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Call for Sustainable Fashion Doctoral Colloquium

The Sustainable Fashion Doctoral Colloquium provides doctoral students the opportunity to present their work to senior faculty and engage with one another in a setting that is relatively informal but that allows for the fullest of intellectual exchanges. Students receive feedback on their research from Professor Cosette Armstrong, Professor Ulla Ræbild, Lecturer Claudia Henninger, Professor Kirsi Niinimäki and student peers.

Applications to participate in the Doctoral Colloquium are encouraged from doctoral students in the sustainable fashion field. We are seeking broad representation under topic sustainable fashion. Possible topics include, but are not limited:
1.      Design for longevity
2.      Design for services
3.      Design for re-use in manufacture
4.      Design for material recovery

Date: 12/10/2017
Location: Aalto University, Hämeentie 135C, Helsinki, Finland

To apply for Doctoral Colloquium
Submit by 16th of September to 
–       A research summary of your work (1000 words)
–       A brief description of your research stage
–       Your name
–       Affiliation/University
–       Email
–       Phone number
(Notification of acceptance by 20th of September. Places are limited.)

For participating students accepted in the colloquium
–       Short presentation of your research
–       Questions you would like to ask of doctoral colloquium mentors, either formally in the panel or informally during the day. They are here for you; seize the opportunity.
–       A peer opponent statement
–       A poster of your work, which will be exhibited in the Sustainable Fashion in a Circular Economy: Seminar (click here to view detailed instructions).

Trash-2-Cash project present in H&M Global Change Awards

Trash-2-Cash (T2C) research project presented a garment made out of chemically recycled cotton in H&M Global Change Award Ceremony in Stockholm.


Last year a team from Aalto University won the Global Change Award (GCA), which is an innovation challenge organized by H&M foundation. Aalto’s winning proposal was about “Making waste cotton new” with Ioncell-F technology. Since then, Ioncell-F process has been further developed with GCA prize and in T2C project. In this year’s awards, Pirjo Kääriäinen from Aalto’s GCA winning team and Essi Karell from T2C exhibited a garment to demonstrate the progress made during the past year.

The garment was also shown 3 April in H&M Change Makers Lab at Fotografiska, Stockholm. The event brought together around 250 change makers (including partners, innovators, governments, investors, trade unions, NGO’s and other brands) to challenge the existing practices of the fashion industry and discuss new technologies and material recycling.

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Paikka Mediafactoryn auditorio, Aalto ARTS, Hämeentie 135A, 3krs (Huom. sisäänkäynti Arabiakeskuksen puolelta, josta myös esim. Arabia/Iittalan myymälään)




Keskusteluja tekstiilistä
12.9. klo 16-18 Tekstiilimateriaalien  tutkimus ja uudet innovaatiot
Tutkimusprofessori Ali Harlin VTT
Professori Kirsi Niinimäki, Fashion/Textiles FUTURES tutkimusryhmä, Aalto yliopisto
Designer in Recidence Pirjo Kääriäinen, CHEMARTS, DWoC, Aalto yliopisto
10.10. klo 16-18 Experimental textile art

Textile Artist and PhD Barbara Jansen from Sweden, Exploration of the interaction between textiles, light, movement and time

Textile Artist Silja Puranen; The textile in textile art
7.11. klo 16-18 Uusia tuulia tekstiilisuunnittelun pedagogiikkaan ja kokeellinen materiaaliopetus

Adjunt Professor Maarit Salolainen, Aalto yliopisto

Designer in Recidence Pirjo Kääriäinen, Aalto yliopisto
12.12. klo 16-18 Globaali tekstiili Kiinan näkökulmasta
Professori Emerita Helena Hyvönen, Aalto yliopisto, Vise Dean in Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation, Donghua University

Public Defense of Maarit Aakko’s Dissertation Fashion In-between


MA Maarit Aakko will defend her dissertation Fashion In-between. Artisanal Design and Production of Fashion on Friday 19 August 2016 at Aalto University School of Art and Design, Hämeentie 135C, 8th floor (the big lecture hall, 822).

The opponent will be professor Hazel Clark from Parsons School of Design (The New School), and the custos will be professor Kirsi Niinimäki from Aalto University Department of Design. The discussion will be in English.

Waste cotton project visits Shanghai

In February researchers from Aalto got the first ever H&M Global Change Award together with VTT and University of Helsinki (more info at Aalto University web page). The award came together with a one year innovation training program. As a part of that Marjaana Tanttu from FTFutures and Michael Hummel from Aalto Chem were participating a one week workshop in Shanghai.

This really interesting week included visits to H&M production and sales offices, and a factory visit to two Far Eastern Group textile factories, focusing on knitting, dyeing and garment manufacturing. During the week we learned a lot about textile process chain and volume of production in China. Below  is the first half of a factory hall devoted for fabric opening and quality check!

factory overview