What and who is Skolar?

Skolar is a community of researchers, research funders, science communications professionals and research-minded stakeholders who believe that young academics have great thoughts and ideas that should be communicated with the world. Our mission is to help raise a generation of researchers who are confident, bold and committed to aim high with their research and have the skills to support their wild ideas.

The mission of the Skolar community is to help raise a generation of researchers who are confident, bold and committed to aim high with their research and have the skills to support their wild ideas. 

In the years 2015-2019 our main focus has been to host Research Pitching Competition together with Slush, one of the biggest startup events in the world. The competition provides its finalists with a set of communications skills that they can use to pitch their ideas anywhere. In addition, one of the finalists wins a €100 000 Skolar Award, a grant that the researcher may freely use to advance her/his research idea. Read more. 

In addition to the competition we host talks and events about the career opportunities for postdoctoral researchers to build bridges between academia, industry, media and arts. Find us at Techfestival in September 2019

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Meet the Skolar team

These people are to thank (hopefully not to blame) about everything going on with Skolar. The Skolar Team consists of communications professionals from Kaskas Media, the only science communications agency in the Nordics.

Aurora Airaskorpi (left), head of everything, i.e. making sure you will get the best Research Pitching Competition experience ever. As a former concept and brand designer, she enjoys creating memorable and meaningful experiences. She will be coaching Research Pitching Competition finalists this autumn and making sure you become the best pitching researcher you can be.

Random thing to know: Aurora is also a yoga and meditation teacher with weekly classes helping people get zen.

Reetta Rönkä (right), all things communications in Research Pitching Competition. As a former television journalist and radio host she is a wizard in coming up with intelligent questions and writing ingenious tweets. She will be coaching Research Pitching Competition finalists this autumn and making sure you have become a pro communicator.

Random thing to know: Reetta changes her coaching gear into playing gear a few times every week goes to play basketball, her long time hobby since early teens.

Anna Reponen (middle), master of all moving parts, i.e. competition coordinator. She has a background in arts management and an extensive experience in coordinating big puzzles with many moving parts. She is on top of all practical things related to Research Pitching Competition online and offline meetings during this autumn.

Random thing to know: Anna loves to express herself through dance and music and spends time honing her vocal skills and taking show dance classes.

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Skolar funding partners

These are the organisations that make our efforts possible by offering funding and support to the community. 

The Foundation for Economic Education, founded in 1919, promotes research in business and economics by awarding grants and scholarships.

The Helsingin Sanomat Foundation strives to secure the future of Finnish media and quality journalism as well as to support freedom of speech.

The Magnus Ehrnrooth foundation supports scientific research in mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry including medical chemistry.

The Paulo Foundation, established in 1966, is a non-profit foundation. The Paulo Foundation is based upon the last will and testament of Reko Paulo's wife, Hulda, and their daughter Marja.

Runar Bäckström foundation strives to encourage and support inventions that are beneficial to Finnish businesses and thereby strengthen their global competitiveness.

Saastamoinen Foundation works for the benefit of Finnish science and art. We are one of the most important collectors of contemporary art and enablers of scientific research.

Society for Scientific Information is an association with the purpose to inform about scientific research and its results. The association publishes the Finnish Tiedemagazine and participates in the publishing of Hyvä Terveys magazine.

Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation is an independent foundation, founded in 2014 to support and promote social welfare, culture, the environment and science, as well as their teaching and research.

Walter Ahlström Foundation was founded in 1926. The Walter Ahlström Foundation supports scientific activity in the field of wood processing, chemistry, energy economy and metal industry sectors.

Read more about our partners on the Partners page.