Research & Art

High-quality research. A unique combination of science, art, technology and business.

At Aalto University, we create the conditions needed for innovation, economic growth, employment and wellbeing. Our research is concentrated around seven key areas combining four core competences in the fields of ICT, materials, arts, design and business together with three grand challenges related to energy, living environment, and health.

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Key research areas

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ICT and digitalisation

We represent 25–35% of the scientific publications and university education in the field of ICT and digitalization in Finland.

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Materials and sustainable use of natural resources

Our innovations based on materials research provide great opportunities for Finnish and international businesses.

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Art and design knowledge building

We aim to find new ways of solving supposedly impossible problems, to contribute to the wellbeing of people, and to have a positive impact on wider society.

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Global business dynamics

Our research contributes significantly to the competitiveness and renewal of Finnish industry and serves to help policy decision making.

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Advanced energy solutions

Energy-related research is widely carried out by us. The main research focuses are energy sciences, multidisciplinary energy technologies and energy and the environment.

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Human-centred living environments

We are developing interdisciplinary research to enhance the planning, design, and testing of better living environments.

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Health and wellbeing

Our health and wellbeing research mostly focuses on neuroscience and -technology, functional magnetic imaging, biomedical engineering, bioinformatics and computational medicine, as well as on health and wellbeing technologies and management.

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Renewing society by art, creativity and design

Aalto University promotes art and creativity in all disciplines and communities. One of our targets is to renew society through art, creativity and design. We are a forerunner in combining art and creative practices with research and education.

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Key figures

In 2017, we continued the renewal of our research profile and advanced our digitalisation programme. Competitive research funding increased.

61.1

Competitive research funding (€ million) in 2017.
Includes funding from the Academy of Finland, Tekes FiDiPro and EU.

2165

Number of international peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals in 2017.

15.2

Quality of publications.
Share of Aalto University publications in 2017 that belong to the top 10% most highly cited in the same area.

26

Number of recipients of ERC funding (European Research Council) in 2017.
Awarded to leading researchers for pioneering work at the frontiers of science.

Excellence in research

Research carried out at Aalto University is of high quality, as demonstrated by our researchers success in obtaining external research funding. Get to know our most notable recognitions, funding awards and projects!

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Platforms and other collaboration bodies

Our collaboration bodies bring together researchers across departments, offering also possibilities for co-operation and networking with external stakeholders.

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What are Aalto Platforms?

Platforms facilitate transdisciplinary actions in 8 thematic areas. They bring together Aalto's expertise across departments and support networking and collaboration.

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Aalto Digi Platform

We are a forum for everything digital. Our focus areas include emerging technologies, digital services, big data, and robotics in science, arts, and applications.

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Aalto Living+ Platform

Living+ supports multi- and transdisciplinary research on human-centered living environments, one of Aalto University´s key research areas.

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Aalto Health Platform

Health and Wellbeing focus areas include biomedical engineering, neuroscience, biomaterials, digital health, and health management and design.

Aalto University Experience Platform

Aalto Experience Platform

Experiences cover all areas of life and give it meaning. We foster research combining scientific, artistic, technological, and business angles on human experiences.

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Aalto Materials Platform

We promote cross-disciplinary collaborations and communication to advance the field of materials science and its applications.

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Aalto Energy Platform

Energy meets information, materials, and society. Our focus is in sustainable energy solutions. We organize and gather energy-related research and activities.

Industrial Internet Campus is a co-innovation lab for students, researchers and companies

Industrial Internet Campus

Aalto University Industrial Internet Campus (AIIC) is a platform for students, researchers, and companies to innovate and co-create smart, connected products and services. Industrial Internet Campus enables multidisciplinary research, education and innovation together with industrial partners.

Aalto Sustainability Hub

Aalto Sustainability Hub

To address complex sustainability challenges, Aalto Sustainability Hub works to increase interdisciplinary collaboration and to promote sustainability in teaching, campus development and other operations at Aalto.

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Teaching Lab

Teaching Lab provides services, workshops as well as information and inspiration for designing future-proof and work-life relevant education!

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Infrastructures for research and learning

Our research and learning infrastructures lay the groundwork for world-class, cutting-edge research. They offer opportunities for collaboration and foster local innovation ecosystem growth. Our large infrastructures are open to all in the Aalto community, as well as external users.

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Doctoral programmes

Aalto University prepares doctoral candidates to become highly qualified researchers and, increasingly, for diverse career pathways in the most demanding expert positions. More than 250 doctors graduate every year. Doctoral education is carried out in a unique multidisciplinary international scientific community. The key element in this training is the relationship between the supervisor and doctoral candidate.

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Tenure track

Our tenure track career system offers a well-supported career path for professor-level academics. The objective of tenure track is to support professors’ academic freedom and develop world-class research, artistic and professional work, teaching and activity in the scientific community, as well as academic leadership.

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Open science and research

The principle of openness is the key principle of science and research. At Aalto University, the most visible forms of open science are open access publications, open research data and metadata, and combining openess and commercialization.

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Research Ethics and Research Integrity

Aalto University has committed itself to following the guidelines for ethical principles of research and integrity. You will find help and advice on questions on research ethics.

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Research assessments

We continuously assess the quality of our university's research and artistic activities, in addition to societal impact.

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News

Aalto University / Verkkoturvallisuus ja -luottamus / photo: Aki-Pekka Sinikoski
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Guest speakers discuss the effects of digitalisation on a public lecture series

How does digitalisation affect business, society and security? Join our public lectures to hear guest speakers from the industry and institutions discuss the hottest issues on digitalisation!
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EIT Festival - 2nd October @Aalto

Welcome to the EIT Festival to discover EIT Innovation Communities in Finland!
Sediment sampling in the historical centre of Venice with the Limnos sampler provided by the Finnish Environmental Institute SYKE. Image: Pauliina Purhonen
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The trip to Venice—in the words of the students

Contemporary design students spent a week in Venice setting up the exhibition and gathering soil samples for the research.
Coiling vases from the local earthenware and painting the vases with the local earth in Earth Laboratory, Venice, August 2019. Photo: Catharina Kajander
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Working with contaminated soil in Venice

Revealing human traces in Venice Biennale.

Events

Critical Tide Seaweed Sculpture Oki naganode by Julia Lohmann photo: Noortje Knulst
Exhibitions and fairs

Critical Tide exhibition at the Design Museum’s Gallery

At a time of deep ecological crises, Critical Tide will open our eyes to the urgent issues our oceans face and showcase creative ways of intervening.
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Exhibitions and fairs

Interactive Diorama - Rembrandt 1632 at Central Library Oodi

A virtual reality simulation that takes the visitor deep into a painting by Rembrandt from the 1600s
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Lectures and seminars

ABC Seminar: Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning in Neuroscience

A double-bill seminar from two guest speakers, both prominent young researchers in AI in Neuroscience
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Exhibitions and fairs

EIT Festival - 2nd October @Aalto

Welcome to the EIT Festival to discover EIT Innovation Communities in Finland!
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