New EU Horizon 2020 funded research project ‘CreaTures: Creative Practices for Transformational Futures’ starts in the beginning of 2020. The transdisciplinary project highlights how the arts can contribute to addressing climate change and associated effects. The project aims at demonstrating effective paths to achieving sustainability, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence at a time of rapid change. This will be achieved by identifying existing, often hidden transformational creative practices, by supporting new experimentation and direct audience engagement around these practices, and by evaluating their impact.

The three year research project is coordinated by Aalto University Department of Design and the scientific coordinator of the project is professor Tuuli Mattelmäki. Other Aalto key personnel in the project include research fellow Andrea Botero, professor of artistic practice Julia Lohmann, professor Sampsa Hyysalo, and project manager Riikka Raitio from the Aalto Research and Innovation Services. The total funding for the project is €3 million, out of which the funding for Aalto is €600 000.


  • Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (FI)
  • The European branch of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (SP)
  • The University of Sussex’ (UK) Sustainability Research Programme
  • Utrecht University (NL)
  • Superflux (UK)
  • Hellon (FI)
  • Furtherfield (UK)
  • Kersnikova (SL)
  • ZEMOS98 (SP)
  • Sniffer (UK)
  • Open Knowledge Finland (FI)