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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.

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.