The five-step procedure
Step 1: Nominations. The first step is a brief nomination summary, about 500 characters plus links, to be entered here. We ask every institution for only one nomination per category, i.e. your institution can nominate up to ten breakthroughs. If another outstanding breakthrough takes place in a specific category over the course of the next months after a first nomination was made, a second nomination is possible. The breakthrough categories 1-7 should bring together the most brilliant minds and offer them a platform to share their breakthroughs in a non-competitive way whereas the categories 8-10 represent our pitch formats, Falling Walls Lab, Falling Walls Venture and Falling Walls Engage. The nomination period starts immediately and ends on 1 September. However, we urge you to enter your nominations as fast as possible to make Step 3 most meaningful. If you have questions regarding any criteria of the nominations, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Step 2: Finalists. Your nomination is immediately reviewed by us together with external experts continuously. If it is accepted, we will ask for a short visual presentation. We will help you with detailed guidelines and briefings to record your best video.
Step 3: Global perception. Falling Walls will continuously announce the finalists and display their videos and make their outstanding work recognised to foster a scholarly and public debate about the contribution of science to society – via social media, newsletters and on our growing library at falling-walls.com, as well as on the platforms of our partners.
Step 4: winners sessions/Berlin Science Week. From 4 November until 8 November 2020, each day will be dedicated to two different categories, to recognise and discuss the ten winners in each category, as identified by distinguished juries. At the end of each session, one Breakthrough of the Year in each category will be selected by the corresponding jury (but the Breakthroughs will not be announced before 9 November 2020). In addition, digital live expert panel discussions open to the public (“Circle Tables“) will highlight the post-corona-virus-agenda in various fields. The winners sessions and Circle Tables are part of the Berlin Science Week which will also be held digitally.
Step 5: Falling Walls day 9 November 2020/The announcement of the Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year. On 9 November 2020, the anniversary of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, the ten Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year (one per category) will be made public, and the people and institutions who made them possible will be honoured in a live digital session. In this event, a “Circle Tables“ of distinguished world leaders will discuss the post-corona agendas of the various fields. All material will be made available permanently and for free on our falling-walls.com library to allow global access and inspiration.
Please feel free to distribute this Call for Nominations within your networks, we would highly appreciate your support. The nomination deadline is 1 September 2020, however, we again urge you to enter your nominations as fast as possible, to make Step 3 most meaningful!
For any questions regarding the process, please contact Naveed Syed, Head of Global Networks.