Aalto Materials Platform

Aalto Materials Platform

Coronavirus update: All events and external visitors have been canceled through 31 May 2020. Information on coronavirus at Aalto and Q&A on coronavirus

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

If you have an idea of an event or 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, so it is essential to contact us during your planning stages. Also, we offer 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.

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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 organize photography sessions of materials research samples.

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Photo by david-perkins from unsplash: sharp pensils

Best visual practices for funding applications by Materials Platform

We offer the visual consultancy service with the aim to support collaborative and individual grant applications and improve their quality. The Materials Platform funding application consultancy pilot service is for any Aalto researcher or research group if the application is related to materials research and Aalto is the host institution. Our main goal is to support the individual and multidisciplinary initiatives and help researchers with achieving their goals.

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Current and upcoming events

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

Meeting and sketching, photo by Kaleidico @unsplash
(recurring)

Online drop-in help desk by Materials Platform

The Materials Platform virtual drop-in help desk offers free advice for Aalto University students, faculty, and staff who want to improve their presentation, publication, or other aspects of their work related to research dissemination and popularization. We can give you advice on the layout, visual hierarchy, help to adopt Aalto University's visual guidelines, and answer questions related to other Materials Platform activities. You're welcome to talk to us!
Seyens Visual Communication workshop
Conferences and workshops

Effective Visual Communication for Scientists - CANCELLED

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.
laptop notebook and pencil
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Writing retreat for doctoral students, 14-16 April 2020 in Otaniemi - CANCELLED

Materials Platform invites Aalto doctoral students to participate in a writing retreat. This structured writing retreat works for any kind of writing project and any kind of writer. We will use specific start and stop times for writing, as well as set times for writing warmups and discussion, and breaks for food, relaxation, and exercise.

Materials Platform: strategy, mission and established collaborators

Materials Platform operations

 Dr. Heidi Henrickson

Dr. Heidi Henrickson

Project Manager, Materials Platform
 Prof. Orlando Rojas

Prof. Orlando Rojas

Academic Chair, Materials Platform

Materials Platform assistance and visual support

 Valeria Azovskaya

Valeria Azovskaya

Designer and project assistant
 Glen Forde

Glen Forde

Designer and project assistant

Events related to materials research at Aalto

A student-built robot on display at Mechatronic Circus 2018
Exhibitions and fairs

CANCELLED Mechatronic Circus 1 April

The Mechatronic Circus is an annual event presenting smart devices made by Aalto University's students at mechatronics courses. Robots, popcorn, circus shows and much more!
Vihreällä taustalla kuva Ritva Reinikasta ja otsikko: Mikä ihmeen oppimisen kriisi?
Lectures and seminars

CANCELLED: Better Business — Better Society Seminar: Mikä ihmeen oppimisen kriisi?

Better Business — Better Society Seminar Series offers opportunities to learn about and discuss current societally important topics monthly.
Opiskelija istuu kannettavan tietokoneen ääressä
Lectures and seminars (recurring)

"Manipulaation perusteet informaatioverkostoissa"

How to prepare yourself for an information war? Aalto University offers a lecture series on the lighter and darker sides of information manipulation. Even though this is a Finnish course, some of the lectures will be held in English.
Meeting and sketching, photo by Kaleidico @unsplash
(recurring)

Online drop-in help desk by Materials Platform

The Materials Platform virtual drop-in help desk offers free advice for Aalto University students, faculty, and staff who want to improve their presentation, publication, or other aspects of their work related to research dissemination and popularization. We can give you advice on the layout, visual hierarchy, help to adopt Aalto University's visual guidelines, and answer questions related to other Materials Platform activities. You're welcome to talk to us!

News

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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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