and for working as entrepreneurs or independent artists.

Doctoral education
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