The final jury of Research Pitching Competition by Slush and Skolar is here!

Just in time for the final weekend of applications, may we introduce the five academic superstars joining our stage jury to choose the 8 finalists and winner for the €100K prize.


This group of academic experts will choose the eight Research Pitching Competition finalists, as well as decide the final winner of 100 000€ at Slush.

Katherine Freese

George E. Uhlenbeck Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan and currently a visiting professor at Stockholm University. Her research in theoretical cosmology is focused especially on dark matter and dark energy. This was also the subject of her popular science book The Cosmic Cocktail– three parts dark matter (2014).

Timo Honkela

Professor at the Department of Digital Humanities at the University of Helsinki. Honkela’s research interests include artificial intelligence, language technology and machine learning. His acclaimed book The Peace Machine (2017) presents the idea of artificial intelligence that could help to achieve world peace.

Johanna Ivaska

Academy professor of molecular cell biology at the University of Turku Centre for Biotechnology. Ivaska’s research group studies cell adhesion and the spreading of cancer. Her group’s achievements in cancer research were recently awarded with the Medix prize for world-class Finnish research.

Miiri Kotche

Clinical professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kotche is the director of the Medical Accelerator for Devices Laboratory (MAD Lab) which develops healthcare device ideas into feasible concepts. Recently she has studied medical device design at the Finnish VTT Technical Research Centre.

Jussi Parikka

Professor of technological culture and aesthetics at the University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art. Parikka is also a docent in digital culture theory at the University of Turku. His research combines different aspects of culture theory, media, technology and art. Parikka has also written several books on media archeology.

Anne Toppinen

Director of the multidisciplinary Helsinki Sustainability Institute (HELSUS) and professor of forest economics at the University of Helsinki. Toppinen’s research interests include responsible business management in forest bioeconomy and sustainable consumer behavior.

The last day to apply for the Competition is Monday 17th September before 12 PM (noon) (GMT +03:00 Finland, Europe). Apply now if you already haven't!