VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) is a state-owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law. Act on the Limited Liability Company Called VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (8761/2014) lays down provisions on the operations and status of VTT. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy is responsible for state ownership steering.

As an impartial non-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) and with the national mandate and mission to support economic competitiveness, societal development and innovation, VTT carries out research and innovation activities for the needs of industry and knowledge-based society. In 2017, VTT’s net turnover was 153,2 million € with highly educated personnel of 2368. VTT receives approximately one-third of its total income directly from the Finnish government.

To contribute to EU goals for 2020 and beyond VTT works in synergy with the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy, with regional innovation networks throughout Finland and with numerous European platforms and partnerships. Within Horizon 2020, VTT aims at the renewal of European industrial value chains increasing EU competitiveness while strengthening dynamic ecosystems and addressing Societal Challenges.

VTT is organized around three main areas: Knowledge-intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment. However, all VTT activities are characterized by genuine trans-disciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches and the daily project work is planned and implemented within multi-year, coordinated programs.

Main tasks attributed in the A-PATCH project:

TT’s expertise dedicated to the A-Patch project is drawn from the Business, Innovations and Foresight research area. In the A-Patch project VTT works with the issues of Responsible Research and Innovation, technology ethics and societal acceptance. The activities include defining ethical requirements for the A-Patch technology, stakeholder engagement activities and increasing project consortium knowledge on related issues. VTT is leading Dissemination, Communications and Exploitation Planning work package (WP7).

Mr. Veikko IKONEN
Senior Scientist in Foresight and Safety Culture team
Veikko has a M.A. Cultural Anthropology. His research focuses on the human-driven design of future technologies, applications, and services including ethical issues and the development of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approach both for academia and industry. Veikko has experience of several EU projects, where user involvement and ethical issues for the product or application development has been in the central role: e.g. ETICA, GREAT, Responsible Industry, SniffPhone, BODEGA, PROEIPAHA, NewHorrizons, VOGAS, and A-Patch. Veikko has been the board member of Corporate Responsibility Network FIBS (Finnish Business Society; 2014-2016) and is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Tampere region (since 2010). He is also acting as Research Integrity Adviser at VTT in relation to the activity since 2017.
Mrs. Janika Miettinen
Research Scientist
(MAS) Janika Miettinen is working at VTT in Business, Innovation and Foresight research area. Her research interests are in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), technology ethics and co-creation. She has three years of experience both in national and international projects that deal with aspects of Responsible Research and Innovation, research and technology ethics, stakeholder engagement and human-driven design. Mrs. Miettinen’s analytical skills rely on qualitative methods and she is especially interested in co-creation methods.
Mrs. Giovanna Sanchez Nieminen
Research Scientist
Giovanna has a M.Soc.Sci. She has worked with international cooperation and international security since 2013. Ms. Sanchez Nieminen holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research. She has been involved with Horizon 2020 projects related to the socio-political and ethical aspects of new technologies, Responsible Research and Innovation and international cooperation, including the on-going YAKSHA and VOGAS. In addition to international cooperation and security, her research interests include emerging economies, global mobility, and gender studies.
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