Image of a fading garment: Garment design: Sofia Ilmonen, photo: Diana Luganski and visual design: Merle Karp


Leonardo/ISAST LASER Talks are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of LASER is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building. Aalto University became a LASER Talks host in 2020. 

Out of Fashion – Aalto LASER Talks

Future visions and concrete steps towards the sufficiency paradigm in fashion

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Radical Collaboration – Aalto LASER Talk

To address the existential challenges we face today, we require truly transformative and border-crossing collaboration. But how can we achieve this? Watch the video recording of our afterwork event.

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Radical Collaboration – Aalto LASER Talks afterwork returns in June

Invite your friend or colleague to our casual get-together featuring inspiring talks on current research, accompanied by relaxed conversations over food, refreshments, and music on June 7, 2023.

LASER Talks at Espoo/Helsinki. Leonardo Arts Science Evening Rendezvous

International LASER Talks series will start January 28, 2021

LASER Talks are an initiative launched by Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. Aalto University joined the list of LASER Talks hosts in 2020, and the January event will be the first-ever held in Finland.


Images: Aalto LASER Community event on September 9th, 2021 co-organised with Aalto Networking Platform. Photos by Aman Askarizadmasouleh. Design Factory, Otaniemi

LASER Hosts 2023

Laura Beloff, Professor of Visual Culture and Artistic Practices
Pia Fricker, Professor of Practice, Computational Methodologies in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism

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Previous LASER Talks

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LASER Talks: Art, Architecture and Complex Systems

A provocative approach to art & science with algorithms, robotics and embedded politics

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LASER Talks: Beyond Spontaneous Generation

What if the evolution chain, once pictured as a line, was instead a circle, now caught at the moment when reaching its point of origin?

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LASER Talk: Adaptation and Interconnected Agencies

Join us for presentations and an interactive discussion about the transformation of the Arctic imposed by climate change on geopolitical and environmental levels with the artist Kaisu Koivisto, researcher in Arctic identities and politics Ingrid A.Medby, designer and doctoral researcher Emilia Tikka, and Jukka Tuhkuri, professor of ice mechanics at Aalto University.

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LASER Talks: Adaptation and Space

Under the theme ‘Adaptation and Space’ this LASER Talk at Aalto University will intersect different practices and discourses as heterogeneous but complementary articulations of ‘space’, that address, operate on and contribute, in different ways and capacities, to the transformation of the contemporary environment and its challenges: the social, the infrastructural, the technological, the sensory, the virtual, the built and the unbuilt.

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LASER Talks: Adaptation and Bodies in Context

In what ways are we (humans) as a species able to adapt to the changes in our habitat and environment? And what does that imply?


Adaptation and Bodies in Context

January 28th, 2021 | 18:00–20:00 (Finland)
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Adaptation and Space

April 29th, 2021 | 18:00–20:00 (Finland)
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Adaptation and Interconnected Agencies

September 9th, 2021 | 17:00–18:30 (Finland)

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