News

Lessons from Mars and blue algae ― Come explore the future of the circular economy on 5 June

Organised by Aalto University, speakers include NASA Researcher Jonathan Trent, founder of Origin by Ocean Mari Granström, and circular fashion expert Kirsi Niinimäki
Ioncell
Ioncell is an environmentally friendly process, developed at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, that produces high-quality textile fibres from wood, recycled cotton or paper waste. Photo: Aleksi Poutanen / Aalto University

Time: 5 June 2019, from 10.00 to 12.00
Location: Ekonominaukio 1, Otaniemi, Espoo (Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation lecture hall)

On 3-5 June, Sitra’s World Circular Economy Forum will bring approximately 2 000 global influencers of the circular economy to Helsinki. Aalto University will host a WCEF2019 side event on 5 June in Otaniemi, where top experts from Finland and around the world will talk about the circular economy as an enabler of sustainable development as well as new business.

Assistant Professor Mari Lundström is in charge of the BATCircle Consortium that promotes the circular economy of battery metals. The goal of the consortium is to generate a battery market in Finland worth as much as 5 billion euros. Researcher Mari Granström, the founder of Origin by Ocean, sees blue-green algae as sea biomass, which can be collected and utilised for various purposes, for example, as raw material in cosmetics. Aalto University's Professor Riku Vahala, with his research group and partners, develops a method to refine wastewater nitrogen into a valuable fertiliser. 

A scarce and wise use of resources is also one of the cornerstones of a circular economy. NASA Researcher and Director of UpCycle Systems Jonathan Trent reveals what kind of perspectives research carried out in Mars opens up in terms of solving major challenges related to food, water and energy. Aalto University Professor Kirsi Niinimäki describes the revolutionary impact of circular economy thinking on the fashion industry, and Professor Lassi Linnanen from Lappeenranta University of Technology talks about the systemic change required to control overconsumption.

The event takes place in English, and you can find the programme here. The event is open to everyone. Welcome!

Aalto University is also at the main event at Expo area of Finlandia Hall, presenting the latest research results on the circular economy of batteries, design enabling the recycling of textiles, management of large circular economy systems, and wood structures that enable deconstruction and reuse.  Read more about the topics of the invitational event here.

Further information:

Development Manager Marjo Kettunen
tel. +358 50 304 2827
[email protected]

  • Published:
  • Updated:
Share
URL copied!

Related news

Suomessa kehitettiin tekoäly, joka ymmärtää paremmin ihmisen tavoitteita
Research & Art Published:

Designing AI that understands humans’ goals better

To make a better smart assistant, we need an AI that understands its user and does not constantly need detailed instructions
Oniipa
Research & Art Published:

Researchers are importing electricity and internet connections to a Namibian village – required technology can be transported in a pickup

The initiative to be piloted on Independence Day seeks to aid the everyday lives of people in small communities while creating a framework for businesses.
Polymer film that bends when light is shone on it
Research & Art Published:

Liquid crystal polymer learns to move and grab objects

Researchers trained material the same way as Pavlov trained dogs.
Veronika Honkasalon puku
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

Member of Parliament Veronika Honkasalo’s independence day dress reflects feminism and ecological values

Aalto University FaCT MA student Heidi Karjalainen has designed MP Veronika Honkasalo’s (Left Alliance) dress for the President’s Independence Day Reception 2019.