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Sensual Mathematics Exhibition. Photo by Henri Vogt.

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 focuses on 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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KTT Sami Itani
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Doctor’s career path: CEO Sami Itani’s story

‘Doctoral studies consist of team-based project work in which you can act as your own project manager.’
kaksi naista istuu punaisilla tuoleilla studiossa keskustelemassa, taustalla musta verho ja keltainen lattia
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What can we learn from the pandemic?

Aalto University's studio discussion focused on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us about the importance of the environment for health and wellbeing.
Assistant Professor Peter Nyberg, McKinsey Teacher of the Year 2020.
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Aalto BIZ Teacher of the Year 2020

Finance Assistant Professor Peter Nyberg has been nominated as the Aalto BIZ Teacher of the Year 2020.
Machine Learning Coffee Seminar logo in purple and white colours
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Machine Learning Coffee Seminars continue with a great lineup of speakers

MLCS gathers together people from different fields of science who have at least one thing in common, interest in machine learning

Key research areas

Two Aalto University students working at computers.

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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Close-up on a pair of hands wearing white rubber gloves, holding a black plastic coaster.

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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Student holds up a piece of printed fabric in the Textile printing workshop in Väre

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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Wind farm by the water at sunset.

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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Aalto-yliopisto / Unto Rautio

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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Delve into our research – find the people behind it!

Excellence in research

We believe that impact and excellence in research are best achieved by collaboration – both between disciplines as well as universities. Get to know our recognitions, funding awards and projects.

Read about our recognitions

Olli Ikkala

Learning from nature

In his lab, Academy Professor Olli Ikkala is catching up with evolution’s lead in the manufacture of materials. The results of his work may be of crucial significance to an energy-scarce society.

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Jaana Vapaavuori (left) and Konstantinos Daskalakis (right)

EU grants for smart materials and next generation LEDs

Three million euros grants to Assistant Professor Jaana Vapaavuori and Postdoctoral Researcher Konstantinos Daskalakis to make environmentally friendly materials

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Lasse Lecklin

Professor Paula Hohti receives two million euros of ERC funding for research into renaissance fashion and culture

Experimental processing of materials from fashion history opens up new interpretations of daily life in bygone times.

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Science and art help us make sense of our complex world and, at the same time, challenge our own ways of thinking.

Ilkka Niemelä, President

Join Aalto - Interested in starting a research career with us?

Read more about our doctoral programmes and tenure track career system!

Tohtoriksi valmistunut nainen vastaanottamassa päähänsä mustaa tohtorinhattua promootiossa.

Doctoral programmes

Doctoral programmes of Aalto prepare to become highly qualified researchers and experts in most demanding positions. Doctoral education is carried out in a unique multidisciplinary international scientific community.

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At work

Tenure track

Aalto University’s tenure track career system offers a well-supported and clear career path for professor-level academics towards a permanent professorship.

Doctoral theses
Unexepected encounters exhibition: Matilda Tuure's colourful glass work presenting Bacterial Cellulose Samples

Renewing society by art, creativity and design

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

Key figures

Academic results improved and internationalisation continued.

Kilpailtu tutkimusrahoitus 2018

Competitive research funding (€ million)
Includes e.g. research funding from the Academy of Finland, Business Finland and companies, as well as competitive EU funding.

Kansainvälisiä tieteellisiä artikkeleita oli 2166.

Number of international peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals

16.4% of Aalto University publications belong to the top 10% most highly cited publications their area.

Quality of publications
Share of Aalto University publications in 2018 that belong to the top 10% most highly cited in the same area.

26 tutkijaa sai ERC-tutkimusrahoitusta

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

Platforms and other collaboration units

Many scientific and societal challenges require systematic and integrative approaches that are beyond the capabilities of a single discipline or department. We believe that collaboration both within Aalto as well as with external stakeholders is key in order to gain the best possible impact.

People discussing

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

Research and learning infrastructures

Our research and teaching infrastructures are a prerequisite for world-class, cutting edge research. They offer opportunities for collaboration and foster the local innovation ecosystem growth. The large infrastructures are open for all Aalto and external users.

Societal impact as driving force

Close-up of two students making notes on a research article while reading it.

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.

Two women analysing the content of a test tube

Research assessments

Aalto University is continuously assessing the quality of its research and artistic activities, and its societal impact. In the recent RAI2018 evaluation, external experts praised, for instance, the enthusiastic and collaborative work atmosphere, university’s infrastructure, the tenure track career system and the student-driven entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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People working

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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