Espoo, Finland

Nordic Biomaterials

when 8 August 2022 - 19 August 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1600

In the coming years, our material world will change dramatically. The overuse of existing raw materials cannot continue and global consumption must decrease. However, our need for materials will not disappear: also in the future, materials will come to nurture us, cover us, comfort us, delight us, as well as keep us alive. This means that we need many new ideas, collaboration across all borders and hard work to replace our existing material systems and consumption habits with more sustainable ones. If used wisely, wood- and plant-based materials offer one possible pathway towards a more sustainable material world: they come from renewable sources, can be modified on a chemical level, and can be used for recyclable or biodegradable products.

Nordic Biomaterials by CHEMARTS inspires students to combine design and material science for new cellulose-driven concepts and ideas. Combining natural materials with advanced technologies offers new possibilities for sustainable development within existing and emerging industries.

Course leader

Associate Professor Pirjo Kääriäinen, Department of Design, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Professor Tapani Vuorinen, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, School of Chemical Engineering

Target group

This graduate-level course teaches students with varying backgrounds (design, science, engineering, business) to combine design with material research. It introduces a broad spectrum of biomaterials, especially wood-and plant-based.

Course aim

During the course, students familiarise with practice-based material research, experience how interdisciplinary material research happens in practice, and explore how raw materials could be turned into innovative business ideas in the context of circular economy.

Fee info

EUR 1600: Tuition fee, including VAT 24%
EUR 300: Programme fee, including VAT 24%.

The programme fee includes:

Course trips
Professional photography of your course work
Summer School social programme


Students from Aalto University's partner universities are eligible for a -50% discount on the tuition fee.