Millennium Talks workshop – Asking more from research

The discussions inted to brainstorm how technologies emanating from frontier research can be taken advantage of in industry, clinical care and in research in Finland. The workshop attempts to promote a mind-set change amongst academic research, to acknowledge the importance of wider impact for society of findings of fundamental research.

Time: 17–18 May 2017

Venue: Aalto University School of Business, Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki




Wednesday, 17th May


12:00     Lunch

13:00     Welcome to Aalto University, Tuija Pulkkinen, Vice President of Research and Innovation

Beyond scientific impact, Marja Makarow, Chair of Technology Academy Finland and Director of Biocenter Finland

13:15     Session I – Gene editing

Key note Emmanuelle Charpentier, Breakthrough Prize 2015 awardee, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany


Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, University of Eastern Finland

Olli Carpen, Helsinki Biobank, University of Helsinki

Heikki Joensuu, Cancer Clinic, University Hospital Helsinki

Petri Lehto, MSD Finland Oy

Chair Marjut Ranki-Pesonen, Medical Interscience Talents Consulting Ltd. and Desentum Ltd.

Rapporteur Gretchen Repasky, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM

15:00     Coffee

15:30     Session II – Accelerating growth of woody plants

Key note Yrjö Helariutta, University of Cambridge and University of Helsinki


Mari Walls, Director General, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Riikka Joukio, SVP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, Metsä Group

Eva-Mari Aro, University of Turku

Chair  Tommy Jacobson, CLIC Innovation Oy

Rapporteur Tanja Pyhäjärvi, University of Oulu


Thursday, 18th May


09:00    Session III – Innovation by evolution: New chemistry for life

Key note Frances Arnold, 2016 Millennium Technology Prize Winner, CalTech, USA


Lars-Peter Lindfors, Neste Oyj

Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Peter Lund, Aalto University

Chair Juha-Pekka Raeste, Helsingin Sanomat

Rapporteur Maiju Gyran, Academy of Finland – the Finnish Research Council

10:40    Refreshments

11:20    Session IV – Human spare parts

Key note Katriina Aalto-Setälä, University of Tampere


Jyrki Törnwall, Dept of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Helsinki University Central Hospital

Tuomas Lokki, Planmeca Oy

Mirja Kaarlela, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation

Chair Emma Terämä, Finnish Environment Institute

Rapporteur Guillaume Jacquemet, University of Turku

13:00    Session V – Conclusions

Chair Johanna Myllyharju, Chair of Biocenter Finland

Rapporteurs’ summaries

Concluding remarks, Carl-Henrik Heldin, Chair of Board of Directors, Nobel Foundation

13:30    End of workshop


The workshop is free of charge.

Registration: Through this link before May 9, 2017