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What are Aalto Platforms?

The Aalto University Platforms facilitate multi- and interdisciplinary research and teaching in Aalto's focus areas. They organize annually several thematic meetings which offer external stakeholders possibilities for co-operation and networking. They, also, bring together Aalto's expertise across departments.
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The Platforms facilitate joint efforts to tackle scientific and societal challenges requiring systemic and integrative approaches beyond the capabilities of an individual department. They provide a single contact point for their area in which researchers are typically employed by several Departments.

A Platform

  • Is open to all researchers at Aalto University
  • Supports interaction with Aalto University's stakeholders
  • Facilitates networking and joint efforts
  • Provides a forum for recently recruited professors to create local networks
  • Leverages Aalto University’s research excellence in our focus areas
  • Enhances multidisciplinary research
  • Supports tackling challenges beyond reach of one single department
  • Increases resilience of Finland by supporting the capability to change and adopt to new challenges
  • Follows the field and identifies weak signals by suggesting foresight activities and giving expert’s opinions
  • Has high transparency and minimal bureaucracy: core academic activities and funding remain at Aalto University Schools and Departments
  • Has a board that consists of Professors from all Aalto University Schools, Chair (Aalto University Professor) and Manager (doctoral level expert)

What's in it for Me?

  • Expand your collaboration network: meet people inside and outside Aalto and in companies
  • Participate on the networking events for free, to hear the latest developments
  • Participate in multidisciplinary research collaboration networks to get impact and visibility for your own research
  • Get involved in policy making
  • Open your eyes for new ideas, and get feedback for your own ideas
  • Apply for seed funding: join larger multidisciplinary research consortia to get external funding
  • Suggest new event topics and modes of operation, and get help in coordination activities

Seed Funding

The Platforms deliver Aalto University's Joint Strategic Funding for supporting multidisciplinary, cross-School collaboration. This Seed funding is targeted at external funding application preparation, internal mobility or multidisciplinary openings. The call is opened twice a year, in the spring and in the autumn.

The seed Funding Call Spring 2019 is open now. The deadline is on 18th February at 23:59. The call text can be found here

More information on Platforms

Aalto Digi Platform 

Manager: Kristzina Cziner, [email protected]

Aalto Energy Platform 

Manager: Samuel Cross, [email protected]

Aalto Entrepreneurship Platform

Manager: Gregory O'Shea, [email protected]

Aalto Experience Platform 

Manager: Markus Ahola, [email protected]

Aalto Health Platform

Manager: Markus Mäkelä, [email protected]

Aalto Materials Platform

Manager: Heidi Henrickson, [email protected]

Aalto Living+ Platform

Manager: Aija Staffans, [email protected]

Aalto Sustainability Hub

Managers: Meri Löyttyniemi, [email protected] and Annukka Jyrämä, [email protected]

 

Coordination and contact for general Platform enquiries

Marja-Leena Markkula
Head of EIT and Platform Services
[email protected]

Ella Bingham
Head of Research Strategic Support
[email protected]