Research & Art

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.

Key research areas

Aalto X Reality Keynote PiP by Matti Ahlgren

ICT and digitalisation

Digital technologies like AI and 5G cut through the whole society, from education to medicine and economics.

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An abstract composition of different metals and forms.

Materials and sustainable use of natural resources

Materials research ranges from physics, nanotechnology, mechanics, performance and design to biomaterials and sustainable resource use.

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In Tension 4 Photo by_ Eeva Suorlahti

Arts and design knowledge-building

Art and creativity enable looking at the grand challenges of our time from a new perspective. Look past the imaginable and join us in changing the world in art and design knowledge building.

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General image of people gathered at Slush startup event, photo by Mikko Raskinen

Global business dynamics

Research related to global economy dynamics is carried out in the areas of business, economics, and industrial engineering and management.

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View of Helsinki by night. Photo by Ioannis Koulousis.

Advanced energy solutions

The main research foci in energy research are energy sciences, multidisciplinary energy technologies, and sustainable energy solutions.

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Kokoon modular living system is made of wood. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo

Human-centred living environments

Research in this area aims to understand how individuals experience their physical environment and how art, spaces, buildings and communities can enhance it.

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Health and wellbeing

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

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Join Aalto - Interested in starting a career with us?

Read more about our doctoral programmes and tenure track career system! And get to know our university teaching.

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.

Opiskelijalla kynä kädessä

Lecturer career system

Aalto lecturer career system is intended primarily for individuals conducting teaching. The lecturer career system supports individual development and career advancement through clear principles and systematic evaluation criteria and allows Aalto teachers and lecturers to advance in their careers with teaching-focused merits. Teachers and lecturers have the opportunity to advance within the career system, from the university teacher level to the university lecturer level, and further to the position of a senior university lecturer and principal university lecturer. This page contains principles of the lecturer career system, levels in lecturer career system, generic time allocation in lecturer career levels as well as descriptions of recruitment and advancement processes.

Teaching and learning
Lecture hall during the lecture

Teaching and learning

A landing page for teachers to help them find services and support related to teaching and learning.

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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Tenured Professors' Installation Talks

In the short videos, the new tenured professors present their own field and research.

Watch the Talks
Installation Talk, photo: Minna Pajari
Doctoral theses

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

Read the latest research news

Omnidirectional Transmitter, image: Prasad Jayathurathnage/Aalto University
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New type of wireless charger can charge multiple devices simultaneously

Device transfers energy with 90% efficiency within 20-centimetre charging range
Ligniinillä käsitelty tuoli
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Bio-based coating for wood outperforms traditional synthetic options

Researchers turn a non-toxic residue into wood coating that resists abrasion-, stain-, and sunlight.
Illustration of three students presenting a chart
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Recent MMD Master's Thesis presentations

Recent Master's Thesis presentations by the members of the Multifunctional Materials Design research group
Materials Science
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MMD research group at the CHEM Research Day

Doctoral candidates and postdocs of the Multifunctional Materials Design research group presented their work via online posters at the internal networking event
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.

Networking at Aalto

Aalto Networking Platform

The Aalto Networking Platform brings together research expertise across departments, supporting collaboration both inside and outside of Aalto.

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 - Research, Art and Impact Assessment - 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. The Scientific (and Artistic) Advisory Boards, SAB/SAAB, support the development of each School.

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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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