Events in May 2015

 May 2015

12th Sound Theory at The Researchers’ Breakfast

8.30-10.30am Service Factory (Runebergsgatan 14-16, Helsinki) e37afabe-9dab-45e1-abfe-f6cb9e63398b

Join us to talk about urban planning by Sound Theory at The Researchers’ Breakfast on May 12th! A doctoral student and researcher Olli Hakanen will present his theory on sustainable creative action through a case study: how the introduction of a new system of mobility and a new concept of daily working hours converts a city of 600,000 inhabitants into a metropolis of 4,5 million. We have aslo invited professor Matti Vartiainen from the School of Science and the managing director and reseacher Seppo Laakso from Urban Research Ltd. to join the discussion on the topic.

The breakfast is served at the Service Factory (Töölö) at 8.30-10.30. Olli Hakanen starts his speech at 9:00. You are most warmly welcome to bring a friend – the breakfast event is open for everyone. To ensure there’s enough breakfast for everyone, please sign up here for the event or via banner below.

The Researchers’ Breakfast is organized in collaboration with Aalto Factories (MediaDesignService and Health) as well as Research Institute (Aalto ARTS)Research support services and International Relations.

18th Aalto Festival Opening

2–5pm at Bio Rex, Lasipalatsi (Mannerheimintie 22–24, Helsinki)

The opening launches a two-week festival showcasing the talents of Aalto University students, graduates, and academics.

At the opening you will hear interesting talks by top experts in various fields, all of whom are alumni of Aalto University. The speakers are Doctor of Arts, Professor Olga Goriunova, Doctor of Science (Econ.) Heikki Lempinen and Doctor of Science (Tech.) Ilmo Kukkonen, Professor of Solid Earth Geophysics.

After the talks, we’ll enjoy some refreshments in good company.  A selection of Helsinki School’s finest photographs from its 20-year history will be on display in the foyer.

Please register for the opening, preferably by 11 May at the Aalto Festival website. The opening programme will be held in English.



18th -30th  Aalto festival 2015

Aalto Festival showcases the talents of Aalto University students, graduates and faculty. The two-week festival is a collection of over 30 events, exhibitions and seminars. Aalto Festival takes place in various locations in Helsinki and Espoo 18–31 May. Come enjoy new experiences and hear interesting talks!

 19th  Digi Breakfast on Digital Culture Heritage

8-9.30 am Open Innovation House (OIH), Otaniementie 19, Espoo

Please register no later than 11 May at

and forward this invitation to your colleagues, too. Details at

Presentations by:

Prof. Eero Hyvönen, Research Director and Professor/Aalto University & University of Helsinki: Publishing Cultural Heritage on the Semantic Web as Linked Open Data – Tools, Services, and Applications of the Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo)

Jukka Savolainen, Director/ Design Museum Helsinki: Digital media in the museum – a tool for visitor engagement or material for collections 

Heli Kautonen, Head of Services/ The National Library of Finland: Access improved – Finnish culture for creative industries in Finna

Hannu Häkkinen, Intendent & Keeper, The Picture Collections, National Board of Antiquities: Digital Cultural Heritage and the Picture Collections of the National Board of Antiquities: objectives and challenges

19th-24th Exhibition: SPRING—STEAM 2015 –  Footnote to a Graphic Design Programme

Design Forum Showroom, Erottajankatu 9 B (inner courtyard), Helsinki

Opening reception, Tuesday 19 May from 16.00 – 21.00 Featuring Matti Kunttu (Tsto), Marion Robinson (Sanakuva Collective), Timo Berry (BOTH), Henri Pulkkinen (Paperi T), a performance by KOM MO NIS MI, and drinks and DJ.

Wednesday 20 May

10:00 Muotoilijan aamiainen

18.00 Guest speakers: Johannes Ekholm, Elisabeth Klement and Laura Pappa, (Asterisk Summer School), Åbäke

Thursday 21 May
17.00 Guest speakers: Indrek Sirkel and Anu Vahtra (Lugemik), Kaarle Hurtig (Kaarle & Kumppanit), Lauri Toikka (Schick Toikka)The exhibition will be open through Sunday 24 at the Design Forum Showroom, Erottajankatu 9 B (inner courtyard), Helsinki.Detailed event happenings and list of special guests: http://springsteam.aalto.fiJoin the Facebook event page:

28th Media Lab Demo Day

2-5pm 1st floor, Miestentie 3, 20150 Espoo

28th – 29th Contextualizing Marxism – Open Seminar and PhD Course

Aalto University Töölö Campus, Aalto BIZ Main building, Class room A-407 Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki.

This is a great and rare opportunity during the Spring term 2015 to participate on Aalto/BIZ seminars and collaborate and interact with the students from BIZ/Department of Organizational Communication, as well as an opportunity to study with the teaching faculty:

Aalto Distinguished Visiting Professor A. Fuat Firat, University of Texas – Pan American, USA, Professor Alan Bradshaw, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Professor James Fitchett, University of Leicester.

We all, Aalto ARTS/DoM Phd students, are warmly welcomed to attend the seminar by Professor Johanna Moisander, Dep of Org. Comm. Aalto BIZ students who wish to get credit points (1-3) for participating in the seminar may write a reflective essay on the lectures and learning material (TBC). Questions concerning information on credit points for us, Aalto ARTS/Dom Phd students, as well as signing up for the seminar, contact first Professor Lily Diaz.

If you know of future events that might interest the Department of Media research community, please let me know: