1st ATTRACT Workshop on Designing Innovation Ecosystems

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Aalto University Design Factory Betonimiehenkuja 5 C ∙ 02150 Espoo Finland

How can path breaking scientific R&D contribute to creating a thriving, sustainable innovation ecosystem? How to connect science, business and innovation?

Aalto and ESADE, on behalf of the ATTRACT Consortium (http://www.attract-eu.org/) organize a dedicated workshop to explore the above questions, in its efforts to find resources to contribute to new breakthrough innovation.

Symposium Scope

The scope is on European Research Infrastructures (ERIs) working on scientific instrumentation and collaborating with their partners (universities, research labs, industry). Given their scientific nature and long project life cycles, they provide a fertile ground for path breaking innovation. But how to connect exploratory research with immediate or shorter term societal needs?

Symposium Focus

The focus of the symposium is the use of design-thinking inspired education and business tools in international scientific environment, engaging cross-disciplinary MSc-level student teams.

The Challenge

  • The Symposium should address the following key questions:
  • How do ERIs currently engage MSc-students and industry in their research projects?
  • What are their future project plans?
  • How can students act as agents of innovation?
  • How can design-thinking inspired education programs contribute to innovation ecosystem(s)?
  • What do such programs look like? Do they scale?
  • What is the economics of student programs innovation ecosystem(s) – can one plan ahead and prepare?

The Symposium Format

The Symposium comprises invited talks from ERIs, and education establishments offering MSc-level education programs in innovation, business and entrepreneurship, inspired by design-thinking approach.


Limited number of places are available. Registration can be done below (see Registration). There is no participation fee.

International Organizing Committee

Kalevi Ekman (Aalto, Chair), Jonathan Wareham (ESADE), Sergio Bertolucci (Bologna) Local organizing committee and Secretariat: Martti Jerkku (Aalto), Lotta Hassi (ESADE), Markus Nordberg (CERN)


Aalto University Design Factory , Betonimiehenkuja 5 C ∙ 02150 Espoo

Recommended Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel Espoo 

General Information
  • Andrew McCarthy
  • Antonio Bonucci
  • Audrey Deidda
  • Barbara Mehner
  • Christian Joram
  • Ed Mitchell
  • Evgeniia Filippova
  • Helinä Piik
  • John Wood
  • Joona Juhani Kurikka
  • Kalevi Ekman
  • Laura Castellucci
  • Lauri Repokari
  • Luke Collins
  • Mark Casali
  • Markus Kuster
  • Markus Nordberg
  • Marthe Dehli
  • Martin Steinert
  • martti jerkku
  • Michael Krisch
  • Pablo Garcia Tello
  • Paivi Hannele Oinonen
  • Paolo Mutti
  • Peter Keinz
  • Roy Pennings
  • Sergio Bertolucci
  • Tuomo Pentikainen
  • Tuuli Maria Utriainen
  • Viljami Lyytikainen
  • Monday, 26 September
    • 08:30 09:00
      Registration, Coffee 30m
    • 09:00 09:15
      Welcome to Aalto Design Factory 15m
      Speakers: Prof. Kalevi Ekman (Aalto University Design Factory), martti jerkku (Aalto)
    • 09:15 09:45
      Introduction to ATTRACT: What is it? 30m
      Speaker: Sergio Bertolucci (Istituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare Frascati (IT))
    • 09:45 10:15
      Introduction to ATTRACT: What is the Student Challenge? 30m
      Speaker: Pablo Garcia Tello (CERN)
    • 10:15 10:45
      MSc-student involvement at ESRF 30m


      Speaker: Michael Krisch (ESRF)
    • 10:45 11:15
      MSc-student involvement at ILL 30m
      Speaker: Paolo Mutti (Institut Laue-Langevin)
    • 11:15 11:45
      MSc-student involvement at CERN (Knowledge Transfer) 30m
      Speaker: Marthe Dehli (CERN)
    • 11:45 12:15
      MSc-student involvement at EMBL 30m
      Speaker: Andrew McCarthy (European Molecular Biology Laboratory)
    • 12:15 13:15
      Lunch 1h
    • 13:15 13:45
      MSc-student involvement at ESO 30m
      Speaker: Mark Casali
    • 13:45 14:15
      MSc-student involvement at XFEL 30m
      Speaker: Markus Kuster (European XFEL GmbH)
    • 14:15 14:45
      MSc-student involvement at EIRMA 30m
      Speaker: Mr Luke Collins (EIRMA)
    • 14:45 15:30
      Aalto Design Factory: How and why did it all get started? 45m
      Speaker: Prof. Kalevi Ekman (Aalto University Design Factory)
    • 15:30 17:00
      Coffee and Tour at the Aalto Design Factory 1h 30m
    • 17:00 23:00
      Evening program with DF students (Student SWAT, TUOTE-Alumni) 6h
  • Tuesday, 27 September
    • 08:30 09:00
      Breakfast at DF and First Observations (Prof. Kalevi Ekman) 30m
    • 09:00 09:30
      ESADE ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship 30m
      Speaker: Laura Castellucci (ESADE)
    • 09:30 10:00
      Challenge Based Innovation (CBI) Experiences 30m
      Speaker: Tuuli Maria Utriainen (Helsinki University of Technology (FI))
    • 10:00 10:45
      Design Factory Global Network: development, scalability & opportunities 45m
      Speakers: Mr Viljami Lyytikäinen (Aalto University DF), Ms Paivi Hannele Oinonen (Aalto University DF)
    • 10:45 11:15
      First observations and comments 30m
      Speaker: Prof. Kalevi Ekman (Aalto University Design Factory)
    • 11:15 13:00
      Guideline for successful collaboration (Workshop)
      • 11:15
        Intermediate Observations 30m
        Speaker: Prof. Kalevi Ekman (Aalto University Design Factory)
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch 1h
    • 14:00 15:00
      Interface plan: How to connect ERIs with innovation students? Input for the ATTRACT March Submission 1h

      Doggybag from the Workshop

      Speakers: Pablo Garcia Tello (CERN), Roy Pennings (PNO Consultants)
    • 15:00 16:00
      Summary Remarks, Closing of Workshop 1h
      Speaker: Prof. Kalevi Ekman (Aalto University Design Factory)