Falling Walls Lab

Falling Walls Lab Turku 2018

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.

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 top-class scientists from around the world present their current breakthrough research in 15 minutes each, answering the question “Which are the next walls to fall?”

The three winners of the Lab Finale have 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 receive a cash prize.

The fifth annual Turku Lab took place on 14 September 2018 at the Donner Institute. 

FWL Turku 2018 | Contestants:

  • Mikko Ketovuori: Breaking the Wall of Pain
  • Rajesh Koppulu: Breaking the Wall of high-throughput material processing
  • Susanna Lahtinen: Breaking the Wall of poor integration
  • Sepideh Parvanian: Breaking the Wall of EV. therapeutic effects in fibrosis
  • Pablo Pérez Chaves: Breaking the Wall of deforestation in Amazonia

FWL Turku 2018 | Members of the Jury:

  • Pauli Aalto-Setälä, CEO, Aller Media and Professor of Practice, Univeristy of Turku (chair of jury)
  • Piia Alvesalo, Head of communications, The Association of Finnish Independent Education Employers,
  • Niklas Tuomola, CEO, Democratize, Finland, Winner of FWL Turku 2017
  • Ray Essén, Senior advisor, Elomatic Consulting and Engineering

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 was hosted by the University of Turku , Åbo Akademi University, and the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History.