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CreaTures research project

CreaTures (Creative Practices for Transformational Futures) 


The EU Horizon 2020 funded transdisciplinary research project highlights how creative practices can contribute to addressing climate change and associated effects. The project aims at demonstrating effective paths to achieving sustainability, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence at a time of rapid change. This will be achieved by identifying existing, often hidden transformational creative practices, by supporting new experimentation and direct audience engagement around these practices, and by evaluating their impact.

The three-year research project is coordinated by Aalto University Department of Design and the scientific coordinator of the project is professor Tuuli Mattelmäki. Key researchers from Encore team are post doc Marketa Dolejsova and post doc Namkyu Chun. Other Aalto key personnel in the project include research fellow Andrea Botero, professor of artistic practice Julia Lohmann, professor Sampsa Hyysalo, and project manager Riikka Raitio from the Aalto Research and Innovation Services. 

Contact: Tuuli Mattelmäki

For more information, visit the official project webpage

Aalto University/Photo Unto Rautio
Photo: Aalto University/Unto Rautio

CBCR - Capacity building of Creative Radicals


Building an outstanding creative community for new thinking

Empowering an experimental culture by building the spaces and practices that encourage us to break boundaries and create novel perspectives

The aim of the project is to empower the whole of the Aalto community in developing a culture of radical creativity. ​

​The project supports Aalto’s strategic goal of an outstanding creative community for new thinking and the target state of a creative culture that empowers students, faculty, and staff to take risks, experiment, and celebrate diversity and debate.

Contact: Kirsi Hakio

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Nils Ehrenberg from Encore and Professor Turkka Keinonen are working together with Danish and Swedish Universities and libraries to explore Civic Agency in Public E-Governance. In the CAPE project, we explore how libraries can function as Civic Innovation centres. We work together with libraries as they represent public spaces open for everyone that maintain communities, support democracy, and have a strong tradition of supporting participation.

Universities: Aalto University, Aalborg University, IT University of Copenhagen, Malmö University


The CAPE project is funded by Nordforsk via the Academy of Finland.

Contact: Nils Ehrenberg

Sea4value (Photo: Finnpilot)



Aarne Leinonen and Virpi Roto from Encore group will study new digital services for the first and last miles of the seaway in a new Sea4Value/Fairway research program. The new services should help e.g. the work of pilots. This program relates to Aarne’s Ph.D. studies on the interplay of service and experience design.

The project will run until 31.1.2022 with the following partners:

Companies:, Brighthouse, Ericsson, ESL Shipping, Finnpilot, Meyer Turku, Neste, Tieto

Authorities: Finnish Border Guard, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finnish Shipowners\' Association, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, Traficom

Research units: Aalto University, Jyväskylä University, Novia, Tampere University, University of Turku

Contact: Virpi Roto

Drone delivery Otakaari 5 Image: Third Space Auto
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ENACT 2021-2023

Education network for automated and connected transport for sustainable cities (ENACT) is is a joint education development project between Finnish universities.

Project partners are Tampere University, University of Lapland, LUT University, University of Turku, University of Vaasa, and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Contact: Virpi Roto and Teija Vainio

InDEx - Dimecc (Photo: Aalto University/Aino Huovio)

InDEx - Dimecc

Industrial Data Excellence (InDEx) researches the value of data as an enabler for the next industrial revolution centered around artificial intelligence in the Finnish manufacturing industry. The project is funded by Business Finland 2020-22. Partners include Danfoss, Elekmerk, Fastems, HT-Laser and KoneCranes..

For more information, visit

Contact: Virpi Roto and Aarne Leinonen

AMRI project (Photo: Aalto University)

Accessible Magnetic Resonance Imaging AMRI

AMRI project is a three-year project funded by Technology Industries’ Future Makers instrument. The project is led by assistant professor Ilkka Laakso in Aalto ELEC, and the project focuses on studying and developing a novel MRI concept and technology. 

Contact: Severi Uusitalo and Markus Ahola

Latest publications

CreaTures Framework

Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Markéta Dolejšová, Lara Houston, Ann Light, Tuuli Mattelmäki, Joost Vervoort, Richard Lane, Iryna Zamuruieva, Ruth Wolstenholme, Milja Komulainen, Konstantinos Papagiannopoulos 2023

Towards panopticons of convenience: Power in the Nordic smart home assemblage

Nils Ehrenberg, J. Tuomas Harviainen, Jaakko Suominen 2023 Mindtrek ’23: Proceedings of the 26th International Academic Mindtrek Conference

Interconnected Agencies For Sustainable Futures : A Discourse on the Notion of Adaptation and Space

Prof. Dr. Pia Fricker, Friederike Landau-Donnelly, Constantinos Miltiadis, Shubhangi Singh 2023 Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education

Intervening, Teaming, Delegating: Creating Engaging Automation Experiences

Peter Fröhlich, Matthias Baldauf, Philippe Palanque, Virpi Roto, Fabio Paternò, Wendy Ju, Manfred Tscheligi 2023 Extended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Turning inwards for change : The role of inner conditions in transformative co-design

Kirsi Hakio, Tuuli Mattelmäki 2023 The Design Journal

Evaluating Social Impact of Smart City Technologies and Services: Methods, Challenges, Future Directions

Elise Hodson, Teija Vainio, Michel Nader Sayun, Martin Tomitsch, Ana Jones, Meri Jalonen, Ahmet Börütecene, Md Tanvir Hasan, Irina Paraschivoiu, Annika Wolff, Sharon Yavo-Ayalon, Sari Yli-Kauhaluoma, Gareth W. Young 2023 Multimodal Technologies and Interaction

Whom do we include and when? participatory design with vulnerable groups

Elise Hodson, Annukka Svanda, Nastaran Dadashi 2023 CoDesign

Renewal of the immigrant recruitment model: Supporting long-term employment with service design methods

Nicole Hussmann, Annukka Svanda 2023 Eetvartti – Espoon toimintaympäristökatsaus

Design types in diversified city administration: The case City of Helsinki

Sampsa Hyysalo, Kaisa Savolainen, Antti Pirinen, Tuuli Mattelmäki, Päivi Hietanen, Meri Virta 2023 The Design Journal
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