Helsinki Challenge Global Impact Camp on 26th and 27th of September

Join the innovative two-day co-creation event with scientists! 

The Global Impact Camp in Brussels will be a two-day intensive co-creation session focusing on societal impact of research, funding and collaboration with international experts and EU decision-makers. The camp will consist of more public events such as the opening panel discussion “Grand Societal Challenges & Science Impact” and the co-creation sessions with the teams and the selected mentors. The event will bring together the Helsinki Challenge community with experts, partners, advisors and mentors in order to develop the solutions of Helsinki Challenge teams. The aim of mentoring is to find the ways for creating maximum impact with a feasible scientific solution, which responds to a well-defined problem and clearly defined challenge. This might happen through a better design of the solution, finding funding, target user definition, problem definition or new collaboration and networks.

Register for the event here

“Helsinki Challenge has an amazing spirit that encourages to think outside the box. During the Global Impact Camp, I expect to hear great ideas and see people who get inspired to raise the bar even higher. We need to promote research that challenges the way we think.”  – Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament


Preliminary programme:

Bibliothèque Solvay (Leopoldpark, Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 137, Brussels)

26th of September

Creating change with science – high-level seminar

Moderated by Kurt Deketelaere, Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Opening words by Thomas Wilhelmsson, Chancellor of University of Helsinki and Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament

9.40 Keynote speech by Anthony Antoine, Deputy Director of the United Nations University, UNU-CRIS

10.00 Helsinki Challenge view on Impact, pitches by the finalist teams

10.40 Keynote speech by Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission

11.00 Panel discussion: Grand Societal Challenges & Science Impact

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council

Markus Nordberg, Head of Resources Development of the Development and Innovation Unit at CERN

Wiljan van den Akker, Vice-rector for Research at Utrecht University

Nora van der Linden, Director and social innovation advisor at Kennisland

Tuuli Kaskinen, Executive Director at Demos Helsinki

12.00 Lunch & networking with the Helsinki Challenge finalist teams


Helsinki Challenge Global Impact Evening – networking reception

18.30 Experience Helsinki Challenge in 2 minutes by the Helsinki Challenge universities

18.45 Keynote speech by Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland and member of EU High Level Group on Horizon 2020 Impact

19.00 Pitches by the finalist teams

19.20 Networking


27th of September

Helsinki Challenge Global Impact Camp – Towards global impact

12.15 Opening words by Anneli Pauli, member of the Helsinki Challenge Grand Jury and Advisor hors classe (Innovation and Competitiveness), Directorate-General Climate Action, European Commission

12.30 Pitches by the seven finalist teams

13.15 Mentor perspective on Global Impact Camp by Aarathi Prasad, University College London

13.30 Impact Prize ceremony by Benedek Jávor , Miapetra Kumpula-Natri and Sirpa Pietikäinen, Members of the European Parliament

13.45 Closing the Global Impact Camp by Sirpa Pietikäinen. Member of the European Parliament