Research Ethics Committee

Aalto University Research Ethics Committee is responsible for the preliminary ethical evaluation of the university's non-medical research projects with human participants.

Aalto University's Research Ethics Committee sees to the carrying out of preliminary ethical assessments at the university for non-medical research which relates to the human sciences. Statements on research projects that come under the Medical Research Act (laki lääketieteellisestä tutkimuksesta, 488/1999) are provided by the ethical committees of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS): HUS, ethical committees (in Finnish)

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A preliminary ethical assessment refers to assessment of a research plan in the light of the ethical practices generally followed in that particular field of research, with special emphasis on preventing any harm that the research or its results might cause to the research subject. A preliminary review applies only to precisely defined research configurations. It can be implemented also if the study’s publication forum, financier or an international cooperation partner requests it.

Aalto University is committed to complying with the instructions drafted by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK), the instructions on preliminary ethical assessments of research within the human sciences (see below for guidelines pdf)

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Ethical review in human sciences, guidelines updated in December 2020 

Guidelines in English pdf 

How and when should you apply for ethical review of research

Familiarize yourself well in advance on the national guidelines and Aalto University practices

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research ethics pre evaluation process
Key criteria for ethical pre evaluation


Applying for pre evaluation on research ethcics 

Pre evaluation is applied with e -statement request (requires an Aalto id). Remember to read the guidelines prior to applying. The research ethics statement for has been transferred to new platform. If you are applying for a new research ethics review, you find the statement request form from here: 


if you have already made a research ethics statement request and wish to revise or update your statement request you can find the form from here (they will be transferred to the new platform as soon as possible): 


You find instructions and more information from the following sites

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How and when should you apply for ethical review of research

Familiarize yourself well in advance on the national guidelines and Aalto University practices

Research & Art
Personal data

How to handle personal data in research?

Recognize whether you are processing personal data and follow these instructions to handle it correctly.


How to make an ethics self-assessment in research projects – Aalto support and guidelines

Here we provide support, links and tips on how to work your way through the EU Grants: How to complete your ethics self-assessment – document

For personnel – highlights and support for your work
People talking with each other

Research Data Management (RDM) and Open Science

Properly managed research data creates competitive edge and is an important part of a high-quality research process. Here you will find links to support, services and instructions for research data management.


Access to template require Aalto identification. The Finnish versions of the templates are linked to the Finnish site on research ethics committee. More information from: How and when should you apply for ethical review of research

Handling of statements

Statement requests for each meeting shall be sent to the Committee secretary by e-platform (see above) at the latest 21 days before the meeting. The Research Ethics Committee meets regularly when convened by the chair. The prepared statements can be discussed and accepted also in e-mail meetings within 21 days of the statement request being submitted. If you are not satisfied with the committee’s decision or requests for modification, you have a right to make a statement request to the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK).

Meetings and applications Spring 2022 - Autumn 2022: 

Meeting agendas and minutes are available (link), requires Aalto id. Earlier agendas and minutes are available from the committee secretary. 

Submission dl Meeting Agenda Minutes
December 29th 2021 January 19th 2022 Agenda Minutes
January 25th 2022 February 15th 2022 Agenda Minutes
February 23rd 2022 March 16th 2022 Agenda Minutes
April 5th 2022 April 26th 2022 Agenda Minutes
April 27th 2022 May 18th 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 24th 2022 June 14th 2022 Agenda Minutes
August 2nd 2022 August 23rd 2022 Agenda Minutes
September 9th 2022 September 30th 2022 Agenda Minutes
October 4th 2022 October 25th 2022 Agenda Minutes
November 1st 2022 November 22nd 2022 Agenda Minutes
November 23rd 2022 December 14th 2022 Agenda Minutes
December 29th 2022 January 19th 2023 Agenda Minutes
January 24th 2023 February 14th 2023 Agenda Minutes
February 28th 2023 March 21st 2023    
March 28th 2023 April 18th 2023    
April 24th  2023 May 16th 2023    
May 23rd 2023 June 13th 2023    


The statements are prepared by two Committee members with expertise in the relevant research area. If needed, the preparing Committee members can ask for additional information from the researcher requesting the statement.

Meeting minutes and agendas

Aalto University Research Ethics Committee's meeting agendas and minutes can be asked from the secretary. Statement requests are confidential. 

Contact information

Chair: Vice President Ossi Naukkarinen ([email protected])
Secretary:  Senior Specialist Annukka Jyrämä ([email protected])


Memebers of the research ethics committee in Aalto

Katri Kauppi

Katri Kauppi

Professori (Associate professor)
E704 Dept. Information and Service Management
Masood Masoodian

Masood Masoodian

Professori (Associate professor)

Maaria Nordman

Assistant Professor
T213 Built Environment
Riitta Salmelin

Riitta Salmelin

T314 Dept. Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

Deputy memebers of the research ethics committee in Aalto

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