Which are
the next
walls to
fall?

  • Applications must be submitted in English.
  • Please read our concept here first.
  • The nomination deadline is 1 September 2020, however, please make your nominations as fast as possible.
  • Please feel free to nominate again, should you come across another breakthrough worth sharing at a later stage.
  • Your nomination is immediately reviewed by us together with external experts. If it is accepted as a Finalist we will get in touch with the nominee for all further steps directly.
  • Universities,
  • Research organisations,
  • Companies,
  • Private and public research centres,
  • Academies,
  • Research funders,
  • Foundations and
  • Individuals
  • Categories 1-4: Top-class researchers globally are pushing the boundaries to make some of the most important scientific breakthroughs of our times. We are looking for internationally recognised, established academics and leaders in their respective fields (as outlined below), whose groundbreaking work contributes towards solving the world’s biggest challenges. As excellent communicators they are able to transmit their passion and the significance of their findings for society.

    1) Life Sciences: The scientific study of life and organisms (e.g. biology, neuroscience, zoology)

    2) Physical Sciences: The observation and understanding of natural phenomena of the earth, atmosphere and space (e.g. chemistry, physics, astronomy)

    3) Engineering and Technology: The practical application of science and mathematics to every-day life (e.g. artificial intelligence, information technology, mechanical engineering)

    4) Social Sciences and Humanities: The institutions and functioning of human society and the interpersonal relationships of individuals as members of society, (e.g. politics, economics, philosophy).

    5) Science in the Arts: We welcome nominations 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.

    6) Digital Education: Digital learning has become increasingly important over the past years. Most recently, in the era of social distancing, digital education has rushed to fill the gap left by empty schools and lecture halls. We are looking for the latest, most innovative and successful cases in digital learning worldwide – encompassing concepts, programmes and platforms for all education levels.

    7) Science and Innovation Management: Excellent management provides the essential grounds for  breakthroughs in science and corporate research. We are looking for outstanding representatives and best-case examples of science and innovation management both in the realms of academia and research-driven companies.

    8) Emerging Talents (Falling Walls Lab): In a time when effective science communication has become all the more paramount, Falling Walls Lab is searching for the next generation of early-career innovators, trailblazers, creators, and visionaries of all disciplines to promote their exceptional ideas that create a positive impact on science and society.

    9) Science-based Start-ups (Falling Walls Venture): Solving some of today’s most pressing challenges requires scientific findings to be turned into entrepreneurial solutions. We are, hence, looking for innovative start-ups that have translated breakthrough scientific thinking into promising business models.

    10) Science Engagement Initiatives (Falling Walls Engage): We are searching for all forms of science engagement and outreach projects that break the wall between science and society with a creative and individual method, to engage the respective target group.

  • Fill in the online nomination
  • After your nomination we will get in touch with your nominee and organise the next steps individually.
  • After the deadline on 01.09.2020, the juries of each category will select 10 winners each. You will then be informed if your nominee is one of the 10th.
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