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Marja Makarow

Biocenter Finland

Jury: Life Sciences

Marja Makarow is Director of Biocenter Finland since 2016 and former Vice-President of the Finnish Research Council – Academy of Finland, Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation ESF and Vice-Rector and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of Helsinki. She is member of the Advisory Board of the European Innovation Council, and former member of the Governing Board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology EIT and panel chair of the ERC Starting Grants programme.

She chairs Technology Academy Finland awarding the global million euro Millennium Technology Prize for ground-breaking innovations. She advised the EC in the European Research Area Board and the Finnish Government in the Prime Minister’s Research and Innovation Council. She has evaluated research and innovation outputs from individual to national systems levels. She is member of Academia Europaea, Commander of the Order of the White Lion Finland and Chevalier de l’Ordre de Legion d’Honneur France.

The Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year will highlight breakthrough thinking from around the world in 10 categories, ranging from Life Sciences to Science Engagement. Counting more than 100 jurors, each breakthrough will be determined by a distinguished world-class Jury under the leadership of renowned experts in their respective fields.

We are delighted that Helga Nowotny, fmr. President of the European Research Council, will serve as the Chair of the Juries, presiding over the selection process at large.

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