Aalto Science Institute

Aalto Science Institute

The Aalto Science Institute (AScI) is a strategic initiative hosted by the Aalto University School of Science to advance and foster international collaboration and research at the highest level across the fields of science. The key dimensions of the AScI initiative are quality, internationalisation, and collaboration. AScI supports the renewal of research excellence in Aalto by providing a platform and instruments for exploring new interdisciplinary research directions with breakthrough potential.

Four Aalto University students working at a table / photo by Unto Rautio
Aalto University/Aino Huovio


The Aalto Science Institute internship programme offers foreign undergraduate students employment opportunities to participate first-hand in topical research, to interact with the premier research groups at Aalto University, and to network in an international environment. The call for summer 2020 closed on January 17. All applicants will be informed of the decision at the latest by Feb 28.

Aalto Science Institute AScI internship programme

How to apply to the AScI internship programme

Thematic Research Programmes

AScI invited proposals by the School of Science faculty and staff for thematic research programmes. Idea of the thematic programmes is to identify upcoming novel fields or topic areas of research not currently well represented in the School of Science or Aalto University and to allow investment in the exploration and development of new research fields based on the existing strengths.

Machine learning strategies for optimising frictional properties of materials

The programme aims at combining physics of friction - and materials science in general - with machine learning, in order to explore possibilities to efficiently optimise and predict materials properties.

Aalto University/Pilvi Takala

Challenges in large geometric structures and big data

Challenges in large geometric structures and big data is a AScI thematic research programme.

Aalto University/Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

Visiting Scientist Programmes

AScI manages the application processes of two funding instruments to bring international academics to Aalto School of Science: the Visiting Professor programme (on behalf of the Dean of the School of Science), and the AScI Visiting Researcher programme.

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AScI News

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Three joint SCI/CHEM Thematic Research Programmes launched

Each programme to receive funding over three years.
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AScI Visiting Researcher programme relaunched

The programme provides support for short international visits to research groups at the School of Science.
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International Workshop on Machine Learning for Material Science attracted a multidisciplinary audience to Otaniemi

The workshop attracted roughly 90 early-stage researchers and scientists as well as industry personnel from ten countries.
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