From Research to Innovation

Tuesday 18 November at SLUSH, Messukeskus Helsinki – Expo and Convention Centre (entrance: Hotel Holiday Inn, Messuaukio 1, Helsinki), and Dipoli Auditorium (Otakaari 24, Espoo)

  • 08.30–11.00 Opening of the Aalto University Academic Summit together with the official opening of SLUSH, the biggest startup event in the Eurasia
  • 11.30–12.30 "Changing the Game: Academic Entrepreneurship" at SLUSH
  • 14.00–15.30 "The Impact of Science on Human Health" at Dipoli Auditorium 
  • 16.00–17.30 "How to Build Flourishing Innovation Ecosystems?" at Dipoli Auditorium

Opening of the Aalto University Academic Summit

Yrjö Neuvo, Professor, Aalto University, former CTO of Nokia and Member of Nokia Group Executive Board
Mikko Kosonen, President, PhD (Econ), The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
Juho Hyytiäinen, Student/Entrepreneur, SLUSH organisation 

Changing the Game: Academic Entrepreneurship

The discussion focuses on how universities can enhance academic entrepreneurship through their academic programmes and thus contribute to boost economic growth. What should, or should not, be done to build entrepreneurial ecosystems?

Chair: Ingmar Björkman, Dean, Aalto University School of Business

Short presentations and panel discussion with: 
Alfons Sauquet, Global Dean, ESADE School of Business, Barcelona, Spain
Marja Makarow, Professor, Vice-President for Research, Academy of Finland and Member of the Governing Board of EIT, Formerly CEO of the European Science Foundation
Inka Mero, Founder and Chairwoman, KoppiCatch seed investor and accelerator
Jesse Nieminen, Co-founder, Viima Solutions Oy

The Impact of Science on Human Health

Science has impacted human health and well-being profoundly, and the prospects for the future are even more dramatic, with concepts such as personalised medicine, functional brain mapping, and novel technologies for healthcare. The discussion revolves around the outlook of science in the service of human health and well-being.

Chair: Risto Nieminen, Academician, Dean, Aalto University School of Science

Four presentations 15 minutes each followed by a 30 minutes discussion with:
Sir Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience & Philosophy, University of London, UK
Jonathan Knowles, Professor at FIMM (Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland), University of Helsinki, Visiting Professor, University of Oxford.
Aarno Palotie, Professor, MD, PhD, Professor, Research Director, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), University of Helsinki
Riitta Hari, Aalto Distinguished Professor, Academician of Science, Aalto University, Member of the US National Academy of Sciences

How to Build Flourishing Innovation Ecosystems?

World’s best innovation ecosystems, such as Silicon Valley, have grown around excellent universities. World-class universities trigger new innovations by attracting global talent and investments to produce new knowledge and pioneering technology. This session bring together world-renowned experts to analyse how university-based innovation ecosystems support economic growth and how governments can support the development of such ecosystems into productive engines of innovation.

Chair: Ilkka Niemelä, Provost, Aalto University 

Short introductions and panel discussion with:
Lesley Thompson, Director, UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK
Lars Pallesen, President Emeritus, Technical University of Denmark
Colin Whitehouse, Professor, former Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council and Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation University of Sheffield, UK
Mervi Karikorpi, Director, The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries
R. Frederic Henschel, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP, United States


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