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European Researchers' Night 2018

28/09/2018 16:00 - 28/09/2018 18:00 Startup Sauna, Otaniemi, Espoo

​Espoo, Jyväskylä & Oulu

European Researchers’ Night is an open science event that makes science and the work of scientists familiar to audiences all over Europe. Over the course of the day and throughout the night, children, adolescents, adults, older people, students and entrepreneurs can get to know more about science through workshops, meetings with researchers, lectures and laboratory visits. The next European Researchers’ Night will be held in around 300 cities simultaneously across Europe on September 28th, 2018. VTTers will present their research in Espoo, Oulu and Jyväskylä.

Below is a list of events where VTT will be represented. The programme will be updated soon!


Startup Sauna, Otaniemi / Follow the live web stream

Different paths to innovation - how to create impact from science?   

Science will save the world! Especially applied science. Climate change, air pollution, health hazards and suffering water systems: it´s easy to get overwhelmed by all the massive problems around. VTT and Startup Sauna want to bring solutions to the table on the European Researchers’ Night. Bold solutions.

Ten research teams give flash talks on plastic-eating bacteria, anti-aging materials, new tools to tackle antibiotic resistance, harvesting the nasty green blue algae, sending e-mail to microbes and turning pollution into baby oil. Thought research was boring? Think again. Solving a problem is not enough, though. A panel wraps up the evening and gets to the bottom of how to move science into reality.

Come and join us! More updates at:

​16:00 ​Welcome and Introduction to Researchers Night (Vafa Järnefelt, Research Scientist, VTT)
​16:05 ​Students as game-changers (Sini Liu, Director of Community, Startup Sauna)
​16:15 ​KEY NOTE: Applied science is for superheroes! (Lauri Reuter, Senior Specialist, Disruptive Technologies, VTT)
​16:30​Pitches from VTT’s iBEX teams on how they are solving global exponential challenges with science

​Panel discussion: How is applied science transformed into world changing innovations? Facilitated by Aurora Airaskorpi, Head of Skolar Award, Kaskas Media

  • Sindre Trosterud, Board member of Aalto Entrepreneurship Society
  • Arho Suominen, Entrepreneur & Researcher at VTT
  • Juha Lindfors, Partner, Lifeline Ventures
  • Katri Kallio, Vice President of strategy and business intelligence, VTT
​17:30 Wrap up
​17:40​Exhibition: DEMOS from iBEX & EU-projects
​18:30 ​Unofficial after party at Fat Lizard!

The event is in English and will be web-streamed.


14.00–20.00 Agora Lobby

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland: From the effluent of the candy factory to wood-based packaging materials   

A lot valuables are discharged with effluents - what about utilizing them? What new we can do from wood fibres? What kind of renewable energy solutions we are developing? Come and meet our researchers and see how the effluent of the candy factory looks like! Full programme:



This European Researchers’ Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions under contract number 817987.

See also:

Tutkijoiden yö/ European Researchers' Night

European Researchers' Night