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Marja Makarow

Biocenter Finland

Marja Makarow is Director of Biocenter Finland. She is former Vice-President of the Finnish Research Council – Academy of Finland, Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg France and Vice-Rector for Research and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Helsinki. In 2008-2011 she advised the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation in the European Research Area Board ERAB, and the Finnish Government in the Prime Minister’s Council for Research and Innovation. She has co-created the novel Aalto University launched in 2010 and the Tampere University launched in 2019 as Vice-Chair and Chair of the founding boards, respectively. Marja Makarow is Governing Board member the European Institute for Innovation and Technology EIT since 2012 and a newly appointed member of the Pilot Advisory Board of the European Innovation Council EIC.

Falling Walls Circle has welcomed and inspired a high-profile and multidisciplinary audience from science-focused institutions including AAAS, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, European Research Council, Helmholtz Association, and UNESCO; renowned universities including MIT, NTU Singapore, Oxford and Stanford; global companies including BASF, Robert Bosch, Dow Europe, and X; senior government officials from Germany, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the USA; non-governmental organisations such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Nobel Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the XPRIZE Foundation; as well as industry pioneers from D-Wave, Element AI and Google DeepMind.

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