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Aalto University Summer School on Transportation

An intensive learning period for professionals and graduate students in the field of transportation and urban planning, including lectures, workshops and site visits.
Otaniemi park

Aalto University Summer School on Transportation (ASTRA) offers innovative and practical approaches to understand and solve timely transport problems in both developed and developing countries. The school presents an intensive learning experience for transport professionals and graduate students of varying backgrounds.

Mobility Systems for Open and Happy Cities

The theme of the 13th Aalto University Summer School on Transportation is Mobility Systems for Open and Happy Cities. The theme is underlying Nordic values, such as transparency, social justice, trust, and citizen well-being. Furthermore, this theme is emphasizing value-driven approach as essential in re-imagining our future urban mobility systems. Activities during summer school include lectures, workshops and a site visit, focused on various aspects of planning and policy, including technological trends and variety of quantitative and qualitative methods. 

Our lecturers include renowned experts from Aalto University, as well as University of Amsterdam, Tel Aviv University, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto, University of Birmingham, University College London, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, TU Delft, Placemakers and BCNecologia. This year, Summer School will also strongly collaborate with planners from the City of Helsinki, who will provide and interact in two strategic planning cases areas in the city. In addition, Summer School will collaborate with NECTAR conference, to be held in Helsinki June 5-7, 2019. Through this collaboration, students will get a chance to present their work from Summer School during NECTAR conference, to engage academics and practicioners. 

Expected audience

The Summer School is intended for transportation professionals, managers in transport agencies, transport and traffic engineers, planners, transport consultants, citizen advocates, educators, and advanced graduate students in their master's or doctoral studies. Expected class size is 40. In the past, the participants were from countries across the world.


The 2019 Summer School will take place May 29 – June 4 on the famous Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland.

Registration fees and course credits

The registration fee of EUR 700 includes course material and banquet. After April 8th, 2018, the fee is EUR 900. Registration is open until May 6th, 2018. The attendees may earn study credits in the Aalto University School of Engineering (2–3 ECTS credits).

There is a possibility of one day (EUR 150) and one lecture registration (EUR 50). Please contact Summer School Coordinator in these cases.

The attendees may earn study credits in the Aalto University School of Engineering (2-3 ECTS credits).

Register here

Student scholarships

A limited number of scholarships for the registration fee is available for master and doctoral students enrolled at a university at the time of application. The scholarship does not cover accommodation and travel costs.

If you want to apply for a student scholarship, please register first. After registration we will contact you by email and send you more information about the scholarship application process. The scholarship application process involves submitting a motivation letter and CV. In addition, the process might involve a request for additional information, for clarification purposes.

Scholarship applications are handled in the order of arrival. The decisions about the scholarships will be sent to the applicants at the earliest possible date. We will inform when the scholarship quota is full on this page. 


Visiting Aalto University

See the pages below for more information on the Otaniemi campus and options for accommodation.

Aalto University campus / Photo by Mika Huisman


Aalto University's campus in Otaniemi is the home of an innovative community.

Aalto-yliopisto / Unto Rautio

Campus maps and getting to Otaniemi

Welcome to Aalto University's campus! Otaniemi creates a meeting place for the university, its partners and residents of the region.

Short-term accommodation

Accommodation possibilities and options for entry-level and short term needs. Here you'll find the temporary accommodation solutions Aalto University offers, such as furnished rooms and apartments. Here are also links to some other short-term accommodation options.

Organised and administered by

Aalto University School of Engineering, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering Research Group  

In collaboration with

  • Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research (NECTAR)
  • City of Helsinki
  • Helsinki Region Transport (HSL)
  • Ramboll Finland Ltd
  • Finnish Traffic and Transport Planning Association

Contact information

Organising professor

Milos Mladenovic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
Department of Built Environment
School of Engineering
P.O.Box 14100, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +358 50 566 0974

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Summer school coordinator

Christoffer Weckström
Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering
Department of Built Environment
School of Engineering
P.O.Box 14100, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland
Email: [email protected]