The First Annual Workshop on Intersectoral Working

Part of the Turku Intersectoral Excellence Scheme (TIES)

Funded by the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) COFUND Programme

Thursday 21 March 2024
Natura X, University of Turku Main Campus

Please register latest 17 March 2024.

​A recent report from the Finnish Research Impact Foundation has suggested that the Social Sciences and Humanities (SHAPE) subjects have a great deal of unfulfilled potential for working with partners outside the higher education sector.

Meanwhile, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) has secured funding from the European Commission (MSCA COFUND) for a programme dedicated to intersectoral working for the SHAPE subjects. Titled the Turku Intersectoral Excellence Scheme (TIES), the programme began with eight Fellows in September 2023. TIAS is now proud to present its first Workshop on Intersectoral Working.


10.30 Registration and coffee

11.00 Introduction: Professor Martin Cloonan, Director, TIAS

11.15 Intersectoral Working (i): A Case Study of The Turku Intersectoral Excellence Scheme (TIES) programme

Chair: Martin Cloonan

Georges Kazan, Research Manager, Faculty of Medicine, author of TIES bid
Patrik Anckar, entrepreneur and Professor of Practice, TIAS and Turku School of Economics
Ranjana Saha, TIES Fellow
Xingguo Zhou, TIES Fellow

12.15 Lunch (not provided, except for panelists etc)

13.30 Keynote: Integrating Societal Impact at the Heart of Your Work – Insights & Inspiration
Aurora Airaskorpi, Founder, Coach and Writer at High on Hope; 
Author of State of industry-academia collaboration in humanities, arts and social sciences for The Finnish Research Impact Foundation

14.30 Break

14.45 Panel: Intersectoral Working (ii): Some observations

Chair: Santeri Ojala, Business Finland

Sini Saarinen, Communication Specialist, Study in Turku
Jarkko Elo, Senior Account Manager in Higher Education and Research, Amazon Web Services
Lotta Metsärinne, Planner/Career counsellor, Career Services, University of Turku
Taina Eriksson, Research Director, Collaborative Centre of Research (CCR), Turku School of Economics

15.45 Concluding remarks and next steps

16.00 Close

Keynote speaker

Aurora Airaskorpi is a coach, writer and author specialised in societal impact, science and research. She has coached a multitude of scientists to disseminate their work to different audiences and interviewed and written about global changemakers such as Frances Arnold, Vinod Khosla and Shuji Nakamura. Her company High on Hope specialises in coaching people who want to create a positive impact in the world. Aurora was the first author of the recently published whitepaper for The Finnish Research Impact Foundation called State of industry-academia collaboration in humanities, arts and social sciences (2023). She's also published two non-fiction books in Finnish on career development, Riittävän hyvä (2020) and Vapauden tavoittelijat (2022).