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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.

Aboagora 2016 – programme information

ABOAGORA – BETWEEN ARTS AND SCIENCES: “Fate – Urðr”
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 www.falling-walls.com/lab 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.

Aboagora 2015 – Precious Moments, Extreme Events

ABOAGORA SYMPOSIUM 2015
Precious Moments, Extreme Events

Aboagora Symposium 2015 will be held in Sibelius-museum, August 11-13 with the theme “Precious Moments, Extreme Events” and wishes to discuss the changes that revolutionize the human condition through dialogue between arts and sciences.

The aim of the symposium is to generate discussion between arts and sciences and to develop productive dialogue on the significance of time – or, rather, of moments. In the modern world, information moves faster than ever before. Slow, global processes of transformation, such as climate change, cause increasing alarm, but extreme and sudden events also have the power to completely change our perspective in mere seconds. In the midst of such change, interest in memory and individual’s experience of time has grown. Definitive moments and turning points have the power to affect the individual’s lives and societies. Extreme events can traumatize whole nations, yet the lives of individuals can be turned upside down in a single moment, in the blink of an eye.

FULL PROGRAMME (For the registered guests – event sold out!)

Main location: Sibelius Museum, Piispankatu 17, 20500 Turku
(Alternative venues are mentioned separately)
Please click the headlines for more information!

TUESDAY 11th AUGUST

DAY 1 – Moments

9:00–10:00
Registration and Coffee

10:00–11:30
AGORA: Tiina Rosenberg: Speaking Up in Precarious Times: A Reflection on Arts and Humanities, Professor, Stockholm University / President of the Central Arts Council of Finland (FIN/SWE)

11:30–13:00

Lunch (at own cost)

13:00–15:00
Workshop 1 / When Life Ends
Professor Terhi Utriainen, professor Douglas Davies, biologist Ilari Sääksjärvi & theatre director Otso Kautto with Dramatized Death Ritual: Ritual Time, Life Looking at Death (Quo Vadis Theatre)

15:00–15:30
Coffee

15:30–18:00
Workshop 2 / Floating Platforms*
Encounters between Performance Art and Science
Riitta Rainio (sound archaeology, University of Helsinki) & Juha Valkeapää (sound and performance art)
Installation open from 12:00, sound disco at 15:30-18:00
PLACE: The Old Market Square Cellar
Vanha Suurtori 5, Turku

Evening programme by Turku Music Festival:

18:00-19:00
Concert: Estonian Voices. Linnateatteri, Linnankatu 31, (Tickets 25,5/20,5€)

20:00–21:00
Concert: Evening Music at the Cathedral, Turku Cathedral, Tuomiokirkonkatu 1 (free entry)

WEDNESDAY 12th AUGUST

DAY 2 – Experiences

11:00–12:30
AGORA: Umayya Abu-Hanna: The Long Longing to Belong Journalist and writer (FIN/NL)

12:30–14:00
Lunch (at own cost)

14:00–15:30
Workshop 3 / Revolution
Chair: Professor Mika Ojakangas (University of Jyväskylä)
Professor Peter Hallward (Kingston University): Continuing the Revolution: Jacobin Principles of Democracy
Comments: Janne Porttikivi & Timo Pankakoski

15:30–16:00
Coffee

16:00–17:30
Workshop 4 / Science Café: Quantum Arts Jam
QUANTUM COMPLEXITY: Dr. John Good & Dr. Libby Haney
DIAGRAMS OF LOVE: Prof. Sabrina Maniscalco, Sibel Kantola & Minna Aalto
BIG BANG TANGO: Prof. Esko Valtaoja & Fabrizio Mocata
Crowdfunding campaign for the session can be found here!

17.30–18:00
Coffee

18.00–20:00
Workshop 5 / Floating Platforms*
Encounters between Performance Art and Science
Kaisa Henttunen (cosmology) & Leena Kela (performance art)
PLACE: Observatory, Vartiovuorenmäki
Starting point for the joint walk to the Observatory in front of the Sibelius Museum at 18.00

THURSDAY13th AUGUST

DAY 3 – Extremes

9:00–10:30
Workshop 6 / Gregorian Singing in the Turku Cathedral (Agricola Chapel) WORKSHOP FULL!
Max. 30 people can participate in the singing workshop session, please enroll during registration!

10:30–11:00
Coffee

11:00–12:00
Workshop 7 / Touching, Tasting, Hearing and Seeing. Sensorial Experiences in the Feasts of St. Thomas Aquinas
Marika Räsänen, Hilkka-Liisa Vuori & Johanna Korhonen

12.00–13.30
Lunch (at own cost)

13:30–15:00
Workshop 8 / Floating Platforms*
Encounters between Performance Art and Science
Mia Rönkä (biology) & Kurt Johannessen (performance art)

15:00–15:30
Coffee

15:30–17:30
AGORA: John D. Barrow: Is Our Universe An Extreme Event? FRS, Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University; Professor of Geometry, London Gresham College (UK)

17:30–18:00
Conclusion

18:15-21:00
Reception

Evening programme by Turku Music Festival:

23:00-00:00
Concert: Turku Night of Arts: Music by Candle Light at Turku Cathedral, Tuomiokirkonkatu 1 (Tickets 22,50/17,50/11,50€)

 Changes in the programme are possible. We reserve the right to changes. 

*Floating Platforms is a one-year collaboration project with New Performance Turku Festival funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. More information about the project and the performances in Aboagora symposium can be found here.