Do you have an innovative idea within Sustainable nutrition – apply to Greenhouse idea accelerator program!

Announcement from our partner network

We are looking for ideas in a wide range within Sustainable nutrition:

Do you have fresh insight on sustainable nutrition to complement our expertise? An excellent idea for a new plant-based product? An unexplored solution for using manufacturing process side streams adding value to healthier products? Maybe a business model to change consumer behavior towards more sustainable way? Or maybe a breakthrough insight for oat or wholegrain? Or…

Apply now to Lantmännen Greenhouse idea accelerator program – application time is until March 31st!

Want to hear more and meet our Greenhouse crew? Join the digital info session in Teams:

  • 4.3.2021 at 9-10 CET or
  • 10.3.2021 at 11-12 CET

Send e-mail to greenhouse@lantmannen.com to join the info!

The theme of this year’s Greenhouse program is Sustainable nutrition. How can we challenge the way we produce and eat food to resolve two of the world’s most urgent problems: climate change and increasing health issues?

The Greenhouse is Lantmännen’s accelerator focused on innovations within food and agriculture – from field to fork. We support up-and-coming entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs and help them turn their ideas into profitable and sustainable long-term businesses. The program consist of six digital workshops and project team work in May-June. All the Greenhouse workshops in 2021 will be digital, so you will be able join from anywhere in the world. The program culminates in Dragons’ Den with Lantmännen top management in September.

The program has been organized since 2014 with the total of 79 projects, and this year’s program being already the 11th. Participating in the program is free of charge. As an entrepreneur, you will keep all intellectual property rights to your ideas when you join The Greenhouse. In the program we are using Microsoft Teams as the collaboration platform, complemented with other digital tools. Recommended project team is 2-4 persons.

Learn more and apply In Lantmännen Greenhouse website: https://www.lantmannen.com/research-and-innovation/The-greenhouse/

Important dates and facts:

  • 31.3.: application period closes
  • 16.4.: project selection
  • May-June: six digital workshop days and project team work
  • 24.8. and 31.8.: preparing for Dragons’ Den
  • Beginning of September: Dragons’ Den with Lantmännen top management

The team behind the Greenhouse

Lantmännen’s Greenhouse is run by Nina Tuomikangas and Jakob Söderström. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or thoughts regarding the Greenhouse!

Nina Tuomikangas, Project Manager Innovation, Lantmännen R&D, +46 10 556 10 56, nina.tuomikangas@lantmannen.com

Jakob Söderström, Innovation Manager, Lantmännen R&D, + 46 10 556 10 59, jakob.soderstrom@lantmannen.com

From connective to collective actions: Collective physical support emerged from self-organized local virtual groups during the COVID pandemic in Belarus!

Blog for Urban Mill by Aliaksei Zanouski 30.12.2020, heading and subheadings by Urban Mill.

March for freedom in Minsk, Belarus. 16 August 2020. photo: Alyaksandr Vasyukovich / Vot-tak.tv / Belsat.eu

”My name is Aliaksei Zanouski. I am an architect and a student at the Urban Studies and Planning master program at Aalto University. During Urban Mill’s Otaniemi recycling days in December 2020, I had an interesting and fruitful discussion with Lars Miikki, co-founder and co-producer at Urban Mill. This occasional meeting reminded me of importance to be in the same space for networking and how casual small talk leads to an interesting discussion. I want to share with you some highlights of our conversation.”

Connective individual actions through social media networks

Poster “Structures don’t take to the streets” Minsk, Belarus. 27 September 2020. photo: Facebook post

In August as a response on fraudulent elections mass protests swept across Belarus demanding democracy and end of the 26-year authoritarian rule of Alexander Lukashenko. Despite a shocking amount of violence used against peaceful demonstrators, protests keep going since August. Media write a lot about Belarus recently. However, what is missing from international media coverage is an inner dynamic of the uprising which could be interesting to those who are interested in urbanity.

Like many other recent social movements uprising in Belarus could be categorized as a connective action. Coordination almost absent, the role of political parties and structures wasn’t significant. The movement was based on personalized content sharing across social media networks. Leaderless action without a defined political structure seems more sustainable against the repressive machine in a short term. Nevertheless, in most cases we know, connective action cannot sustain in a long run. Movements built on a mostly virtual ‘weak tie’ networks failing to get offline and build their own political structures. Is it the case in Belarus?

Lue loppuun

Site-specific circus laboratory at Urban Mill

Elbow Room Lab, a site-specific circus laboratory took place in Espoo on December 10th-12th.

This 2nd edition was organized by Ilmatila association in collaboration with Urban Mill Innovation Platform. Because of the current COVID-19 situation, the amount of participants was reduced and the final presentations were only shown for the other participants of the workshop.

The first edition of Elbow Room Lab in 2019 was aimed at circus performers specializing in aerial work, in 2020 the emphasis was in facilitating meetings with circus performers and artists from different art forms.

Participants in 2020:
Antye Greie-Ripatti/AGF (East Germany), sound sculptress
Merja Pöyhönen (Finland), puppeteer
Saana Leppänen/Circus Sabok (Finland), circus performer
Kert Ridaste/Circus Sabok (Estonia), circus performer
Ghia Lumia (Finland), circus performer
Ilona Jäntti/Ilmatila (Finland), circus performer
Tuula Jeker/Ilmatila (Finland), architect, animator
Kauri Klemelä (Finland), light design
Inkeri Jäntti (Finland), photography/documentative photography

Images: Inkeri Jäntti

Suomeksi:

Lue loppuun

Kumppaniblogi: Murut ja Urban Mill yhdistivät voimansa kiertotalouden eteen

Kirjoittaja Sara Knuuti on psykologi, Murujen osakas ja henkilöstövastaava.

Urban Mill on Otaniemessä, Aalto-yliopiston kampusalueella sijaitseva yhdessä tekemisen tila, yhteisö ja kiihdyttämöpalvelu urbaania elämää parantaville innovaatioille ja niiden toteuttajille. Kuten olemme aiemmin kertoneet, Murujen osakkaissakin virtaa vahvasti innovatiivista teekkariverta ja Otaniemessä on vietetty kekseliäs hetki, jos toinenkin.

Kun Urban Mill ilmoitti muuttavansa uusiin tiloihin ja järjestävänsä kierrätystempauksen, oli siis selvää, että tässäkin tilanteessa lyötiin yhteistyön hynttyyt yhteen!

”Ihan loistavaa, että erinomaisessa kunnossa olevat tavarat pääsevät hyötykäyttöön niin hienoon tarkoitukseen, kuin espoolaiseen päiväkotiin!”, iloitsee tilapalveluiden tuottaja Lars Miikki.

Otaniemen kierrätyskeskus antoi meille arvokasta apua tempauksen järjestelyissä.”

Urban Mill toteutti kiertotaloutta parhaimmillaan: pääaatteena toimi toive siitä, että tavaroille löytyisi uusi elämä ja käyttötarkoitus. Oli suuri yhteinen ilonaihe, että päiväkodin lapset voisivat hyötyä tavaroiden kierrätyksestä.

Kiertotalouden päätavoitteena on löytää tavaroille uusi elämä ja käyttötarkoitus – maksu omatunnon mukaan

Erilaiset tilanjakajat nähdään nykypedagogiikassa ratkaisun avaimina moniin tarkoituksiin

Nopeasti ajatellen voisi ihmetellä, kuinka aikuisten toimistotavarat voisivat kotiutua lasten käyttöön. Aikuisten ja lasten työskentelytavoissa on kuitenkin pitkälti samat vaatimukset. Esimerkiksi toimiston tilanjakajat pääsevät nyt jatkamaan elämäänsä palvellen monenlaista pienryhmätyöskentelyä, opetuksen eriyttämistä, oman keskittymistilan löytämistä ja äänimaailman rauhoittamista. Ja mitä kaikkia ihania taideteoksia niihin tullaankaan vielä kiinnittämään!

Muruissa jokaiselle lapselle rakennetaan varhaiskasvatuksen prosessin aikana omaa kansiota, johon kootaan merkittäviä taideteoksia ja kehityksen virstanpylväitä. Kuukausittaisilla perheaamiaisilla juuri näiden kansioiden esittely perheenjäsenille on lasten merkittävimpiä hetkiä.

Onneksi riuskat osakkaat toimittavat Urban Millin lahjoitukset yhä uusien lasten kansioiden säilytystä varten perille uuteen kotiinsa.

Tervetuloa mukaan Murujen perheeseen! Näiden tuolien ja pöytien äärellä tullaan viettämään monen monituista askarteluhetkeä ja tärkeää yhteistyön jutustelua perheiden kanssa!

Riuskat osakkaat, aina valmiina uusiin projekteihin!

Uusia perheitä mahtuu meille Muruihin mukaan. Lisäksi meillä haetaan juuri nyt myös varhaiskasvatuksen opettajia.

Linkki kotisivuillemme: https://www.paivakotimurut.fi/

Get furniture and useful supplies from Urban Mill’s Otaniemi recycling days!

When: 15.12.2020 12:00-18:00 and 16.12.2020 12:00-18:00
Where: Urban Mill Innovation Platform, Betonimiehenkuja 3 E, 02150 Espoo (Otaniemi)
Organizers: Urban Mill and Otaniemi Recycling Center

After nearly eight great years in our current location at the campus, Urban Mill is relocating to new location(s) within Otaniemi to serve you even better in the digitalizing world. We have since the summer been developing a new hybrid service concept serving the whole Otaniemi RDI ecosystem.

As we are moving from our current facilities at the end of the year, we have a lot of furniture, kitchenware, office supplies, books, equipment, various materials, decorations, etc. which we would like to recycle within the Otaniemi community: students, residents, startups, employees and other friends of our creative community.

Urban Mill’s Otaniemi recycling days will be held on Tue 15th and Wed 16th, December 2020. Our doors are open from 12.00 to 18.00 on both of the days.

You have now a great opportunity to find recycled furniture etc. for your home and office before Christmas. You can take the items you need for free or for a small price (only cash accepted).

NOTE! Although we have large facilities, we can take only a limited number of people inside at the same time due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Remember to keep masks and distances!

Welcome!

Urban Mill and Otaniemi Recycling Center

Get to know the Aalto Sustainable Business Club!

We recently organized our first event at Urban Mill this year – Get to know SBC – to expand the idea of Sustainable Businesses to more students. If you missed the event, here’s a short summary about what we do:

The Sustainable Business Club (SBC) is a vibrant community of students enthusiastic about sustainability. We were relaunched in the beginning of 2019 and currently have about 300 members. We organize various events, such as company excursions, panel discussions and movie nights. Our aim is to connect students with like-minded people as well as interesting organizations. We encourage multidisciplinarity, welcoming students from all fields with a passion for sustainability. Our aim is to make SBC more accessible, lead by example, and make sustainability more fun.

The Get to know SBC event was a success, with people attending from various backgrounds. We spoke about the club, ideated about weird sustainable startups, brainstormed on new designs for the club, learnt about energy, and had a fun time getting to know each other with good vegan food.

As our location partner, Urban Mill – with its focus on innovation – is a perfect collaborator. With the speed at which the world is progressing, in both good and bad ways, we need to be able to innovate and realign our paths quicker than ever before. SBC is built from a need to innovate, and Urban Mill is building an ecosystem of innovators. We’re looking forward to strengthening our collaboration and creating greater value for everyone involved.

Get to know us better here: https://aaltosbc.wordpress.com/

And on social media: https://www.facebook.com/AaltoSBC, https://www.instagram.com/aaltosbc/

Text and photo: Aayush Kucheria & Co., SBC

Join EDU Talks about Radical Creativity at DDW in Zoom today 22.10. at 12:30 (Finnish time)

European Design Upgrade (EDU) Day at Dutch Design Week DDW 2020

LIVE STREAM NOW: EDU Talks about Radical Creativity!
Today 22.10.2020 in Zoom at 12:30 (EETS)

PROGRAMME

12: 30-14: 00 EDU TALKS. Radical Creativity. How can we break the borders?

Some potential debate points
• What is Radical design?  Everything needs to become Radical?
• What is Boundary crossing Creativity?
• Building bridges between countries and people – how to implement it in design communities?
• How to co-create over boundaries (social, economical, technological, cultural, environmental, political or legal)?
• How does serendipity take place in virtual collaborations?
• Creative Collaboration within multidisciplinary and multicultural teams?
• Creative Solutions for Global challenges – synchronous and asynchronous cocreation?
• Creativity within the universe – leaving the earth?

Welcome!

Background:

As part of the European Design Upgrade (EDU) initiative, Urban Mill in collaboration with KFund and Creative Brussels organized an Online hackathon on 28-30th of August, 2020. EDU programme included three stages starting with online courses from mid-June onwards, leading to a hackathon at the end of August, after which, the best teams received an opportunity to get visibility during Dutch Design Week in October, 2020.

#EDU #edupgrade #creativeeurope #urbanmill #kfund #creativebrussels #espoo #kiev #urbanmill #espooinnovationgarden

FallUp 2020 goes Online – Registration is now open!

From AaltoES FallUp team:

Are you ready to change your mindset? Take part in Fallup, Europe’s largest student-run entrepreneurship event. We want you to get inspired to become an entrepreneur and show entrepreneurship as a viable career option.

This year FallUp will happen online due to COVID-19 situation. The event is separated into three parts:

1) Online Workshops on Tuesday 13th October,
2) FallUp Live Talks livestream on Thursday 15th October,
3) Founder Stories, which are videos where founders of companies tell how they become entrepreneurs.

More information and registration for both Online Workshops and FallUp Live Talks is on at www.fallup.fi.

Make sure to follow FallUp on Instagram (@fallup20) and Facebook for further information about speaker lineup and more!

Creative Otaniemi Talks – Watch the Urban Mill Espoo Day 28.8.2020 recordings

The recordings can be watched on YouTube:

1. Creative Otaniemi Talks on Espoo Day 2020 PART ONE – sustainability, creativity and co-creation

  • Opening, Kari Mikkelä, Executive Producer, Urban Mill Innovation Platform
  • Co-creative Communities and Ecosystems in Sustainable Espoo, Markku Markkula, Chair of the Board at City of Espoo
  • Aalto University Campus – Creative and Sustainable Landscapes, Aapo Pihkala, Project Manager, Campus Development, Aalto University
  • The Art of Co-creation, Matti Hämäläinen, Aalto alumni, Forum Virium Helsinki

2. Creative Otaniemi Talks on Espoo Day 2020 PART TWO: Opening session of EDU virtual Hackathon

  • Opening and Welcome
  • European Design Upgrade Intro
  • Country Perspectives
  • Design hack + objectives intro
  • Practicalities

Invitation to the High-level Webinar of the Baltic Sea Region – Towards Sustainable Economic Transition on 28 Sept. 2020 at 10 am EEST

“Smart Specialisation for Economic
Transformation and SDGs Implementation –
for sustainable future in Baltic Sea Region”

Date: 28 September, 2020
Time: 9.55-14.00 EEST
Venue: Virtual Meeting (Webinar), hosted from
Aalto University

Please register no later than 25 September: https://webropol.com/s/bsrconference

We have a pleasure to invite you to High-level Webinar of Baltic Sea Region – Towards Sustainable Economic Transformation over Zoom on the 28th of September 2020 with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission and Markku Markkula, Vice President, European Committee of the Regions.

The event focuses on the future opportunities of the Baltic Sea Region in order to speed-up sustainable economic transformation and implementing SDGs, while contributing to the post-crisis’s recovery and resilience.

We attempt to look behind the scenes at how regions embed Smart Specialisation Strategies in their regional, economic, and spatial development policies. By working with nine regions in each of the Baltic Sea Region countries we have intended to get an insight into how Smart Specialisation Strategy affects the future prospects of the regions. During the event a new book ‘Sustainable Baltic Sea Region – towards Economic Transformation by Smart Specialisation Strategies’ will be launched.

The Webinar agenda addresses these main topics (timing EEST):

  • 10.00 Opening remarks
    • Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission
    • Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers
    • Markku Markkula, Former President, European Committee of Regions (CoR)
    • Hosted by Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Aalto University
  • 10. 30 Policy discussion on ‘Sustainable Economic Transformation’ in the Baltic Sea Region
    • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Territorial Development, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
    • Reinar Kneifel-Haverkamp, Director General for European and International Affairs, Ministry of Finance
      and European Affairs of the State of Brandenburg, Germany
    • Sille Kraam, Director, Economic Development in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia
    • Gunars Ansins, Deputy Chair, Development and Cooperation of Liepāja City Council, CoR Member, Latvia
    • Steen Bording Andersen, Aarhus City Council Member, CoR Member, Denmark
    • Sari Rautio, Vice Chair of the Board, Association of Finnish Municipalities, CoR Member, Finland
    • Moderated by Markku Markkula, Former CoR President, President of the Board, Helsinki Region
  • 11.20 Launch of the Book ‘Sustainable BSR Towards Economic Transformation by Smart Specialisation Strategies’
  • 11.50 Panel on ‘Leadership & Innovation – Future invented with Youth’ in Baltic Sea Region
    • Inge Relph, Executive Director, Global Choices
    • Wiktor Sawaryn, Dansk Youth Council & Jonna Rönn, Finnish Youth Agenda 2030
    • Satu Haapanen, Chair of Education and Culture Board, City of Oulu, CoR Member
    • Tomasz Szymczak, CEO, Inkubator STARTER
    • Marianne Ping-Huan, Professor, Aarhus University
    • Moderated by Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Aalto University, Finland
  • 12.40 Introduction to “BSR Strategic Instruments for Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Capacity Building”
  • 12.50 Experienced Insights – How to Move Forward to Actions
    • Ramojus Reimeris, ex-Managing Director, Strata, Lithuania
    • Tuija Hirvikoski, Former President, ENoLL
    • Patrizia Busolini, Policy officer, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, EC
    • Martin Brynskov, Professor and Chair of OASC
    • Moderated by Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Aalto University, Finland
  • 13.20 Closing Remarks on the Future of Smart Specialisation and the Baltic Sea Region
    • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Territorial Development, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
    • Ossi Savolainen, Regional Mayor, Helsinki-Uusimaa Region
  • 13.35 Virtual Cocktails

Background and more information (pdf)

For further information and agenda, please check out the Smart-up Website https://smartup-bsr.eu/final-conference/

Registration for the webinar is open and is possible through the above-mentioned website or directly here: https://webropol.com/s/bsrconference.  Deadline for the registration is 25.9.2020. Please, register as soon as possible.

Feel free to forward this invitation to the interested experts in your own region.

We warmly welcome you to the webinar!

Taina Tukiainen
On the behalf of the organizing Committee
Professor, Aalto University