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!

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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.

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Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Creativity: How do the cross-cutting themes affect your teaching at Aalto University?

About how Aalto Co-Educator collaborates to integrate the cross-cutting themes into courses and curricula.

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people exploring the walk-in closet that provides solutions for a sustainable fashion and textiles future

'Wardrobe of the future' – sustainable solutions for the fashion and textile industry

The exhibition is showcasing solutions from researchers and students on sustainable future for the fashion and textile industry.

Students in Aalto Design Factory

Sustainability report: multidisciplinary approach to solving sustainability challenges is Aalto’s strength

Science, technology and arts play an important role in solving global sustainability problems. Aalto University’s strength is its strong multidisciplinary approach to humanity’s greatest challenges, such as environmental crises. Aalto’s new sustainability report highlights some of the key sustainability actions taken by Aalto University in 2021.


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!

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‘What was surprising in the responses was how close radical creativity was perceived to be to the core of research in all disciplines."

Tua Björklund

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.

What is deep technology? And how is Aalto contributing to deep tech research, knowledge and entrepreneurship? Read more about how deep tech is part of our everyday life.
Centimeter-sized silicon chip, which has two parallel superconducting oscillators and the quantum-circuit refrigerators connected to them. Credit: Kuan Yen Tan.

Aalto's low temperature lab is home to several spinoffs

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.

Quantum chips like it cold

What if quantum computing could cut all car pollution?

Quantum computing reduces processing times from millions of years to mere seconds, compared to the fastest supercomputer. IQM is turning this remarkable fact into a scale-able reality.

Professor Jose Lado, facing the camera, sitting on wooden steps.

An atomic-scale window into superconductivity paves the way for new quantum materials

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.

Vacuumwood.tech - a modular, carbon-neutral construction system (external link)

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.

Panu Miettinen

Flowrite - AI startup aims to reduce time spent on written communications by 50% (external link)

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.

Aalto founder stories: Flowrite

Veri - a wearable that helps tackle poor metabolic health (external link)

Veri is democratising access to information about our bodies, empowering people to make better choices.

Anttoni Aniebonam, Veri CEO

Surgify - Drilling down into a surgical startup’s journey (external link)

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.

Visa Sippola from Surgify

Ioncell - transforming used textiles and wood pulp into new textile fibres. (external link)

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.

Ioncell CEO Antti Rönkkö

Fepod: easy measuring for optimal pain medication dosage (external link)

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?

Valkoinen laboratoriotakki sekä analyysityökalu, jolla voidaan mitata veripisarasta särkylääkkeen pitoisuus.

Impact with an international approach

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Aalto University network of academic, research, and exchange partnerships (external link)

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.

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