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Year Network visit in VTT on November 3th - 5th, 2010

A conference for YEAR network by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

In this conference we will present a selection of practical business examples arising from scientific research and industry speakers tailored to the interest of a research scientist. The conference theme is sustainability and research ethics. You will also meet other researchers from YEAR organizations and VTT along with members of the Otaniemi scientific community.

This conference is targeted at all members of YEAR organizations from all areas of science.

Date and Location

November 3th - 5th, 2010. Helsinki, Finland.

The conference will take place in VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

VTT is located in Otaniemi, part of the Helsinki metropolis area. There is an international airport in Helsinki. From the airport you can reach Helsinki downtown for example "by bus".

The conference program has been arranged such that we will move around as a group. However, if you need to find VTT outside the conference program, you can use the Helsinki area "journey planner".

Preliminary Program

The program starts each day around 9:00. During the day we will have short coffee&tea breaks and a long lunch break.

Day 0 (Wed Nov 3) - Welcome reception

18.00 Welcome reception in downtown Helsinki
- Introduction of the participants and practical arrangements

Day 1 (Thu Nov 4) - Sustainability

9.00 Company visit: UPM The Biofore Company (2h)
- Corporate responsibility and sustainability, Marko Janhunen
- New business development, Pia Nilsson


13.00 The Spearhead Programmes at VTT
- How technologies and competencies, which enable sustainable value chains, are built?
- Industrial Biomaterials, Niklas von Weymarn
- Open Smart Spaces, Heikki Ailisto
- eEngineering, Olli Ventä
- Printed Intelligence, Jan-Mikael Kuusisto
15.45 Otaniemi Forum
- Pia Aalto, Nokia Siemens Networks
- Timo Danilotschkin, Proactum
- Ville Peltola, Innovation Network at IBM
- Theme: Sustainability
- @ Design Factory in Otaniemi Campus

20.00 Evening party at downtown Helsinki

Day 2 (Fri Nov 5) - Social media and Ethics in Research

9.00 VTT's HR, Elina Jokinen
- Use of social media in recruitment
- Research exchange possibilities with VTT
10.30 Social media, Saara Bergström, Nokia
- Utilizing social media in doing research


13.00 Ethichs in Applied Research
- Workshop
- M.Sc. (Agr. & For.) Kirsi Kettula, University of Helsinki
- She is an amanuensis and a teacher of professional ethics at the Department of Forest Sciences at the University of Helsinki. She is an expert on adapting educational drama to higher education context, and she has written several articles on using drama as a method in ethics teaching. Currently she is working on her dissertation considering the potential of drama as an educational tool in higher education.

Dinner in downtown Helsinki (evening)


There are two hotels for a conference participant to choose from: Hotel Helka and Hotel Arthur. Both hotels enjoy central location in downtown Helsinki and are moderately priced. Conference participants will hava a discount price. For a reservation from both hotels Helka and Arthur, please use the reference “Year conference”. Prices: Helka 108 € and Arthur 91 € /room/night including breakfast.

Alternatively you may want to trust e.g. Google search.


You can apply on-line at

Applications must be submitted before October 20th, 2010.

Places are limited. Applications are accepted on first come first served basis.

No fee is charged but participants should take care of travel, living, and accommodation expenses. However, the meals and activities in the program are covered by the organizers.


Organized by Teemu Mutanen, Silja Pitkänen, and Anna Viljakainen from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.