Millennium Talks Workshop – Asking more from research

The workshop is co-organized by Technology Academy Finland and Biocenter Finland and supported by the Institut Francais de Finlande, the Embassy of France in Finland as well as the Aalto University. Its main idea is to discuss how technologies emanating from frontier research can be used in industry, clinical care and research in Finland. The workshop promotes a mind-set change amongst academic researchers to acknowledge the importance of wider impact of findings of fundamental research. The speakers feature innovators such as the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize Winner Frances Arnold.

The workshop is free of charge.

Contact persons:

Marja Makarow
Chair, Technology Academy Finland
Director, Biocenter Finland

Juha Ylä-Jääski
CEO, Technology Academy Finland

Time: 17 – 18 May 2017
Venue:  Aalto University School of Business, Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki
Registration: Through this link before April 30, 2017


Wednesday, 17th May

12:00 lunch
13:00Welcome to Aalto University – Ilkka Niemelä, Provost
13:15 Beyond scientific impact – Marja Makarow, Chair of Technology Academy Finland and Director of Biocenter Finland
Session I – Gene editing
Panel – Seppo Ylä-Herttuala (University of Eastern Finland), Olli Carpen (University of Helsinki), Heikki Joensuu (University Hospital Helsinki)
15:00 coffee
15:30 Session II – Accelerating growth of woody plants
 Panel – Mari Walls (Natural Resources Institute Finland), Riikka Joukio  (Metsä Fibre Oy),  Eva-Mari Aro (University of Turku)

Thursday, 18th May

09:00 Session III – Innovation by evolution: New chemistry for life
Panel – Lars-Peter Lindfors (Neste Oyj), Anne-Christine Ritschkoff ( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd), Peter Lund (Aalto University)
10:40 light lunch
11:20 Session IV – Human spare parts
Panel – Jyrki Törnwall (Helsinki University Central Hospital),
Tuomas Lokki, Planmeca Oy
 Mirja Kaarlela, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation
13:00 Session V – Conclusions
Concluding remarks, Carl-Henrik Heldin, Chair of Board of Directors, Nobel Foundation
13:30 End of workshop


Joanna Seppänen

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