Research & Innovation


RIS is a fruitful combination of deep academic research and innovations and a more practical approach to development of cities and companies. Integration or even co-living of these two visions is not an easy task, which is why we are rehearsing, elaborating and practising it in a series of seminars. These seminars are facilitated by Kalle Toiskallio and Matti Hämäläinen in the Kalasatama Urban Lab.

The very first session of RIS was held on the 30.6.2020. Smart City Governance stream within FinEst Centre was in lead. RIS is part of FinEst Centre for Smart Cities in collaboration with TalTech, Aalto University and Forum Virium Helsinki.

What is RIS?


One purpose of RIS is to create connections between researchers, and especially between researchers and urban developers. We believe that one strong topic of matchmaking is data. Researchers need it, cities and companies ´have it. The latter ones do not always have resources to fully utilise their data, so we see here a potential setting for collaboration.

Autumn 2020: Data Stories

The theme of RIS for the autumn of 2020 was Data Stories. That means experiences and insights of researchers and urban developers from cities and companies, dealing with what ever type of data. We are usually happy to tell success stories. However, difficulties and even failure cases can be very interesting too.

Autumn 2021: City issues

This year, as the pilots financed by FinEst Centre are developing, we brought the discussion of the city challenges that catalysed them. Researchers in charge of these pilots have joined in discussion to comment on how they are doing, what challenges they have faced and how they see the future of their projects.

Autumn 2022: To be continued...

We will update the topic for next year soon.

How to participate?

Stay tuned on our social media and our events page, where we publish the dates and locations of all the FinEst Centre's RIS, conferences and webinars. You can also suggest new topics or to discuss or guests to invite in future RIS sessions.