Honorary doctors' panel discussions and seminars

What is happening in quantum technology right now? Why might the next Silicon Valley be found in Otaniemi? Aalto University celebrates the conferment and honorary doctorates with two interesting panel discussions and seminars. The discussions will focus on the role of a small country in the international quantum technology market and the power of universities as enablers of innovation.
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Aalto University celebrates the exceptional careers of the ten new honorary doctors in technology during the Ceremony week of 2022. Join the two panel discussions and seminars of your choice.

Time Event Panelists and keynote speakers Venue
10.00–10.05 Opening of event Mikko Kosonen, Chair of the Board, Aalto University Dipoli, Lumituuli
10.00–11.00 Panel:
Quantum Technology – The science and science policy
Jürgen Mlynek, EU Flagship of Quantum Technology
Antti-Pekka Jauho, University of Denmark
Jukka Pekola, InstituteQ
Sabrina Maniscalco,Algorithmiq

Moderator: Heikki Mannila, Professor,Aalto University

Dipoli, Lumituuli
11.00–11.30 Coffee and networking    
11.30–12.30 Panel:
Deep Tech Innovations – From university to business

Panel opening by Janne Laine, Vice President, Innovations, Aalto University

Mårten Mickos, HackerOne
Marjo Miettinen, Ensto Oy
Tuula Teeri, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
Tuomas Tenkanen, Mobidiag Oy

Moderator: Nina Pulkkis, Science journalist

Dipoli, Lumituuli

Jürgen Mlynek, Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board, European Quantum Flagship: Quantum Flagship – The Way Ahead: How Europe Is Driving the Future of Quantum Technologies

Lumituuli, Dipoli




Luísa Coutinho, University of Lisbon
Short Stories of a life in technology: From research to education and business

Juha Kostiainen, YIT
Kaupunkielämän lähivuosikymmenet

Otakaari 4, 216

Otakaari 4, 216

14.15–15.30   Anjana Devi, Ruhr-University, Bochum
The rise of atomic layer deposition: From fundamental research to modern technologies
Tuomas Tenkanen,Mobidiag Oy
From startup to success – case Mobidiag 

Kemistintie 1,

14.30–15.30   Juan Mosig,Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Stratified media, Spectral Domain, Square Roots and Sommerfeld Integrals
Maarintie 8, hall TU1

Register here for the panel discussions.

All events are held on the university campus in Otaniemi. The programme will partly be streamed online. The links will be added on this page on the day of the event.

Read the introductions of the honorary doctors. Please find the introductions of Sabrina Maniscalco and Jukka Pekola below.

Jukka Pekola is a professor of quantum nanophysics at Aalto University (Finland). He and his group study mesoscopic physics and quantum sensors.  His work on the heat transport of nanostructures has set new standards in this field and his experimental studies in the middle ground between classical and quantum physics are unique on a world scale.  The micro and nano-scale thermometers and refrigerators he has developed are cutting-edge achievements in nanophysics.

Prof. Pekola is the Director of the national centre of excellence in research, Quantum Technology Finland (QTF), Acting Director of the Finnish quantum institute, InstituteQ, and the Scientific Director of the national research infrastructure for micro, nano and quantum technologies, OtaNano. He is a recipient of a distinguished ERC Advanced Grant, two-time Academy Professor and recipient of the Simon Memorial Prize 2020.

Sabrina Maniscalco is a professor of quantum information and logic at the University of Helsinki, and an Adjunct Professor at Aalto University (Finland). She and her group studies theory of open quantum systems, and in particular non-Markovian quantum processes. She has coordinated several international and interdisciplinary projects and is recognised as one of the leading experts in quantum technologies.

Prof. Maniscalco is the Vice Director of QTF, Leader of Education activities of InstituteQ, and serves in the scientific advisory board of severals international institutions, such as the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (Austria) and the Quantum Technology initiative at CERN. She is CEO and co-founder of Algorithmiq Ltd, a startup focusing on quantum algorithms and software.

Further information: Master of ceremonies Tatu Pohjola, firstname.lastname(at)

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