Whenever humans interact – with other humans, animals or technology – there are always power dynamics at play. Three researchers from different disciplines explain how they bring to light the hidden ways power is used in human interactions.
Aalto University Magazine
A selection of Aalto University Magazine articles
Each issue has its theme presented by the main story
How does trust occur in our networked everyday lives? What happens when we exceed the limits of the body? What is wise failure like? We have covered these themes in the 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.
Green hydrogen promises to turn Europe into an energy heavyweight, make traffic emission-free and replace carbon in steel manufacturing. But can it actually deliver – and how?
How can we make a city flourish when one resident hopes for more forests and another wants parking lots? Data and keen listening can help, say urban planners and researchers.
Neuroscience and neurotechnology are gaining a fresh ally in the form of artificial intelligence, which can assess dementia risk and enhance the effectiveness of depression treatments.
Many entrepreneurs and researchers set their goals based on a realisation that something needs to be done differently. The change they envision might be a new product or material, or it can be a new way to do things. Implementing change isn’t always easy, however, and it demands a stomach for uncertainty, say Professor Michael Hummel and entrepreneurs Annu Nieminen and Richard Nordström.
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’.
Counsellor of Education Alma Muukka-Marjovuo grew up surrounded by art. Now she works to ensure that all children and young people in Finland have access to top-notch art education.
Arnevi Rautanen and Juha Utriainen gave up their careers to take up farming in the village of Joroinen in Eastern Finland. At their family farm, values are more than just empty words — they are principles that the couple lives by every day.
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.
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.
On the go
Our feature story takes you on a journey.
Researchers develop the perfect recycled fertilizer for forests - saves 88% of energy normally used but still not legal
Finnish forests are typically nourished with fertilisers containing energy-intensive nitrogen and phosphorous mined in Morocco. Researchers have now developed an ecological alternative with ingredients sourced from a waste processing plant. It is good for forests and the environment – but legislation has to change first.
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.
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.
Aalto alum returned to the university bench - 'The discussions held at lectures were amazingly smart and beneficial'
Aalto alum 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.
This column focuses on the personal choices experts make related to their field of research.
Everyday choices: As an expert of lifewide learning, what skill did you learn most recently, Laura Sivula?
The Head of Aalto's Summer School and an expert of life-wide learning is constantly trying to learn new things.
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.
Professor of Practice Sawhney examines the role of technology and cooperation in crisis using transdisciplinary human-centered design practices.
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.
This is how science can revolutionize our daily lives
The science stories shed light on current top-level research at Aalto.
Aalto University’s researchers are contributing to the creation of redesigned maternity and child health clinics and positive childbirth experiences in their research projects. The visions seize the potential of technology, such as childbirth simulation in a 3D-video conference using an avatar, a virtual character. On the other hand, the researchers would also like to hold on to the best practices from the past, such as the traditional child health clinic card, genuine human interaction and the rotina tradition, visits by family and close-ones to meet the newborn and bring foods as a gift.
In a smart building, the lighting system learns how occupants move throughout the building, transport robots talk to lifts, and users are guided to available workspaces by a mobile app. A new doctoral school at Aalto University is set to boost development in the field of smart buildings.
Material can be trained like a Pavlov dog – Professor Olli Ikkala and his team develop new materials
The sharpest tip of materials science is coming up with answers to questions such as can materials ‘learn’ new properties or how to keep a cancerous tumour alive outside the body.
What do computers, cell phones and GPS navigation have in common? And what about digital cameras, solar panels and fibre optics? The answer is that the functioning of these devices is based on quantum phenomena.
Biodesign Finland projects utilise biomaterials to repair tissue damage and support the recuperation of mental health patients with environmental design. Identifying needs correctly forms the point of departure for all this.
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.
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.
Two experts, the same object of passion
Sharing the interest makes a good conversation.
Is there any skill more important in today’s work world than the ability to cope during challenging times and bounce back quickly?
Professor Susanna Helke looks at health and social services through the lens of a filmmaker, Laura Arpiainen as an architect and professor. Both are concerned about the crisis in the care sector in Finland.
Women's networks build on many strengths, from having a clear focus to an absence of masculine energy
A professor and an entrepreneur talk about what women's networks can offer: inspiration and advice, peer support, and even help landing a new job.
Insulation from old jeans, walls from waste concrete – less guilt and more solutions are needed for construction
The biggest environmental act would be not building at all. But a circular economy can also mitigate the environmental impact of construction.
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.
Themes and published issues
33 Invisible, September 2023
32 Aspirational actions, April 2023
31 Living spaces, October 2022
30 Bodily boundaries, April 2022
29 The art of change, October 2021
28 Trust in the digital world, April 2021
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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