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Höytyvällä täytetty tyyny ja naisen käsi sen vieressä.
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An eco-filling to replace down

A hundred years ago, cattail fluff was used as life vest filling – now a Finnish company wants the eco-friendly material for pillows and winter coats.
Three mannequins displaying garments designed by Elina Onkinen and Kasia Gorniak. Photo: Mikko Raskinen/Aalto University
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Five things to see at Designs for a Cooler Planet: Evolving colours, wood glitter and garments with a history

Open until 12 October 2022, Designs for a Cooler Planet is an annual exhibit showcasing bold designs that approach sustainability from avenues including fashion, food and materials.
Vehnänjyviä
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Changes to animal feed could supply food for one billion people

Livestock and fish could be fed more agricultural by-products, freeing up food for people
A satellite image of Borneo and part of Malaysia covered by plumes of smoke from fires. The many fires are marked on the map as red dots.
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New AI system predicts how to prevent wildfires

A machine learning model can evaluate the effectiveness of different management strategies
Aalto-yliopisto Töölö -rakennuksen lukusalin kaikuisuutta vähennettiin kesällä puun selluloosasta tehtävän ruiskutettavan kuitumassa avulla. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Anna Berg
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An unobtrusive bio-based acoustic coating eliminates echoes and absorbs carbon

The cellulose-based material, which provides an alternative to traditional acoustic panels, was successfully tested in a protected building owned by Aalto University.
Illustration of a solar flare, spat out from the Sun's surface.
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New forecasting tool can give an early warning of solar storms – boosts preparedness and helps mitigate damage

Associate Professor Maarit Korpi-Lagg has received funding from the European Research Council to develop a forecasting tool to locate the source regions for the eruption of solar flares already a few days before they emerge on the Sun’s surface.

Event highlights

Life 1.5 in black font and Designs for a Cooler Planet logo on a white, fragmented background.

Life 1.5 – an exhibition of planet-friendly materials, fashion and food

Designs for a Cooler Planet is a five-week-long festival celebrating experiments in planet-friendly materials, fashion, and food.

Events
Internet Forum Public lecture series: Technology, Security and Future – to All of Us

Internet Forum Public lecture series: Technology, Security and Future – to All of Us

How do you feel security and what does it mean to us in the future – welcome to listen to interesting talks and discuss.

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Alusta pavilion

Alusta pavilion – Environmentally conscious architecture

Alusta pavilion - a place for encounters between humans and non-human animals in urban space.

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Aalto wellbeing week logo kuva 2022

Aalto Wellbeing Week 2022

Check all the events during Wellbeing Week

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Visit our campus virtually

Ilmakuva kampuksesta

Virtual Campus Experience (external link)

Explore Aalto University’s campus from anywhere in the world! Our digital guides, an Aalto University student and an assistant professor, introduce you to our learning facilities, laboratories, workshops, service spots and outdoor spaces. The tour can be experienced on desktop, mobile or VR headset.

Ukraine war

On this page, we will gather information on how Russia's invasion of Ukraine affects Aalto University’s operations. We will update the contents regularly.

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Blue and yellow flags.

Video: The new road to silk

Did you know that scientists are able to produce spider silk using modified bacteria? Spider silk is one of the strongest materials in nature and it offers intriguing opportunities for future textile design. In the NEWSILK project researchers worked together with designers to develop new types of silk-like materials using a multidisciplinary approach and the tools of synthetic biology.

See the video below or read the article on website.

Appointments

Man with glasses and a black blouse looking at the camera
Appointments, University Published:

Tomek Rygalik: ‘We need to design less but better things for longer’

Meet our new professors: Professor in Furniture Design Tomek Rygalik
Aalto logo on roof. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
Appointments Published:

Two new staff scientists at the School of Chemical Engineering

Starting on 1st October 2022, Wenwen Fang is appointed as a Staff Scientist at Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems.
Kimmo Kovanen portrait
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Kimmo Kovanen joined Research Services as Information Specialist

Kimmo Kovanen works in the Open Science and ACRIS team.
Jukka Seppälä
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Jukka Seppälä appointed Aalto Distinguished Professor

Seppälä specialises in polymer engineering especially in biopolymers. They are needed as alternatives for conventional plastics, and they can be new functional materials both in engineering and in medical applications.

Find recent news related to coronavirus

Kandidaattikeskus
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Covid-19 vaccines available again at the Otaniemi campus in September

The vaccination site is open on 12, 19 and 26 September to students and personnel at the Undergraduate Centre, room Y115.
Illustration of digital pandemic tracing networks
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Digital tracing apps should incorporate social connections to mitigate disease outbreaks

Digital tracing models could benefit from a closer look at social connections between app-users.
Hengittävä nukke aerosolitutkimuksessa
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Viruses in the air? Researchers study how air cleaning devices, masks, and UV light reduce risk of infection

The project is aimed at finding workable and cost-effective ways to protect offices.
Mies ja kannettava tietokone. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Petri Anttila
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Recent study: The COVID-19 pandemic particularly affected the well-being of entrepreneurs under 40 years of age

A quarter of the interviewed Finnish entrepreneurs is experiencing intense exhaustion.

Content highlights

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Piirroskuvitus Aalto University Magazinen kansista. Kuvassa on kaksi ihmishahmoa kävelemässä, taustalla erilaisia ympäristöjä mm. kaupunki, metsä, vuoristo. Kuvittaja: Satu Kettunen.

Four years and lots of tears – three experts tell how they succeeded in making the change

Many entrepreneurs and researchers set their goals based on a realisation that something needs to be done differently. The change they envision might be a new product or material, or it can be a new way to do things. Implementing change isn’t always easy, however, and it demands a stomach for uncertainty, say Professor Michael Hummel and entrepreneurs Annu Nieminen and Richard Nordström.

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Yki Nummi Ornon piirustuskonttorissa Helsingissä

Yki Nummi archive

The Yki Nummi archive is an extensive private archive collection held in the Aalto University Archives. Yki Nummi was one of the most influential post-war designers, whose groundbreaking work elevated Finnish design to its international reputation. Nummi is known above all else for his light fixtures, but his artistic merits also include the designing of other home utility goods, book illustrations and acting as a color and light expert.

Aalto University Archives
The Best Thing Today Psychology Podcast (Summer Green)

Academic Workload (external link)

No time to manage energy and no energy to manage time.

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Painting Energies Podcast (external link)

Painting Energies is a podcast about light, colour, plants, microbes, and electrical energy. Eleven conversations with invited guests explore their relations, and our relations to them, through a dialogue across science, technology, art and philosophy.

Flower clutch

Irene Purasachit saw the floral industry’s waste problem firsthand – now she makes material for handbags from discarded blooms

Nearly half of cut flowers end up in the trash, never making their way to dinner tables or first dates

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The drumheads exhibit a collective quantum motion. Picture: Juha Juvonen.

Aalto researchers awarded Physics World Breakthrough of the Year for macroscopic quantum entanglement

Aalto University Professor Mika A. Sillanpää, his team and collaborators at the University of New South Wales in Canberra, Australia, have won the Physics World 2021 Breakthrough of the Year. The prize was awarded for establishing quantum entanglement between a pair of macroscopic drumheads – two mechanical resonators that were tiny but still much larger than the subatomic particles that are usually entangled. The award has previously been given for the first direct observation of a black hole and for the detection of gravitational waves, which also received a Nobel Prize.

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