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 Falling Walls Lab Turku will take place on 15 September 2017 at the University of Turku. The call for applications is now closed and the schedule for the event will be published here on September 1.

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.


Time: 15 September, 2017, starting at 11:00 (ending at approximately 17:00)

Place: University of Turku, Sirkkala Campus, Artium Building, Kaivokatu 12, Janus Hall (ground floor)

Program: [TBA]

A distinguished jury selects two winners who

  • travel to Berlin on 8/9 November 2017. Travel costs and accommodation are covered.
  • qualify directly for the Lab Finale in Berlin on 8 November 2017 as two of 100 international and interdisciplinary participants.
  • are awarded a ticket for the international Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2017 where some of the world’s most prominent scientists from around the world present their current breakthrough research in 15 minutes each.

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“An experience that will surely expand every participator’s understanding of multidimensional disciplines of modern science.” – Veli-Matti Karhulahti, Falling Walls Lab Turku Finalist 2014

“The competition gave me a unique opportunity to extend my international contact network.” – Erika Halonen, Falling Walls Lab Turku Finalist 2015