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Aalto University Magazine

Aalto University's stakeholder magazine focuses on science and art, technology and business – we describe how they converge and write about the people behind our stories. The magazine comes out twice a year.
Aalto University Magazine issue 24 in racks. Photo: Anni Kääriä.

Aalto University Magazine (AUM) recounts how the university builds a better world and a stronger Finland through research, education, artistic activities and societal impact. The magazine tells about the unique results of the university, which arise from the encounters of science and art, technology and business.

The print run is 30 000 copies in Finnish and 3 000 copies of an English-language magazine. Printed copies are distributed to alumni and other stakeholders.

Facsimile copy of the latest issue

Illustration of a group of people. Photographer: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.

Each issue has its theme presented by the main story

What is wise failure like? How to get rid of oil? How do we leave traces? We have covered these themes in recent issues of Aalto University Magazine. In the main story, the reader is introduced to the theme of the magazine by an interesting group of experts from different fields.

Teemajutun kuvitus, kuva: Noora Typpö

Weak signals bring messages from the future

Weak signals help us see the present more precisely and build better futures.

Valokuvassa on kaksi talitiaista oksalla, toinen lintu seisoo toisen päällä. Kuva: Sanna Kannisto.

Try, fail, try again, fail better

Failure is an unavoidable part of life, but does failure have to be all bad? How about failing upwards and forwards?

Piirroskuvassa esitetään arkipäivän tavallisia esineitä, kuten kahvinkeitin, jääkaappi, suihku, sekä liikennevälineitä, kuten auto ja polkupyörä, sekä rakennuksia. Kuvittaja: Jolanda Jokinen.

Farewell, oil!

It’s time to turn our backs on an old friend that has now hatched into an enemy.

Origameja kuvituskuvassa "Koko elämän oppimäärä". Kuva: Kalle Kataila

A lifelong curriculum

A legislative reform made continuous learning the fourth mission for universities in Finland. Who will draft the lifelong curriculum and what will it lead to?

Miika Aittala. Photographer: Mikko Raskinen.

Aalto's alumni tell their career stories

Every year, 2 000 students graduate from Aalto University. Where do they end up in their careers? In each issue of the magazine, we interview an interesting alumnus/alumna who tells, "how I became me."

Miika Aittala. Photographer: Mikko Raskinen.

Investigating the secrets of neural networks

Researcher Miika Aittala applies AI tools known as neural networks on graphics problems at MIT in Boston.

Karla Nieminen. Kuva: Veera Konsti.

Self-taught relationship virtuoso

Karla Nieminen gives courses on relationship skills and networking. She tests her theses in practice, too, because she used to be “so bad” at being social.

Henkilökuvassa Helsinki Design Weekin perustaja Kari Korkman. Kuvaaja: Aleksi Poutanen.

Design emissary

It is possible to cooperate with any and every person, Kari Korkman believes. The founder of Helsinki Design Week is inspired by brainstorming.

Tiina Tuurnala kuvattuna toimistossaan, kuva: Aleksi Poutanen

For her beloved Baltic Sea

As a little girl, Tiina Tuurnala would take her family’s motorboat around nearby islets to catch ship wakes. Now, she is at the helm of the Finnish Shipowners’ Association and is steering the maritime industry towards a low-emission future.

Aallon alumni Ksenia Avetisova katsoo peiliin järven rannalla, kuva: Aleksi Poutanen

Alumna Ksenia Avetisova is a human at the heart of technology

Ksenia Avetisova moves around the virtual world as part of her job, but what brought her to Finland was a live rock gig.

Kuvassa Pasi Herranen, Orvokki Ihalainen ja Panu Miettinen

On the go

Our feature story takes you on a journey.

Kuvassa Pasi Herranen, Orvokki Ihalainen ja Panu Miettinen

Anything but an ordinary greenhouse

A wood-structured windowless greenhouse consumes only half as much energy as a traditional glass greenhouse. In addition to producing food, Pasi Herranen’s invention could generate electricity and excess heat in the future.

Aallon alumni Riikka-Leena Leskelä seisoo purjevenetaulun edessä. Kuva: Mikko Raskinen

Aalto alumna returned to the university bench - 'The discussions held at lectures were amazingly smart and beneficial'

Aalto alumna Riikka-Leena Leskelä returned to the school bench to find new directions for her management work. One thing she learned was that she’d been doing exactly the right things all along.

Kolme miestä pelaamassa rugbyä, kuva: Aki-Pekka Sinikoski

A sport for gentleman thugs

Rugby is a tough contact sport that requires players to absorb constant hits while maintaining absolute trust in their teammates in every situation – not unlike research work.

Marja Rastas. Kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.

Everyday choices

This column focuses on the personal choices experts make related to their field of research.

Professori Tuukka Saarimaa seisomassa tyhjällä nurmikentällä, joka sijaitsee Helsingin keskustassa Oodi-kirjaston ja musiikkitalon välisellä puistoalueella. Kuvaaja: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.

Everyday choices: How would you fill waste land, Tuukka Saarimaa?

Whether land gets used to build a park or a high-rise, this Professor of Urban Economics would ensure that any solution is the result of careful consideration.

Marja Rastas. Kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.

Everyday choices: What are arts teachers needed for, Marja Rastas?

The world contains a void in art education, says Lecturer of Visual Arts Pedagogy.

Professori Nitin Sawhney istumassa rannalla, kuva: Veera Konsti

Everyday choices: Nitin Sawhney, how do we cooperate in times of crisis?

Professor of Practice Sawhney examines the role of technology and cooperation in crisis using transdisciplinary human-centered design practices.

Professori Caterina Soldano pitelee käsissään sähköpiuhojen muodostamaa vyyhtiä. Kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.

Everyday choices: What’s your favourite gadget, Caterina Soldano?

Professor Soldano wants to develop less intrusive devices, but believes that the best way to manage electronics overuse is to turn off your smartphone’s notifications.

Zero-energy Luukku house. Photo: Montse Zamorano Gañán

This is how science can revolutionize our daily lives

The science stories shed light on current top-level research at Aalto.

Illustration of various ALD applications by Ida-Maria Wikström.

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.

Zero-energy Luukku house. Photo: Montse Zamorano Gañán

Creating zero-energy houses, non-toxic glitter and fossil-free glue with wood

Building wisely with wood is an efficient way to combat climate change. It’s possible to build almost anything with wood if we develop our expertise and adjust our attitudes, an expert says.

Tohtorikoulutettavat Noora Yau ja Konrad Klockars seisovat vierekkäin valkoista taustaa vasten. Heidän välissään on pystysuora puinen levy, joka on pohjaväriltään musta, mutta pinnassa on kirkkaita sinisiä ja keltaisia kuvioita. Kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.

Two experts, the same object of passion

We interview Aalto researchers who have the same topic of research but different perspectives.

Tohtorikoulutettavat Noora Yau ja Konrad Klockars seisovat vierekkäin valkoista taustaa vasten. Heidän välissään on pystysuora puinen levy, joka on pohjaväriltään musta, mutta pinnassa on kirkkaita sinisiä ja keltaisia kuvioita. Kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.

Parallel paths: Designer and materials scientist conjure up glimmering colours out of wood

Designer Noora Yau and materials scientist Konrad Klockars have used wood to conjure up a colour, which is transparent yet glows like a copepod in shallow water. The pair’s good chemistry and open attitude towards asking silly questions is a great help in their work.

Milica Todorovic and Patrick Rinke. Photographer: Venla Helenius.

One atom at a time

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

Hertta Vuorenmaa ja Eero Vaara. Kuva: Venla Helenius.

Changing work presents a wealth of research topics

Is there anything stable left in work life? At least constant change, say Future of Work researches, and advocate joining forces in work related research.


A selection of Aalto University Magazine articles

Aalto University Magazinen suomenkielisiä ja englanninkielisiä numeroita pöydällä
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Aalto University Magazine examines trust in the digital world, commerce and between people

In this issue’s articles, the theme is discussed by Aalto alumnus Mårten Mickos, the philosopher Esa Saarinen and Swappie co-founder Sami Marttinen.
Piirroskuva ihmisestä digimaailmassa, piirros: Sanni Wessman
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The builders of digital trust

A society gone online needs encrypters, white hats and appropriately suspicious citizens.
Kuvituskuvassa mieshenkilö istuu näyttöruudun edessä, josta lähtee yhteyksiä erilaisiin laitteisin, ketjuun on merkitty kirjaimet VPN sekä lukkojen kuvia
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Specialised networks to provide information security

We all know that any information shared on the internet is not necessarily private. However, specialised networks with mobile access would offer isolation from the internet, and therefore, better information security.
Sami Marttinen kuvattuna Swappien tehdastiloissa.
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Conquering the world with refurbished phones

Sami Marttinen bought a phone through an online flea market, but never actually got the device. This incident spurred the creation of used iPhone refurbisher and seller Swappie, which is growing rapidly across Europe.

Themes and published issues

Read the facsimile copies at issuu.com

28   Trust in the digital world
27   Leaving a trace, October 2020
26   Trial and error, April 2020
25   University as an influencer in society, October 2019
24   Continuous learning, April 2019
23   Artificial intelligence, October 2018
22   Sustainability, April 2018
21   Human-centered living environments, January 2018        
20   Game changers and the new work, October 2017        
19   Multidisciplinarity, April 2017        
18   Art and creative practices, December 2016       
17   Entrepreneurship, October 2016 (in Finnish only)       
16   Materials research, May 2016        
15   Global business dynamics, December 2015        
14   Health technology, October 2015        
13   Aalto University five years, May 2015        
12   Research, December 2014        
11   Educating game changers, October 2014        
10   Big data, March 2014        
09   Health care, December 2013        
08   Energy, October 2013        
07   Creativity, May 2013        
06   Entrepreneurship, March 2013        
05   Housing and living environments, December 2012        
04   Bioeconomy, October 2012        
03   Time – solutions of a new generation, May 2012        
02   Wellbeing, February 2012        
01   Risks, October 2011       

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