Which are
the next
walls to
fall?

  • Read the Falling Walls Remote – Breakthroughs of the Year concept here.
  • Nominations must be submitted in English.
  • Multiple nominations are accepted
  • The nomination deadline is 1 September 2020. Early submissions are encouraged and highly appreciated.
  • Nominations are reviewed on a rolling basis. If the nominee is selected to compete as a Finalist, Falling Walls will contact them directly for all further steps.
  • Universities
  • Research organisations
  • Companies
  • Private and public research centres
  • Academies
  • Research funders
  • Foundations
  • Individuals
  • Categories 1-4: Top-class researchers who are pushing boundaries toward making some of the most important scientific breakthroughs of our time. These categories are intended for internationally recognised and established academics who are leaders in their respective fields, undertaking ground-breaking work, and contributing to solving the world’s greatest challenges. As excellent communicators, they are able to convey 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 everyday life (e.g. artificial intelligence, information technology, mechanical engineering)

    4) Social Sciences and Humanities: The study of the institutions and functioning of human society and of 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 seemingly incompatible 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 examples of digital learning worldwide – encompassing concepts, programmes, and platforms for all education levels.

    7) Science and Innovation Management: Excellent management provides the essential basis to make breakthroughs in science and corporate research possible. 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 Start-Ups (Falling Walls Venture): Solving some of today’s most pressing challenges requires scientific findings to be turned into entrepreneurial solutions. We are 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/outreach projects that break the wall between science and society with a creative and individual method to engage the respective target group.

  • Nominators fill in the online nomination form
  • After a successful submission, Falling Walls will contact the nominee directly and organise the next steps with them.
  • After the deadline on 1 September 2020, the juries will select 10 winners per category. These ten winners will then actively take part in their respective category days and compete to become the Breakthrough Winner in their category.
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