Quantum Arts Jam – Aboagora session starts crowdfunding for science campaign!

June 4, 2015 § Leave a comment


“Together with the artists we will turn an equation into a painting and the Universe into a real dance.”

Quantum Arts Jam brings together the most exciting quantum physicists and artists in a Jam session during Aboagora symposium, in collaboration with Science Café (University of Turku). Quantum Arts Jam will merge art and physics in three different sessions with Professor of Astronomy Esko Valtaoja, Professor of Laboratory of Theoretical Physics Sabrina Maniscalco, quantum physicist John Good, quantum physicist and artist Libby Haney, jazz pianist Fabrizio Mocata, graphic artist Sibel Kantola and musician Minna Twice.

Quantum physicists will work together with the artists in improvised jam sessions, with an intention of creating atmosphere that speaks the dialogical language of quantum physics and art with both of its form and content.

You can be part of the process and help us enabling the Jam via Mesenaatti.me: http://mesenaatti.me/en/quantumartsjam/

“We are physicists, constantly asking questions. From time to time we do find answers in experiments, formulas, even theories. However, we imagine things we cannot always picture.

Mathematics is the language of physics, with which we tell stories that pictures hardly could. As universal as it is, our language is not spoken by everyone. That is why we need interpreters. That is why we asked for help from art.”

Wednesday, August 12th 2015 at 4pm
Sibelius-museum, Piispankatu 17, Turku

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Preliminary programme of the symposium is published and registration has started!

May 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

Preliminary programme of Aboagora Symposium 2015 is published and can be found here. The registration is opened and enrolling for the international symposium can be done by 15th of June 2015!

Keynote speakers for the Aboagora symposium are published!

April 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

The theme for the Aboagora symposium 2015 is “Precious Moments, Extreme Events”. Fifth edition of the multidisciplinary and artistic event will address the themes of time, changes in the society and significant and extreme events in the course of individual’s life and history of the humanity.

As Agorists, the keynote lecturers of the symposium, we have an honour of having cosmologist, physicist and mathematician, professor John D. Barrow from University of Cambridge, London Gresham College (UK), rector and researcher Tiina Rosenberg from the University of the Arts Helsinki (FIN) and author and journalist Umayya Abu-Hanna (ISR/FIN/NL) . The keynote lectures of the symposium are open of public and free of charge. The event also consists of workshops discussing the theme of the year from perspectives of for example quantum physics, religion studies, biology and political history.

The fundamental questions between arts and sciences are represented thoroughly this year with an international project “Floating Platforms”, in collaboration with New Performance Turku Festival, international festival for performance and live art. The aim of the project is to find different ways to approach co-ordinated dialogue between arts and sciences. Six performance artists and six scientists from variety of disciplines around Finland and Europe will work in pairs and discuss a certain theme from their own perspectives and methods. Results of this collaboration will be availabe for the audience during the Aboagora symposium. The artist and scientist working pairs of the project will be published during the spring.

Aboagora is a joint effort by the Department of Cultural History in the University of Turku, Donner institute (Åbo Akademi Foundation), Åbo Akademi University and Turku Music Festival. The annual event brings together the most interesting discussion between arts and sciences. Registration for the Aboagora symposium will start 11th of May. The keynote lectures and Floating Platforms -sections are open for public and free of charge.

Aboagora Symposium starts the year with a top class project in collaboration with New Performance Turku Festival

February 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

Aboagora-symposium and New Performance Turku Festival, an international festival for performance and live art, start their collaboration with Floating Platforms -project, finding ways to collaborate between scientific and artistic practices.

Floating Platforms -project was awarded with a stipendium by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The aim of the project is to find different ways to approach co-ordinated dialogue between arts and sciences. Six performance artists and six scientists from variety of disciplines around Finland and Europe will work in pairs and discuss a certain theme from their own perspectives and methods.

Floating Platforms will be conducted as a part of both events’ programmes. The audience will have an opportunity to follow these processes between arts and sciences throughout the course of the project. Floating Platforms expands the ways in which both parties have previously worked with – questions concerning the new methods of producing information, and availability and openness of these processes. These results will be available for the field of arts and sciences. The project consists of event sections, discussion panels called thinking platforms, and a publication that will be published in 2016.

New Performance Turku Festival is an annual festival celebrating the latest works by the leading artists in performance and performing arts, as well as a variety of art genres. The theme of the 2014 festival was , which was manifested with the audience, art works and researchers collaborating in the festival. This year the theme of expertise in performance art will continue with the Floating Platforms -project.

Aboagora-symposium 2015 will be conducted on August 11-13, and New Performance Turku Festival will be held from 28th of September to 4th of October. Both events will publish their international programme during the spring.

Falling Walls Lab Turku is back – call for applications is now open!

February 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

Submit your application by May 15

University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University and Falling Walls Foundation organize Falling Walls Lab Turku, an innovation contest for young academics, entrepeneurs and experts under the age of 35. The qualifying Lab will be held on August 10, 2015 at the Sibelius museum, Turku. The Falling Walls Lab is a platform for professionals from all disciplines who get the opportunity to present their research work, business model or innovative project or idea.

Each participant of the Lab only has 3 minutes to share their idea in front of the distinguished jury from academia and business. The call for applications is open for outstanding young talents and innovative thinkers from all disciplines around Finland, Nordic and Baltic countries. This year the organizers of the Turku Lab offer participants outside Turku a chance to apply for a travel grant.

– Falling Walls Lab Turku offers young academics an exellent possibility to share their ideas in multidisciplinar level. After a successful kick-off with the Turku Lab in 2014 we wanted to continue to offer young academics this unique possibility for international experience and contacts, says Ruth Illman, director of the Donner Institute for religious and cultural history research. Illman is part of the organization committee for Aboagora symposium, that is organizing the Lab in Turku.

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 international renowned Falling Walls Conference, taking place on 9 November.

– The competition challenged me to think how to present my research shortly, yet in a popular manner. The Lab also gave me a chance to experience the excited and distinguished atmosphere at the finale in Berlin, says Eric Malmi, Falling Walls Lab Turku Winner 2014. In November three winning candidates, Vilja Siitonen and Veli-Matti Karhulahti with Eric Malmi, travelled to Berlin to represent the universities of Turku and share their ideas among 97 other candidates.

The Falling Walls Lab Turku takes place on 10 of August 2015 at Sibelius Museum, Turku Finland, starting at 11 am. The most intriguing presenter will qualify directly for the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin. Applications can be made through the website www.falling-walls.com/lab/apply by 15 of May 2015.

More information about the Falling Walls Lab Turku can be found here. Information about the Falling Walls Lab Finale and Falling Walls Foundation can be found at: http://falling-walls.com/lab.


We’ll tell you more at aboagora@utu.fi

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

Falling Walls Lab Finale – Turku Finalists’ presentations

December 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum which aims at building and promoting interdisciplinary connections between young excellent academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all fields. All participants get the opportunity to present their research work, business model or initiative with peers and a distinguished jury consisting of experts of academia, research institutions, and business – in 3 minutes each.

The three winners of the Turku Lab, Veli-Matti Karhulahti, Vilja Siitonen and Eric Malmi represented Finland – the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi – at the international Finale in Berlin, 8 of November 2014. A total of 98 presentations were presented during one intensive day. Three candidates representing Finland in the Berlin Lab Finale on November 2015 were Eric Malmi (Aalto University), Veli-Matti Karhulahti (University of Turku) and Vilja Siitonen (University of Turku). Eric Malmi presented his work ”Breaking the Wall of Family Trees” on computational methods that automatically reconstruct and analyze family trees. These methods have a new approach on the processes of data gathering and managing. Veli-Matti Karhulahti was awarded for his research on the meaning of the concept of ”game”, titled ”Breaking the Wall of Videogames as Games”. His theoretical approach provides multitude of adaptation possibilities to research as well as game industry. Vilja Siitonen impressed the jury with her work ”Breaking the Wall Between Serious Diseases and Us”. Her work focuses on the post-antibiotic era and provides a solution for antibiotic resistance.

Here you’ll find the wall-breaking presentations of Turku finalists, representing the University of Turku and the University of Åbo Akademi.

Veli-Matti Karhulahti – Breaking the Wall of Videogames as Games @Falling Walls Lab 2014 from Falling Walls on Vimeo.

Vilja Siitonen – Breaking the Wall of Serious Diseases and Us @Falling Walls Lab 2014 from Falling Walls on Vimeo.

Eric Malmi – Breaking the Wall of Family Trees @Falling Walls Lab 2014 from Falling Walls on Vimeo.


Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin with Three Turku Lab Winners

November 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

Eric Malmi, Veli-Matti Karhulahti and Vilja Siitonen

Photo: Otto Väätäinen

Three winners from the qualifying Falling Walls Lab Turku will travel to Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin on Saturday 8 August. Vilja Siitonen (University of Turku), Eric Malmi (Aalto University) and Veli-Matti Karhulahti (University of Turku) will present their works from fields of biochemistry, computer science and media studies.

The Falling Walls Lab Finale on 8 November gathers the most outstanding young candidates from an international and interdisciplinary field in Germany’s capital, Berlin. It offers the opportunity to excellent young academics and professionals to present their outstanding ideas, research projects and initiatives. Each participant is asked to present his/her work in 3 minutes. The three winners of the Lab Finale will be invited to present their concepts at the Falling Walls Conference on the next day – together with some of the most distinguished scientists of our times.

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Falling Walls Lab Turku on 11 August 2014 was a joint effort by University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Aboagora symposium and Falling Walls Foundation.