Summer school: Measuring the Sustainability Potential of Your Research​

Aalto University Bioinnovation Center organizes a summer school: Measuring the Sustainability Potential of Your Research (5 ECTS). Join us in the legendary Haikko Manor & Spa in the beautiful seaside location in Porvoo, southern Finland. The course is targeted to doctoral students interested in sustainability aspects of bio-based materials and products. Please read more and register below.
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Summer school venue: Haikko Manor & Spa
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Course description

  • Gather a holistic understanding of the sustainability concept ​

  • Connect sustainability to your research topic​

  • Learn how to assess sustainability

  • A balanced mix of expert talks, workshops, and fun activities

  • 5 ECTS (pre-reading + intensive course + learning diary + feedback session)

  • Price: 500€ (accommodation and meal package) including:

    • Bus transportation from Aalto University campus to Haikko Manor & Spa (August 12th) and back to the campus (August 16th)

    • 4-night hotel accommodation in shared double rooms at Haikko Manor & Spa conference hotel including a daily spa visit

    • Breakfast, lunch & conference room coffee service are included. Breakfast is not provided on August 12th. Dinner is provided on August 12th and August 15th.


The course is targeted to doctoral students interested in sustainability aspects with background and studies on development of bio-based materials and products. There will be a focus on textiles and packaging related applications in the course program. There are 25 spots available and participants will be selected based on submitted motivation letters. Some slots are especially available for participants from universities outside Finland. 

Please attach a short motivation letter and address your motivation to attend this summer school through the register button on this page. Do not write a mini-CV, focus on your motivation to join the summer school only. Include:

  • your name and university
  • the start date and topic of your PhD thesis
  • your interest in the summer school (e.g., how it relates to your research)

The motivation letter should not exceed 1 A4-page.  Deadline for the motivation letter submission is June 7th, 2024 at 10:00am.

Tentative program

Please find a tentative program for each day below. Please note that changes to the program are possible. 

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Keynote speaker: Professor Ronalds Gonzales

Dr. Ronalds Gonzalez is an Associate professor, consultant & thought leader in sustainable fiber-based consumer goods.  Dr. Gonzalez leads a dynamic research group ( that collaborates closely with both companies and federal agencies to accelerate the industrial adoption of emerging and disruptive sustainable technologies and materials. As part of his commitment to promoting sustainable practices, Dr. Gonzalez recently founded the Sustainable and Alternative Fibers Initiative (SAFI), a University-Industry research consortium supported by over 28 companies (

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Responsible Professor: Luana Dessbesell

Dr. Luana Dessbesell is an assistant professor and the head of the Sustainable Bioproducts Innovation research group at Aalto University. Her research group focuses on sustainable bioproducts innovation via translating research to commercialization, considering an interdisciplinary approach leveraging techno-economic, environmental and circularity indicators. Her background is in forest and chemical engineering with ten years' experience as a researcher and biorefinery technology due diligence specialist in Canada and Brazil. She supports her research team's objective of facilitating academia and industry design transformative technologies and business strategies considering bioeconomy opportunities and circular economy principles to achieve long-term competitiveness.

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Aalto University Bioinnovation Center

To achieve human wellbeing in planetary boundaries, we need new sustainable solutions to wisely use our natural resources. The Bioinnovation Center especially focuses on innovations in sustainable bio-based materials, with special focus on textiles and packaging.

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