Purpose and function of Research and Innovation Seminar (RIS)

Purpose of Research & Innovation Seminar is to create a connection between researchers  and city developers. This happens by showing research results and plans by the researchers but also problem descriptions presented by city developers, urban planners etc.
90 mins RIS sessions can be participated in zoom, typically from 10:00 to 12:00. No pre-bookings needed.
Seminar room => studio
The first session of the monthly (or so) Research & Innovation Seminar (RIS) was held in June 2020. In the beginning it was mostly like a research stream leaders’ small-group. Later on, it has developed towards more popular and more discussive form. Corona-pandemia has, actually, moved RIS from seminar room to studio, and toward more panel type of approach. Remote audience can participate questions in chat, and watch the recordings afterwards.
RIS is hosted by Kalle and Matti (Kalle: Aalto University, Research Coordinator of Finest Twins project) and Matti Hämäläinen (Forum Virium Helsinki, Innovation lead of FinEst Twins project). Things in order are kept by Michel Nader from FVH (Studio tech, annual programme) and Anne Ilu-Matikainen from Finest Centre for Smart Cities (Communications and schedules).
Typically the sessions are kept in FVH’s studio, utilising its multi-camera system in Helsinki, Kalasatama Urban Lab (ln REDI shopping mall)    (https://forumvirium.fi/en/kalasatama-urban-lab/) to create a smooth f2f or remote-meeting experience in zoom. A similar studio has been constructed in Finest Centre for Smart Cities in Taltech campus, Tallinn. In the future, RIS sessions will be held there, also.
Contact info:

Research Coordinator Kalle Toiskallio

tel. +358-50 406 64 69
email: kalle.toiskallio@aalto.fi
Innovation Lead Matti Hämäläinen
Tel. +358 40 6267995
email: matti.hamalainen@forumvirium.fi

Tell us all your Data Story!

Thinking of the Next RIS – Thursday 29.10.2020 (12:00-14:00 Finnish-Estonian time)

Leave your contribution (suggestions for presentations) as a reply (link below or bubble in upper right corner).

In case you want to discuss first about your idea or ready-made presentation of an academic presentation with organisers, please approach Kalle Toiskallio.


+358 50 406 64 69.

Or, perhaps you have more practical issues of urban developing. If so, contact Matti Hämäläinen.


Anyway, the deadline for presentation suggestions is Friday 16.10.2020 at 15 hours.
Each presentation will have 20 minutes time slot + 5 minutes discussion.