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Mary Kaldor: Human Security in a Global Era

The day's first speaker was Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics Mary Kaldor, who proposed the creation of a "global emergency services". During an exercise with the army (discussing the optimal way to retake a block of flats in Southampton that were occupied by a...

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Nick Barton talks about sexual reproduction

by Maria Daly Nick Barton just finished speaking about why sex is essentially obligatory in eukaryotes. His research takes us back to the common ancestor of all life (~ 3,600 million years ago). Barton emphasized that most of the organisms on Earth are single-celled organisms with extraordinary...

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The Winners of the Falling Walls Lab 2011

The Falling Walls Lab Jury with the winners. These are the winners of the first edition of the Falling Walls Lab, that took place on 8 November 2011, the day before the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, and was organised by the Falling Walls Foundation with the support of AT Kearney. A showcase...

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Under 30 minutes until Falling Walls 2011 begins

by Maria Daly I've arrived at the Radialsystem in Berlin where the hall is beginning to fill up and the speakers have just been briefed. Here's a sneak preview from inside the conference room: [caption id="attachment_1972" align="aligncenter" width="423" caption="Set up & ready to...

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Falling Walls Lab draws to a close

by Maria Daly Allelulia plays and there are smiles all around as we reach the final speaker! As the third session draws to a close, jurors and the audience will have a very difficult job in choosing their favourite out of 100 talks. For me, I need some time of reflection to think about each of...

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Climate change is all about Data

by Beatrice Lugger The management of data is not only a personal problem that everybody of us knows by heart. It is the core of a lots of new strategies and research from climate change to proteomics, from data security to open access. So many talks today more or less had to do with data...

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Education for the Future

by Beatrice Lugger If not today so at least in future education obviously must be accessible for all people around the globe. Some of the titles of today’s presentations underline this: “Educational Disadvantage”, “Inequality in Education”, “Inequality in Higher Education”. Vania...

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Ireland represented at Falling Walls Lab

[caption id="attachment_1926" align="alignnone" width="305" caption="Irish contingent: Eileen Diskin (speaker), Dave Fahy (ESOF2012), Christine Power (speaker) & Ruth Kearney (Innovation Academy)"][/caption] by Maria Daly Being from Ireland, I was excited to discover two speakers hailing from...

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More innovation in session two

by Maria Daly The second session has just finished with 70 presentations complete! My brain has gone into a science-information overload but I’ll do my best to write about the highlights of the last session (and there were quite a few): Jonathan Friedemann spoke about the complexity of...

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The beginning of time

Right after Nick Barton's talk about evolution, Jean-Luc Lehners put us in a much larger picture, the evolution of the universe, as a whole. What do you think was the starting point of our universe? The big bang? The answer is very likely: No, many Big bangs! Lehners demonstrated this by several...

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