Smart Campus and Sustainable Solutions | Webinar

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Smart Campus and Sustainable Solutions 
June 17, 2021 at 2-4 PM, EEST (CET+3)

Smart campuses and districts for the main cities of Africa

The webinar introduces the current Finnish Smart Campus concept and goals for developing sustainable university campuses  as technology-supported multi-service environments for research, education, learning and work. Campuses empowered by 5G technology and Internet of Things, among others, can serve millions of people in the near future if the concept is adequately scaled up. This webinar has a special focus on African countries.

Speakers will discuss possibilities and needs for developing services and infrastructures at campuses which operate as smallscale smart cities and boost digitalization. Smart Campus, as an operational environment, includes parallel and connected smart systems which are highlighted in the presentations.

The webinar aims to specify possibilities of technology-supported Smart Campus in order to form a viable concept and operational model that can be scaled up in selected African countries. First steps of the expansion are introduced and discussed at the end of the session. The webinar is moderated by Jari Handelberg, Aalto University.

The Smart Campus RDI Network is national strategic initiative funded by the Academy of Finland. The network is now defining how to optimally share trailblazing research visions, world-leading technology, and education competences in a shared platform and with a set of services that benefit both companies and individuals. More information:

The webinar follows principles of open innovation. It is possible to join and contribute in the event without committing to further project preparation.

14:00 – 14:10 Opening words - Pekka Voutilainen, Ambassador & Senior Adviser, Trade and Development, Ministry  for Foreign Affairs of Finland
14:10 – 14:30 Finnish Smart Campus Concept: Platform and Services - Risto Jurva, Program Manager, Smart Campus,  University of Oulu
14:30 – 14:45 IoT & Network systems - TBD
14:45 – 15:00 Energy & Electricity - Matti Rautkivi, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Wärtsilä
15:00 – 15:15 Water, waste water - Pirkko Taskinen, Director of AIF Ecosystem, University of Oulu and Hannu Nikurautio,  Senior Director at UROS Group, Head of UROS Sense and UROS Flow business
15:15 – 15:30 Logistics & Transportation - Markku Turunen, Professor, Interactive Technology, Tampere University
15:30 – 15:45 Data Security - Miika Lippojoki, Director of IT Services, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
15:45 – 16:00 Establishing a Smart Campus project for Africa - Juha Savolainen, Director, Southern and Western Africa, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Join the webinar to discuss how we can take university campuses to the next level, together! 

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Last updated: 17.6.2021