Falling Walls Lab Turku, extended deadline 27.8.2018

We are excited to announce the fifth annual Falling Walls Lab Turku, which will take place at Åbo Akademi University on September 14!

The deadline for call for applications has been extended to August 27. Please apply here:

For more info on the event, please see:

Share your breakthrough and join us in September!


Aboagora registration deadline extended to Friday, August 17

Aboagora’s registration deadline has been extended to Friday, August 17!

Registration fee (40 €, students 25 €) covers all presentations, performances and workshops.

All Agora Keynote Lectures are free. Also Wednesday night Lied concert (Marika Kivinen, mezzo and Johan von Schantz, piano: L. Onerva – Shame and Misplaced Guilt) is free of charge and open to public.

The registration can be done here:

The full programme can be found here: Aboagora_2018_Programme_web



Falling Walls Lab Finale 2017

On November 8, Niklas Tuomola and Andreina Kero represented Falling Walls Lab Turku in the Lab Finale in Berlin, where 100 international and interdisciplinary finalists presented their winning ideas. They were also awarded a ticket for the international Falling Walls Conference on November 9.


Recordings of the Falling Walls Lab Finale and Conference are available at The winners of the Lab Finale 2017 are: Agnes Reiner (Universität Wien/ AIT Austrian Institute of Technology/Medizinische Universität Wien/A*Star Singapore), Breaking the Wall of Ovarian Cancer (1st place); Ashwin Charles (Universiti Malaysia Pahang), Breaking the Wall of Wastewater Treatment (2nd place); Srilahari Namani (AIMST University), Breaking the Wall of Mosquito Borne Diseases (3rd place); and Montaser Mohammedalamen (University of Khartoum), Breaking the Wall of Disability through the Brain (audience award). Congratulations to all!

The top three winners of the Lab Finale had 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 also received a cash prize. The 1st place winner received 1000€, the 2nd place winner received 750€, and the 3rd place winner received 500€.

For more information, please see the Falling Walls website.

Winners of Falling Walls Lab Turku 2017

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!

Deadline for registration extended until August 11

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:


Workshops & performances:


Registration Open for Aboagora 2017!

We are excited to announce that registration for this year’s Aboagora Symposium is now open!

Please register for the event at 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], or by phone: +358-50-570 4017.

Welcome All!

Falling Walls Lab Turku 2017 Re-scheduled for September

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 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]

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.