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“The Five Rings” – A New Thematic Plan for Aboagora 2019–2023!

We are excited to announce that Aboagora is launching a new five-year thematic plan for 2019–2023 under the title The Five Rings.

The title refers to the book The Book of Five Rings, written in 1645 by Miyamoto Musashi, a Japanese philosopher, writer and rōnin – a samurai without a master. Many consider him the greatest swordsman that ever lived. Near the end of his life, Musashi retreated to live as a hermit in a cave, to meditate and write a manual of kenjutsu, Japanese swordmanship, and martial arts. This practical book extends towards a philosophy of life, aiming at simplicity and no-nonsense.

The Book of Five Rings is divided into five books, each examining a different element of battle, just as there are different physical elements in life in Eastern religions. These elements will serve as starting points for the five Aboagora symposia of 2019–2023: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Void. Each three-day symposium will be organised at the Sibelius Museum in Turku at the end of August, and we will publish more information on the programmes closer to each event. See you there!

Read more about the thematic plan at http://aboagora.fi/programme/

Falling Walls Lab Finale 2018 available via livestream!

 

It’s almost here!

The 2018 Falling Walls Lab Finale will be held on Thursday, November 8 in Berlin, Germany. 100 finalists from all over the world will present their breakthoughs during this exciting event, which is available via livestream at https://falling-walls.com/livestream.

The winner of this year’s Turku Lab, Rajesh Koppolu (Åbo Akademi University), will be presenting his idea, Breaking the Wall of High-throughput Material Processing, with number 90. He will be presenting in Session 3, which takes place from 3.15 to 4.45 pm (CET, GMT+1).

Tune in on November 8 and don’t forget to vote for the Audience Award! The vote begins right after the last presentation. Instructions to follow on the Falling Walls Lab website: https://falling-walls.com/livestream.

Falling Walls Lab Turku

The Falling Walls Lab Turku was held in The Donner Institute in September 14.

 

The winner of this year’s contest is Rajesh Koppolu (Åbo Akademi University): Breaking the Wall of high-throughput material processing.

The second place went for Pablo Pérez Chaves (University of Turku): Breaking the Wall of deforestation in Amazonia

The third place went to Sepideh Parvanian (Åbo Akademi University): Breaking the Wall of EV. therapeutic effects in fibrosis

 

Thank you, all contestants and the jury!

 

Falling Walls Lab Turku, extended deadline 27.8.2018

We are excited to announce the fifth annual Falling Walls Lab Turku, which will take place at Åbo Akademi University on September 14!

The deadline for call for applications has been extended to August 27. Please apply here:

https://www.falling-walls.com/lab/apply/europe.

For more info on the event, please see: http://aboagora.fi/falling-walls-lab/

Share your breakthrough and join us in September!

 

Aboagora registration deadline extended to Friday, August 17

Aboagora’s registration deadline has been extended to Friday, August 17!

Registration fee (40 €, students 25 €) covers all presentations, performances and workshops.

All Agora Keynote Lectures are free. Also Wednesday night Lied concert (Marika Kivinen, mezzo and Johan von Schantz, piano: L. Onerva – Shame and Misplaced Guilt) is free of charge and open to public.

The registration can be done here: https://konsta.utu.fi/Default.aspx?tabid=88&tap=4883

The full programme can be found here: Aboagora_2018_Programme_web

 

 

Falling Walls Lab Finale 2017

On November 8, Niklas Tuomola and Andreina Kero represented Falling Walls Lab Turku in the Lab Finale in Berlin, where 100 international and interdisciplinary finalists presented their winning ideas. They were also awarded a ticket for the international Falling Walls Conference on November 9.

 

Recordings of the Falling Walls Lab Finale and Conference are available at http://www.falling-walls.com/livestream. The winners of the Lab Finale 2017 are: Agnes Reiner (Universität Wien/ AIT Austrian Institute of Technology/Medizinische Universität Wien/A*Star Singapore), Breaking the Wall of Ovarian Cancer (1st place); Ashwin Charles (Universiti Malaysia Pahang), Breaking the Wall of Wastewater Treatment (2nd place); Srilahari Namani (AIMST University), Breaking the Wall of Mosquito Borne Diseases (3rd place); and Montaser Mohammedalamen (University of Khartoum), Breaking the Wall of Disability through the Brain (audience award). Congratulations to all!

The top three winners of the Lab Finale had the opportunity to give their talk on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference in front of 600 guests – among them institution leaders and decision makers and a worldwide audience via livestream. All three winners also received a cash prize. The 1st place winner received 1000€, the 2nd place winner received 750€, and the 3rd place winner received 500€.

For more information, please see the Falling Walls website.

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!