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Winners of Falling Walls Lab Turku 2017

We are proud to announce the winners of the fourth annual Falling Walls Lab Turku, which was held on September 15, 2017:

1st place: Niklas Tuomola (University of Turku & Democratize): Breaking the Wall of Democratic Crisis

2nd place: Dr. Andreina Kero (Turku University Hospital): Breaking the Wall of Excess Mortality after Cancer Survival

3rd place: Tanja Sjöros (University of Turku): Breaking the Wall of Excess Sitting

Congratulations to all three winners, and thank you to our distinguished jury and everyone who took part in the event!

Niklas Tuomola and Andreina Kero will compete in the Lab Finale in Berlin on November 8, where 100 international and interdisciplinary finalists present their winning ideas. They will also have the opportunity to attend the internationally renowned Falling Walls Conference on November 9. Best of luck to both finalists!

Deadline for registration extended until August 11

Good news: We have extended the deadline for registration until Friday, August 11!

Aboagora 2017: “Becoming/Verðandi”, August 23-25, brings together the arts, humanities, and sciences to explore the theme of “becoming” – the idea of incompleteness and being in the making, of possibility and potentiality. The presentations will discuss topics such as evolution, the constitution of Finnish identity, artistic research, daydreaming, climate change, migration, writing, and sexual identity. For details, please see the links below, and don’t forget to sign up by August 11. Welcome All!

Programme & registration: http://aboagora.fi/programme/

Keynotes: http://aboagora.fi/programme/abstracts/

Workshops & performances: http://aboagora.fi/workshops-and-performances/

 

Registration Open for Aboagora 2017!

We are excited to announce that registration for this year’s Aboagora Symposium is now open!

Please register for the event at http://aboagora.fi/programme/ by August 6.

The registration fee is 35 € (20 € for students). The fee includes participation for all keynote lectures, admission to all workshops, coffee/tea with small snacks during coffee breaks and the Closing Reception on Friday, August 25.

The theme for this year’s Aboagora is “Verðandi/Becoming,” and we have a wonderful programme planned. Please keep an eye on our webpage for the updated Symposium Programme, keynote abstracts, and information on travel and accommodation.

With any questions, please contact us by email: aboagora[at]utu.fi, or by phone: +358-50-570 4017.

Welcome All!

Falling Walls Lab Turku 2017 Re-scheduled for September

This year’s Falling Walls Lab Turku innovation contest, originally planned for May 24, has been re-scheduled for September 15, and the Call for Applications has been re-opened. The event will take place at the University of Turku, Sirkkala Campus, Kaivokatu 12, Janus Hall (ground floor).

The Falling Walls Lab is a platform for excellent students, academics, entrepreneurs, and professionals from all disciplines – humanities, arts, social sciences, economics, medicine, etc. – to present their research work, business model, or innovative project or idea in just 3 minutes. A distinguished jury will select the winner who will travel to Berlin on November 8 to compete in the Lab Finale as one of 100 international and interdisciplinary participants.

The three winners of the Lab Finale will get the opportunity to give their talk on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference on November 9 in front of 600 guests – among them institution leaders and decision makers and a worldwide audience via livestream. All three winners will also receive a cash prize.

The call for applications for the Turku Lab is open until 15 August 2017 at http://falling-walls.com/lab/applyThe applications will be reviewed continuously, and all applicants will receive a reply within 2-3 weeks. Successful applicants will receive the instructions for their presentations with the letter of approval. Apply now to make sure you have plenty of time to prepare!

For more information, please see the Event Website or contact us at aboagora[at]utu.fi.

Falling Walls Lab Turku winners

On June 14 the Universty of Turku and the Åbo Akademi universty hosted the third Falling Walls Lab Turku at the Sibelius Museum.

17 participants pitched their innovative ideas in front of a renowned jury. The presentations dealt with various topics from different fields, indluding medicine, future studies, education and marketing.

The winner of the Turku Lab qualified for the Falling Walls Lab Finale which takes place in Berlin on 8 November 2016.

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Winner of the Falling Walls Lab Turku is Kristina Leppälä (GE Healthcare Finland Oy/University of Eastern Finland): BREAKING THE WALL OF POST-OPERATIVE HEART COMPLICATIONS

Second place: Julia Kulkova (TraceRay Oy/University of Turku): BREAKING THE WALL OF CONSERVATISM IN VETERINARY ORTHOPAEDICS

Third place: Miika Hyytiäinen (University of Arts, Helsinki/Sibelius Academy):  BREAKING THE WALL OF SINGER JARGON

Jury members: Prof. Johanna Ivaska (Chair), Turku Centre for Biotechnology; Juuso Enala, Consultant, Zeeland Family Marketing House; Prof. Jani Erola, Sociology, University of Turku; Saara Inkinen, Technology Transfer Coordinator, Åbo Akademi University; Ulla Järvi, Secretary General, Finnish Science Journalists

Master of ceremony of the Turku Lab was Topi Lehtipuu, a Paris-based Finnish opera singer.

Open panel discussion during the Falling Walls Lab event

Panel discussion on the impact and societal relevance of research within the humanities, social sciences and arts in the Sibelius Museum on June 14, 2016

Åbo Akademi University and Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd (University of Helsinki) organize a panel discussion on the impact and societal relevance of research within the humanities, social sciences and arts (SSHA) at the Sibelius Museum at 3:00-4:00 pm on June 14. The panel discussion is organized in context with the Falling Walls Lab contest. Both Falling Walls Lab and the panel discussion are open for the public for free.

The panel members for this highly topical discussion are:

  • Pirjo Kutinlahti, ministerial advisor at the Innovation Department of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy
  • Marita Aho, senior adviser at the Competence and Growth Department of the Confederation of Finnish Industries
  • Jari Perkiömäki, rector of the University of the Arts
  • Kirsti Salmi-Niklander, academy researcher, docent of folkloristics at University of Helsinki
  • Thomas Nyman, doctoral student in Psychology at Åbo Akademi University

The session will be moderated by Anne Kallio from SusInno Ltd.

The panel discussion is organized within a Tekes funded KINO (kansainvälisen innovaatio-osaamisen kehittäminen) innovation development project. More information about the project can be obtained from Saara Inkinen (saara.inkinen@abo.fi), Technology Transfer Coordinator at Åbo Akademi University, and Solveig Roschier (solveig.roschier@helsinki.fi), Director of Social Sciences at Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd.

The Falling Walls Lab Turku programme available

Falling Walls Lab Turku 2016 Programme

Master of ceremony: Topi Lehtipuu

Location: Sibelius Museum, Piispankatu 17, Turku

10:15– Arrival and registration for participants
11:00–11:30 Opening of the Lab
11:30–12:30 Presentations (group one)
12:30–13:30 Lunch break
13:30–14:30 Presentations (group two)
14:30–15:00 Coffee break
15:00–16:00 Panel discussion on the impact and societal relevance of research within the humanities, social sciences and arts, organized by Åbo Akademi University and Helsinki Innovation Services (Saara Inkinen, Solveig Roschier)
16:00–16:30 Award Ceremony
16:30–17:30 Farewell Reception at the Sibelius Museum

The event is hosted by the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, and organized by the Aboagora Symposium. The event is open for public and free of charge.

Participants:

Muzawir Arief, University of Eastern Finland: BREAKING THE WALL OF INFORMATION ACCESS
Christina Athanasopoulou, University of Turku: BREAKING THE WALL OF MENTAL ILLNESS STIGMA
Nick Balcom Raleigh, University of Turku: BREAKING THE WALL OF SHAPING DESIRABLE FUTURES
Qing Cao, University of Turku: BREAKING THE WALL OF PATENT TROLLS
Tushar Datta, Åbo Akademi: BREAKING THE WALL OF ORGANIC BIOSENSOR
Mahdi Fasihi, Lappeenranta University of Technology: BREAKING THE WALL OF GLOBAL CLIMATE IGNORANCE
Miika Hyytiäinen, Sibelius Academy: BREAKING THE WALL OF SINGER JARGON
Mika Hämäläinen, University of Turku: BREAKING THE WALL OF SPORT AND PHILOSOPHY
Julia Kulkova, University of Turku / TraceRay Oy: BREAKING THE WALL OF CONSERVATISM IN VETERINARY ORTHOPAEDICS
Manoj Kumar, University of Jyväskylä: BREAKING THE WALL OF CULTURAL ISSUES IN MARKETING
Mårten Kvist, Medicortex Finland Oy: BREAKING THE WALL OF MISDIAGNOSIS OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Kristina Leppälä, GE Healthcare Finland Oy / University of Eastern Finland: BREAKING THE WALL OF POST-OPERATIVE HEART COMPLICATIONS
Solomon Mengistu, Smart Grow Solutions Oy: BREAKING THE WALLS OF SMART AGRICULTURE
Anh Nguyen, Turku University of Applied Sciences: BREAKING THE WALL OF PAPER ADVERTISEMENT
Michael Oduor, University of Oulu: BREAKING THE WALL OF ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Linda Sevelius, GET LISTED: BREAKING THE WALL OF EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE
Veli-Matti Vesterinen, University of Turku: BREAKING THE WALL OF UNINSPIRED TEACHING

Jury members:
Prof. Johanna Ivaska (Chair), Turku Centre for Biotechnology
Juuso Enala, Consultant, Zeeland Family Marketing House
Prof. Jani Erola, Sociology, University of Turku
Saara Inkinen, Technology Transfer Coordinator, Åbo Akademi University
Ulla Järvi, Secretary General, Finnish Science Journalists

Kolmas Tila – Third Space performance in Aboagora

Aboagora is proud to present collaboration with Kolmas Tila – Third Space in the forthcoming symposium:

The Legend of the Small Bone

Kolmas Tila – Third Space 2016–2018, multipart stage performance

Part one, 16th June at the Aboagora Symposium, Sibelius Museum, Turku

Performance serves as an introduction to an ensemble of works which will be carried out in stages in the course of the next two years. The final stage performance will be completed in February 2018. The starting point and working methods of the piece are research-based.

What is the small bone?

Jewish and Arabic cultures share an old belief or legend about a small bone that is located in the spinal column and that hides the self of a person as if it were a code or a riddle. This small bone is corporeal, part of our skeletal system – yet indestructible. According to legend, the bone can be used to resurrect a person as they once were, as they once lived. In Hebrew, the bone is called luz, in Arabic ajbu adh-dhanab.

What thing in me would retain my inner humane spark in conditions that seek to destroy me?

The political philosophy of Giorgio Agamben has lent a starting point and a conceptual basis for the performance and the work of the group. The performance will be accompanied with Patrik Hagman’s presentation on Agamben.

 

Registration period extended!

Good news: You still have a chance to register for Aboagora 2016! Registration period will be running until May 29th.

To register, please visit: https://konsta.utu.fi/Default.aspx?tabid=88&tap=3242

The registration fee 40€ (20€ for students and doctoral candidates) includes participation for all keynote lectures, admission to all workshops, coffee/tea with small snacks during coffee breaks and conference reception on Friday.

Registration period ends May 29th.