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The final Helsinki EU Office Newsletter of 2022 is out!


What have our member organisations been up to lately?

Read the latest news about Finland’s most innovative higher education institutions, cities, regions and research institutes.

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Espoo is the runner-up in the European Capital of Innovation Competition 2022

The delegation of the city of Espoo on stage at the iCapital Awards in Brussels, Belgium. Screen, lights, people, audience.

The City of Espoo came in second in the European Commission’s European Capital of Innovation Awards (iCapital) 2022. The city has developed a thoroughly multi-disciplinary culture and ecosystem of collaboration that produces societal innovation as well as a staggering range of deep technology breakthroughs – the kind of innovation the world needs.
Read more about the innovative Espoo…(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)

Solutions to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss in the land use sector

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Finland aims to be carbon neutral by the year 2035 and the EU by the year 2050. EU’s Biodiversity strategy for 2030 aims at reversing the degradation of ecosystems through increased protection and restoration. How will we reach these targets by simultaneously boosting economy? Find out by reading the position paper by researchers at the Natural Resources Institute Finland(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)

Helsinki has several key advantages for attracting startups

Startup event Slush in Helsinki. Dark room, stage lit with pink lights, an audience.

The emergence of new business and the ability to attract talent is one of the key factors of success for the City of Helsinki. The city and the startup event Slush, organised in November, share a common goal: to support the environment for growth companies and raise awareness of Helsinki.
Continue reading…(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)

The InCITIES project works towards inclusive, sustainable and resilient cities

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Laurea University of Applied Sciences is taking part in the newly started InCITIES project, funded from the Horizon Europe Framework Programme. This project aims to build and strengthen a long-term network of Universities and surrounding ecosystem actors based on the formation of integrated knowledge HUBs.Discover the project and consortium(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)

Science-based innovations showcased at Slush 2022

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel sitting and discussing with the Rector of the University of Helsinki at Slush Startup Event in Helsinki.

The University of Helsinki and Helsinki Innovation Services exhibited 6 science-based spinout companies and 10 innovations at earlier stages of commercialisation path in Slush 2022(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun). They believe that science-based innovations will change the world, that science-based startups have the proven potential to become hugely successful businesses, and that the future may be changed by those who believe and back them early on. 
Learn more(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)

Helsinki-Uusimaa Circular Valley really kicking off

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Environmental smart Helsinki-Uusimaa and Successful Helsinki-Uusimaa are two of the three priorities of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Programme. Important steps towards these goals are now being taken, as the regional actors of circular economy are about to use new ways to meet with the challenges of sustainable and responsible production, and consumption.
Read full article here…(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)

Metropolia coordinates U!REKA alliance to promote Climate-Neutral Europe

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The education, research and innovation play crucial role for Europe to achieve climate neutrality. Metropolia University of Applied Sciences coordinates the efforts of Urban Research and Knowledge Alliance(siirryt toiseen palveluun) (U!REKA) to promote climate neutrality through an Erasmus+ project application for the European Universities Initiative.
Read more on Metropolia’s news(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)

Fostering the autonomy of universities’ education and research is under pressure from the market economy

A black and white portrait of Tero Nauha. Photographer Aapo Huhta.

The funding system for arts education needs a makeover, which requires the building of a bridge between the arts sector and critical financial thinking, says professor of Live Art and Performance Studies Tero Nauha from the University of the Arts Helsinki.
Read the complete interview…(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)

Spread of synthetic opioids in Europe is a public health threat

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In Europe, there are big differences between countries’ preparedness for the spread of synthetic opioids. Finland is considered a model country for crisis preparedness, but the prevention of drug-related deaths should still be improved.
Continue reading on the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s (THL) blog(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)(siirryt toiseen palveluun)

Kymenlaakso Region – Scenario work in the heart of building a new future

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Kymenlaakso Region is located in South-East Finland next to the Russian border. The recent crises of society caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine have required Kymenlaakso to visualise new scenarios and analyse their impacts on regional development.
Read the full article(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)

Hanken creating a new innovation platform for young entrepreneurial talent

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Hanken School of Economics‘ new initiative, Hanken Venture Studio, aims to create around 20 new companies within the next two years. The project is being partly funded by the City of Helsinki’s Campus Incubators programme. Intrigued? Read more(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)

Haaga-Helia is the first Finnish Higher Education Institution to receive funding for Erasmus Mundus Measures

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Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences will start developing a new Master’s Degree that concentrates on AI in business contexts. This is the first time that a Finnish Higher Education Institution receives funding for Erasmus Mundus Design Measures as the coordinating university. Learn more about Haaga-Helia’s innovative approach in education(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)

Sustainability maps for companies

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Expectations for sustainability actions are growing. The challenge is how to effectively attune to sustainability messages. Sustainability is a cross-cutting theme in Päijät-Häme region’s strategy for smart specialisation(siirryt toiseen palveluun). Design Foundation Finland has started a design service for sustainability maps.(siirryt toiseen palveluun) 

Topical articles in Aalto University Magazine

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This autumn, Aalto University‘s stakeholder magazine examines the built environment and other living spaces, especially from the perspective of the urban environment. The feature article examines how research data can improve urban planning, with examples from Aalto’s cooperation projects with the cities of Espoo and Helsinki. 
Discover the latest stories…(avautuu uuteen ikkunaan, siirryt toiseen palveluun)