Significant research and teaching infrastructures

Aalto University is in the process of developing the infrastructure resources and related services used for research and teaching purposes. Significant resources have been focused lately for nine infrastructures.

The most significant infrastructures serve as projects

A series of maintenance and development projects were launched in 2013 covering the university’s seven major infrastructure resources. The aim of these projects is to introduce more effective, longer-term operational and financial planning, and professional management practices; generate a higher level of financial return, higher usage levels, and greater user satisfaction and transparency in their actions. These infrastructures are open for everyone. Their access policy, training requirements and operation expences are different from one to another. The information is best found from their individual websites.

Significant infrastructure resources



OtaNano is a national open access research infrastructure for micro- and nanotechnology. It serves as a state-of-the-art working environment for internationally recognized research fields, such as quantum technology, nanoelectronics, micro- and nanophotonics, and new materials, and as a national platform to develop innovative enabling technologies and apply them to practical micro- and nano-systems. It provides centralized access to advanced nanofabrication, nanomicroscopy and low-noise measurement facilities in the Otaniemi Campus area.

OtaNano is utilized by scientists and high-tech companies working with micro- and nanotechnology applications. It is operated by Aalto University and VTT.

For further information: OtaNano (

Aalto Ice Tank

Jääallas (c) Juha Juvonen

The Aalto Ice Tank is a 40 m × 40 m water basin equipped with a cooling system and equipment to produce model-scale sea ice. The model scale ice is fine grained and generated through a spraying process. Typical experiments in the tank include resistance, propulsion, and manoeuvring tests of ships in ice, tests on ice loads on marine structures, and modeling of natural ice formations, such as ice ridges, but the facility enables a wide range of experiments on the physical phenomena related to sea ice.
The Aalto Ice Tank is unique in Europe because of its dimensions and, in particular, its large width. While the infrastructure is called an ice tank, the facility is multifunctional and can also be used for open water tests. The basin has wave makers that allow research on problems related to ice and waves.
The Aalto Ice Tank is an open access facility and available for use for academic professionals and industrial experts according to our access guidelines and pricing principles.

Further information on page
Contact person: Mikko Suominen, mikko.suominen [at] aalto [dot] fi.

Bioeconomy Infrastructure


The School’s Bioeconomy Infrastructure uses pre-treatment technology, thermal and catalytic processing, and biotechnology to produce a range of chemicals and fuel components and other materials from renewable inputs. Various refining processes are also used to develop biopolymers and fibre and composite products.

Research concentrates on process technology, industrial biotechnology, and new materials.

The School’s Bioeconomy Infrastructure is primarily linked to refining renewable biomass for the Departments of Forest Products Technology and Biotechnology and Chemical Technology.

For further information: Bioeconomy (

Aalto Neuroimaging (ANI)


The School of Sciences’ Aalto Neuroimaging (ANI) research facility houses three functional neuroimaging modalities: navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) at Aalto TMS, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at the Advanced Magnetic Imaging (AMI) Centre, and magnetoencephalography (MEG) at the MEG Core.

All of these modalities can be used to study brain activity non-invasively in a complementary manner. ANI’s facilities are used to research brain processing in areas involved in language and sensory processing, for example, as well as motor actions. Its facilities can also be used for developing methods for pre-surgical evaluations and monitoring the effects of rehabilitation.

ANI brings together researchers in physics, biomedical engineering, computational science, medicine, psychology, linguistics, and other fields.

ANI is administrated by the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering.

For further information: Aalto NeuroImaging (


Science IT

Science-IT provides infrastructure for high-level computational research at Aalto University and is coordinated by the School of Science.

Science-IT acts as Aalto’s SCI lead project and has extensive collaboration both within Aalto as well as with other Finnish universities and CSC.

Science-IT’s flagship is the Triton computational cluster, which provides resources for data-intensive needs and highly parallel problems able to utilize MPI or GPU technologies. A wide range of research areas can benefit from the computational capabilities offered by Triton, including nanotechnology, complex systems, data mining, and neuroscience.

For further information: Science-IT (

Metsähovi Radio Observatory


Metsähovi Radio Observatory is the only astronomical radio observatory in Finland. Its specialities are radio astronomy, development of observational technology, and space research.

Metsähovi's equipment range from small antennas to 14-metre radio telescope. Various instruments and radio telescopes are used "24/7" for observing astronomical objects such as the Sun and active galaxies, spacecrafts, and the 14-metre radio telescope also participates in international campaigns where telescopes around the world work together to form a virtual radio telescope the size of the planet.

Metsähovi also hosts the radio astronomy groups from the School of Electrical Engineering. In addition to students and researchers from Aalto, also research groups and courses from e.g. the universities of Helsinki and Turku use the observatory.

For further information: Metsähovi (
Video about Metsähovi (

Media Centre Lume

Lume (c) Julia Weckman

Lume is a national education, research, development, and production centre for audiovisual media; and combines the disciplines of cinema, TV, digital media, and production set design. The special focus areas of Lume are cross-media content production and practice-based research serving content needs.

In addition to educational and research activities linked to the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Lume offers extensive facilities for film, television, new media, and theatrical productions and serves other universities, polytechnics, research institutions, and companies.

For further information: Media Centre Lume (

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