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