Excellence brings competitiveness – Doctoral career paths 2023

Are you keen to learn about different kind of doctoral career paths and options? Would you like to learn about the qualities and skills that companies seek in doctoral graduates? Are you interested in getting the most out of networking and the services offered by Aalto University?

This event is for doctoral students aiming for a career in the academia, industry, public sector or as entrepreneurs or artists.
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Please register to participate at Webropol (open until 22.5.)


12.15 Opening words, Vice President (education) Petri Suomala
12.30 Doctors' Career Paths – Teamwork and Curiosity, Professor Yrjö Neuvo
12.45 Prepare for your doctoral career, Career Coach Susanna Saarinen, Aalto Career Design Lab
13.05 Diverse career paths for doctoral graduates, panel discussion

  • DA Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen, designer, visual artist and teacher, (
  • D.Sc. (Econ), Associate professor, Assistant Dean Tiina Ritvala, Aalto University School of Business (
  • D.Sc. (Tech) Juha Heinonen, Co-founder and project manager at ElFys Oy (linkedin. com)
  • D.Sc. (Tech), staff scientist Enrico Glerean, Aalto University (
  • D.Sc. (Tech), Design Engineer (R&D) Mahafugur Rahman, ABB (

14:00 Coffee break & mingling

14.30 Employing doctors: demand and prospects, speakers from companies:

  • DA Katja Soini, Chief Growth Officer at Innolink, Chairperson of Ornamo
  • D.Sc. (Econ) Iikka Korhonen, Head of the Bank of Finland Institute for Emerging Economies (BOFIT)
  • D.Sc. (Tech) Johanna Forsman, Process Developement Manager at Murata Electronics
  • D.Sc. (Tech) Leena Otsomaa, Vice President (R&D) at Orion
  • D.Sc. (Tech) Matti Manninen, R&D Manager at Bluefors

15.45 Wrap-up

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