The winner and runners-up of Aalto University’s Open Science Award 2023

Aalto University wishes to celebrate the remarkable work of Aalto community members who promote open science in their research or teaching. In addition to teaching and research, this can be done by setting an example and supporting other Aalto community members in the field of open science. To find out the persons or groups who are exemplary in open science, we invited nominations from our community.
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Updated on April 9, 2024 to include links to interviews and the award ceremony.

Open science and research is an approach according to which the transparency of the research process and data supports the reliability and quality of researched results. Open access to research outputs for both researchers and the general public promotes equality and the social impact of research. 

Our call for nominations for open science award 2023 inspired suggestions from various areas of open science, ranging from open publishing, research data management, open educational resources, and participatory research.

Research Steering Group (RESG) received a total of 22 nominations for the open science award. Activities related to data; research data management, opening data, reusing data etc. were mentioned most often in the nominations, followed by open publications and open software and methods. There was at least one nomination per each school.

The winner is Aalto Materials Database Initiative (AMAD)

Research Steering Group declared Aalto Materials Database Initiative (AMAD) the winner of the open science award. AMAD presents a great example of what collaboration between research and IT can accomplish. 

AMAD aims at the digitization of materials sciences and the application of machine learning methods and has the potential to transform how materials sciences is done. AMAD promotes open collaboration by sharing real time data, methods and workflows with good research data management practices. Given Aalto's focus on materials science, the potential userbase of AMAD is large. At the moment, the initiative has 115 Aalto users, and 9 external ones. AMAD is maintained by Aalto IT Services. 

Read more about how this initiative is used by Aalto researchers working with material sciences: Aalto Materials Digitalisation Platform (AMAD) – opening new possibilities for data sharing and collaboration between research groups | Aalto University

Web page: Aalto Materials Digitalization Platform - AMAD | Aalto University

Lara Ejtehadian, Patrick Rinke, and Ilari Lähteenmäki sitting with coffee mugs and smiling to the camera.

Aalto Open Science Award Winner 2023 – Aalto Materials Digitalization Platform (AMAD)

We interviewed the AMAD team, winners of the first Aalto Open Science Award.


Honorary mention was awarded to Riikka Puurunen and the Catalysis Research Group

Research Steering Group was impressed by the long-term work Riikka Puurunen has carried out to promote open science and suggested an honorary mention to her and her research group.

Prof. Puurunen and the Catalysis Research Group have engaged in widely spanning open science activities, including e.g. an open science project (; open access publications; preprints; open data; open research code; publishing images separately with CC license to allow open reuse; scientific article that reuses open research code by others; open blog, and an Aalto OpenLearning site. Puurunen advocates for sustainable open science, leading by example.

Web page: Catalysis Professor's Open | Just another Aalto site

Professor Riikka Puurunen, Catalysis Research group, Aalto Open Science Award, Honorary mention

Aalto Open Science Award Honorary Mention 2023 – Professor Riikka Puurunen leads by example to foster sustainable open science

We interviewed professor Riikka Puurunen, head of Catalysis research group at the School of Chemical Engineering, who received an honorary mention in the first Aalto Open Science Award.


Third place was granted to Fostering Open Science in the Robotic Manipulation of Deformable Objects - Tran Nguyen Le, David Blanco-Mulero, Gokhan Alcan & Ville Kyrki

The core focus of the group lies in advancing the capabilities of robotic systems to manipulate deformable objects such as clothes, sponges, and food. Beyond technological implications, the work holds great potential for enhancing human well-being, particularly in healthcare settings where robots could play a vital role in assistive tasks such as dressing, bathing and feeding elderly people. 

Embracing the principles of Open Science, the researchers have actively shared their research outcomes with the scientific community, e.g. through curated open-access datasets and disclosed hardware designs, and made their scientific contributions available as open access articles and open-source software.


Two of the awardees and their robotic arm all holding colorful mugs. Aalto Open Science Award, Honorary mention.

Aalto Open Science Award Third Place Awardee 2023 – Intelligent Robotics Research Group with the Robotic Manipulation of Deformable Objects project

We interviewed the Intelligent Robotics Research Group with the Robotic Manipulation of Deformable Objects project, 3rd place awardees of the first Aalto Open Science Award.


The first prize, a video on AMAD, is presented at the Open Science award ceremony which will take place on the 7th of May 2024. Read more through the link below.

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Aalto Open Science Award Ceremony, May 7, 2024

Join us in celebrating the winners of the Aalto Open Science Award 2023!

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