The last project meeting was held on August 24-26, 2022 in Espoo, Finland.
Despite being located at the university and serving primarily its students and staff, Aalto Fablab is also open to the general public. During the meeting we had a unique opportunity to get to know the FabLab, its structure, spaces and activities, and to visit several other places that support learning new technologies by adults: Aalto Studios (a Media Centre of the future with activities like film, TV and video games and animation, VR/AR/XR, product- and user experience testing, sensor data-analysis, internet-based communication, the digitalization of teaching and maker culture inspired world of fast prototyping); ADDLAB (Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory, a research organisation focused on digital design and manufacturing technologies); Harald Herlin Learning Center (which offers library services, expert services and study and work spaces); Biofilia (Base for Biological Arts, which is a new learning and research environment at the intersection of art, life sciences and technology); Väre workshops at Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture (it provides a great number and variety of spaces – workshops – from knitting, weaving, sewing and textile printing, to 3D print, NC machining, laser cutting and metal workshop); Helsinki Central Library Oodi which is not only a library itself but it also provides various workshop spaces (a makerspace area with 3D-printers, laser cutter, uv-printer, large image printer, vinyl cutter, electronic workstations, heat press, sewing machines, badge makers).
A large part of the meeting was devoted to project management. Since it was our last meeting in person, we have talked through several key issues: the current state of the project, last corrections to the project publication, final report preparation, and financial reporting, evaluation of various aspects of the project, discussing follow-up ideas and future cooperation, including ideas for the development of Erasmus+ projects.