Month: March 2016

Aboagora 2016 – programme information

June 15–17 2016, Sibelius Museum, Turku, Finland

In Old Norse mythology the characters called Norns rule the destinies of both gods and humans. The eldest of these Norns is Urðr, the Norn of fate. In Norse mythology, humans were created as incomplete and without fate. It was only the actions of the Norns that gave humans fate and made them complete. Humans would have neither complete free will nor were they constrained completely by fate. There is neither free will nor unalterable fate.

Aboagora 2016 discusses the multiple understandings of fate by exploring how agency is understood in relation to the past.

Our keynote speakers and performers include:

Pekka Haavisto, Member of Finnish Parliament
tenor Topi Lehtipuu together with Hannu Salmi, Professor in Cultural History
Virpi Lummaa, Academy Professor, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology
Riem Spielhaus, Professor, Dr., Islamic Studies

Encounters between arts and sciences includes workshop sessions and performances in collaboration with:

  • Science Café
  • Kolmas Tila – Third Space
  • AmosLAB
  • IC-98
  • SELMA – Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory

Registration to Aboagora symposium opens in early April!

Call for applications to Falling Walls Lab Turku now open

Falling Walls Lab takes place in Turku 14 June 2016!

Share your innovative idea at the Falling Walls Lab Turku, win a scholarship and travel to the Finale in Berlin!

The Falling Walls Lab Turku takes place on 14 of June 2016 at Sibelius Museum, Turku Finland. Applications can be made through the website by 2 of May 2016.

University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University organize Falling Walls Lab Turku, an innovation contest for young academics, entrepreneurs and experts. The qualifying Lab will be held on June 14, 2016 at the Sibelius museum, Turku. The Falling Walls Lab is a platform for professionals from all disciplines who get the opportunity to present their research work, business model or innovative project or idea. Each participant of the Lab only has 3 minutes to share their idea in front of the distinguished jury from academia and business. The call for applications is open for outstanding young talents and innovative thinkers from all disciplines around Finland, Nordic and Baltic countries.


Aboagora annouces new plans and the date of the 2016 event

Aboagora announces new plans for the forthcoming years! 2016 opens a new trilogy of themes and switches the event from August to June! In 2016 Aboagora takes place during June 14-17. More information coming soon!

Aboagora 2016–2018: The Threads of Fate

In the forthcoming years, 2016–2018, Aboagora aims at building a thematic trilogy under the title The Threads of Fate. The title refers to Old Norse mythology that presents characters called Norns, who rule the destinies of both gods and humans. The three most important Norns were Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld. They have at times been interpreted as past, present and future but, in fact, layers of temporality are unavoidably entangled. The question of fate (Urðr) e.g. stretches from the past to the future, and the idea of burden (Skuld) refers both to our heritage and to something that we have to confront in the future.

Each Norn will serve as a point of entrance to an Aboagora event during the years 2016–2018. Each Norn offers a perspective to the current state of the world, which is discussed during the agora, blurring boundaries between arts and sciences. At the same time, this trilogy allows the profound investigation of urgent issues, such as identity and ethnicity, human impact on the environment, and the future of the Earth.