Aalto University is part of a UNITE project and therefore students are offered a possibility to attend in INSPIRED project in Germany with a very good discount.

See further information below:

INSPIRED is a flagship project within UNITE! 20 students from all UNITE! partners can attend in 2020

INSPIRED stands for International Project Week for Interdisciplinary Research-Oriented Digital Learning and

  • is a flagship project in showcasing UNITE!: interdisciplinary, international, innovative research and learning  (this video shows how https://youtu.be/AkJ2fVJp8s4 )
  • is open to students (bachelor and master level) with an interest in Engineering & Life Sciences (the programme is organized by the departments of Biology, Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences)
  • is a unique combination of a "virtual classroom" and "real life" project work
  • comprises an e-Learning preparatory phase (starting March 30, 2020)
  • culminates in a summer event in Darmstadt (June 15 - 26, 2020)
  • ends with visiting top German companies as well as the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) (June 29 - July 3, 2020).


Darmstadt is the home to the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), the main mission control hub of the European Space Agency (ESA). The topic is inspired by it: Interstellar Re-factory.

Students reach into a multidisciplinary toolbox to re-cycle, re-fine, and re-engineer organic and inorganic resources. They re-deploy them to manufacture outputs ensuring sustainability of off-world travel and space exploration.

Through participation in INSPIRED, the international team of future bio-engineers will get familiar with hot production topics, such as the German view of digitalization of production or the arrival of Industry 4.0. Innovative processes, like 3D printing as well as new areas of tension, such as Lean 4.0 will be addressed. Furthermore, novel technologies and approaches revolutionising the realm of life sciences will be introduced, chief among them: synthetic biology and genome editing. INSPIRED will especially highlight their interplay with other science and engineering disciplines.


  • The fee on the website of 1.800 € applies to students from overseas.
  • The reduced fee for UNITE! students is 400€ - This applies to Aalto University students
  • The fee covers room and board in Darmstadt for three weeks, local transport, insurance, company visits and a tour of ESOC, and course materials.
  • Travel cost are covered by the participants.
  • The reduced fee is funded by a grant by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. There is a good chance we can reduce the fee to 275€ with additional grants. We will send an update regarding further cost reductions before the application deadline.


The application deadline is 07 February 2020 and we kindly ask your students to register in time via the registration link on the website.


Required documents: Copy of passport, motivational letter, transcript, proof of language. See more details in the attached Application guide.


Participants can obtain 6 credit points of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). (Check from your degree programme whether you can include these to your degree)

You find more detailed information about INSPIRED on the website: https://inspired-darmstadt.com/

The video offers a good introduction into that fascinating project https://youtu.be/AkJ2fVJp8s4


INSPIRED Application guide