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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 Autumn 2018 is opened 31.8.2018 at 12 am. 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]