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Wednesday 21 May 2008
16.00 Registration at Helsinki University of Technology,
the Department of Architecture

Richard Yelland, Head of Education Management Infrastructure Division OECD
Matti Pursula, Rector, Helsinki University of Technology

Opening Address
Anita Lehikoinen, Director, Division for Higher Education and Science, Ministry of Education, Finland

Tribute to Alvar Aalto - the designer of Otaniemi Campus
Markku Komonen, Professor, Helsinki University of Technology

18.00 Welcome Reception


Thursday 22 May 2008
8.00 Registration/Helsinki University of Technology, TUAS Building
8.45 Introduction
Richard Yelland, Head of the Education Management Infrastructure Division, OECD
9.00-10.15 THEME 1: Universities for the future

Keynote address 1: University futures
Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, Analyst, OECD

Keynote address 2: Towards a new innovation university in Finland
Yrjö Sotamaa, Rector, University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH

Panel discussion moderated by Richard Yelland, head of the Education Management Infrastructure Division, OECD

10.15-10.30 Break
10.30-13.00 THEME 2: Higher Education Institutions as spaces and places for learning

Chaired by Alastair Blyth, Analyst, OECD

Case studies on current practice:
From workspace to learning space
Päivi Hietanen, Workspace Strategy Specialist, Senate Properties, Finland
From learning to space
Renate Fruchter, Director of Project Based Learning Laboratory, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, USA
From design to experience
Takao Akagawa, Professor, University of Kitayushu, Japan


13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-16.30 THEME 3: Higher Education Institutions as spaces and places for research and innovation

Chaired by: Jarmo Suominen, Professor, University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH and MIT

Case studies on current practice:
The nature of innovation - IMI processes combining research and industry
Pekka Berg, Research Director, Helsinki University of Technology, Innovation Management Institute IMI
New innovative campus for over 20,000 DIT students - Grangegorman
Paul Horan, Campus Planning Office, Ireland 
Environment for innovation and interaction
Ilkka Kakko, Managing Director of Global Oasis Oy Karostech Ltd, Finland

16.30-16.45 Break

Keynote address:
Living Labs as Learning Labs

Kent Larsson, Director of House_n Open Source Building Alliance, MIT, USA.


  Transportation to the restaurant
19.00 Conference dinner


Friday 23 May 2008
8.30-9.30 THEME 4: Sustainable spaces and places
Chaired by: Suvi Nenonen, Senior Researcher, Helsinki University of Technology CEM

The sustainable campus: setting the framework, architecture and property
Pablo Campos, Professor, University San Pablo-CEU (Madrid), Spain

Ecological footprint of Otaniemi Campus
Seppo Junnila, Research Manager, Helsinki University of Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, CEM Facility Services Research Group 
9.30-12.00 Site visits (Coaches depart from TUAS Building at 9.30am)
The site visits will explore how sustainability can be incorporated into the design of spaces for knowledge transfer

You may choose either Site visit 1 or 2.

Site visit 1: Arcada Campus(University of Applied Sciences) - Arabia Campus - Media Center Lume (University of Art and Design)

Arcada was established in the metropolitan region in 1996 and obtained permanent status by the Ministry of Education in 1998. According to the concession, our mission is to promote the Finland-Swedish language and culture and to take the needs of the young Finland-Swedish population into account. Arcada consists of three educational departments:

The Department of Health Care and Social Services
The Department of Business Administration, Media and Technology
The Department of Languages and General Studies

The University of Art and Design Helsinki is situated in Arabia. The activities of Taik are based on close collaboration with wold´s best universities and companies. The University supports innovation activities through its business incubator Arabus and innovation service unit Designium and life long learning through IADE, Institute for Art, Development and Education. In teaching, research and artistic work we maintain active and close contacts with society and the corporate and cultural sectors. Our partners include leading Finnish and foreign universities and centres of competence.

Media Centre Lume is a national education, research, development and production centre of audiovisual media. Lume combines the disciplines of cinema, TV, digital media and production set design. The special focus areas of Lume are cross-media content production and practice-based research which serves the needs of the content. Lume has extensive facilities for film, television, new media and theatrical productions. Moreover, facilities at Lume are also ideal for organizing seminars, meetings, conferences, galas, festivals, or fairs.

Media Centre Lume is part of the University of Art & Design (TaiK), but serves also other Universities, polytechnics, research institutions and companies. TaiK has been leader in art and design education for over 130 years. TaiK is an international postgraduate university institution with students from over 50 countries. It offers doctorate, masters and bachelor degrees in a vide range of disciplines - fine art, design, new media, art education, visual culture, motion picture and production design.


Site visit 2: Technical Research Centre of Finland - Helsinki University of Technology / Otaniemi Campus - Technopolis / Innopoli Technology Centre

Otaniemi is a natural location for high-technology companies and organizations. The area is home to over 300 companies, with 60 to 80 new businesses founded and over 500 new business ideas invented each year. The Otaniemi area receives over 200 patents each year, and over 1,000 academic degrees are completed at the Helsinki University of Technology. Dipoli, located in Otaniemi, is one of the leading international congress centers in Finland.

The campus area of the Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and the Technical Research Centre of Finland (later to become VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) have an interesting history. The area is architecturally unique, boasting buildings designed by leading architects including Alvar Aalto, Heikki and Kaija Sirén, and Reima and Raili Pietilä. Otaniemi is a prime example of how physical proximity and interconnectedness foster collaboration and innovation between organizations.


12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.30 THEME 5: Higher Education Institutions as spaces and places for knowledge transfer

Case Study: Reijo Kangas/Experiences of knowledge transfer processes in US and Asia.
Roundtable session moderated by Alastair Blyth OECD


  • Andrew Harrison, Director - Research and Learning, DEGW, UK
  • Olli Niemi, Senior Vice President, Business Development, NCC Finland
  • Keith Alexander, Professor, Centre for Facilities Management, Salford University, UK
  • Göran Lindahl, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering / Building Economics and Management, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
  • Reijo Kangas, Industry Director, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.
Towards positive experiences - strategic foresights
Kirsti Lonka, Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Helsinki
15.15 Closing summary of conference: Alastair Blyth, OECD

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