At the Falling Walls Circle, global leaders in research, business, policymaking, and media will exchange ideas and discuss solutions for today’s most pressing issues in science and society. They will show how the necessary innovative breakthroughs could be evoked through a common strategy and provide a framework for the breakthroughs presented at the Falling Walls Breakthrough Day on 9 November and the Falling Walls Science Summit, at large. The Falling Walls Circle consists of several formats, co-hosted with partner institutions.

Falling Walls Circle – Plenary Table

The centerpiece of the Falling Walls Circle on 8 November are the Plenary Tables. Global challenges will be debated publicly in a series of moderated panel discussions. Leading international experts will share their perspectives on how science can be employed to benefit humanity and the world around us and which will be the necessary steps on the international scientific agenda. To extend the discourse to our audience it will be possible to contribute questions to the discussion. Live streams of the Plenary Tables will be available to the public free of charge.

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Falling Walls Circle – Round Table

Round Tables are a smaller and more flexible arrangement, as compared to the Plenary Tables. Here, we bring attention to topics connected to our Plenary Table discussions together with our partners, using various methods of communication, from presentations to open discussions. These topics can range from broader issues from science and society to very specific aspects of scientific developments addressed by international experts of the respective fields. In most cases the audience at our venue in Berlin is encouraged to participate in the discussion. Many Round Tables will be accessible free of charge via live stream.

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Falling Walls Circle – Background Table

Background Tables are invitation-based, closed events bringing together high-profile Global Leaders to discuss current and future developments in regard to specific challenges of scientific relevance. All participants actively shape the event by sharing their ideas, questions and solutions. The commitment of the attendees to the Chatham House Rule encourages an honest, open discussion, retains its confidentiality and allows for disruptive thinking.

Falling Walls Circle – Symposium

Symposia offer a deeper insight into the current scientific development in one of the categories of our global call for nominations, through which we identify the Science Breakthroughs of the Year. They connect the scientists behind those breakthroughs with an invited audience consisting of established and next generation researchers and of our guests at the Falling Walls Science Summit. Symposia will mostly be accessible free of charge via live stream.

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