Department of Design

NODUSTalks Events

NODUSTalks series is organized by the NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group of Aalto University, bringing together researchers and practitioners on topics relevant to design, innovation and sustainability.
NODUS Research Group Activities

COMING EVENTS

See you again in the spring 2022!

PAST EVENTS

MULTISPECIES SUSTAINABILITY event with Emilija Veselova & Elisa Vainio

NODUSTalks Multispecies Sustainability

EMILIJA VESELOVA is a doctoral candidate at NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group. In this talk, Emilija will present her research on how natural nonhumans, such as animals, insects, soil, different ecosystems, can be included and considered as important stakeholders in design, planning and decision making processes.

ELISA VAINIO is working as a Project Manager at the Baltic Sea Action Group focusing on regenerative agriculture and international soil collaboration. In her presentation, she will present the Carbon Action platform which develops and researches ways of accelerating soil carbon sequestration and verifying the results scientifically.

Video recording of the event.

Event page in Facebook.

Food Sovereignty Is People's Sovereignty event poster

NODUSTalks Food Sovereignty Is People's Sovereignty

ASLIHAN OGUZ is a designer, food entrepreneur, blogger, podcaster and independent researcher focusing on sustainable food systems, feminist food studies and feminist systems thinking. She will introduce what food sovereignty means, how and why this movement started, its current position and how it connects to a new food system narrative, which is part of the research she is currently building.

RUBY VAN DER WEKKEN is a producing member of Oma maa cooperative and considers herself a member of the Global Justice movement. In her presentation she will talk about Oma maa's peoples process around agriculture and how this for Oma maa relates to change - in thought and in practice.

Event page in Facebook.

NODUS TALKS Open Design in a Global Health Crisis

NODUS TALKS Open Design in a Global Health Crisis

CINDY KOHTALA is Postdoctoral Researcher in Aalto University, Department of Design. She studies fab labs and maker culture and how sustainability is represented in their new prosumption practices and sociotechnical utopias. Her presentation will introduce open design: what it is, who does it, who researches it, and how it connects to sustainability.



DAVID CUARTIELLES RUIZ is a teacher and researcher of interaction design at Malmö University, Sweden, exploring the co-creation of socio-technical platforms.



CÉSAR GARCÍA SÁEZ is an independent researcher specialised in maker culture and digital fabrication, and publisher/producer of the La Hora Maker podcast.



David and César will talk about the Coronavirusmakers open design platform they helped initiate and maintain, for the collaborative production and distribution of PPE in Spain starting in March 2020.




Video recording of the event.

Event page in Facebook.

NODUS TALKS Accommodating Urban Food Futures

NODUS TALKS Accommodating Urban Food Futures

KATA FODOR is an architect and doctoral researcher at Aalto University, focusing on the spatial preconditions/implications of sustainable urban food systems. She will discuss the changing spatial logics embedded in 21st century food systems, as well as how new hybrid food spaces may facilitate more sustainable urban food practices.

LOUIS POHL is a social architect and founder of the Foodhall Project and the National Food Service UK. The National Food Service is a new public service aiming to eliminate food insecurity and tackle the interconnected issues of social isolation and food waste by creating new experimental food typologies. His talk will explore how prototypes have responded during Covid-19 and how new public spaces can serve as a platform to create new civic relationships after Covid-19.

Video recording of the event.

Event page in Facebook.

NODUS TALKS 
Business of Design & Sustainability: Jumping on Board or Pushing Off the Cliff?

NODUS TALKS 
Business of Design & Sustainability: Jumping on Board or Pushing Off the Cliff?

İDİL GAZİULUSOY is Professor of Sustainable Design and Leader of NODUS Research Group in Aalto University. In her talk she is going to share her perspectives on how design businesses can approach sustainability strategically and what’s beyond “sustainability-as-usual.”

ZEYNEP FALAY von FLITTNER is the design director and partner in leading service design and customer experience consultancy, Hellon. In her talk, she will talk about the impact of sustainability on design consultancies and reflect on the challenges of designers who are trying to do “good" within business limitations.

Video recording of the event.

Event page in Facebook.

NODUS Talks: Civil Dissent & Sustainability

NODUS TALKS Civil Dissent & Sustainability

MILOŠ MLADENOVIĆ is a human and engineer, trying to understand and share knowledge about urban mobility systems. His talk titled "The Anarchist Cookbook and Imaginaries of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology" will explore contrasting official imaginaries of self-driving vehicle technology with the multitude of anticipated civil disobedience cases to unpack fundamental moral challenges that could further depoliticize technological (non)-development.



ARTO SIVONEN is the founder of Måndag, a marketing designer and an urban activist. In his talk titled, "Activism, what does that really mean?" Sivonen will be discussing activism, its meaning, and how to activate social change.





Video recording of the event.

Event page in Facebook.

NODUS TALKS Why (not) Give Up? Sustainability Transformations & Degrowth

NODUS TALKS Why (not) Give Up? Sustainability Transformations & Degrowth

MERI LÖYTTYNIEMI is a solution-oriented change agent leading Aalto University's Sustainability team. She will be presenting about implementing sustainability within higher education and how to promote topics like degrowth in an organization like Aalto University.

EEVA HOUTBECKERS is a postdoctoral researcher who studies postgrowth work and livelihoods in the global North and an activist in the degrowth movement. Her presentation focuses on experiences of promoting degrowth in various instances since 2016.

Event page in Facebook.

NODUS TALKS 1.5 Degree Lifestyles

NODUS TALKS 1.5 Degree Lifestyles

DR. MICHAEL LETTENMEIER is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Design at Aalto University. He is interested in the implications of one-planet lifestyles for households, business and society, and for the transition to an eco-welfare state. He will speak about what 1.5-degree lifestyles will look like and how the transition towards them could be accelerated.

HANNA-REETTA LUUKKAINEN is the Head of Customer Data and Loyalty Services at Kesko. Her presentation is titled The Butterfly Effect – Using Customer Data as a Tool to Address Climate Change.

Video recording of the event.

Event page in Facebook.

Creative Methods for Futures Inquiry & Social Transformation

NODUS TALKS Creative Methods for Futures Inquiry & Social Transformation

MERJA RYÖPPY is an actor and a PhD research fellow at the University of Southern Denmark and a visiting researcher at Aalto University. She employs participatory theatre methods in design processes to understand the ongoing social and material relations among people, products and objects.

AMOS TAYLOR is a futurist and researcher at Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku. His research considers the coming transformations for the next 100 years and the ethical decisions that arise for society and the planet. His work explores highly participatory and creative approaches to engage alternative futures.

Video recording of the event.

Event page in Facebook.

Waste Not, Want Not: Sustainable Food Practices

NODUS TALKS Waste Not, Want Not: Sustainable Food Practices

SEONA CANDY is a researcher in sustainable food and urban systems at the Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria) at the University of Helsinki. She will talk about how addressing food waste could be a catalyst for broader food systems sustainability if undertaken with a deep transformation approach.

CARLOS HENRIQUES studied hospitality management and quickly discovered his passion for cooking. He is one of the co-founders of Restaurant Nolla, Helsinki’s first zero-waste restaurant. He will be sharing his perspective on sustainable practices and how to start.

Event page in Facebook.

NODUS TALKS Care and Participatory Design

NODUS TALKS Care and Participatory Design

ANGELA MORIGGI is External Researcher at Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and a Kone Foundation grantee. She will talk about the link between care ethics and sustainability transformations, and explain how care principles inspired her participatory action research approach, working with nature-based entrepreneurs in Finland.

PAULIINA SEPPÄLÄ is a social scientist and an entrepreneur, who has been involved in launching and developing several events and platforms that facilitate participatory society, from a crowdfunding platform to a neighborhood platform. She has co-founded the NGO Yhteismaa and the company Mesenaatti.me. She will speak about organic co-creation and neighborhoods of care. The event is free but please register as seats are limited.

Event page in Facebook.

NODUS TALKS Tools for Sustainability Transitions

NODUS TALKS Tools for Sustainability Transitions

DR. SAMPSA HYYSALO is professor of co-design at Aalto University, Department of Design. Sampsa’s
research and teaching interests are in co-design and user involvement in sustainable sociotechnical change. He will present a mid-range pathway creation toolset which helps diverse participants to codesign changes toward
transition goals in areas such as energy, biodiversity and aquatic resource use.

JUHA KRONQVIST is a lead service designer at Hellon, a design agency challenging traditional management consulting with a human-centered focus on business and leadership. He will present the Nordic Urban Mobility game, a tool for discovering future paths and planning cross-industry collaboration. The game was developed in collaboration with Nordic Innovation.

Event page in Facebook.

NODUS TALKS Aesthetic Sustainability

NODUS TALKS Aesthetic Sustainability

DR. SANNA LEHTINEN is Research Fellow at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science HELSUS (University of Helsinki) and the President of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics. She will talk about the concept of aesthetic sustainability and how it can increase our understanding of experiential quality and sustainable futures.

NEMO architects, Maria and Jussi Laine, is a young Helsinki-based architectural practice working on sustainable architecture and design in the present market. NEMO will present their concepts for creating public awareness of sustainable aesthetics.

Event page in Facebook.

Futures & Design: Transforming Our Now for Sustainability

NODUS TALKS Futures & Design: Transforming Our Now for Sustainability

DR. MIKKO DUFVA is Sitra’s leading foresight specialist and the chairperson of the Finnish Society for Futures Studies. He will talk about the need for utopias, societal imagination and experiencing futures in times of transformation.

DR. İDİL GAZİULUSOY is a design researcher and a sustainability scientist. She is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design and Leader of NODUS Research Group at Aalto University. Her talk is about how to design experiences of sustainable futures as an aid for democratic deliberation.

Event page in Facebook.

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