Science Reunites Us

After a fully digital Falling Walls Conference 2020, we look forward to hosting the first in-person event that reunites the science community internationally. We welcome the people who are finding solutions to the greatest challenges of our time back to Berlin on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. As the pandemic has taught the scientific community to put more emphasis on dialogue with society, we have decided to add a full day of debates and encounters to our conference.

 

7 November

Falling Walls Pitches

A day of live pitches in the following categories: Emerging Talents (Falling Walls Lab) for the next generation of outstanding innovators. Science Engagement (Falling Walls Engage) for inspiring science engagers. Science Start-Ups (Falling Walls Venture) for the science start-up community.

8 November

Falling Walls Circle – Challenges and Foresight

Our new format to connect science and society. Researchers, policymakers, business leaders, and society discuss the biggest challenges we face and the foresight that scientific breakthroughs can offer.

9 November

Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year

On the anniversary of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, the grand finale provides a stage for outstanding research presented in inspiring presentations. For the 13th time, “the brightest minds on the planet“ (BBC) will showcase their work.

 

Speakers 2021

We look forward to welcoming fascinating speakers, including

Markus Rex & Stefanie Arndt Alfred-Wegener-Institut

Shankar Balasubramanian University of Cambridge

Mariya Gabriel European Commission
Uğur Şahin BioNTech AG

Donna Strickland University of Waterloo

Mike Watkins NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

and more on our stage.

 

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the science breakthroughs of the year 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. Meet all Finalists who qualify for the title of Science Breakthrough of the Year, which is awarded in all ten categories, from Life Sciences to Science Engagement.

READY FOR FALLING WALLS 2021?

The Falling Walls Conference is part of the Berlin Science Week with over 100 events from 1–10 Nov 2021. Since its first annual meeting on 9 November 2009, the 20th anniversary of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall, the Falling Walls Conference has continuously developed into a world forum for science. Some of the most important researchers and thinkers of our time gather at Falling Walls to discuss breakthroughs with global leaders in science, politics, business, and the media, answering the core question of the Falling Walls Conference: “Which are the next walls to fall in science and society?“

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