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Falling Walls Conference: A Unique Access to Breakthroughs in Science and Society


The Falling Walls Conference is an annual global gathering of forward thinking individuals from 80 countries organised by the Falling Walls Foundation. Each year on 9 November – the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – 20 of the world’s leading scientists are invited to Berlin to present their current breakthrough research. The aim of the Conference is to:

  • identify trends, opportunities and solutions for global challenges and discover international breakthrough research.

  • connect outstanding researchers from different disciplines and support the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas internationally.

  • build bridges between business, politics, academia and the arts.

  • promote the latest scientific findings among a broader audience.

  • inspire people to break down walls in science and society.

In 15-minute-talks, researchers from all disciplines present their work in front of 700 international guests. During the breaks, the Falling Walls Forum becomes the place for high-level Q&A where the audience can ask questions and engage in discussions. A new peer-learning platform, Falling Walls Connect, gives the audience the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and expertise to fellow participants.

The Conference is broadcasted online via free livestream. All presentations are available in the Falling Walls Library.

More than 90 % of the participants said that they would like to return. We asked them why. See also what the press says about us, and have a look at the best impressions from the last edition.