Research and learning infrastructures

Research and learning infrastructures

Aalto University hosts high-level facilities for research, education and innovation, including unique nationally significant research infrastructures. Continuous development and collaboration with partners guarantees first class environment for researchers, students and wider Aalto community. These infrastructures are open for everyone. Their access policy, training requirements and operation expenses differ from one to another. Details are best found from their individual websites.

Aalto University's open access policy for research infrastructuresYou can book facilities here

Three researchers using a device on the surface of the ice at Aalto ice tank

Aalto University's significant research and learning infrastructures

Harald Herlin

Aalto Data Hub (external link)

Explore research data and data-oriented services available at Aalto University

Aalto Ice Tank

Aalto Ice and Wave Tank

Aalto Ice and Wave Tank is a multipurpose basin ideally suited for testing ships and other maritime structures in ice conditions.

Research and learning infrastructures
Photograph of machinery at ENG workshop

Aalto Industry and Innovation Infrastructure

Aalto i3 – Aalto Industry and Innovation Infrastructure is for students, researchers and companies to innovate and co-create smart, connected products and services. Offering variety of specialised manufacturing and testing facilities, Aalto i3 provides structured access to unique multi-purpose infrastructure.

Research and learning infrastructures

Aalto NeuroImaging (ANI) Infrastructure

ANI research infrastructure houses three functional neuroimaging modalities, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at Advanced Magnetic Imaging (AMI) Centre, magnetoencephalography (MEG) at MEG Core and Aalto Behavioral Laboratory (ABL).

Illustation of Otakaari 2A, the new home of Aalto Studios

Aalto Studios

Aalto Studios weaves together the players of the creative economy: designers, filmmakers, YouTubers, game developers, performing artists, educators, angel investors, public-sector operators, and more in Finland, Scandinavia, Europe, and beyond.

Research and learning infrastructures
Aalto Bioproduct Centre

Bioeconomy Infrastructure

The Bioeconomy Infrastructure uses pre-treatment technology, thermal and catalytic processing, and biotechnology to produce a range of chemicals and fuel components and other materials from renewable inputs.

Metsähovi Radio Observatory's 14-metre radio telescope

Metsähovi Radio Observatory

Metsähovi Radio Observatory is the only astronomical radio observatory in Finland. Metsähovi’s main instrument is the 14-metre radio telescope, which is used around the clock, every day of the year. Its observational data is used, e.g., for studying active galaxies, the Sun, and the rotation of the Earth.

Kvanttibitit. Kuva: Jan Goetz.


OtaNano is Finland's national research infrastructure for micro-, nano-, and quantum technologies

Raw Materials

Raw Materials Research Infrastructure

RAMI Raw Materials is a national, joint research infrastructure. Its target is to strengthen the long-term core expertise in Otaniemi (together with GTK and VTT), and to place Finland among the strong actors in natural and new inorganic material research needed in the circular economy.

Research and learning infrastructures
Piece of code on the computer screen, colourful text


Science-IT provides infrastructure for high-level computational research at Aalto University and is coordinated by the School of Science.


School level research and learning infrastructures

Aalto University Acoustic Lab

Aalto Acoustics Lab

The Aalto Acoustics Lab is a multidisciplinary research center focusing on audio processing and spatial sound technologies. The laboratory gathers professors and research teams from three different units: Department of Information and Communications Engineering, Department of Computer Science, and Department of Art and Media.

Starlab antenna characterization chamber

Aalto Electronics-ICT

Aalto Electronics-ICT is an infrastructure for research and education in the fields of electromagnetics and material studies, electronic circuit design and microelectronics, radio science and engineering, and space science and technology.

Aalto Factory of the Future videowall

Aalto Factory of the Future

The Aalto Factory of the Future is an infrastructure to support innovation in future industrial automation, industry 4.0 & 5.0 and beyond. It allows test and trials of advanced technologies, such as future wireless communication (5G / Wifi6 and beyond) in industry.


Aalto nextG

Aalto nextG is an infrastructure supporting research on future mobile networks. It is operated by the School of Electrical Engineering's, Information and Communications Engineering technical support services.

Two students working at the Aalto University Design Factory's PrintLab

Design Factory

Design Factory develops creative ways of working and enhanced interdisciplinary interaction to support world-class product design in educational, research and practical application contexts.

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Large xenon lamp.

National Standards Laboratory

National Standards Laboratory of Aalto focuses on optical radiation measurements at the highest level of accuracy.

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