Speakers

Johanna Wanka German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Official Opening 2013

Quarraisha Abdool Karim CAPRISA, Durban

BREAKING THE WALL OF HIV INFECTION. How Epidemiology and Prevention in Young Women Can Achieve an AIDS-free Generation

Andrea Accomazzo European Space Agency

BREAKING THE WALL TO UNEXPLORED SPACE. How the Rosetta Mission Achieved Mankind's First Close Encounter With a Comet

Anastasia Ailamaki École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Breaking the Wall of Data Deluge. How Efficient Data Exploration Enables New Scientific Discoveries.

Adah Almutairi UC San Diego

BREAKING THE WALL OF MEDICAL IMPRECISION. How Responsive Nanomaterials Take Medicine to the Next Level

Yanis Ben Amor Columbia University

Breaking the Wall of Tropical Diseases. How the Tropical Laboratory Initiative is Increasing Access to Healthcare in Low Resource Countries

June Andrews University of Stirling

BREAKING THE WALL OF SOCIAL ISOLATION. How Dementia Research Improves the Lives of Patients and Caregivers

Alain Aspect École Polytechnique

Breaking the Wall of Quantum Weirdness. How Experiments Reveal Photon Schizophrenia.

David Awschalom University of California

Breaking the Wall of Traditional Electronics. How Embracing Disorder in Nanotechnology May Lead to Quantum Machines

Kevin Bales University of Nottingham

BREAKING THE WALL OF SLAVERY. How Social Science Combats Unfree Labour in the Global Economy

Benjamin R. Barber CUNY

BREAKING THE WALLS OF THE NATION-STATE THROUGH INTERDEPENDENT CITIES. How a Global Parliament of Cities Can Establish a Sustainable Democracy

Andreas Barner Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

Host

Nick Barton Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Breaking the Wall that Limits Evolution. How Sexual Recombination Accelerates Adaptation.

Françoise Baylis Dalhousie University

BREAKING THE WALL BETWEEN GENE SCIENCE AND ETHICS. How Philosophy Can Provide Frameworks for a Global Biotech Revolution

Bruce A. Beutler University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

BREAKING THE WALL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES. How Genetics Provides New Tools for Understanding Innate Immunity

Jagdish N. Bhagwati Columbia University

BREAKING THE WALL OF EXTREME POVERTY. How Economic Growth in India Shows the Way for Other Developing Countries

Jean-Michel Borys Epode

Breaking the Wall of Childhood Obesity. What Parents, Politics, and Vegetables Can Do

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon European Research Council

Host of Session 2

Paul Boyle Science Europe

Breaking the Wall between Excellence and Capacity Building. Should Europe Favour One or Go for Both?

Monique Breteler German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)

Breaking the Wall of Brain Degeneration. How Population Studies Can Help Prevent Neurodegenerative Diseases

Denis Broun UNITAID

Breaking The Wall Of Inaccessible Drugs. How Innovative Healthcare Finance Increases Treatment Coverage for HIV, Malaria and TB

Michel Brunet Collège de France

Breaking the Wall Around the Secrets of Our Origins. How Early Hominids and Their Paleoenvironments Can Explain Our Species

Michael Bruter London School of Economics

Breaking the Wall of the Polling Booth. How Electoral Psychology Enlightens Democratic Citizenship

Philip Campbell Nature

Host

Rebecca Cassidy Goldsmiths

Breaking the Wall of Gambling. How Multi-Sited Anthropology Can Transform Gambling Regulation

Dipesh Chakrabarty University of Chicago

Breaking the Wall of Two Cultures. Science and Humanities After Climate Change.

Emmanuelle Charpentier Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology

BREAKING THE WALL TO PRECISE GENE SURGERY. How a Bacterial Defence System Revolutionises Biomedical Research

David Chipperfield David Chipperfield Architects

On Sticks, Stones, and Walls. Keynote at the Welcome Reception, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin

Paul Chirik Princeton

Breaking the Wall of Sustainable Chemistry. How Modern Alchemy Can Lead to Inexpensive and Clean Technology

Aaron Ciechanover Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Breaking the Wall of Diseases. Is Personalized Medicine Going to Cure All Human Maladies?

Nili Cohen Israel Academy of Science and Humanities

Host

Awa Marie Coll Seck Senegal Ministry of Health

Breaking the Wall of Child Mortality. How Immunisation and Malaria Control are Saving Senegal's New Generations

Dalton Conley New York University

Breaking the Wall of Nature and Nurture. How Genes and Environment Combine to Affect Our Life Course

Frederick Cooper New York University

Breaking the Wall of National History. How Looking Beyond the Nation-State Helps Us Understand the Past, and Perhaps the Future

Tumani Corrah Africa Research Excellence Fund

Host

Joseph F. Coughlin Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

BREAKING THE WALL OF LIVING LONGER, BETTER. How Technology and Innovation Will Invent a New Future of Old Age

Gregory Crane Universität Leipzig

BREAKING THE WALL TO ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE. How the Digital Humanities Help Us Think About the Past to Invent the Future

Sadie Creese University of Oxford

BREAKING THE WALL OF CYBERATTACKS. How Cybersecurity Research Defends Our Critical Infrastructures

Karsten Danzmann Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics

BREAKING THE WALL OF THE DARK UNIVERSE. How Gravitational Waves Let Us Hear the Sound of Space

Robert Darnton Harvard University

Breaking the Wall of Inaccessible Knowledge. How Digitization Can Democratize Culture

Ingrid Daubechies Duke

Breaking the Wall of Computer Stupidity. How Wavelet Analysis Improves Geophysics, Biology and Art History

Karl Deisseroth Stanford University

BREAKING THE WALL TO NEUROENGINEERING. How Novel Methods in Neuroscience Open up New Horizons in Research and Therapy

Helmut Dosch DESY

Breaking the Wall of Quantum Cinema. How High Speed X-Ray Lasers will Allow Us to Make Life Reports from Molecules at Work and from Chemical Reactions

Matthias Driess Technische Universität Berlin

Breaking the Wall of Limited Resources. What Catalysis Can Do to Save Energy and Create Materials.

Ottmar Edenhofer Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

BREAKING THE WALL OF COAL. How Climate Science Calls For Radical Changes in Energy Policy

Olafur Eliasson Universität der Künste Berlin

Host

Olafur Eliasson Universität der Künste Berlin

Breaking the Wall to the Future. How Art Can Use Feelings for Time to Co-Produce Space and Society

Jill Farrant University of Cape Town

BREAKING THE WALL OF FAMINE. How Molecular Plant Physiology Creates Drought Tolerant Crops

Roland Fletcher University of Sydney

BREAKING THE WALL AROUND VULNERABLE MEGACITIES. How the Study of Past Civilisations Can Help the Cities of the Future

Elvira Fortunato Universidade Nova de Lisboa

BREAKING THE WALL TO A NEW AGE OF ELECTRONICS. How Micro- and Optoelectronics Lead to Transparent and Paper Transistors

Stephen Friend Sage Bionetworks

BREAKING THE WALL TO COOPERATIVE MEDICINE. How Open Systems and New Incentives Will Redefine Healthcare

Alain Fuchs Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Breaking the Wall between Excellence and Capacity Building. Should Europe Favour One or Go for Both?

Jack Gallant UC Berkeley

BREAKING THE WALL OF THE MIND. How Computational Neuroscience Can Decode Thoughts and Actions

Neil Gershenfeld Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

BREAKING THE WALL BETWEEN DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL. How Digital Fabrication Gives Birth To Programmable Reality

Anne Glover European Commission

Breaking the Wall between Top-Down and Bottom-Up. Are Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches Mutually Exclusive?

Anita Goel Nanobiosym

BREAKING THE WALL OF THE CENTRALISED HEALTHCARE INFRASTRUCTURE PARADIGM. Where Physics and Life Meet at the Nanoscale

Nilüfer Göle École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

BREAKING THE WALL OF CLASHING CULTURES. How Sociology Can Mediate Between Islam and Western Modernity

Diane Griffin United States National Academy of Sciences

Host of Session 1

Detlef Günther Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich

Breaking the Wall of Timing Our History. How Trace Elements Analysis Will Help to Understand the Past of Our Planet

Doug Guthrie George Washington University

Breaking the Wall of Efficient Innovation. What Can Be Learned from China's Planned Capitalism

Yael Hanein Tel Aviv University

Breaking the Wall of Blindness. How Neuro Engineering can Relink Brain and Body

David Harel Weizmann Institute of Science

Breaking the Wall of Biocomplexity. How a Reactive Systems Approach May Lead to Full Dynamic Models of Multi-Cellular Organisms

Katerina Harvati Eberhard Karls Universität

Breaking the Wall to the Next Generation. Are We Providing the Right Conditions for Young Scientific Success?

Demis Hassabis Google DeepMind

BREAKING THE WALL TO MIND MACHINES. How Deep Learning Can Give Birth to General Artificial Intelligence

John-Dylan Haynes Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Breaking the Wall of the Human Mind. How Neuroscience Helps Us Read Thoughts out of Brain Activity

Dirk Helbing Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich

BREAKING THE WALL TO DIGITAL DEMOCRACY. How Socio-Physics Shapes the Future of Smart Societies

Stefan Hell Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

BREAKING THE WALL OF RESOLUTION IN LIGHT MICROSCOPY. How Fluorescence Microscopy Can Now Provide Images on The Nanoscale

Joseph Hennawi Max Planck Institute

Breaking the Wall to the Next Generation. Are We Providing the Right Conditions for Young Scientific Success?

Peter Herzig GEOMAR

Breaking the Wall of the Dark Side of the Oceans. How Marine Sciences Discover Hidden Resources

Rolf-Dieter Heuer CERN

BREAKING THE WALL OF THE HIDDEN UNIVERSE II. What the Discovery of the Higgs Boson Tells us About Physics, Mankind and the Universe

Rolf-Dieter Heuer CERN

Breaking the Wall of the Hidden Universe. How Particle Physics Can Explain the Nature of Matter.

Arjen Hoekstra University of Twente

BREAKING THE WALL TO WATER SECURITY. How Consumers, Politics, Business and Investors Can Advance Sustainable, Fair and Efficient Water Use

Jules A. Hoffmann Université de Strasbourg

BREAKING THE WALL OF INFECTIONS. How Insect Science Contributes to Understanding Human Immunity

Rush D. Holt American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Host of Session 3

Norbert Holtkamp ITER

Breaking the Wall of Fusion. How the ITER Project Aims for Limitless Energy

Olga Holtz UC Berkeley

Breaking the Walls of Complexity. How New Mathematical Methods Allow for New Solutions to Everyday Problems

Stefan von Holtzbrinck Holtzbrinck Publishing Group

Host

Wolfgang Holzgreve Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

Breaking the Wall in Global Maternal/Child Health. How Medicine and Politics Can Reduce the Scandalous Discrepancy between Low and High Income Countries

Robert E. Horn Stanford University

Breaking the Wall of Organisational Ignorance. How Visual Language Supports Decision Making about Wicked Problems and Social Messes

Wang Hui Tsinghua University

Breaking the Wall of Social Divide. How Political, Economic and Social Critique identifies the Five Faces of Equality.

Reinhard F. Hüttl Helmholtz Association

Host

Ichiro Inasaki Chubu

Breaking the Wall of Manufacturing. How Symbiotic Technologies Can Reduce Environmental Impact

Harold James Princeton

Breaking the Wall of Finance. Why this Current Crisis Will Be Transformational.

Naila Kabeer London School of Economics

BREAKING THE WALL OF GENDER INEQUALITY. How Gender Balance Can Transform the Global Economy

Mary Kaldor London School of Economics

Breaking the Wall of War. How Human Security Makes People Safe in a Global Era.

Lisa Kaltenegger Cornell University

BREAKING THE WALL TO THOUSANDS OF NEW WORLDS. How Exoplanet Research is Scouting for Earth 2.0

Aaron Kaplan Funkfeuer FREE NET

Breaking the Wall of Internet Censorship. How Peer to Peer Wireless Mesh Networks Are Replacing Centralized Connectivity

Stefan Kaufmann Max Planck Institute

Breaking the Wall of Unequally Distributed Diseases. How Immunology Can Contribute to One Healthy World

Michel D. Kazatchkine United Nations

Host

Wolfgang Ketterle Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

BREAKING THE WALL TO ABSOLUTE ZERO TEMPERATURE. How Ultracold Atomic Physics is Creating Fundamentally New Materials

Robert P. Kirshner Harvard University

BREAKING THE WALL OF COSMIC ACCELERATION. How Supernova Explosions Trace the History of the Universe

Matthias Kleiner DFG German Research Foundation

Host

Joachim Knebel Helmholtz Association

Breaking the Wall of High Level Nuclear Waste. How Partitioning & Transmutation can Help to Reduce the Radiotoxicity

Gerhard Knies Desertec Foundation

Breaking the Wall of the Fossil Age. How Desertec Can Overcome Energy Resource Limitations and Global Warming.

Rob Knight UC San Diego

BREAKING THE WALL TO OUR MICROBIAL SELF. How Microbiome Research Redefines Our Idea of Being Human

Christof Koch Allen Institute for Brain Science

BREAKING THE WALL TO UNDERSTANDING CONSCIOUSNESS. How Neuroscience Explains The Rise of Experience from the Brain

Nina Kraus Northwestern University

BREAKING THE WALL TO NEUROEDUCATION. How the Neuroscience of Sound, Language and Music Shapes Human Communication

Ferenc Krausz Max Planck Institute

Breaking the Wall of Microscopic Motion. How Attophysics Captures Fastest Phenomena of the Microcosm.

Waldemar Kütt European Research Council

Breaking the Wall Between Science and European Competitiveness

Jerzy Langer Academia Europaea

Breaking the Wall between Excellence and Capacity Building. Should Europe Favour One or Go for Both?

Jean-Luc Lehners Max Planck Institute

Breaking the Wall of the Beginning of Time. How Cosmology Will Tell Us What Happened Before the Big Bang

Thomas Lengauer Max Planck Institute

Breaking the Wall of Viral Drug Resistance. How Bioinformatics Can Help to Improve Aids Therapies

Maria Leptin Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE)

Breaking the Wall between Top-Down and Bottom-Up. Are Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches Mutually Exclusive?

Alan I. Leshner Science

Conclusion 2012

Yves Leterme European Council

Remarks from the EU Council Presidency

Nathan S. Lewis California Institute of Technology

BREAKING THE WALL OF THE GLOBAL ENERGY CHALLENGE. How A Collaborative Effort Can Prevent A Worst Case Climate Scenario

Daniel Libeskind

Breaking the Wall of Convention. How Architecture Can Provoke New Thought

Lim Chuan Poh A*STAR

Host

Alejandro Litovsky Earth Security Initiative

Breaking the Wall of Ecological Risk. How a Cultural Shift in Economics and Politics Can Ensure the Earth's Security

Joanne Liu Médecins Sans Frontières

BREAKING THE WALL OF INDIFFERENCE IN WAR AND DISEASE. How Aid Organisations Call On World Leaders to Protect the Humanitarian Space

Julie Livingston Rutgers

Breaking the Wall of Pain. How Ethnography Can Help to Identify the Hidden Epidemic of the Global South

Sharon Macdonald Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

BREAKING THE WALL OF THE MUSEUM. How Anthropology Investigates the Cultural Heritage of the Future

Wolfgang Marquardt German Council of Science and Humanities

Host

Karl Ulrich Mayer Leibniz Institute

Host

Mariana Mazzucato University of Sussex

BREAKING THE WALL TO A STATE OF INNOVATION. How to Debunk Myths About the Public Sector and Achieve More Inclusive Growth

Rachael McDermott Max Planck Institute

Breaking the Wall to Control Fusion Power. How Tokamak Research is Paving the Way for Successful Fusion Energy Reactors

Karlheinz Meier Universität Heidelberg

BREAKING THE WALL OF TRADITIONAL COMPUTING. How the Human Brain Project Can Contribute to a Fundamentally New Paradigm of Information Processing

Angela Merkel Federal Republic of Germany

Keynote on the Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (2011)

Angela Merkel Federal Republic of Germany

Official Opening of the Falling Walls Conference 2014

Angela Merkel Federal Republic of Germany

Keynote. Breaking the Walls of the 21st Century. (2009)

Jürgen Mlynek Helmholtz Association

Host

Christoph Möllers Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Breaking down the Breakthroughs

Richard Morris The Wellcome Trust

Breaking the Wall of Research Funding. What Funding Can Do to Enable - and to Disrupt - Research Excellence.

Glenn Warren Most University of Chicago

Breaking the Wall around Ancient Greece. How to Imagine the Classics in the 21st Century

Klaus Robert Müller Technische Universität Berlin

Breaking the Wall between Mind and Machine. How Neurotechnology Can Expand Human Capacity for Action.

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi Hertie School of Governance

BREAKING THE WALL OF CORRUPTION. How Good Governance Becomes the Last Stage of Democratic Revolutions

Philip D. Murphy U.S. Embassy

Keynote

Per Møller University of Copenhagen

Breaking the Wall of Bad Taste. How Psychophysics and Neurophysiology Can Improve our Food Choices

Randolph Nesse Arizona State University

BREAKING THE WALL TO UNDERSTANDING DISEASE. How Evolutionary Biology Explains Why we Get Sick

Peter Neumann King's College, London

BREAKING THE WALL OF RADICALISATION. How Security Studies Explore the Roots of Terror

Miguel Nicolelis Duke

Breaking the Wall of Neurological Disorder: How Brain-Waves Can Steer Prosthetics.

Daniel G. Nocera Harvard University

BREAKING THE WALL OF PERSONALISED ENERGY. How Artificial Leaves Can Solve the Global Energy Crisis

Helga Nowotny European Research Council

Host

Sir Paul Nurse The Royal Society

Host of Session 3

Liu Olin China International Capital Corporation

Breaking the Wall of Global Debt. How Economics Can Reshape the Development Models of Europe, the US and China

Kõji Omi STS Kyoto

Message from Kyoto

Onora O’Neill University of Cambridge

BREAKING THE WALL OF HYPER-REGULATION. How Intelligent Accountability Can Stop Bureaucratic Excess and Improve Governance

Svante Pääbo Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

BREAKING THE WALL OF THE NEANDERTAL GENOME. How the Study of Ancient DNA Traces Human Origins

Mark Pagel University of Reading

BREAKING THE WALL OF COLLECTIVE STUPIDITY. How Evolutionary Biology Explains Creativity

Manfred Prenzel Technische Universität München

Breaking the Wall of Mindless Schools. How Educational Research can Contribute to Successful and Joyful Learning

Nicola Pugno University of Trento

Breaking the Wall of Super Materials. How Biology Inspires Nanomechanics

Cornelia Quennet-Thielen German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Official Opening

Shalini Randeria University of Zürich

Breaking the Wall of Privatisation of the Commons. How Anthropology Can Help Understand Global Entanglements

Stephanie Reich Freie Universität Berlin

Give me a Break: a Vision for Research

Michael M. Resch Universität Stuttgart

BREAKING THE WALL OF REALITY. How Simulations on Supercomputers Accelerate Progress

Hélène Rey London Business School

BREAKING THE WALL OF GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISES. How Macroeconomics Shape the Financial Architecture of Tomorrow

Katherine Richardson University of Copenhagen

BREAKING THE WALL OF EARTH'S EXPLOITATION. How Planetary Boundaries Envision A Safe Operating Space for Humanity

Alan Rusbridger The Guardian

BREAKING THE WALL TO TRUE PRESS FREEDOM. How Open Journalism Saves Publishing in the Digital Age

Tomás Saraceno

Breaking the Wall Between Earth and Sky. How Art Challenges Gravity and Light in Our Habitat

Saskia Sassen Columbia University

BREAKING THE WALL OF DISPLACEMENT. How Social Analysis Sheds Light on the Edges of Society

Londa Schiebinger Stanford University

Breaking the Wall Between Science and European Competitiveness

Ina Schieferdecker Fraunhofer Society

Breaking the Wall of Uninformed Cities. How Open Data Makes Urban Life Smarter

Robert Schlögl Max Planck Institute

Breaking the Wall of Energy Supply. How Heterogeneous Catalysis Can Replace Fossil Fuels

Brian P. Schmidt Australian National University

BREAKING THE WALL OF THE DARK COSMOS. How Astronomy Explores the Past, Present and Future of the Universe

Sabine Schmidtke University of Pennsylvania

Breaking the Wall of Religious Public Opinion. How the Study of Interfaith Crosspollination in the Islamicate World can Uncover Common Ground

Leif Schröder Leibniz Institute

Breaking the Wall to the Next Generation. Are We Providing the Right Conditions for Young Scientific Success?

Martin E. Schwab Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich

Breaking the Wall of Paraplegia. How Neuroscience Can Help Spinal- and Brain-Injured Patients.

Michal Schwartz Weizmann Institute of Science

BREAKING THE WALL BETWEEN BODY AND MIND. How Neuroimmunology Develops New Strategies Against Brain Ageing and Degeneration

Suchitra Sebastian University of Cambridge

BREAKING THE WALL OF ENERGY LOSS. How Quantum Materials Hold The Key To A New Generation of Superconductors

Peter Seeberger Freie Universität Berlin

Breaking the Wall of Expensive Vaccines. How Automated Carbohydrate Chemistry Can Save A Life for One Euro.

Dan Shechtman Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

BREAKING THE WALL TO A START-UP NATION. How Technological Entrepreneurship Saves Economies With Limited Natural Resources

Salil Shetty Amnesty International

BREAKING THE WALL OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. How Advocacy and Activism Pave the Way for Rights and Dignity

Tania Singer Max Planck Institute

Breaking the Wall between People. How Social Neuroscience Can Help us to Understand How we are Understood

Dennis J. Snower University of Kiel

Host

Zahava Solomon Tel Aviv University

BREAKING THE WALL OF MASS TRAUMA. How Psychiatric Epidemiology Can Help Reduce the Impact of Traumatic Events

Rupert Stadler AUDI AG

Falling Walls 2014 – Dinner Speech

Luc Steels Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

BREAKING THE WALL TO LIVING ROBOTS. How Artificial Intelligence Research Tries to Build Intelligent Autonomous Systems

Tricia Striano Hunter College

Breaking the Wall of Infant Development. What Modern Art and Modern Books Can Do for Children and for Autism Research.

Salah Sukkarieh University of Sydney

BREAKING THE WALL TO SUSTAINABLE FARMING. How Robotics and Digital Data Will Change the Future of Agriculture

Philippe Taquet Académie des Sciences

Host of Session 4

Rolf Tarrach European University Association

Host of Session 4

Eckhard Thiel Charité

Breaking the Wall of HIV. How Transplantation of Uninfectable Stem Cells Leads to Cure

Suzanne L. Topalian Johns Hopkins Medicine

BREAKING THE WALL OF CANCER’S DEFENSE. How Immunotherapy Can Become Effective Against Cancer

Stefan Treue Leibniz Institute

Breaking the Wall of Sensory Overload. How Primate Neuroscience Reveals the Mechanisms of Our Perception

Sebastian Turner Falling Walls Foundation

Opening Falling Walls 2010

Franz-Josef Ulm Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Breaking the Wall of Concrete Pollution. How Green Concrete Can Reduce the Giant Carbon Footprint of Construction.

Daniël Vanmaekelbergh Universiteit Utrecht

Breaking the Wall of Seeing Atoms and Molecules. How Atomic Microscopy and Spectroscopy May Help our Understanding of Materials

Hal Varian Google

Breaking the Wall of Economic Uncertainty. How Online Data Can Help us Understand the Economy

Cédric Villani Institut Henri Poincaré

Breaking the Walls between Economics, Physics and Geometry. How Optimal Allocation of Resources and Entropy Meet in the Non-Euclidean World

Sophia Vinogradov University of California

BREAKING THE WALL OF PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS. How Video Games Can Improve Brain Functioning and Treat Mental Illnesses

Stewart Wallis nef

Breaking the Wall of Misleading National Indicators. How Economics Can Measure Real Progress

Sir Mark Walport UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser

Keynote 2013

Waceke Wanjohi Kenyatta University

Breaking the Wall of Food Insecurity. How Agricultural Science Minimizes Nematode Damage in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Johanna Wanka German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Official Opening at the Falling Walls Conference 2015

Elke U. Weber Columbia University

Breaking the Wall of Resistance to Change. How Behavioral Decision Theory Enhances Technical and Social Innovation.

Ai Weiwei Universität der Künste Berlin

BREAKING THE WALL TO THE ARTS. How the Internet Opens a New Era of Creative Expression Beyond Boundaries

Eyal Weizman Goldsmiths, University of London

BREAKING THE WALL OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION. How Forensic Architecture Reveals War’s Secrets

Wendelin Werner École Normale Supérieure

Breaking the Wall of Randomness. How Random Phenomena Disseminate.

Birgitta Whaley UC Berkeley

BREAKING THE WALL OF QUANTUM LIFE. How Quantum Biology Lays the Groundwork for Organic Technology

Thomas Wiegand Technische Universität Berlin

Breaking The Wall of the Flat World of TV. What Three Dimensional Television Pictures Will Look Like.

Otmar D. Wiestler Helmholtz Association

Host

Katja Windt Jacobs University

Breaking the Wall of Unpunctuality. How Overcoming Equilibrium Thinking Helps Logistics in a Fluctuating World to be on Time

Christian Wulff Federal Republic of Germany

Keynote

Jackie Y. Ying Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore

BREAKING THE WALL TO MEDICAL AND SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES. How a Nanotech Toolbox Can Revolutionise Medicine and Energy Storage

Nurit Yirmiya Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space

Host of Session 1

Muhammad Yunus Nobel Laureate

Breaking the Wall of Poverty. How Social Business Allows a Future for Human Kind, That Is Sustainable And Joyful.

Daniel Zajfman Weizmann Institute of Science

Breaking the Wall between Science and Society

Lev Zelenyi Russian Academy of Sciences

Host of Session 2

Thierry Zomahoun African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Next Einstein Initiative

BREAKING THE WALL TO UNTAPPED GENIUS. How Capacity Building in Mathematics Lays the Foundation for Scientific Excellence

Anton Zeilinger University of Vienna

BREAKING THE WALL OF ILLUSION. How Quantum Physics Questions Our Perception of Reality