24th AESOP Annual Conference • 7–10 July 2010 • Aalto University School of Science and Technology, Finland

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    YTK is a multidisciplinary research and training institute, located at the Helsinki University of Technology. It was founded in 1968 as a common unit for all Finnish universities. TKK again, is the oldest and largest Finnish technology university, celebrating its 100th year as a university in 2008. The research personnel of YTK is multidisciplinary, consisting mostly of social scientists, architects and geographers. There are altogether some 30 persons working in the Centre. The research covers a wide area of urban issues. The current spearheads of the research are sustainable urban structure, urban space and housing, place experience and participatory planning methods, European metropolises and regions, partnerships and conflicts, planning and policy evaluation. In addition, YTK is the only Finnish institution which offers continuing education for planners. The Centre has also post-graduate students and is actively co-operating and co-ordinating Graduate Schools.