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Millennium Young Scientist Contest

The Millennium Young Scientist Contest 2024 offers emerging researchers a platform to present their work and make new connections. Participants representing Millennium Technology Prize partners have three minutes to give a pitch on how their research helps to solve a contemporary problem, promoting technological innovations for a better life.

The contest is open for participants selected by our partners and stakeholders from the Millennium Technology Prize partner companies, partnering universities, and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

First, the participants submit their pitches in video form for an online pre-screening. The contest jury chooses five finalists to present their pitches in front of a live audience in our tech conference Millennium Technology Prize Forum on 30 October 2024.


The winner of the contest receives an invitation to participate in the reputed Global Young Scientists Summit, organized in Singapore in January 2025, as one of Finland’s representatives.

The three best pitches receive awards for merit as encouragement grants in recognition of novel, impactful and innovative scientific activities. The grants are provided by the following generous supporters:

Finnish Academy of Science and Letters


In addition to the GYSS 2025 invitation.

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Nokia Foundation


Special grant for best pitch related to ICT or telecommunications

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Svenska Tekniska Vetenskapsakademien i Finland


2022 Contest Winners:

Sanaz Zarabi Golkhatmi, Aalto University: Inkjet printing, the savior of renewable energy technologies

Giovanni Misitano, University of Jyväskylä: Explainable multiobjective optimization

Elisa Werner, University of Turku: Engineering N2-fixing cyanobacteria for solar driven bioproduction


Noora Ervelius, Project Manager

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