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The new Aalto WiT Programme is developed for professionals who wish to work in the humanitarian field. It focuses on the resilience of human settlements in low & middle-income countries.

This programme gives you a valuable set of knowledge and grassroots work-life experience needed in the humanitarian field.

By participating in this programme you will gain both academic and practice-based knowledge which enables you to identify and create new opportunities for working with international organisations.

The WiT Programme is a 5-month intensive transdisciplinary professional diploma programme. It is developed together with our partner organisations and hosted by the World in Transition Research LAB (WiTLAB) at Aalto University.

The programme brings together the capacities of universities, organisations, and individual professionals who are passionate about changing the world for the better.

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Case studies 2024

Learn more about the confirmed case studies for the WiT Programme 2024!

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Panel discussion 'Humanitarian approach in the changing world' by Aalto WiT Programme, RLabs Tanzania and Finn Church Aid

Join us for an engaging panel discussion where we will explore the evolving landscape of humanitarian efforts with the challenges and opportunities it presents. Our panelists will address key questions shaping the future of the field in an insightful and thought-provoking discussion, offering a glimpse into the future of humanitarian work and the collaborative strategies necessary for positive change.

Teachers and students in Tanzania
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WiTLAB Side Event at UIA Copenhagen

Aalto WiT Programme launch and workshop - Side event at UIA Copenhagen 2023

Hopeful Globe podcast

WiTLAB guesting on the Hopeful Globe Podcast

Aalto WiTLAB has guested on an episode of the Hopeful Globe Podcast by the University of Turku. The Hopeful Globe Podcast series is a collaboration between Institutes of Higher Education, sharing inspiring stories across the globe.

WiT Talks

WiT Talks - where theory meets practice, and dialogue meets impact

In a world where crises are becoming increasingly complex and interlinked, the need for transformative conversations and actionable solutions for global sustainability and resilience is paramount. In response to this pressing demand, WiT Talks emerges as a dynamic entity that transcends the boundaries of traditional discourse.

WiT Talks is a WiTLAB-led initiative at Aalto University that stands at the forefront of a paradigm shift. We recognise the urgency of uniting passionate academics and researchers, forward-thinking practitioners, NGOs, community activists, and visionary policymakers in an environment where silos are dismantled and collaboration reigns supreme. The talks are designed to be the nexus where the realms of theory and practice converge, birthing novel insights and actionable strategies that have the power to reshape the future. These discussions are global, inclusive, and cross-cutting, fostering an innovative blend of perspectives. Through WiT Talks events and activities, we foster collaborations, enabling participants to translate discussions into tangible, real-world actions.

Welcome to a realm where conversations are catalysts for action, and every voice, every idea, and every contribution matters.



Decolonising Sustainability: Reshaping Our Approach

Written by Anahita Rashidfarokhi, 10th of October 2023

Decolonising sustainability

Coaching for goal setting and time management in humanitarian architecture

Written by Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen, 26th of September 2023

Students and local planners in Tanzania

Three ways systems thinking supports practicing of humanitarian architecture

Written by Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen, 9th of August 2023

Workshop with locals

Life coaching in humanitarian architecture training

Written by Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen, 9th of August 2023

Inari Virkkala - workshop in Philippines

WiTLAB alumni stories

Meet the professionals who have participated in WiTLAB's courses and collaborative projects through time! Here you find interviews where the alumni share their learning experiences and career journeys after graduating from Aalto University.

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Niina Rinne - WiTLAB collaborator

Niina is an alumna of the Creative Sustainability programme, currently working at UN-Habitat in Nairobi as a Programme Management Officer
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Milja Lindberg - WiTLAB research alumna

Milja is a Finnish-Canadian architect and independent researcher from the early years of WiTLAB’s research group
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Maria Hedengren - Cities in Transition alumna

Maria is an architect currently working as a creative director, marketing strategist and planner
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Emma Lappalainen - City in Crisis alumna

Emma is an architect and alumna of the ‘City in Crisis’ studio 2010, currently working as the CEO and lead consultant at Finngroup Consultants


Interview in the cafe in Nepal. Photo Jimin Hong.
Lectures and seminars, Networking

SGT FAIR'24 - Stories from...

SGT FAIR'24 presents results of the five intercultural study projects carried out in the Sustainable Global Technologies (SGT) Studio course with partners in Zambia, Lesotho, Brazil, Mexico and Nepal.
Intro to Scientific Computing and HPC June 2024
Staff trainings, Training to support research

Intro to Scientific Computing and HPC 4-6 June 2024

Are you starting your summer internship and you are unsure about the computational resources available for you? Are you a doctoral researcher who has recently started working on their research? Would you like to have more resources for your data science tasks? Join our hands-on course for data science workflows with high performance computing.
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Structural exploration with flexible wood. Pavilion design in LVL (Laminated veneer lumber)

Exhibition showcasing the master’s course outcomes from “ARK-E1021 - Studio Spring, Design
of Structures”, Department of Architecture, Aalto University.
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Conferences, Workshops

Sustainability Science Days 2024

Finland will be the hot spot for sustainability related research, innovations, and solutions in June 2024 when Sustainability Science Days (SSD) unites with one of the world's biggest sustainability congresses – the Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress (SRI).
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E-mail: witprogramme@aalto.fi 

Visiting Address: we reside in Väre, Otaniementie 14, 3th floor

Mailing Address: WiT LAB PO Box 31000 FI-00076 AALTO FINLAND 

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