Research Ethics Committee

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

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)

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)

Guidelines for human research ethics (TENK 2019)

 The Finnish Research Ethics Advisory Board (TENK) has updated national guidelines on ethical principles for research with human participants and ethical pre-evaluation in human sciences.

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Applying for statement on research ethcics 

The statement request is made through e-form (coming soon) 

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Handling of statements

Statement requests for each meeting shall be sent to the Committee secretary 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. 

Meetings and applications: 

Applicationso submitted (latest) 


 Oct 10 2019

Oct 31 2019

Nov 18. 2019

 Dec 9 2019

Dec 30 2019

Jan 20 2020

Jan 20 2020

Feb 10 2020

Feb 17 2020

March 09 2020

March 16 2020

April 06 2020

April 13 2020

May 04 2020

May 25 2020

June 15 2020


July no meeting

July 27 2020

August 17 2020

August 24 2020

Sept 14 2020

Sept 21 2020

Oct 12 2020

Oct 26 2020

Nov 16 2020

Nov 23 2020

Dec 14 2020




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.


Contact information

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


Memebers of the research ethics comittee in Aalto

Ossi Naukkarinen

Ossi Naukkarinen

Research and Innovation Services
Vice President, Research
Juhani Orkas

Juhani Orkas

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Seppo Ovaska

Seppo Ovaska

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Iiro Jääskeläinen

Iiro Jääskeläinen

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering
Professor (Associate Professor)
Riitta Salmelin

Riitta Salmelin

Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

Tuija-Maija Takala

Department of Management Studies
Research Manager
Juan Jose Valle-Delgado

Juan Jose Valle-Delgado

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
University Teacher

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