Read & Learn

Here we have put together a selection of great thoughts by Research Pitching Competition team and jury members. If there's anything we didn't put on this page, please don't hesitate to contact us at me@skolar.fi.

Thomas_Hausmaninger

Watch the final research pitches of 2019

28.11.2019

Did you miss the Research Pitching Competition finalists at Slush? Not to worry, watch the video recordings of the pitches here.

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Jury 2019

Meet the final jury of Research Pitching Competition 2019!

8.10.2019

May we introduce the six academic superstars joining our stage jury to choose the eight finalists and the winner of the €100K Skolar Award.

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Interdisciplinary Skolar 2019

Interdisciplinary ideas can and should be pitched in Research Pitching Competition. Here’s why.

10.9.2019

Interdisciplinary ideas may be the best approach to the big challenges of our time. Two of last year’s Skolarists tell why they chose to pitch ideas that involved collaboration across scientific borders.

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Pre-jury 2019

Here is the preliminary jury of Research Pitching Competition

4.9.2019

These 12 academic superstars from different fields of research will review and rank the applications of Research Pitching Competition by Slush & Skolar.

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Skolar Partners 2019

Career tips for postdocs from our partners

3.9.2019

We had a talk with Skolar’s funding partners to hear their thoughts on postdoc careers and get tips on how to make a great application.

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Art research

Artistic researchers, let’s hear your ideas

22.8.2019

In the past few years, the amount of Research Pitching Competition applicants from arts and humanities has gradually risen. And we want more! We asked two esteemed experts to reflect on why artistic research matters – and why you should pitch it at Slush.

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torill kornfeldt

What you should know about Research Pitching Competition 2019

13.8.2019

No matter if you are a biologist or artist researcher, we are calling for all postdoc researchers from all fields of research with wild ideas. Here are the main features of Research Pitching Competition in 2019.

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Introducing the Skolar House

12.8.2019

Welcome to the Skolar House! This cosy seaside villa is where our eight finalists will stay and get ready for their big pitch at Slush.

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Humanities research

Why should humanities research be pitched on stage at Slush?

9.8.2019

Humanities research has been conspicuous by its absence in Research Pitching Competition in the past years. Not okay! We asked a few well-respected humanities researchers to share their views on why their academic field should be better represented in this race.

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Watch the final pitches of 2018

7.8.2019

Wondering what it’s like to pitch your research idea at the Slush stage? Here are all the amazing pitches by last year’s Research Pitching Competition’s finalists! If you wish to join them, go wild and apply.

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FAQ about Research Pitching Competition

7.8.2019

Why is Research Pitching Competition only for postdoctoral researchers? Can you apply with arts and humanities research? What can you do with the prize money? Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the competition.

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This is how we choose the winner

5.8.2019

In our criteria we focus on courage, novelty, and communication of your research idea. Read the full criteria of Skolar Award.

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5 tips for pitching your research idea

2.8.2019

Keep your pitch compact and present it with confidence, says Skolar Award 2016 winner Virpi Virjamo.

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This is what Research Pitching Competition 2018 was all about!

7.12.2018

An amazing group of brilliant researchers, a week of intense science communications training, and a grand finale of 8 pitches that blew your mind away. See the photos and learn who made all this possible.

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“If there were easy win-win solutions, they’d already be in use”

5.11.2018

Forest economics professor and Skolar Award judge Anne Toppinen approaches everything from a sustainability point of view: people, business, the world at large. When our planet is at stake, research findings have to reach all levels of our society.

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“We have to be able to stomach complexity”

1.11.2018

Skolar Award judge Jussi Parikka has carried out some out-of-the-box research ideas. Although initially many eyebrows were raised, eventually these ideas broke new ground.

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“I encourage those who go to directions that don’t exist yet”

4.10.2018

Trying to explain cultural or psychological phenomena with scientific formulas is like asking someone to fly to the moon on a table, the artificial intelligence researcher and Skolar Award judge Timo Honkela says.

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“Eager young people are the best thing in science”

2.10.2018

The creative and courageous cancer researcher sees the unknown as an opportunity. Sometimes the best things in science happen, when you abandon all prejudice, says Skolar Award judge Johanna Ivaska.

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“Taking risks is a way for breakthroughs”

27.9.2018

Cosmologist Katherine Freese has done groundbreaking work both as an academic and as a trailblazer for women in physics. The important thing is to never get discouraged, says the Skolar Award judge.

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“Great ideas die without a champion”

25.9.2018

Skolar Award competition is a great vehicle for promoting research as it offers postdocs a literal and a metaphorical stage for sharing their passion, says Skolar Award judge Miiri Kotche.

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Timeline 2019

The talented young finalists will get together and prep for the finals during the months before Slush.
Check the important dates here:

August

14

Application period begins at noon (GMT+3)

September

18

Application period ends at noon (GMT+3)

October

10

Finalists will be revealed

October

23

Kickoff for finalists (live/video)

November

5-6

Individual coaching sessions (live/video)

November

19-21

Bootcamp and dress rehearsal in Helsinki

November

22

Research Pitching Competition final at Slush

“Professional tutoring, great team spirit, prize worth of trying, and very rewarding way to apply for funding.”

Martti Kaasalainen, Research Pitching Competition 2017 finalist