Falling Walls Lab

Falling Walls Lab Turku 2017

The Falling Walls Lab competition is a platform for excellent students, academics, entrepreneurs, and professionals from all disciplines to present their research work, business model, or innovative project or idea to their peers and a distinguished jury from academia and business. Each participant has exactly 3 minutes on stage.

The fourth annual Turku Lab took place on September 15 at the University of Turku. This year’s winners are:

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!

Falling Walls Lab Turku will send the top two contestants to the Lab Finale in Berlin on November 8. Niklas Tuomola and Andreina Kero will compete in the Finale, where 100 international and interdisciplinary finalists present their winning ideas. They are also awarded a ticket for the international Falling Walls Conference on November 9, where some of the world’s most prominent scientists from around the world present their current breakthrough research in 15 minutes each.

FWL Turku 2017 | Contestants:

Mr. Rathan Kumar Alagirisamy (Lively Air, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Air Pollution by Creating Awareness

Mr. Michael Anywar (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia): Breaking the Wall of Inpatient Medication Errors

Ms. Aprilia Hartami (University of Oulu, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Environmental Problems

Ms. Laura Hellsten (Åbo Akademi University, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Methodology

Ms. Tanja Holm (Oktantti, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Maritime Industry

Dr. Andreina Kero (Turku University Hospital, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Excess Mortality after Cancer Survival

Dr. Sam Multari (University of Turku, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Undernourishment in the Elderly

Mr. Nicholas Rowe (University of Lapland, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Conference Effectiveness

Ms. Soudabeh Saeid (Åbo Akademi University, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Removal of Pharmaceuticals from Waste Water

Ms. Iuliia Shnai (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Digital Education

Ms. Tanja Sjöros (University of Turku, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Excess Sitting

Mr. Janne Säynäjäkangas (University of Jyväskylä, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Commodity

Dr. Fiseha Tesfaye (Åbo Akademi University, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Municipal Solid Waste Recycling

Mr. Nhat Ngoc Trinh (University of Lapland, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Filter Bubble

Mr. Niklas Tuomola (University of Turku & Democratize, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Democratic Crisis

Dr. Evgenia Vanadzina (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Global Climate Change

Mr. Vlad Vernygora (University of Lapland, Finland & E-MAP Foundation MTÜ, Estonia): Breaking the Wall of Contention in International Education

Mr. Tomi Virtanen (Turku School of Economics & Doerz Co Oy, Finland): Breaking the Wall of Social Exclusion

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FWL Turku 2017 | Members of the Jury:

Isto Huvila, Professor, Department of ALM, Uppsala University (Chair)

Juuso Enala, Consultant, Zeeland Family Marketing House

Torulf Jernström, CEO, Tribeflame Oy

Liisa Koivula, Journalist, Communications Coordinator, Aivoliitto

Kristina Leppälä, Doctoral Candidate, University of Eastern Finland

Sanna-Maria Sarelius, CEO, Founding Partner, Å Communications

    

Falling Walls Labs take place globally throughout the year. The winners of each international Falling Walls Lab qualify for the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, which is held every year on 8 November and is closely connected to the annual and internationally renowned Falling Walls Conference, taking place on 9 November. At the Conference 20 top-class scientists from around the world present their current breakthrough research answering the question “Which are the next walls to fall?” In 2017, Falling Walls Lab Turku will be sending two finalists to compete in the Lab Finale.

The three winners of the Lab Finale will get 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 will also receive a cash prize. The 1st place winner receives 1000€, the 2nd place winner receives 750€, and the 3rd place winner receives 500€.

The Falling Walls Lab is a non-profit series of scientific conferences, which aims at building and fostering interdisciplinary connections between young researchers. The project was launched in 2011 by the Falling Walls Foundation. The Turku Lab, now held for the fourth time, is hosted by the University of Turku , Åbo Akademi University, and the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History.

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