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Program 26-27 May 2020
Espoo, Finland

Award CeremonyInnovation ForumFuture Bazaar

26 May 2020, Millennium Technology Prize Award Ceremony and Gala dinner

The 2020 Millennium Technology Prize Winner will be announced in the Award Ceremony on 26 May 2020 starting at 6 pm. The Prize is presented to the Winner by President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö, Patron of the Prize. The Award Ceremony will be followed by the Gala Dinner, to be held in honour of the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize Winner. The guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique ceremony, modern art performances, innovative dinner and inspiring discussions with frontier representatives of industry, academia and decision makers. The event takes place in the iconic setting of Finnish architecture and design, the Dipoli building on the campus of the Aalto University in Espoo, Finland.

The Millennium Technology Prize is Finland’s tribute to innovations for a better life. The Prize, one million euros, is awarded biennially for ground-breaking technological innovations that create new markets and benefit millions of people around the world. 

27 May 2020, Millennium Innovation Forum

The line-up of internationally renowned speakers is guaranteed to stir your heart and open your mind. We offer you ideas, inspiration and access to collaborative networks that will help you to further develop yourself and your organization. The focus of the Forum is on the impact of research, knowledge and innovation on the wellbeing and future of our society.

8.00  Registration, refreshments


Opening Remarks

  • Katri Kulmuni, Minister of Economic Affairs, Finland

The big picture

The session will address the grand challenges of the world, and explore research and technology as drivers of innovative and sustainable growth. The Speakers will approach the theme in their introductory talks and the following dialogue.

10.30  FutureBazaar & Refreshments

Don’t miss the future

The session will address megatrends, weak signals and continuous change. What will our future look like? How can we explore, predict and shape it? How will technology help us reach the Sustainable Development Goals? The Speakers will give short input talks as triggers for the following panel discussion.

12.45  FutureBazaar & Lunch

Building a better life

The session explores how futuristic innovations and emerging breakthrough technologies enable and impact well-being of societies and their citizens. The theme is addressed by examples presented by the Speakers and further elucidated in the following panel discussion.

  • Peter Vanacker, CEO, Neste Oyj, Finland: Circular economy
  • Heli Skottman, Professor, Tampere University, Finland: Human spare parts
  • Marcus Weldon, President, Nokia Bell Labs, USA: The Future X Network
  • Jamie Paik, Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL, Switzerland: Robotics
16.00 FutureBazaar & Refreshments 

2020 Millennium Technology Prize Lecture

  • Chair: Ilkka Niemelä, President, Aalto University, Finland
  • Introduction of the 2020 MTP Winner by Academy Professor Päivi Törmä, Chair of the International Selection Committee
    Chair of the International Selection Committee
  • Millennium Technology Prize Lecture by the 2020 MTP Winner
  • Millennium Youth Prizes awarded by the 2020 MTP Winner
17.15-17.30 Concluding remarks
  • Antti Vasara, President & CEO,
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland


Future Bazaar

Visit the exciting “FutureBazaar” to find out how research findings are translated into applications and technologies. We bring researchers, industry representatives and decision makers together under an umbrella of inspiring events taking place between the sessions of the Millennium Innovation Forum.

Come and network with stakeholders at the Partner Lounges

Our Millennium Technology Prize partners invite you to discuss how future technologies and innovations pave the way for well-being. You will find the Millennium Innovation Forum 2020 event partners at the Partner Lounge ‘Window to the future’. Share their take on how technology, research, knowledge and innovation impact our society and bring us into tomorrow.

Interested in a one-on-one meeting with top representatives of industry, universities and governmental decision makers? Book a discussion through the Meeting Manager -service.

Prototypes of the Future Exhibition

Visit the ‘Prototypes of the Future’ Exhibition to find out what the next big innovations could be

What will the future look like? Meet us where collaboration between science and art becomes speculative design. The prototypes on display reflect interdisciplinary research breakthroughs and collaborative projects involving industry and academia.

 Who will triumph at the Speakers’ Corner?

What is your passion? The ‘Passion for Innovation’ Millennium pitching contest is targeted to junior researchers and start-ups. Witness high-quality, fast-paced, dynamic pitches on topics related to the ‘Innovations for better life’ –theme.

Visit the MTP-winners’ Digital Gallery

Meet our previous Millennium Technology Prize winners at the Digital Gallery. Find out which innovations have been awarded the Prize and get acquainted with the MTP-innovations.

You’ll find information about the 2020 Millennium Innovation Forum Program Committee on the Community page.