Conference "Researching with Integrity" on 10 February

1 month 2 weeks ago
09.02.2017

Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu is pleased to invite you to the conference “Researching with Integrity”, which will take place on the 10 February 2017 in the Main Building of the University of Tartu.

The conference “Researching with Integrity” is centred on defining misconduct and questionable practices, and what makes them different from good research. The first draft of the “Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity” initiated by the Estonian Research Council is introduced. Interactive workshops and a panel discussion at the conference offer researchers an opportunity to have their say in the creation of the Estonian Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and to discuss what kind of conduct is recommended, permitted or condemnable in research.

The conference seeks answers to the following questions:

  •          What is the European good practice of research that is being drafted at the moment like?
  •          Why does Estonia need to formulate its own good practice of research?
  •          What kind of principles of research ethics does the European Commission expect researchers to follow?
  •          How to define misconduct, questionable practices and good research? Where is the borderline between the black, white and grey areas?
  •          How do different rules and organisational culture influence researchers’ ethical conduct?
  •          How to promote research integrity?

The keynote speakers are Dr Isidoros Karatzas (Head of the Ethics and Research Integrity Sector, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation), Prof Krista Varantola (Chair of the National Advisory Board on Research Integrity in Finland and a member of the ALLEA workgroup on science and ethics), Dr Daniele Fanelli (Senior Research Scientists at the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), Stanford University) and Prof Eric Breit (Research Professor at the Work Research Institute, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences).

The conference is organised by the Centre for Ethics in cooperation with the Estonian Research Council. It is supported by the University of Tartu Development Fund and the European Commission funded Horizon 2020 project “Promoting Integrity as an Integral Dimension of Excellence in Research” (PRINTEGER). The conference takes place in the framework of the National Programme “Values Development in Estonian Society 2009–2013” for the years 2015–2020, funded by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.

Registration and additional information: http://www.eetika.ee/en/conference-researching-integrity

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Katrin Velbaum, Project manager at the Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu, +372 551 9184, katrin.velbaum [ät] ut.ee

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University of Tartu Art Museum to display rare Egyptian mummies and introduce interesting death culture

1 month 2 weeks ago
08.02.2017

From 9 February the Mummy Chamber will be open in UT Art Museum – it is a room filled with stories and inviting to adventures in Ancient Egypt.

“The Mummy Chamber is a versatile place, on the one hand it finally offers a dignified place for the unique mummy boys from our museum collections, and on the other hand, gives a thorough picture of the worldview of ancient Egyptians and information on their death culture and coveted afterlife,” says head of the UT Art Museum Jaanika Anderson. The detailed murals on the chamber walls tell stories of mummification, weighing the heart, the afterlife and a number of other issues. “Here we definitely have something for visitors of any age group to discover,” Anderson says.

The Mummy Chamber, opened as an extension to the permanent exhibition, gives a wonderful opportunity for school teachers to teach ancient cultures, history and art, because the museum now also offers educational programmes on Ancient Egypt, in addition to its ongoing programmes on Greek and Roman cultures.

Additionally, the Mummy Chamber reveals elements preserved of the original function of the room, the university’s 19th-century cash room, in which money for staff salaries was kept behind richly decorated safe doors.

The Mummy Chamber is open for visitors from Monday to Friday 11–17 in the Art Museum in the main building of the University of Tartu.

Idea and concept of the Mummy Chamber: team of the University of Tartu Art Museum (Jaanika Anderson, Ingrid Sahk, Kristiina Tiideberg, Külli Valk, Anne Arus, Maria Väinsar, Liisi Pabstel)

Interior design: Mari Kurismaa

Murals: Kristiina Ribelus and Pille Vilgota

Sarcophagus and Canopic jar models: Eike Eplik, Anne Arus, Arvi Kuld

Furniture: Wako Värkstuba

                                                                                                                                                                               

The exhibition was created with the support of the Estonian Research Council, the European Social Fund, Integration and Migration Foundation “Our People” and the University of Tartu.

Additional information: kunstimuuseum.ut.ee

Additional information: Jaanika Anderson, Head of UT Art Museum, 5344 7404, jaanika.anderson [ät] ut.ee

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UT researchers looking for possibilities for sustainable growth of maritime economy in the Gulf of Finland and the Archipelago Sea

1 month 3 weeks ago
30.01.2017

Within the Estonian-Finnish joint project Plan4Blue “Maritime Spatial Planning for Sustainable Blue Economies”, UT researchers are studying the possibilities for planning and developing marine and maritime economies in the era of high and rapidly increasing demand for maritime space.

According to Robert Aps, head of the Department of Marine Systems of the UT Estonian Marine Institute, collaboration between Estonian and Finnish scientists and authorities is an important premise for finding environmentally sound cross-border solutions for the spatial planning of the Gulf of Finland and the Archipelago Sea. “Our activities in this project rely completely on the cooperation between the two countries’ authorities, scientists and stakeholders,” said Aps.

The project is meant to support and bridge the maritime spatial planning processes of Estonia and Finland. Pursuant to the directive of the Parliament and Council of Europe, member states have to establish and implement their maritime spatial planning by the year 2020. The aim is to support the achievement of the objectives of the Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union.

Plan4Blue was launched in October 2016 and in the course of the project, the current situation of the maritime space of the Gulf of Finland and the Archipelago Sea and the maritime economy of the coastal areas will be analysed. The results allow to assess the economic potential of different sectors for regional development. As an innovative approach, the environmental dimension of planning is associated with the economic and social aspects of important ecosystem services, stipulating the achievement of the good environmental status of the sea as a requirement.

The project Plan4Blue is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020) and the Environmental Investment Centre from October 2016 to December 2019. Project participants are NGO Baltic Environmental Forum, University of Tartu (Estonian Marine Institute and School of Economics), Finnish Environment Institute, University of Turku, and the regional councils of Helsinki-Uusimaa and Southwest Finland.  The Ministry of Finance of Estonia and the county governments of Harju, Ida-Viru and Lääne-Viru participate as associated partners.

Additional information: Robert Aps, head of the Department of Marine Systems, UT Estonian Marine Institute, 506 2597, robert.aps [ät] ut.ee

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University of Tartu researchers help fusion scientists bring the sun to the earth

2 months 1 week ago
18.01.2017

One of the major European research and development projects EUROfusion, established to achieve the production of fusion electricity, has given work to a research group consisting of Estonian and French researchers. The group will have the possibility to create radiation-resistant optical materials, which in future could be used in diagnostics equipment monitoring the operation of fusion reactors.

It is said that nuclear fusion to produce energy is always 20 years away from us. Fulfilment of this dream would metaphorically bring the sun to the earth and as a result, people could forget energy crisis for good. Production of electricity by means of nuclear fusion is desirable because compared to modern nuclear power plants, its environmental pollution would be non-existent and fuel components are abundantly available.

To achieve fusion energy production, efforts are made by several research centres all over the world, including EUROfusion, the European consortium for fusion research. The ultimate objective of EUROfusion is fusion electricity production and this should be possible in the demonstration power plant DEMO, which is in its initial stage of design. DEMO should be able to supply fusion energy to the grid in around 2050. The huge experimental reactor ITER, currently under construction in France, should according to present plans start operation in around 2025. ITER, however, is a research project, not a power plant.

Pointing out how extremely complicated it is to imitate on Earth the fusion of hydrogen nuclei, the nucleosynthesis that takes place on the sun and other stars, French physics Nobel laureate Pierre-Gilles de Gennes said, “We say that we want to put the sun into a box. The problem is, we don’t know how to make the box.”

One of the most critical issues in building the so-called “box”, the fusion reactor, is the radiation tolerance of the materials of reactor components.

“The solar simulator hidden in the reactor is able to effectively activate the turbine, but may at the same time have a devastating effect on all the reactor components that are located near the fusion process,” explained Eduard Feldbach, senior research fellow in materials science of the Institute of Physics.

According to Feldbach, building a reactor for electricity production requires materials that are much more radiation-resistant than those we are able to produce today. “Materials scientists need to team up to develop new ideas,” he said.

This is exactly what he has done for several years already with colleagues from the Laboratory of Physics of Ionic Crystals of the University of Tartu Institute of Physics and the Laboratory of Science of Processes and Materials, which belongs to the national CNRS system of France. Together they hope to create highly radiation-resistant optically transparent materials, which could be used in diagnostic devices monitoring the operation of the future reactor.

Such an optical material is to be developed on the basis of the new, so-called spinel nitrides class of materials. In terms of radiation tolerance, materials with spinel structure have a useful feature, their self-healing ability. The idea of self-healing materials may sound like science fiction, but Feldbach says a more precise description would require a whole scientific article.

European fusion research consortium EUROfusion, however, has read all the scientific papers on this subject and believes it is possible to create such new highly radiation-resistant material and use it in the fusion reactor, and has supported the Estonian and French researchers’ work from the measure Enabling Research. “We applied for a total of 540,000 euros for the period of two years to realise our idea, but we do not know yet the exact amount assigned to us. Currently, we have just received confirmation that we have been awarded the grant.”

Enabling Research is one of EUROfusion measures for finding new ideas and technologies. In the close competition in which the Estonian-French joint programme was selected for funding, grants were awarded to 26 more projects. In total, 79 applications were submitted.

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Additional information: Eduard Feldbach, UT senior research fellow in materials science, 737 4762, eduard.feldbach [ät] ut.ee

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Garage48 Hardware & Arts 2017 hackathon is open for registration

2 months 1 week ago
17.01.2017

On February 17-19th the Garage48 Hardware & Arts 2017 is happening again at the Institute of Physics, University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia. The hackathon gathers electronics, mechatronics and software engineers, UI/UX and product designers, marketers and other professionals for 48 hours under the same roof.

The goal is to turn a pitched idea into a working physical prototype. The annual event is taking place already for the 4th time, being it one of the most awaited prototyping boot-camps in the Baltic region.

No idea is too crazy or complicated - be it an air filtering helmet, a virtual reality augmented cocoon for doing sports, a music visualizing gadget block, automated camera trigger for outdoor photographers, a porridge machine, a bullet counter etc. Everything is possible to make into reality thanks to our incredible mentors and the people behind ECCOM, SPARK MakerLab and MassPortal, who will be providing the teams with valuable tools and know-how. There is also an extensive list of equipment that the product designers and engineers can enjoy and a open DigiLab for all things innovative!

Garage48 Hardware & Arts 2017 is co-organised with the University of Tartu and Estonian Academy of Arts. So whether you are a product or UI/UX designer, marketer, entrepreneur, hardware or software engineer, be ready to build the products that we all need, want and dream of! Think of robots, drones, wearables, AI, design, mixed reality, IoT, sensors, sci-fi and Elon Jobs. Or as our motto goes - You can be anything you can build to be!

Limited number of seats are available at https://en.xing-events.com/HA2017.html
Check out also our website for more info at http://garage48.org/events/hardwarearts2017
For any questions, please e-mail us at hardware [ät] garage48.org


Additional information: Alvo Aabloo, 507 8356, alvo.aabloo [ät] ut.ee
 

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International study programme brought 16 San Diego State University students to Estonia

2 months 1 week ago
12.01.2017

From 28 December to 10 January, students from UT’s partner university participated in the continuing education programme “Russia and Estonia in the European Dimension” which gave them an overview of Estonian-Russian relations, history, cooperation and future perspectives. Particular attention was paid to security in the region.

“The international study programme takes place in the context of long-term cooperation. In earlier years, participants have highlighted our extensive programmes and competent lecturers and we hope that also in future, students from the United States of America come to study in Estonia,” said programme director for the UT International Summer University Mari-Ann Susi.

The lectures of the programme were delivered by UT faculty members Andrey Makarychev, Andres Kasekamp, Piret Ehin, Viktor Trasberg and Eoin McNamara.

Feedback to the programme has been highly positive. Students emphasised the competence of the teaching staff and noted that direct contacts make it possible to understand better what is going on in Estonia.

“I value very highly the study abroad programmes. You can learn about another culture in the classroom but to really understand people you need to communicate with them in their home town,” said Dale Bullington, student of San Diego State University. His opinion was supported by another participant Colin Campbell, who particularly appreciated the lecture “Russian-speaking minority in Estonia 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union”, especially the information it gave about the Estonia’s recent history and the relationships of the Russian- and Estonian-speaking population. “This lecture gave us insight into the Estonian perspective to international relations,” said Campbell.

In addition to academic lectures and seminars, the course included a rich and varied cultural programme in Tartu, St. Petersburg and Tallinn. The participants also visited the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn.

Additional information: Mari-Ann Susi, programme director for UT International Summer University, +372 501 4388, mari-ann.susi [ät] ut.ee, www.isu.ut.ee

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Rector Volli Kalm hosts colleagues from Vilnius University and the University of Latvia

2 months 2 weeks ago
11.01.2017

Today and tomorrow rector Volli Kalm will host colleagues from Vilnius University and the University of Latvia. The rectors are going to discuss the specific development problems and challenges faced by universities of smal countries.

Rector of the University of Latvia Professor Indrikis Muižnieks and rector of Vilnius University Professor Artūras Žukauskas are visiting Tartu to attend the annual trilateral meeting of the rectors of leading Baltic universities held since 2011. The previous meeting of this series took place last April in Vilnius. In addition to the meeting, the rectors will also visit the Maarjamõisa technology campus.

“The cooperation of the three leading universities of the Baltic countries supports on our shared responsibility for ensuring positive changes in our countries and societies,” rector of the University of Tartu Professor Volli Kalm said to point out the importance of this meeting. “Cooperation between the universities has continued for more than 25 years already, but the three national universities together can even more powerfully highlight the role of universities in educating smart generations and solving important problems of the future,” Kalm added.

In order to encourage the cross-border cooperation of the three Baltic countries and the cooperation of their leading universities in academic affairs, and to promote among students the language and culture studies of other Baltic countries, the three rectors intend to sign an agreement to establish a scholarship for students proficient in all the official languages of the three Baltic countries. The scholarship of 2000 euros will be awarded in turns by the rectors of the University of Tartu, the University of Latvia and Vilnius University. In addition, every year the rectors support three scholarship candidates from their university who reach the final round to cover their travel costs.

Additional information:
Kristi Kerge, UT head of international cooperation, 737 6123, kristi.kerge [ät] ut.ee

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New official video in English for the University of Tartu

2 months 3 weeks ago
02.01.2017

The new official video for the university creates a vivid picture of the inspiring environment of Tartu and UT. It creates interest in studying and working in Tartu and cooperating with the University of Tartu. The main target group of the video is foreigners with no previous knowledge of the university.

The University of Tartu senior specialist for international marketing Eveli Soo describes the new official video as follows, “We often visit foreign universities with the aim of building partner relations and organise info sessions in foreign countries about studying at the University of Tartu. Frequently visitors come to the university in Tartu – to attend conferences, seminars, winter and summer schools, etc. We have a presentation introducing the university, but we were missing illustrating material that that could better convey the nature of the University of Tartu. Thanks to the funding by UT Development Fund we were able make a brand new official video.”

The video tells a story of an international student who decided to stay in Estonia after graduation from the University of Tartu, as studying at the university was such an unforgettable experience. A number of current international students stay in Estonia, working mainly in IT companies. “We often fail to notice the environment around us, but when I hear international students speaking enthusiastically about the university, Tartu and Estonia, and how they would like to stay here after graduation, it also gives me new inspiration,” said Eveli Soo.

The video was made in autumn 2016 by the UT Marketing and Communication Office and its use for introducing the University of Tartu is welcomed. You can watch this video here: Youtube. The video can be downloaded here: UTTV

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Diabetes study shows that the onset of child diabetes can be postponed

2 months 3 weeks ago
29.12.2016

In future, skilful regulation of the intestinal microflora may help to postpone the onset of type 1 diabetes in children.

Extensive research in which the Children’s Clinic of Tartu University Hospital has participated over the recent half a century reveals the effect of intestinal microbes on the development of type 1 diabetes.

This means that a food supplement or yoghurt enriched with a mix of certain microbes or self-produced substances could be developed for children with high genetic risk. Such microbes or substances should be in a harmless form for the child, yet preserve their immune system-stimulating effect.

Head of the Children’s Clinic of Tartu University Hospital, Professor Vallo Tillmann believes that although finding an efficient and harmless combination of bacteria for disease prevention is not easy, it is possible.

The idea occurred to the scientists after they had compared newborns of three countries in the course of the long-term DIABIMMUNE study and found that the immune system of the newborns in Karelia was more mature and better developed than that of infants in Estonia and Finland. The study also confirmed that the richness and diversity of intestinal bacteria provides better protection against type 1 diabetes.

It was also found that in Karelian children’s intestines there were more of the Escherichia coli bacteria that effectively stimulate immune system. These bacteria have been shown – at least in mice – to be able to slow down the onset of type 1 diabetes.

This information is particularly important now that increasingly more children develop type 1 diabetes at an increasingly younger age. Paediatricians are also worried about the growing occurrence of allergies, about which the allergy study of children participating in the DIABIMMUNE survey also revealed new information.

Specifically, it was discovered that birthplace near the forest predicts higher resistance to allergies. Children, whose birthplace was surrounded with more forest and grasslands in a two to five kilometre radius, were less prone to developing allergies.

“This relation is truly interesting and probably reveals through the effect of the environmental microbiome or collection of microbes on the human skin microflora, in which the Protebacteria microbes have a significant role,” said Tillmann. The number of microbe species is bigger where the number of different plant and animal species is bigger, in the middle of green nature.

Additional information: Vallo Tillmann, Head of UT Children’s Clinic, professor in paediatrics, 731 9500, vallo.tillmann [ät] ut.ee

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ESTCube team makes first contract for building space cameras

3 months 1 week ago
14.12.2016

ESTCube-1, Estonia’s first satellite to be sent to the Earth’s orbit in cooperation with the University of Tartu, Tartu Observatory and other research institutions, took images of such excellent quality, as experts say, that now the Tartu researchers are getting first orders from the space industry. In January 2017 the first custom-made space camera will be mounted to the students’ satellite of the European Space Agency.

The vice rector for academic affairs of the University of Tartu and initiator of the ESTCube project Mart Noorma views it as a long-awaited opportunity for the development of space technology, “We see it as a chance for entrepreneurship. The European Space Agency needed a high-quality photo camera system for the new satellite and finally only two workgroups remained in their selection from all over Europe, including us.”

Andris Slavinskis, head of the space technology department of Tartu Observatory, adds that the next step is to establish a company and its first developments are cameras suitable for cubesats similar to ESTCube.

At the sTARTUp Day conference held in Tartu on 9 December, European Space Agency announced that the next Business Incubation Centre will be established in Tartu. When developing space cameras and other similar technologies this gives a chance to get support and find contacts here in Estonia.

„Every cube satellite wants an onboard camera because that will give evidence of them having been out in space. At the moment we are in the process of making our first contract for building a camera, although we haven’t even advertised it,” Slavinskis says confidently.

The time of launching the European Space Agency’s satellite has not been confirmed yet. A small onboard camera suitable for satellite costs approximately 10,000 euros. At the moment the team is also working on the orbiting of the renewed ESTCube-2 in 2018 and launching of ESTCube-3 to the Moon’s orbit in future. 

Additional information: 
Mart Noorma, 523 9159, mart.noorma [ät] ut.ee
Andris Slavinskis, 58284333, andris.slavinskis [ät] estcube.eu

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University of Tartu and Swedbank sign framework agreement for cooperation

3 months 1 week ago
13.12.2016

On 30 November the rector of the University of Tartu Volli Kalm and head of Swedbank in Estonia Robert Kitt signed a framework agreement which lays down the goals for long-term cooperation in the area of economics, IT and mathematics, by developing curricula, contributing to studies and teaching, and supporting the implementation of interdisciplinary projects.

In addition to providing traineeships, contributing to studies and supporting the development of programmes, the parties will also cooperate in maintaining the Estonian language and culture, by contributing to the Wikipedia Million+ project, writing primarily finance-related terminology articles in Estonian. Swedbank also participates as a gold sponsor in the sTARTUp Day festival held in Tartu in December where, among others, the winners of the Prototron start-up fund are announced. In addition, long-term cooperation is planned in the IT area to develop data modelling and data science competences. Swedbank is also highly interested in more extensive innovation and entrepreneurship cooperation with the university, which will create new synergy in the planned academic building Delta.

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University of Tartu researchers won the Golden Apple award for smart solutions

3 months 1 week ago
13.12.2016

Researchers of the University of Tartu won the first prize for the best smart solution in education in the Golden Apple 2016 competition organised by Archimedes Foundation, for UT’s science-promoting Instagram account.

According to Eero Loonurm, head of communications of Archimedes Foundation, a number of interesting solutions were presented to this year’s competition, starting from digitalisation of school life and using channels of social media, to smart techniques for admission campaigns. “The smart solution of the University of Tartu was outstanding in the opinion of all the jury members. It was wonderful that the University of Tartu took a completely conscious approach to the Instagram channel and created an environment for introducing research work. It is also positive that the results of the smart solution are shared with everyone immediately – everyone can keep in touch with research activities in Tartu,” Loonurm explained the background to the victory of the popular-scientific Instagram account.

The aim of the UT researchers’ Instagram account is to introduce scientists’ work to a wider target group. Those interested can follow the researchers’ daily work and see what exciting discoveries are made these days and what experiments are performed by specialists of different fields. Photos of research work are posted by 14 scientists from different areas and next year the number of researchers sharing their activities will grow. In this way, information about research activities will also reach to those interested parties who have never had any contact with that specific area of research before.

An Instagram account is a convenient channel of communication and regularly used by young people, and now it also offers a possibility to have direct contact with scientists. The researchers’ Instagram account has been active since May 2016. In half a year, 1265 people have started following this account.

Leader of the project Kaija Pook is happy that the presentation of research activities in social media has turned out to be so popular, “The photos and videos posted on Instagram show what interesting things UT scientists do. I am pleased that through social media we can introduce the work they do behind the scenes to a much wider audience. First of all, we want to inspire young people’s interest in science, because they are the most active Instagram users. The fact that the account has been so warmly received in only half a year means that scientific content matters to people.“

Golden Apple 2016 is a competition that evaluates the creative approach of Estonia’s educational institutions in the categories of design, video and smart solutions. Last year the University of Tartu won the first prize in the category of educational videos for a series of alumni videos.

Follow the UT scientists’ Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/tartuuniversity/

Additional information: Kaija Pook, UT specialist of international communications, 5191 2894, kaija.pook [ät] ut.ee

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UT IdeaLab’s idea competition Kaleidoskoop brought together a record number of participants and strong business ideas

3 months 1 week ago
13.12.2016

 

On UT IdeaLab stage at sTARTUp Day business festival on 9th December the finals of Kaleidoskoop business ideas competition took place. The main prizes were given to the student company Festera who produces recycle bins that eliminate biodegradable waste using special bacteria, and UT IdeaLab’s STARTER program graduate Triplecase who has developed a practical three-zipper pencilcase.

 

“As in the first round of Kaleidoskoop the atmosphere was friendly and felt like a mentor club, then the finals at sTARTUp Day left really powerful impression – both our competition on UT IdeaLab stage as well as the speakers on the main stages! For one student company it is the same feeling like getting to play in the NBA is for a schoolkid,” praises Sandra from Festera team. “Participating in Kaleidoskoop not only gave us experience in performing but a feeling that we’re part of the start-up world – now we want to compete, pitch, sell and network even more!”

 

The foreman of the jury, University of Tartu Vice Dean for Development Erik Puura mentions that he’d like to “Especially point out the student companies that have consulted with university’s scientists during the product development process. It shows that science-based ideas are already accepted in our schools as the fundamentals of a new entrepreneurship.”

 

Two best teams from Kaleidoskoop will go to Oulu to attend Polar Bear Pitching Competition – it’s an international start-up event where ideas are presented standing waist deep in the ice-cold water on a stage carved in the frozen sea! Moreover, several special prizes were given out to Cody (University of Tartu price), Senior Gym (Tartu City Government prize), TutorFriend (Ajujaht prize),Jätsu (Good Thoughts Club prize), Festera (Ecoinnovation prize) and Viljandi Vibes (Union of Viljandi County of Municipalities Prize).

 

During the Kaleidoskoop two best STARTER program teams from UT IdeaLab were also chosen! Two winners, Triplecase and Tutorfriend had a chance to present their ideas on the stage one more time and compete with the best STARTER teams from all over Estonia! “STARTER program has opened so many doors for me,” admits Liis, the leader of Triplecase. “Thanks to practical seminars and valuable mentor feedback our idea has grown into something much bigger that we ever imagined!”

 

“We have gained so many new experiences, acquaintances and valuable feedback, so that we’re already considering ourselves as winners!” say Eda and Eeva-Liisa from Senior Gym, gratuates of the STARTER program.

 

Kaleidoskoop is the biggest youth project and business ideas competition in South-Estonia. This time it took place 7th time, bringing together the record number of participants – in the first round there were 42 teams competing! The judges in the finals were Erik Puura, the University of Tartu Vice Dean for Development; Siim Espenberg, the Chief Specialist in Business Development at the Tartu City Government; Kristian Sägi, a member of the Estonian Business Angels Network Estban; and Harri Tallinn, Manager of the Estonian biggest business idea competition Ajujaht.

 

Event is funded by European Social Fund.

Additional information:
Maret Ahonen, TÜ Ideelabori juht, 5225910, maret.ahonen [ät] ut.ee
 

Viivika Eljand-Kärp Press Officer of the UT Phone: +372 737 5683
Mobile: +372 5354 0689 E-mail: viivika.eljand-karp [ät] ut.ee
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Category: EntrepreneurshipUniversityStudies
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