The innovation diary is a cumulative story following a multidisciplinary innovation team that received funding from Business Finland for 18 months in January 2023. You are welcome to follow the story of team WUUD, a joint project with the school of Arts and school of chemical engineering. The end product is an evironmentally friendly and durable wooden design cladding. The diary is by written by team lead Hemmo Honkonen.
Take a peek into Aalto University's impact
Our unique combination of art, science, technology and business provides a perfect platform for innovations with impact. How? Read on!
Five things to know about university impact
When you think about the powerhouses ensuring our societal and economical success, universities may not be the first thing to pop into mind. It's clear that a university's basic function is to provide education and advance scientific research, but what else is there?
How do Aaltonians handle impact?
What makes Aaltonians tick and what is their approach towards impact?
'You are entrepreneurial when you see a problem as an opportunity, instead of avoiding it as a threat. A can-do attitude is also an entrepreneurial skill.'
Government appointed new Climate Change Panel for 2024–2027 which will be composed of 15 researchers from universities and research institutes. The chaired is Jyri Seppälä from the Finnish Environment Institute.
Shaping a sustainable future
Sustainability has been the default choice at Aalto from the very beginning. A focus on sustainability is at the core of all our education, research and innovation services.
What don't we see even though we should – or could? Explore the exhibitions of Designs for a Cooler Planet 2023 to discover what Aalto students and researchers should be made visible.
University of Helsinki and Aalto University are participating in organizing a major international conference on sustainability sciences in June 2024. The event organized in Helsinki and Espoo combines the international SRI congress and Sustainability Science Days.
Impact with radical creativity?
Radical creativity is one of Aalto's key tools in pursuing impact and a sustainable future. What does it mean? And why radical? Read a new study why paradigms need to be overturned!
‘What was surprising in the responses was how close radical creativity was perceived to be to the core of research in all disciplines."
Deep technology solves global challenges - Aalto University is a great growth platform for deep tech companies
Deep tech companies that got their start at Aalto University include IQM, ICEYE, Ioncell and Mustekala.
The spin-off companies of the laboratory, for instance in the field of modern refrigeration, low-temperature instrumentation and human brain imaging, have shown competitiveness all over the world.
Researchers have demonstrated a new technique to measure the quantum excitations in superconducting materials with atomic precision for the first time. Detecting these excitations is an important step towards understand exotic superconductors, which could help us improve quantum computers and perhaps even pave the way towards room-temperature superconductors.
Entrepreneurial mindset: Aalto alumni founders
Aalto's 100 000+ alumni have had enormous societal impact. Read about some of the people who found their startup spark in our community.
In the past, wood-based and vacuum-based construction approaches have been used, but there has never been a hybrid like this, resulting in a moisture-resistant and long-lasting construction system that can be used in a range of environments - from the ultra-cold to the ultra-warm.
In 2018, Adobe reported that US white-collar workers spend an average of 3.1 hours a day checking work email. That's a problem that Flowrite is trying to fix.
Veri is democratising access to information about our bodies, empowering people to make better choices.
Helsinki-based medical startup Surgify is playing its part in reducing post-surgical complications. Its groundbreaking surgical drill design is helping to reduce the risks associated with complex brain surgeries while improving recovery time.
A staggering 70,000 tons of textiles are consumed each year in Finland alone. Globally, most textiles are discarded at a landfill, while in Finland, they largely end up as energy waste.
Willow bark. Mandrake. Opium. Over the centuries, we've explored countless treatments to soothe pain. And we've got better at it over time. Now pain medications like paracetamol, codeine and morphine are commonplace. But are they optimal?
Impact with an international approach
Aalto University has a wide range of partner universities around the globe. Have a quick look at our mobility partners by searching through the link.