Meet the Skolarists

Over the years we have had the pleasure to meet a colourful bunch of brilliant Research Pitching Competition finalists. Meet and learn more about the new and previous finalists.

Finalists 2019

Meet the finalists of Research Pitching Competition by Slush & Skolar 2019!

10.10.2019

These eight wild postdoc-researchers will pitch their ambitious research ideas on the stage at Slush on 22nd November. One will win €100K for research.

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Esther Broset wants to know if bacteria can hear

10.10.2019

Understanding if bacteria can hear could unlock completely new tools for curing diseases and creating medicines. That is why Research Pitching Competition 2019 finalist Esther Broset wants to expose bacteria to soundwaves and see what happens.

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Carla Elliff wants to find the best strategies to help coral reefs fight climate change

10.10.2019

Climate change is threatening coral reefs and their various ecosystem services, but some corals are coping better than others. Why? That’s what Research Pitching Competition 2019 finalist Carla Elliff from the Reefbank Project of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul wants to find out.

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Chiara Gandini wants to speed-grow wheat indoors to tackle the food crisis

10.10.2019

The food crisis will demand innovative and sustainable solutions. Research Pitching Competition 2019 finalist Chiara Gandini from the University of Cambridge wants to know if indoor wheat farming could be one of them.

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Thomas Hausmaninger wants to develop a breathalyser for plants

10.10.2019

Large scale indoor farming has the potential to become the next big thing in food production. For this, we need to better understand plants and the conditions in which they can thrive. Thomas Hausmaninger from the National Metrology Institute of Finland, VTT MIKES is determined to create a way to know exactly what plants need.

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Colm Mc Caffrey wants save the environment from mobile phone waste

10.10.2019

Research Pitching Competition 2019 finalist Colm Mc Caffrey from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland wants to combine blockchain technology, biodegradable technology and e-waste management to make the recycling of mobile phones smarter.

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Tim Rademacher wants to lead a data revolution to understand trees and climate

10.10.2019

Tim Rademacher believes that forests carry more information than we currently make use of. This Research Pitching Competition 2019 finalist from Harvard University and the Northern Arizona University wants to know more about wood and share that knowledge with the world.

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Tiina Saanijoki wants to know which brain mechanisms make couch potatoes exercise

10.10.2019

What happens in the brains of couch potatoes when they start to exercise? Research Pitching Competition 2019 finalist Tiina Saanijoki from the University of Turku wants to study the brain mechanisms behind physical activity.

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Igor Vassilev wants to turn carbon dioxide into food

10.10.2019

For Igor Vassilev, Research Pitching Competition 2019 finalist from the University of Tampere, carbon dioxide isn’t just a harmful emission but a fantastic feedstock for food production.

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Research Pitching Competition Premiere 2018

Last year’s finalists tell what Research Pitching Competition is really like

12.8.2019

Application period for Research Pitching Competition 2019 is now open! We asked last year’s finalists to speak their mind and reveal the truth about Research Pitching Competition as an experience.

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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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Lab work and new business ideas – This is what 2018 winner Sandra Jernström is up to

24.4.2019

Sandra Jernström from Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute won the 100 000 euro Skolar Award in December 2018 at Slush. What is she up to now with all that money?

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Skolar Award 2018 winner Sandra Jernström wants to change the way we treat cancer

7.12.2018

Skolar Award 2018 winner Sandra Jernström wants to really understand cancer and create a selection of personalised treatments with faster results. Jernström works as a researcher at Karolinska Institute, Department of Oncology-Pathology.

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Sandra Jernström wins Research Pitching Competition 2018 by Slush and Skolar!

5.12.2018

Eight young researchers pitched new research ideas at Slush at the Skolar Award research pitching finals. The main prize, a 100 000 euro research grant, went to Sandra Jernström from Karolinska Institute, who’s winning idea strives to find a new kind of treatment to cancer.

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“Sell the science, not the hype”

2.8.2018

Although pitching is most often done in startup circles, it works just as well for scientific purposes, too. Skolar Award alumnus Janne Hakkarainen advises future applicants to not forget the science in their pitch, but most importantly, to have fun – a mantra he also follows in his career.

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“Be clear on what is important about what you do”

16.7.2018

Research pitches should focus on the most important aspect of the research, believes Skolar Award alumni Ivana Trapani. Even the complex research topic of genetic engineering can be understood if it’s narrowed down to its key elements.

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Research Pitching Competition winner and PostNord will collaborate to collect water samples from around Sweden

6.7.2018

Earlier this year, Johan Seijsing, Skolar Award winner spoke of his wishes to engage the Swedish public in his research on antibiotic resistance. Now the Swedish postal service PostNord has agreed to help him.

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“Postdocs are massive energy reserves for the academic community”

4.7.2018

Researchers in the beginning of their careers are extraordinarily productive and have unparalleled scientific freedom. Last year’s Skolar Award finalist Tommi Himberg thinks that’s exactly why providing funding for postdocs really pays off.

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Hear it from a postdoc – last year’s finalists share their thoughts on Research Pitching Competition by Slush and Skolar

25.6.2018

An experience to remember, awesome team spirit, learning to deal with extreme nervousness – Skolar Award offers lessons that can make you smile and shine long after the competition is over.

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Johan Seijsing has gone wild!

20.6.2018

We met with Skolar Award 2017 winner Johan Seijsing in Stockholm and heard about his ambitious goals for the future.

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“The experience will be very different from your ordinary work day.”

Johan Seijsing, Research Pitching Competition 2017 winner