Aalto Materials Platform

Aalto Materials Platform

The Materials Platform promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations and communication, inside and outside Aalto University, to advance the field of materials science and its applications.
In the Materials Platform, we develop and support the variety of actions focused on popularizing, promoting and stimulating research activities in Materials fields.

If you have an idea of an event/activity related to Aalto University materials research please email us or apply via the Materials Platform services support  application form.  Please note that processing might take time and it is a good idea to contact us beforehand. Also, we offer a consultation related to materials science-related photography services.

Metals_photo Eeva Suorlahti fir Materials Platform

What we do:

Networking event 'Artificial intelligence in materials science'_photo Glen Forde

Events and service support for multidisciplinary projects

The Materials Platform offers financial support for a multidisciplinary event organized by Aalto University members and collaborators. In addition, we offer a number of services to help with event planning, promotion, facilitation, and documentation.

Aalto Materials Platform
Mixed materials composition, photo by Eeva Suorlahti 2017

Materials samples photography and photography consulting

We regularly offer a number of visualization services to promote and popularise Aalto University materials research and its discoveries. Most often, we organise a photography sessions of materials research samples.

Aalto Materials Platform

Current and upcoming events

To get familiar with our past events please check this page.

Photography workshop for scientists_ photo Glen Forde
Exhibitions and fairs

Photography meets materials vol.2

Materials Platform organizes 'Photography meets materials' exhibition in Väre on 14-24 of January 2020. This exhibition is the result of the 'Photography workshop series' organized in collaboration with professional photography teacher Tiina Puputti in Fall 2019. The exhibition opens up the fascinating scientific perspectives on researched materials through the lens of photography.
Seyens Visual Communication workshop
Conferences and workshops

Effective Visual Communication for Scientists

Would you like to improve the quality of your visuals? This two-day workshop introduces visual communication fundamentals and how to apply them to all types of scientific presentation.

Materials Platform: strategy, mission and established collaborators

Materials Platform assistance and visual support

Valeria Azovskaya

Valeria Azovskaya

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
Designer and project assistant

Events related to materials research at Aalto

Exhibitions and fairs

Let concrete surprise you! Betoni–Concrete presents the material as more than a grey mass

The exhibition shakes up traditional conceptions of concrete and presents it in use by engineers, architects, designers and artists.
Forms For Dynamism
Exhibitions and fairs


Exhibition, MA course Surface and Materiality – Ceramics and Clay in Architecture
Conferences and workshops

AI in Materials Science workshop

The workshop explores the possibilities of AI-assisted materials science and design.
Helsinki Distinguished Lecture Series
Lectures and seminars

Helsinki Distinguished Lecture Series on Future Information Technology: Aaron Quigley, "Global HCI"

Global HCI, speaker Professor Aaron Quigley (University of St Andrews)


Press releases Published:

A combination of wood fibres and spider silk could rival plastic

The unique material outperforms most of today’s synthetic and natural materials by providing high strength and stiffness, combined with increased toughness
Tutkijoista, teollisista muotoilijoista ja dokumentaristeista koostuva Korvaa-projekti halusi näyttää tämän todeksi ja valmisti kuulokkeet, jonka muovi- ja nahkaosat on tuotettu mikrobien avulla.
Research & Art Published:

Headphones made from biomaterials produced by yeast and fungal mycelium

Microbially grown materials can be used to replace oil-based materials in various everyday consumer products – such as headphones.
Illustration of various ALD applications by Ida-Maria Wikström.
Aalto Magazine, Research & Art Published:

A layer just a few atoms deep can work wonders

The atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique developed by Tuomo Suntola revolutionised information technology in the 2000s. Now researchers are using it to make better catalysts, solar cells of record efficiency and hybrid materials that transport medicines and generate electricity from bodily waste heat.
Milica Todorovic and Patrick Rinke. Photographer: Venla Helenius.
Aalto Magazine, Research & Art Published:

One atom at a time

AI is not only changing the way we process data, it’s changing how we carry out research, period.
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