In this Falling Walls Breakthrough Conversation with Liz Madaras and Mónica Feliú-Mójer, digital participants had the chance to discuss and ask questions. The interview series provided an intense personal atmosphere, in which high-level guests, speakers and panelists of the Falling Walls Science Summit 2021 focused on their individual research, career paths and experiences. Falling Walls Breakthrough Conversations is supported by Klaus Tschira Stiftung.
Liz Madaras is a Co-founder and CEO of Poliloop, which is one of Forbes’ hottest start-ups of Hungary. Under her leadership, Poliloop became one of the earliest stage companies to participate in a Techstars program and managed to close a large seed round during the global pandemic in 2020. Thanks to her efforts, Poliloop is an Earthshot Prize nominee and has been selected to become part of the Alliance to End Plastic waste program. She has strong diplomatic and communication skills, focuses on the details that matter, while not losing sight of the big picture. Her critical thinking has been crucial for the success’ of Poliloop.
Dr. Mónica Feliú-Mójer applies a cultural lens to storytelling and science communication to engage underserved communities with science, especially Puerto Ricans and Latinxs. As a science communicator, she draws on her training (PhD in neurobiology), personal background, and culture (woman from rural Puerto Rico) to make science pertinent and accessible to marginalized populations.
As Head of Publishing for the Springer Nature SDG Programme, Nicola is responsible for coordinating the publishing activity across Springer Nature where it relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in order to bring research that can contribute to achieving the Goals to the attention of those best placed to implement it. Nicola is passionate about the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration for solving complex global problems, and the need for solid research evidence to inform policy and practice.