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As part of our Global Call and search for the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2023, we invite leading actors in science and academia worldwide to nominate the latest breakthroughs and outstanding science projects in 9 different categories, Art & Science being one of them. Our distinguished jury for Art & Science, chaired by Horst Bredekamp, will select 10 excellent winners in this category and award one of them with the prestigious title Science Breakthrough of the Year, Art & Science. 

The Global Call 2023 has ended on 15 May 2023, the next Global Call will take place in 2024. You will find all relevant information and updates here and in our newsletter.

Falling Walls seeks artists whose work is inspired and influenced by science across a wide range of subjects (from the humanities to life sciences, technology and more), which sheds light on societal issues, natural phenomena or simply the wonder of scientific discoveries, and which highlights the unique relationship between these apparently opposite but often highly complementary disciplines.

Relevant Information

Please find below everything you need to know about your Falling Walls Global Call submission in the Art & Science category. We recommend that you read all the information carefully. We look forward to your nominations.

WHAT IS THE FALLING WALLS GLOBAL CALL?

The Falling Walls Global Call is an international competition format that brings together science enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds. We are looking for the most recent and innovative Breakthroughs of the Year! We encourage and invite nominations and applications from all over the world. To help make the Falling Walls Science Summit 2023 the celebration that excellent science deserves, we launch the Falling Walls Global Call each year.

 

Nominations open 1 March and close 15 May 2023 (extended from 1 May).

WHO CAN NOMINATE?

Nominations for the Science Breakthrough of the Year may be initiated by leading academics and academic institutions, universities, research organizations, companies, private and public research centres, academies, research funders, foundations, and individuals to nominate the latest breakthroughs in Art & Science. Self-nominations are accepted. 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email. We are happy to help.

Who can be nominated?

In the Art & Science category, we are looking for artists whose work is inspired and influenced by science across a wide range of subjects (from the humanities to life sciences, technology and more), which sheds light on societal issues, natural phenomena or simply the wonder of scientific discoveries, and which highlights the unique relationship between these apparently opposite but often highly complementary disciplines. We are looking for:

 

  • International contemporary artists, collectives and projects that reflect, present, convey or process current phenomena, developments and discoveries in all scientific disciplines, or which present them in artistic forms
  • Artists and works that address global social challenges via scientific references, methods or practices
  • Artists and works that set new standards in the intersection of art and science and stand out artistically as well as methodologically

 

Nominations will be considered and evaluated within the category, but their potential for interdisciplinary problem-solving will also be assessed.

HOW CAN I SUBMIT MY OWN PROJECT?

Self-nominations are accepted. To submit your own project, please run through the nomination process on our online platform. You will receive an email to confirm your nomination in order to give detailed information on your project.

 

Please note that submissions must be completed in English.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

  • Your work will be presented to a distinguished Jury and will get international visibility.
  • Be a part of the Falling Walls network and interact with a wide range of decision-makers, innovators and emerging talents from all over the world. Join an interdisciplinary community that is committed to bringing down barriers to address common challenges.
  • Take your chance to become the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year in Art & Science and present your breakthrough work to a global audience on 9 November 2023 on our stage at the Falling Walls Science Summit in Berlin.
  • As Science Breakthrough of the Year you will get the opportunity to enjoy the Falling Walls Science Summit 2023, a three-day conference with inspiring keynotes, discussions, and exciting pitches. Be part of a community of the most important researchers and thinkers of our time and discuss breakthroughs with global leaders in science, politics, business, and the media.

 

We will use our expertise and years of experience in science communication to help make your research accessible and engaging to a wide audience, and to highlight its impact on society.

HOW DOES THE SELECTION PROCESS WORK?

STEP 1 – NOMINATION

Leading actors in science and academia worldwide nominate individual scientists or research groups by submitting a nomination form via our online platform by 15 May 2023. Nominated candidates will be contacted directly and asked to submit further details. Self-nomination is accepted.

 

STEP 2 – 30 FINALISTS

Submissions that meet the standard requirements will be evaluated by a shortlisting jury and the jury chair using our selection criteria (see below) to agree on a list of 30 finalists, who will be officially announced on our website in mid-June. 

 

STEP 3 – 10 WINNERS

Our distinguished jury for Art & Science, chaired by Horst Bredekamp, will evaluate all finalist applications based on the selection criteria and choose ten winners. The ten winners will be released in mid-August.

 

STEP 4  THE FALLING WALLS SCIENCE BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR

The respective juries will select the Science Breakthroughs of the Year from the winners of each category. On 9 November, the anniversary of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall, the Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2023 will take up the stage at the Falling Walls Science Summit in Berlin.

WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA?

We are specifically looking for projects that address global challenges and represent scientific knowledge in an innovative way. Falling Walls always encourages interdisciplinary approaches to science and seeks outstanding scientists as well as research groups. The four selection criteria are:

  • Breakthrough Potential: How much of a paradigm shift does the research represent? Are there excellent, ground-breaking, recent achievements in their respective fields, nationally and internationally?
  • Level of Innovation: How new and original is this idea?
  • Societal Relevance: How significant is the research for society today and in the future? Is there a positive effect on nature and humanity, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • Academic Excellence: Is the research of outstanding quality and is it likely to have a significant long-term impact on the research landscape and to contribute towards solving global challenges? Is the research able to translate scientific topics and their complexities in a way that makes them accessible and attractive to large sections of society?

Each evaluation criterion is considered proportionally. Nominations and Self-nominations will be considered and evaluated within the category, but their potential for interdisciplinary problem-solving will also be assessed.

WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE FALLING WALLS SCIENCE SUMMIT TAKE PLACE?

The Falling Walls Science Summit takes place in Berlin.

Save the date: 7 – 9 November 2023.

 

7 November

FALLING WALLS PITCHES

A day of live pitches in the following categories: 

  • Emerging Talents (Falling Walls Lab) for the next generation of outstanding innovators; 
  • Science Engagement (Falling Walls Engage) for inspiring science engagers; Science Start-Ups (Falling Walls Venture) for the science start-up community.

8 November

FALLING WALLS CIRCLE

Our format to connect science and society. Researchers, policymakers, business leaders, and society discuss the biggest challenges we face and the foresight that scientific breakthroughs can offer.

9 November 

BREAKTHROUGH DAY

On 9 November, the anniversary of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall, the Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2023 will take up the stage at the Falling Walls Science Summit in Berlin.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the Nomination and the Self-nomination process, please contact us via email. 

Terms and Conditions

jury 2023

Counting more than 100 jurors across 10 categories, each Breakthrough is determined by a distinguished world-class jury under the leadership of renowned experts in their respective fields. The Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year 2023 in Art & Science is selected by a distinguished Jury chaired by Horst Bredekamp.

 

PREVIOUS SCIENCE BREAKTHROUGHS 

The prestigious title Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year, Art & Science has been awarded to Cyrus Clarke and Monika Seyfried (2022), Gerhard Widmer (2021) and Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (2020).

 

The FALLING WALLS SCIENCE BREAKTHROUGH of the year 2022 in ART & SCIENCE

DATA GARDEN: BREAKING THE WALL TO STORING DATA IN PLANTS 

In their interactive installation Data Garden, designers and artists Cyrus Clarke and Monika Seyfried propose an organism-based data center. It utilizes DNA technology to store and retrieve digital data from the DNA of plants, which in return create energy and absorb CO2.

Discover the 2022 Winners 

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