Aalto-yliopiston kestävän kehityksen raportti 2019 on julkaistu – Sustainability Report of Aalto University 2019 published

Tänään julkaistussa raportissa Aalto-yliopiston vastuullisuudesta ja kestävän kehityksen toiminnasta raportoidaan tutkimuksesta, opetuksesta, yhteiskunnallisesta vaikuttavuudesta sekä kampuksen ympäristövaikutuksia ja yliopiston toiminnan välillisistä vaikutuksista.

Kestävä kehitys nousi vuoden 2019 aikana entistä keskeisempään rooliin Aalto-yliopiston uutta strategiaa valmistelevan työn myötä. Koko yliopistoyhteisö on tulevan strategian myötä sitoutunut rakentamaan kestävää tulevaisuutta. Helmikuussa 2018 Aalto-yliopisto allekirjoitti ensimmäisenä yliopistona Suomessa yliopistojen kansainvälisen kestävän kehityksen tavoitteiden (Sustainable Development Goals) SDG Accord -sitoumuksen, jossa se sitoutui edistämään YK:n kestävän kehityksen tavoitteita osana opetusta, tutkimusta, innovaatiotoimintaa ja kampuskehitystä. Yliopisto kuuluu kansainväliseen yliopistojen kestävän kehityksen verkostoon (International Sustainable Campus Network, ISCN).

The document published today reports on Aalto University’s work to support sustainable development and responsibility through research, teaching, and societal impact activities and on the environmental effects of Aalto University’s campus and how its own actions play an indirect role in those effects.

Sustainable development acquired more prominence at Aalto University in 2019 through the work of preparing the new Aalto strategy. With the adoption of the new strategy, the whole university community commits to building a sustainable future. Aalto University was the first Finnish university to endorse the UN Sustainable Development Goals Accord, which it signed in February 2018. In so doing, Aalto pledged to promote the UN goals of sustainable development through its teaching, research, innovation and campus development. Aalto University is a member of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN).

Aalto sustainability reporting

English: https://www.aalto.fi/en/sustainability/sustainability-reports
Suomeksi: https://www.aalto.fi/fi/kestava-kehitys/kestavan-kehityksen-raportit
På svenska: https://www.aalto.fi/sv/hallbarhet/rapporter-om-hallbar-utveckling

Coronavirus survival funding for Finnish SMEs

Joni Lehto

A summary in English by Joni Lehto on the funding available for Finnish companies in the exceptional circumstances caused by the corona virus. This is a quick and rough translation of the good Finnish summary at pienyrittajat.fi.

This will be updated on ecosystem.fi/corona-finnish-smes/  as new information comes in.

Last updated 1.4.2020.

SMEs (6-250 employees)

Companies with 6-250 employees can apply for support from Business Finland.

Information in English

Small companies (1-5 employees)

Companies with 1-5 employees can apply for support from their local ELY Centre.

Information in English

Sole entrepreneurs

Sole entrepreneurs can apply for a €2,000 support from their municipality (city, town). They have to be able to show a significant downturn in their financial standing and revenue since 31.12.2019. Companies that have been in financial difficulties already before that or who have unpaid taxes are not eligible. The grant can be applied for expenses occurred during 1.3.-31.8.2020 and can be applied until 30.9.2020.

The application process is being created and is expected to open in mid-April.

This support applies for all entrepreneurs who do not employ others. Freelancers are eligible for this support.

Sole entrepreneurs can also apply for extended unemployment benefit, which is also being created. Both of these supports can be used by the same entrepreneur. If the €2,000 support is applied for fixed expenses, it doesn’t affect the unemployment support. If it is used for the entrepreneur’s salary or similar compensation, it can affect the amount of unemployment support received.

Latest information in Finnish

Latest information in English (several days older)

Text: Joni Lehto, www.linkedin.com/in/joni-lehto/

YritysEspoon Webinaari yrittäjälle 8.4.2020: Kuinka toimin haastavissa olosuhteissa, mistä saan apua?

YritysEspoon kutsu edelleenvälitettynä Urban Millin verkostolle:

Tervetuloa kuuntelemaan YritysEspoon webinaaria keskiviikkona 8.4. klo 14:00 – 15:00. Webinaarissa käymme läpi mm. seuraavat aiheet:

  • Koronaepidemian vaikutukset liiketoimintaan
  • Mitä muutoksia on ollut?
  • Kuinka toimin näissä haastavissa olosuhteissa?
  • Tarjolla olevat rahoitus- ja tukimahdollisuudet
  • Usein kysyttyä
  • YritysEspoon palvelut korona-aikana

Saat myös mahdollisuuden esittää kysymyksiä webinaarin aikana. Ilmoittauduthan mukaan viimeistään 7.4.

Delicode Ltd introduces a corona risk estimator for retail stores

Julius Tuomisto

Urban Mill based computer vision and machine learning agency Delicode Ltd CEO Julius Tuomisto explains here how the company configured its computer vision people tracking service into a solution for preventing the corona disease from spreading in retail stores.

– The pandemic is hitting brick and mortar particularly hard and therefore also impacts companies (such as ourselves) providing technological solutions for retail.

We turned one of the basic features of our Signals computer vision people sensing and tracking service – the capability to count incoming traffic – in to a (SARS-CoV-2) risk estimator for our retail customers.

For example the German government currently proposes that a distance of 1,5m should be maintained between individuals, which (with simplification) would mean that a store of 900m2 can at maximum hold ca. 100 people in it, for everyone to, in theory, be able to maintain a safe distance to each other.

With Signals devices at store entry points by entering values for the max allowance and an estimate of the average dwell time in the store, the manager will have an estimate of the amount of people in the store, how many people can still enter the store safely or when the next window to enter the store will be at in case the max threshold has been passed. Resulting data is offered as embeddable HTML5 widgets and push messages to employees’ mobile devices.

Stay home if you can, but stay safe if you cannot. Signals is available internationally through Delicode’s partner Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions.
#brickandmortar #retailtech #staysafe

Sustainability news from Aalto University – March 2020

Forwarded to Urban Mill Network:

Here once again the monthly collection of sustainability related news from aalto.fi. Take care of yourself, the people around you and the environment!

Emma Sairanen, ASH Trainee

How are you today?
During these challenging times, it’s important to take care of yourself and your colleagues. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/how-are-you-today

Finnish researchers join forces to investigate the airborne transmission of coronavirus
The project includes fluid dynamics physicists, virologists and biomedical engineering specialists. The researchers are using a supercomputer to carry out 3D modelling and believe that the first results will be obtained in the next few weeks.

New material developed could help clean energy revolution
Researchers developed a promising graphene–carbon nanotube catalyst, giving them better control over hugely important chemical reactions for producing hydrogen fuel. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/new-material-developed-could-help-clean-energy-revolution

New scanner can improve the detection of cancer tissue and brain disease diagnoses
Researchers aim to have the technology ready for hospital use and commercialisation by the end of next year. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/new-scanner-can-improve-the-detection-of-cancer-tissue-and-brain-disease-diagnoses

Water knowledge has a central role in the mitigation of climate change
World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/water-knowledge-has-a-central-role-in-the-mitigation-of-climate-change

AaltoSDG application development in spring 2020
The AaltoSDG mobile application is actively developed throughout 2020 based on feedback from the users and Aalto community. The goal for the app is to improve visibility of Aalto University’s SDG work as well as engage users to participate in the SDG work by taking human size actions. The next development sprint is starting soon and the next update will be published in May. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/aaltosdg-application-development-in-spring-2020

Not a drop wasted – AaltoCell™ fibres utilised in a new circular economy project
With funding totaling €240 000, the project aims to make more efficient use of food industry side streams. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/not-a-drop-wasted-aaltocelltm-fibres-utilised-in-a-new-circular-economy-project

From birch to poppies –  fabric for Marimekko’s shirt dress
The yarn spun from Ioncell® fibre is stronger than its commercial equivalent and performed excellently in the printing process and washing tests. The chemicals used to make the fibre were completely recycled too. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/from-birch-to-poppies-how-the-fabric-was-created-for-marimekkos-unique-shirt-dress

Capital of the campus nature
Nature enhances the economic value of an area and contributes to the wellbeing of people. Aalto University campus’s natural capital and ecosystem services were mapped in 2019, in a survey prepared by Ramboll Finland Oy. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/capital-of-the-campus-nature

Find online events at Aalto University!

From Aalto Alumni Circle:

Aalto University and its partners arrange several hundreds of events annually, also open to alumni and corporate representatives. We cannot invite guests to the campus until 31 May. However there are many events online.

The calendar below is updated according to the information we receive. Follow the events’ own sites or organisers for more information. Aalto University official announcements about the situation you can read here.

Follow the most updated list of the events and exhibitions at aalto.fi/for-alumni/events

Seuraa ajantasaisinta tapahtumakalenteria suomeksi: aalto.fi/fi/alumneille/tapahtumakalenteri

Fortum Forward program – for individuals and teams who want to develop an idea to tackle climate change

Fortum is looking for individuals or teams who are capable of driving idea development and are eager to create impactful solutions for a cleaner world.

Wanted: ideas that can tackle climate change can be related for example to Sustainability and resource efficiency, Smart energy solutions, Mobility, but has not to be limited to these.

Fortum Forward is a goal-driven 8-week program that offers the opportunity to create an own startup with Fortum’s support and world-class resources. The application period ends by March 24th.

Read more and apply: www.fortum.com/forward

Photo: Fortum