Finalists 2021

The value of breakthrough research has hardly ever been more evident as it is the groundbreaking work of scientists that will allow us to overcome the pandemic. These Finalists qualify for the title of Science Breakthrough of the Year, which is awarded in all ten categories, from Life Sciences to Science Engagement.

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Life Sciences

Meet our Life Sciences Finalists

Alexandra Klein, University of Freiburg

Cynthia Sharma & Chase Beisel, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg / Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

David Muller, Cornell University

Daniela Kaufer, University of California, Berkeley

Eleftheria Zeggini, Helmholtz Munich

Tobias Marschall, Heinrich Heine University

Florian Ingo Schmidt, University of Bonn

Frank BuchholzTU Dresden

Francesco Stellacci, Ecole Polytechnic Fédérale de Lausanne

Heiko Lickert, Helmholtz Munich

Hesham Sallam, American University in Cairo

Heli Skottman, Tampere University

Janis Taube & Alex Szalay, Johns Hopkins

Jordi Bascompte, University of Zurich

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

 

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Physical Sciences

Meet our Physical Sciences Finalists

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Engineering and Technology

Meet our Engineering and Technology Finalists

Bram Vanderborght, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and imec

Chiharu Tokoro, Waseda University

Christian Pflaum, Ceramic Data Solutions

Christopher Bahl, Institute for Protein Innovation

Daniel Hurtado, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Daniel Ahmed, ETH Zurich

David Pointcheval, CNRS

Diego Ghezzi, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Francesca Santoro, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Geoffrey Spinks, University of Wollongong

Huanyu Cheng, The Pennsylvania State University

Huiming Bu, IBM Research

Igor Bargatin, University of Pennsylvania

Joaquin Silvestre-Albero, University of Alicante

Jiangang Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Jose Capmany, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia

Jung-Ho Lee, Hanyang University

Laura De Laporte, DWI-Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials

Leonardo Gutierrez, Universidad Del Pacifico (Pacific University)

Maximilian Karl, Volkswagen AG

Monica Gori, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Oliver Schmidt, Leibniz IFW Dresden

Tal Ben-Nun, ETH Zurich

Thomas Maschmeyer, The University of Sydney

Siegfried Waldvogel, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Stanisa Raspopovic, ETH Zurich

Stelian Coros, ETH Zurich

Warwick Bowen, The University of Queensland

Xiaodong Chen, Nanyang Technological University

Yonggang Wen, Nanyang Technological University

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Social Sciences and Humanities

Meet our social Sciences and humanities Finalists

Koray Caliskan, The New School

Lyle Fearnley, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Mark Graham, University of Oxford

Markus Schläpfer, ETH Zurich

Mette High, University of St Andrews

Michela Massimi, University of Edinburgh

Michele Lamont, Harvard University

Mihaly Fazekas, Central European University

Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University

Peter Katzenstein, Cornell

Peter Turchin, University of Connecticut

Philip Howard, University of Oxford

Sabina Leonelli, University of Exeter

Stefan Bouzarovski, University of Manchester

Sven Beckert, Harvard University

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Art and Science

Meet our Art and Science Finalists

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Future Learning

Meet our Future Learning Finalists

Alfred Senesie, Sierra World Of Experience

Alina Loth, University of Cambridge / Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science

Ana Maria Londoño, Rivera EAFIT Children’s University

Andrea Giovani, OKPROF

Andrea Carolina Castillo Piedra, Amankai

Antonio Canchola, Repositorio Latinoamericano de Convocatorias Educativas

Apurva Ashok, The Rebus Foundation

Armen Kroyan, intelino

Aurea Bonitez, San Mateo National High School

Beatriz Burg Viana, Independent

Bill Thompson, Young Storytellers

Brad Turner, Benetech (Beneficent Technology Inc)

Catherine Gladwell, Jigsaw Consult

Chinaza Nwanekezie, Mater Amabilis Sec Sch Umuoji Anambra state Nigeria

Chris Richmond Nzi, Mygrants S.r.l. S.B.

Christian Franck, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)

Claire Mongeau, M-Shule

David Blair, University of Western Australia

David Berg, ImBlaze (Big Picture Learning)

Despoina Korentini, Hellenic Mensa

Eric Vondee, My Home Teacher

Gabriella Holm, Kognity

George Cowell, Rising Academy Network

Gilson Schwartz, University of São Paulo

Ginie Servant-Miklos, Erasmus University College

Heike Wendt, Institute of Education Research and Teacher Education

Hussam Elbehiery, Vanrige University

Iris Grze, Technische Universität Wien

Jaap Versfelt, Stichting leerKRACHT

Janine Geijsen, SpaceBuzz Foundation

Jean Greyling, Nelson Mandela University

Jigyasa Labroo, Slam Out Loud

Jim Stigler, CourseKata / UCLA

Jimmy Masagca, PACIFICTECH RTIC CESSE, Inc. / BIOME

Josh Schachter, CommunityShare

Jovanna Nathalie Cervantes Guzman, Universidad de Guadalajara / Atellier Organic

Kari Jordan, The Carpentries

Karl Rectanus, Learn Platform

Katanga Lidaou Ambroise, PEA 3.0

Kenji Suzuki, University of Tsukuba

Kgomotso Phatsima, Dare to Dream Foundation

Lee Chazen, Glider Cell

Lennart Moheit, Technical University Munich / Deutsche Bahn AG

Lindsey Hendricks-Franco, Newton Room gGmbH

Luciano Zickler Paz, SaveDopamine

Marco Winzker, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

Mariia Plotkina, Geek Teachers

Max Louwerse, Tilburg University

Maxie Großmann, Andreas Vogl, Waya Shirkan, Freie Universität Berlin

Melanie van Halteren, CoVince Innovations B.V.

Mohammed Abagissa, Jimma University Institute of Technology

Moses Osabutey, Ghana Communications Technology University

Nuru Luhindi, Little Innovators School

Pierre Dillenbourg, EPFL

Pihla Meskanen, Arkki International Ltd

Ravi Sreenath, Accelerated Learning

Remy Gakwaya, Technology Learning And Building Solutions (takenoLAB)

Rob Houben, Agora Roermond

Rosakebia Liliana Estela Mendoza, Nona 911

Sabrina Konzok, Kiron Digital Learning Solutions GmbH

Shahid Rehman, Gojri Language and Culture Society

Shogo Fukushima, The University of Tokyo

Sunny Yang, International City Wanderer Education Association

Tariq Fancy, The Rumie Initiative

Tatsuya Honda, Fujitsu Limited

Trace Pickering, Iowa BIG

Tshering Nidup, The Royal Academy

Vaishali Sharma, Young Tinker Academy

Vanessa Domingues Silva, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz

Wayne Mackintosh, OER Foundation

Willy Dumaz, Büro für Sinn und Unsinn GbR

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Science and Innovation Management

Meet our Science and innovation Management Finalists

Alexander Newman, Deakin University

Alexandra Negoescu, i²c STARTacademy

Alexandre Nussem, EIRMA – European Industrial Research Management Association

Anita Schjøll Brede, Iris.ai

Barbara Gray, Pennsylvania State University

Benjamin Miles, Spin Up Science

Clement Lim, Roche Pharma

Dashun Wang, Northwestern University

David Hart, University of Maine

Evrim Bunn, U.S Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

Fernando Ariel Garcia Terron, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Gisbert Schneider, ETH Zurich

Gordon McBean, Western University / Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Jennifer Smith, City of Guelph

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Science Start-Ups / Falling Walls Venture

Science Engagement / Falling Walls Engage

Meet our Science Engagement / Falling Walls Engage Finalists

Aris Larroder, Pagwaragwag: A Community-Based Science Research Presentation, Philippines

Aditi Chandra, Nisaba Education, India

Anastasia Koch, EH!WOZA, South Africa

Ana Karen Ramirez, Epic Queen, Mexico

Attila Szantner, Massively Multiplayer Online Science (MMOS), Switzerland

Alexandra Borisova, People of Science’: Russian National Citizen Science Platform, Russia

Asha Wijegunawardana, Community-Based Leishmaniasis Research, Sri Lanka

Antonio Mendoza, Tecnonautas, Bolivia

AnnMarie Thomas, OK Go Sandbox, United States

Bob Christer, Little Inventors in Space, United Kingdom

Bentley Crudgington, Vector, United Kingdom

Chris  Manion, The Ideas Fund, United Kingdom

Doreen Agaba, Cultural Astronomy in Uganda’s Refugee Settlements, Uganda

Demian Nahuel Goos, Intercultural Science-Art Project, Argentina

Francesca Gale, Genome Decoders, United Kingdom

Fatemeh Bonyadi, Soha, Iran

Gabriela de la Torre, Programa Adopte un Talento (PAUTA), Mexico

Gintė Jokubaitienė, Alice in the Wonderland of Science, Lithuania

Ilídio André Costa, CoAstro, Portugal

Ily Iskandar, Virus Hunter, Malaysia

Jacqueline Goldin, Diamonds on the Soles of Their Feet, South Africa

Jahnavi Phalkey, CONTAGION, India

Judy Baariu, Difu Simo – A Mental Health Campaign in Kilify County, Kenya

Joana Moscoso, Native Scientist, United Kingdom

Kyerewaa Boateng, Docu-Drama to Engage Deaf Students, Ghana

 

 

 

Lala Rukh Fazal-Ur-Rahman, Science Fuse, Pakistan

Lindsay Keith, SMASHfestUK, United Kingdom

Madelaine Rojas, Innovation in Space Science Learning Project, Panama

Mark Ivan Roblas, Pinoy Science on TikTok, Philippines

Michael KasumovicArludo, Australia

Mohammed Zaid, LYBOTICS, Libya

Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Aquí Nos Cuidamos, Puerto Rico

Muriel Grenon, Cell Explorers, Ireland

Nathalie Pettorelli, Soapbox Science, United Kingdom

Noema Gajdoš Kmecová, Mačkast – The first Slovak Podast about the Science of Cats, Slovakia

Oscar Contreras-Villarroel, ConCiencia Mobile Labs, Chile

Raphaela Kaisler, Ideenbox (Ideas Box), Austria

Rolando Alberto Rodriguez Fonseca, Disease-Hunters: Digital Theater and Citizen Conversatory, Mexico

Rodrigo de Abreu, Lab in a Box – Future with Science, Portugal

Sarah Bannister, Third Sock from the Sun, Canada

Sara Niksic, Canticum Megapterae – Song of the Humpback Whale, Croatia

Sakiratou Karimou M., Youths in Renewable Energy (VERT-MONDE ONG), Benin

Servan Luciano Grüninger, The Franxini Project, Switzerland

Stanley Anigbogu, Stem4Her, Nigeria

Stephane Kenmoe, MAKING SCIENCE THE STAR, Cameroon

Salma Newegy, AAST Robotics Club, Egypt

Thomas Tagoe, Evolution of Science, Ghana

Tomas Mejzlik, FabLab Experience, Czech Republic

Theo Anagnostopoulos, Celebrity Science, Greece

Yisalemush Asefa, 10+10+30 Radio Project for the Promotion of Childhood Vaccination, Ethiopia

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