A science-based idea competition has been launched – the award is 375 000 €

27. juuni, 2014

10310619 746784565343537 2727502577876314237 nThe University of Helsinki is organising Helsinki Challenge, an international science competition, to celebrate its 375th anniversary. The prize for the competition is €375,000.

The intention is to generate solutions for building the wellbeing of the future. The themes for the competition include environmental change, health and wellbeing, a new worldview, global Helsinki and future learning.

Participants in Helsinki Challenge work in multidisciplinary teams and in cooperation with different institutions in society to solve major problems. Each team features both members of the University of Helsinki community and outside members from Finland or abroad.

– Nobody will solve the problems of the future alone. We wish to extend the cooperation between the university and with other actors in order to promote the toolbox of welfare and even solutions to global problems. We aim to reward originality, creativity and impact, says Chancellor Thomas Wilhelmsson.

The participating teams will compete for the €375,000 prize, which is intended to fund the realisation of the winning concept. The teams must register by 17 October. A jury will select the most promising proposals for the accelerator programme, and the jury will continue to develop the ideas further during 2015. The winner will be announced in a gala event in November 2015.

The University of Helsinki turns 375 years next year.