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Tervetuloa! Welcome!

Dear all,

Welcome to the Nordes PHD Summer School 2014.

Our keynote speakers are arriving. You are here with your very exciting topics of research. We are all looking forward to four days of intense debate.

We will meet you at Miestentie 3. Please come to the Department of Media, on the 4th floor. We will be waiting with your badge in room 413.


Staff at Dept. of Media, Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Presentation schedule

During the summer school, all of the doctoral candidates taking part will give a 15 minute presentation of their work. After each presentation there will be a 15 minute discussion on the topic.

Find out more about the other participants and their thesis here!

Schedule of the presentations:

Monday Aug 18, 15:30 – 17:00
Michail Kouratoras
Tania Rodriguez-Kaarto
Peter Dirk Conradie

Tuesday Aug 19, 11:00 – 13:00
Majken Kirkegaard Rasmussen
Ariana Amacker
Judith Marlen Dobler
Kumaripaba Miyurusara Athukorala

Tuesday Aug 19, 14:00 – 15:30
Camilla Groth
Asta Raami
Anna Trapenciere

Wednesday Aug 20, 11:00 – 13:00
Teresa Macchia
Janis Garancs
Jacek Smolicki
Tomohiro Sakaguchi

Wednesday Aug 20, 14:00 – 15:30
Samir Bhowmik
Ema Agura
Vappu Kantola

Thursday Aug 21, 11:00 – 12:30
Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts
Yichen Lu
Andreas Benker

Thursday Aug 21, 14:00 – 15:30
Kozo Furuta
Reha Dişçioğlu Şen
Daniel Kade



List of Participants

To prepare yourself for fruitful discussions during the summer school, do go and see the confirmed list of participating doctoral candidates here!

Behind each link you will find more information about the participants and their work.

Keynote by Kumiyo Nakakoji

Our latest addition to the program of the summer school is a keynote by Professor Kumiyo Nakakoji from Unit of Design, Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research, Kyoto University, Japan.

Read more here!


August is already here – only a couple of weeks until the Summer School starts!

See the finalized schedule of the week here. The week’s program consists of keynotes, discussions and presentations by participating doctoral candidates.

Helsinki Public Transportation

For the students staying in Helsinki, the easiest way to get to Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo is using public transportation.

Buses from Helsinki to Otaniemi

From Helsinki city centre you get to Otaniemi by taking a bus from Kamppi; take one of the buses 102 & 103 and get off at the stop Miestenmetsä.

Buses from Otaniemi Campus to Arabia Campus

As part of the school’s program, we’ll be visiting studios at Arabia Campus. Bus 506 takes you straight form campus to campus, see its schedule here.

Journey Planner

Helsinki Region Transport’s Journey Planner will help you find the right route from where ever you are to where you want to get – Journey Planner

Ticket prices

Single tickets from Helsinki to Espoo cost € 3,00.
5 day ticket to Helsinki-Espoo area costs € 24,00,
and 7 day ticket € 32,00.

For more information, visit HSL website

Restaurant Day

If you arrive in Helsinki already on Sunday August 17, do visit Restaurant Day with its hundreds of one-day restaurants!

Restaurant Day is a worldwide food carnival when anyone can set up a restaurant, café or a bar for a day. It can happen anywhere: at your home, at the office, on a street corner, in your garden or inner courtyard, at a park, or on the beach – only your imagination is the limit.

Find out more on Restaurant Day’s website 


Some recommended exhibitions going on in Helsinki museums in August:

Tove Jansson 
at Ateneum
To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914-2001), Ateneum will host a major centenary exhibition presenting Jansson’s impressive career as an artist, illustrator, political caricaturist, author and creator of the Moomin characters and stories.

Alfredo Jaar: Tonight No Poetry Will Serve
at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
The overriding theme in the artist’s large scale installations, films, photographs, objects, and neon works is human and social morals – our responsibility for our own fate and that of others. Presented on two floors at Kiasma, the retrospective show comprises more than 40 works from 1974–2014, including such ground-breaking works as Lament of the ImagesThe Silence of Nduwayezu and The Sound of Silence.

Ilmari Tapiovaara
at Design Museum
The year 2014 will mark the centenary of the birth of designer Ilmari Tapiovaara. In honour of the event, Design Museum will stage an extensive exhibition of Tapiovaara’s work. The theme is considered in particular from the perspectives of the social responsibility of the designer and sustainable development. The exhibition will present interior designs, furniture and previously undisplayed sketches from archives. A book will be published in connection with the exhibition.

at Helsinki City Museum / Hakasalmi Villa
Photo exhibition Brylcreem (Rasvaletti) at Hakasalmi Villa takes you back to the 1950s, a time of rebuilding. The photographs of the exhibition are full of memories and nostalgia: milk shops and nylon stockings, Brylcreem and leather jackets, the Olympics and Miss Universe Armi Kuusela.