High-level candidates in pursuit of the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize
Almost 40 candidates have been nominated for the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize. “The level of technological achievement in the nominations received is high, with innovations from a broader range of technology sectors than in previous years,” says Ainomaija Haarla, President and CEO of Technology Academy Finland. ”Robust knowledge of both basic science and technological applications was very apparent.”
Millennium Youth Camp brings future experts from 22 countries to Finland
The second Millennium Youth Camp for talented young people aged 16-19 will start on 11 June and run until 17 June. MY Campers will be introduced to a number of Finnish companies and higher educational institutions. The MY Camp programme includes project work carried out in small multi-national groups and the opportunity to meet Stephen Furber, one of the 2010 Millennium Technology Prize Laureates. Millennium Youth Camp is a unique happening.
Turku, the Capital of Culture, will take a circus greeting to the headquarters in Brussels
Turku, the European Capital of Culture 2011, disembarks to the centre of the European Union for about a week at the end of May. Five students of the Performing Arts Circus line at Turku Arts Academy will travel from Turku, the Capital of Culture, to Brussels to give surprise performances at the EU institutions located in different parts of the city.
Peace mediation through the eyes of Kofi Annan and a former child soldier
How is peace built at the highest political level? Or, how does a victim of cruel human rights violations end up building a career as a hip hop artist – and a peace activist? Crisis Management Initiative, the organisation established by President Martti Ahtisaari, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a seminar to be held in Helsinki on 19 April. The seminar invitees include experts of peace mediation, from Kofi Annan and Stephen Heintz to Emmanuel Jal.
Time to follow-up Baltic Sea Commitments
It is time to report on how the commitments made at the Baltic Sea Action Summit, held in February 2010 in Helsinki, have progressed so far. The Summit was a tip of an iceberg in the work for the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) continues the process.
Finland at the helm of Nordic cooperation in 2011
The programme for the Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2011 has three main areas of focus. The first is to cope with and counteract climate change. The second priority is to continue with and develop concrete globalization projects and to invest in Nordic research excellence. Thirdly, Finland will aim to encourage greater grassroots participation among all citizens and young people in particular.
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