Aalto University facility use and event security

The facilities of Aalto University are available for events. On this page you can find an event security notification form and other important information on for example event security.
Aalto-yliopisto / kuvaaja: Tuomas Uusheimo

The Aalto University campus (indoors and outdoors) is available for events. Also evening events may be organised.

The event organiser must submit a notification of the event on a separate form and follow instructions provided by the university. You don't have to notify of lectures and teaching, dissertations, or staff meetings.

In these instructions, the terms ‘event’ and ‘evening event’ refer to parties, ceremonies, stakeholder events, student recruitment events, and other similar gatherings. Events can be organised by staff members, students, associations, departments and schools.

To ensure the smoothness and safety of the event, the organiser shall submit a notification of the event and its nature to the Campus Services at least one week before the event. The form helps the organiser to pay attention to all matters related to the use of the facility and the safety of the event. See also separate guidance below for possible notifications to authorities.

Required recommendations before submitting the notification

  • A recommendation shall be requested for the event from the dean or head of department, who have the right to decide whether or not allow the the event to be organised.
  • Joint service units request a recommendation from the head of their own unit.
  • The event organiser shall ensure that the recommendation has been granted before submitting the notification.

Instructions for Facility use notification -form

  • The notification form is filled out by a member of the Aalto personnel or student.
  • State the person responsible for the event and give their contact information (e-mail and telephone number).
  • The person filling out the form is responsible for the validity of the information provided.

Principles of event organisation:

  • Organise the event in a facility that suits the nature of the event, and take the following into account:
    • Number of participants
    • Serving of alcohol (not recommended for Aalto University events)
    • Furniture arrangements, AV/ IT -support
    • Fire- and rescue safety and first aid readiness
    • Need of security (security guard/stewards)
    • Catering possibilities
    • Cleaning
    • Health security

The organiser is responsible for ensuring that the event is planned and implemented in such a way that people can participate in it safely, and that the arrangements are functional even if something unexpected happens.

  • Draft an rescue plan for public events beyond the normal operations, if there are a minimum of 200 participants.
    • Report the event as a public event if you as much as suspect that there may be more than 200 participants. Notify the rescue department 14 days before the event.
    • In case of a disturbance or danger, the organiser will be held responsible – a number of participants beyond that which was reported does not absolve the organiser of responsibility!
    • In addition to the emergency plan, notify the police five days before the event, and attach the emergency plan to the notification.
    • Public events require at least two security guards/officers in addition to the Lobby Services staffer.
    • Make sure that there are a sufficient number of security officers present even in events with less than 200 participants.
    • There must be one security officer for every hundred persons (200 participants – 2 security officers, 300 participants – 3 security officers etc.)
    • Security and Lobby Services will assist you in the drafting of an emergency plan, as well as in other practical matters: [email protected].
  • For safety purposes it is recommended that alcohol is not served in the events.
    • If alcoholic beverages are, however, served in the event, the lobby service must be present during the entire event.
  • The event organiser is personally responsible for the lobby service arrangements and for the additional costs caused by the event (e.g. possible overtime pay / safety officers’ fees, facility rentals).
  • REMEMBER: The person named as responsible for the event and referred to in the event notification must be present in the building and available throughout the entire event!

Facility use notification form (with an Aalto ID):

Complementary notifications (notifications to authorities)

Temporary accommodation

  • Please note that if the public event involves temporary accommodation, the instructions provided for temporary accommodation must be complied with. The organiser of the accommodation must notify the rescue department of the temporary accommodation a minimum of 14 days before the start of the intended temporary accommodation.  Tilapaismajoitus -ilmoitus (in Finnish)

Team contact information

Katja Paasikivi
Senior Specialist in Emergency Preparedness
tel. 050 306 4380
Fire and rescue safety issues and rescue plans related to the events. In addition, e.g. police public event announcements and temporary accommodation matters.                                                     
Lobby event team, coordinators:
Antti Leino
Jonna Saarelma
Sami Kettunen 
tel. 029 4420007
Processing of Facility use notification -form and coordination of security and lobby services at events. 

Email: [email protected].
Find more tips on organising events at Aalto in the Events Library.

This service is provided by:

Aalto University Security and Lobby Services

Kampuksen turvallisuudesta vastaa Aalto-yliopiston turvallisuus- ja aulapalvelut yhteistyössä Aalto CRE:n kanssa.
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