Aalto Festival 2019 — showcasing the many talents of Aalto University.

Each year Aalto Festival celebrates the collisions, experiments, calculations, disruptions, surprises and more happening throughout the month of May at Aalto University.

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This year at Aalto Festival

A listing of some of the many events happening this year.

Aalto Festival 2019 runs 8 – 31.5

Opening on the 8th of May 2019, Aalto Festival showcases the many talents of Aalto University including numerous seminars, lectures, exhibitions and parties.

Each year as the weather starts to turn and the sun returns to Finland, the students, faculty and researchers of Aalto University put their hard work on display.  

By the end of May well over 60 total events will happen including our PdP Gala, Sustainability Science Days, the Näytös fashion show and campus and ecosystem of creative fields-focused Hook '19.

NODUS Seminar Otaniemi Exclusive

NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group of Aalto University brings together researchers and practitioners on topics relevant to design, innovation and sustainability. Our special guest in Otaniemi Exclusive is prof. Terry Irwin from Carnegie Mellon University.

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NODUS Otaniemi Exclusive

Design for Government Final Show

The 2019 Spring Final Show of the Design for Government course will showcase some inspiring examples of new and proactive ways of policy-making and public service-provision.

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Design for Government Final Show

Aalto Media Lab Demo Day

The Demo Day is an open gathering of Media Department’s students, alumni, staff and friends.

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Aalto Media Lab Demo Day Poster


Näytös19 is the annual fashion show of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Fashion Department. Watch the show on YLE Areena!

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Waves festival

Welcome to the first Waves festival to celebrate impact entrepreneurship!

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Waves festival by New Global / Sini Suomalainen

Visualizing Knowledge 2019

Visualizing Knowledge brings together a diverse group of practitioners to discuss data visualization from multiple perspectives. This year’s event is centered around the symbiosis between natural sciences, information design and visual narratives with the key concept of senses – from human senses to machine sensors.

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Visualizing Knowledge 2019 logo

Product Design Gala 2019

Come and fall in love with the results of the interdisciplinary Product Development Project teams on 17 May.

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PdP Gala 2019

SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE DAYS 2019: Mak­ing Use of Sustainability Science

The thematic focus is on sustainable production and consumption, which is the SDG #12, where Finland’s performance needs to be considerably improved.

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Sustainability Science Days 2019

Secure Systems Demo Day 2019

Demo Day is part of Helsinki-Aalto Center for Information Security (HAIC) public outreach program and jointly organized by the Secure Systems Group at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki.

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Henkilöstö viestintäkoulutuksessa / Kuvaaja Aalto-yliopisto, Unto Rautio

Featured Events

These lectures, seminars, exhibitions and parties are part of a celebration of many months of effort.  

Games Now! Ariel Manzur, Co-founder (Godot Engine) "Why Godot Right Now?"

Games Now! is an open lecture series on the dominant topics and emerging trends in games.


U-Create Symposium: Teaching Art and Design Across Disciplines

The first U-create teaching symposium focuses on transdisciplinarity in art and design. Welcome to share your ideas and practices related to art and design pedagogy.

U-Create Teaching and Learning Seminar

COMNET 5G IoThon - Be your own mobile operator for 48 hours!

Innovate with Europe's top university-based 5G testing and experimental network at the 48 hour hackathon taking place on May 3-5 in Otaniemi.

Innovate with Europe's top university-based 5G testing and experimental network at the 48 hour hackathon taking place on May 3-5 in Otaniemi.

Energy Breakfast | Take-Off Time for Biofuels: A Sustainable Future for Aviation?

Do biofuels represent the only realistic prospect for decarbonizing aviation? Hear the views of Finnair, Neste, and Aalto University representatives over breakfast.

Airplane engine

European Merck Lecture 2019: Prof. Rafal Klajn

This invited lecture, hosted by Aalto Distinguished Professor Olli Ikkala, is entitled: From new dynamically self-assembling materials to chemical reactivities in confined environments


Sensors at Aalto: Co-innovation and Partnership

Meet colleagues working with sensors at Aalto, other universities, and industry!

Audience listening to a presentation.

Aalto Alumni Impact

How do we reach the UN Sustainability Development Goals? Now you have a chance to create impact and to share your ideas with persons who have impact in the Finnish society and who will inspire you with their challenges 12 June at Aalto University Campus.

Aalto Alumni Impact banneri, kuvat:Unto Rautio ja Mikko Raskinen

Aalto's Näytös show brings high fashion to Finland

Winners of the evening include Idaliina Friman, Erika Hirsimäki, Eetu Kemppainen, Emma Saarnio, Anni Salonen and Eerika Yli-Rahko

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Anni Salonen receiving the Näytös18 Award
<i>Photo © Mikko Raskinen</i>

Future of Aalto University campus

Urban planning and campus development in focus at Hook’18.

Read more last year's Hook Conference
Aalto Festival Hook'18 Kuva: Lasse Lecklin / Aalto-yliopisto
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