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Paidia - Living Lab of Play

Tampere Universities
Tampere universities community's (Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences) common, public research and activity space in Nokia Arena.

Tampere universities community (Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences) is opening a common, public research and activity space, Paidia, at the end of 2021. The space will be located in the Nokia Arena which is being built near University’s City centre campus. Paidia space and its modern technology enable science and research to be presented to also new audiences.

Paidia is Tampere universities’ common, open space, where different events, education, research, collaboration and student activities can be held.

The aim is to bring the activities of the universities closer to wider audiences; thereby developing new ways to collaborate in the conduct of research and realizing the outcomes together with wider society.

Paidia is a living research, development and learning environment, reaching out widely to different audiences. We will be able to benefit from Tampere universities’ know-how of the Living Lab concept, taking the research and action into a genuine environment.

Paidia presents diverse possibilities for both the staff and students of the universities and has been designed for the use of the entire community. Gamification, the use of extended realities and hybrid environments open up possibilities for new forms of learning, research and collaboration.

While this space is designed to extend the Universities’ activities to wider audiences, it is also a long-term project, which will be developed in collaboration with TAMK and Tampere University, as well as various external partners and entities.