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.
Key research areas
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.
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.
In 2017, we continued the renewal of our research profile and advanced our digitalisation programme. Competitive research funding increased.
Competitive research funding (€ million) in 2017.
Includes funding from the Academy of Finland, Tekes FiDiPro and EU.
Number of international peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals in 2017.
Quality of publications.
Share of Aalto University publications in 2017 that belong to the top 10% most highly cited in the same area.
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!
Platforms and other collaboration bodies
Our collaboration bodies bring together researchers across departments, offering also possibilities for co-operation and networking with external stakeholders.
The Platforms facilitate multi- and interdisciplinary research and teaching in thematic areas. They organise annually several thematic meetings which offer external stakeholders possibilities for co-operation and networking. They, also, bring together Aalto's expertise across departments.
Aalto Digi Platform is an open community for anyone interested in digital technologies. We bring digitalization-related research fields together and foster collaboration between Aalto and society at large. We help arrange community events and organize larger events to spark public discussion and showcase Aalto's research.
Aalto Health Platform is a collaborative program that creates a framework for Aalto to deepen and widen its joint work with its partner organizations in the area of health and wellbeing (H&W), which is one of Aalto University’s strategic focus areas for research.
Aalto Experience Platform is an open community for experience research, which fosters and promotes research that combines scientific, artistic, technological, and business angles on human experiences.
The Materials Platform promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations and communication, inside and outside Aalto University, to advance the field of materials science and its applications.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.