THE GLOBAL PLATFORM FOR SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT

OUR MISSION

Falling Walls Engage is the global platform for Science Engagement hosted by the Falling Walls Foundation and supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

We believe that public trust and involvement in science plays a central role in addressing global challenges, achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, and contributing to the overall wellbeing of society. Our mission is to connect and support established and emerging Science Engagement stakeholders to generate mutual benefits for science and communities all around the world.

We showcase successful Science Engagement projects and inspire knowledge transfer within a global, inclusive and supportive community. We create unique opportunities for exchange, collaboration, and capacity building for current and future practitioners, as well as institutions, and the public. We strive to embed Science Engagement on an institutional level and establish it as an asset to any scientific career.

 

WHAT IS SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT?

We define Science Engagement as activities, events, or interactions bridging the gap between science and society to generate mutual learning and mutual benefits across the spectrum of public engagement in science and science communication. Engagement is per definition a two-way process with the goal to shape and co-create scientific process together, to promote active involvement of the public and researchers in scientific knowledge production.

At Falling Walls Engage we seek participatory formats of all levels: from co-productive research and public panels to arts-driven or entertaining approaches – the common ground is the inclusion of and impact on all sides involved.

THE ENGAGE COMMUNITY WORLDWIDE

The Falling Walls Engage community is a dynamic international network made up of former Falling Walls Finalists, partner organisations and event participants. The community takes part in activities all year round, with a focus on co-learning, cross-sectoral exchange and knowledge transfer. These physical and digital events are a unique opportunity for Science Engagers to compare experiences from different regional contexts, formulate common challenges, and build intercultural and interdisciplinary synergies.

FALLING WALLS SCIENCE SUMMIT 

The most innovative Science Engagement projects will be presented at the Falling Walls Science Summit, which will take place in Berlin from 7 to 10 November 2024. The prestigious science conference has been organised by the Falling Walls Foundation since 2009 and established itself as an international forum for world-leading scientists focused on scientific breakthroughs. Through its numerous projects, including Falling Walls Engage, the Falling Walls Foundation is to bridge the gap between the potential of science and addressing the paramount challenges of our time, bringing it closer to the public.

The Falling Walls Engage Finale will take place in-person as part of the Falling Walls Pitches on 7 November.

The Global Call for Applications will be opened at the beginning of March.

Have a look at former Finalists here, and discover our previous Winners here.

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ENGAGE HUBS, EVENTS AND FORMATS

THE FALLING WALLS ENGAGE HUBS

Initiated in 2020, the Falling Walls Engage Hubs aim at building a global community of Science Engagers by connecting national and regional Science Engagement networks from around the world. Currently operating in 9 countries, the international Hubs offer a space for practitioners to share expertise and best practices, discuss challenges of local-global relevance and envision new international collaborations.

Find out more about the international Hubs here.

COMMITMENTS TO ACTION

With a focus on long-term outcomes, Commitments to Action (CtA) are an opportunity for Science Engagers to address a specific challenge and increase impact in Science Engagement. Open in format and collaborative, Commitments to Action serve as a ground for concrete action among supportive peers.

NEW COMMUNITY FORMATS

We are continuously working on new and exciting formats and channels to fulfill our mission and further spread the importance of Science Engagement around the globe. Most of our endeavours are directly supported and co-created by many individuals from our valued global community of Science Engagers.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, if you would like to partner up, host an Engage community event or have an idea we should talk about: contact the Falling Walls Engage team via engage@falling-walls.com

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