About the award

Our planet is suffering from an ecological crisis. We have to solve it together.
The Sininen Pallo (Blue Globe) award is a recognition for groundbreaking, scalable technology or scientific research that helps humankind brave the crisis.

Join us to see who these problem solvers are and what kind of fields they work in in order to create a better future for our planet.

The 100 000 euro award can be given to any Finnish organization, company, NGO, research group or private citizen regardless of the language of their work who create scalable solutions for solving the ecological crisis currently threatening us all.

How the award unfolds

The prize is awarded by the Tiina and Antti Herlin foundation, the Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation and the scholarly society Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland SLS.

Nominees for the award are shortlisted by a board of experts continuously monitoring the field. In 2022 members include Minna Halme, Professor of Sustainability Management at Aalto University School of Business; Maija Itkonen, CEO of Onego Bio and founder of Gold & Green Foods; Lassi Linnanen, Professor at the Laboratory of Sustainability Change at LUT University; and Siiri Mäkelä, Associate Expert at the United Nations Environment Programme.

The prize is awarded annually and the first prize was given in 2021 to the innovators of vegetarian proteins Pulled oats and Härkis: Reetta Kivelä, Maija Itkonen, Jiang Zhong-Qing, Leena Saarinen ja Tarja Ollila.

The 2022 Sininen Pallo winners were Ali Harlin and Petri Alava, the innovators of Infinna fiber, which is made out of recycled clothing waste.

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