Here are the finalists of Skolar Award 2018!

These wild postdoc researchers will pitch their ideas on the Slush stage on December 5th.

Yang Bai, University of Oulu, Microelectronics Research Unit

Yang Bai’s research idea aims to create a multi-functional material that can turn any renewable energy such as solar energy as well as thermal energy and kinetic energy into electricity. This could be much more advanced and efficient than any other single-functional energy generator, such as solar panels.

Amber Geurts, Aalto University at the Department of Applied Physics and Department of Management studies

Amber Geurts sees that the conversation around AI is limited and we need more varied perspectives. Amber wants to bring computer scientists and graphic designers together to create understanding of how an emerging technology is constructed, shaped and understood in real-time to inform public discourse.

Sandra Jernström, Karolinska Institute, Department of Oncology-Pathology

Sandra Jernström’s research idea strives to find a new kind of treatment to cancer by analysing not just the type of cancer but the composition of the tumour. That way patients could get more personalised treatment and faster results.

Joosu Kuivanen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Joosu Kuivanen wants to tackle the plastic problem in the world. His research idea is about exploring the microbes that degrade plastic, so that it could be used as a protein source. The core of the idea is a bioprocess, which converts plastics into protein.

Elina Marttinen, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Science; University of Jyväskylä, Department of Psychology

Elina Marttinen is a researcher and psychologist, whose research idea is to explore the factors affecting young people’s identity building. Marttinen wants to research the formation of youth’s identity and find out why the youngsters in Finland are so lost.

Foivos Perakis, Stockholm University, Department of Physics

Foivos Perakis’ research idea combines investigations of water both in molecular and societal level. Perakis wants to find out if cryo-desalination, separating water and salt by freezing, could be a potential way to ensure clean and safe water in the Nordics.

Ulrike Pfreundt, ETH Zürich, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Ulrike Pfreundt wants to 3D print coral reefs to support the coral reef ecosystems. Her research idea is to create artificial reef structures by 3D printing and that way find out which aspects of the surface structure are necessary for the coral reef to grow. Pfreundt’s idea bridges digital architecture and marine ecosystem restoration.

Ville Pihlajaniemi, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Ville Pihlajaniemi thinks cellulosic sugar could be one solution to the food crisis our planet is inevitably facing in the future. Pihlajaniemi’s team aims to make wood cellulose digestible for humans and test its nutritional potential.

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