Aalto Science Institute (AScI)

Aalto Science Institute (AScI)

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

Visiting Scientist Programmes

AScI manages the application processes of two active 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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The Aalto Science Institute internship programme offers undergraduate and master's students summer 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. In support of AScI's role in internationalisation, the internships are open to students from all countries. Good news: The 2022 summer internships program is going ahead. The application period is 03.01.2022 - 31.01.2022. Follow the links below for details.

Aalto Science Institute AScI internship programme

How to apply to the AScI internship programme

Scientific meetings

AScI is soliciting proposals for organizing scientific meetings. For this purpose, AScI offers funding of up to 10 000 € per meeting.

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Aalto-yliopiston kandidaattikeskus. Kuva: Mikko Raskinen.
Aalto University / A solar cell / photo: Linda Koskinen

Thematic Research Programmes

AScI invited proposals by the School of Science faculty and staff for thematic research programmes (TRP) in collaboraton with researchers from other Aalto schools.  The 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.

There are 8 TRPs that are active, or were completed in the academic year 2019-2020

  • Diffusion driven charge transport (DDCT) - Markku Sopanen(MNT/ELEC) and Jukka Tulkki(NBE/SCI)
  • Three dimensional computational methods in electromagnetics (CEM3D) - Anouar Belahcen (ELEC) and Antti Hannukainen (SCI)
  • Characterisation of superhydrophobic surfaces (CHESS) - Robin H. A. Ras (SCI) and Quan Zhou (ELEC)
  • Future structural materials for extreme conditions: High-Entropy Alloys (TRP-HEA) - Mari Lundström, Ben Wilson (CMET/CHEM), and Filip Tuomisto and Ilja Makkonen (DAP/SCI)
  • 3D User Interfaces in Materials Modelling Research and Education (3DMM) - Antti Karttunen (CHEM), Perttu Hämäläinen (SCI/ARTS), and Jaakko Lehtinen (SCI)
  • Nanochromic - Mady Elbahri (CHEM) and Matti Kaivola (SCI)
  • Advanced analytics for planning future energy systems (PlanFES) - Fabricio Oliveira (SCI) and Sanna Syri (ENG)
  • Penguin-inspired active surfaces (PENGUIN) - Heikki Nieminen, Robin Ras (SCI), Ville Vuorinen (ENG)
Contact: Aalto Science Institute

AScI News

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AScI internship program sees record number of applications

As it enters it’s 9th year, the AScI internship programme is celebrating receiving over 1,000 applications for a single recruitment round
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Moving to Finland to make solar panels from trees

Maryam Esmaeilzadeh tells us about her AScI Internship and how it’s led to a PhD place in Finland
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Major breakthrough in extremely water-repellent materials makes them durable enough for the real world

A new armour-plated superhydrophobic material has been developed for potential uses in medical equipment, solar panels and more
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Invisible dirt detector tested out in Finnish hospital

The technique can be used in sectors ranging from healthcare to the food industry. In the future, it could also be used for detecting viruses
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