BECOME THE SCIENCE Engagement Breakthrough OF THE YEAR 2022

HOW DO YOU ENGAGE THE PUBLIC WITH SCIENCE?

Do you know of or run a Science Engagement initiative that engages the public actively with science?

WHAT INITIATIVES ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Selection Criteria:

  • Impact
    Initiatives with measurable outcomes and long-term impact on their target group
  • Approach
    Participatory formats of all levels: from public panels to arts-driven or entertaining approaches, or co-productive research.
  • Transferability
    Exemplary initiatives from all over the world with a transferable and/or scalable approach that generates mutual learning and mutual benefits for science and their target group.
  • Overall impression
    Structure and quality of application.
    On 7 Nov: Structure and quality of pitch presentation on stage.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The applicant/nominee must be 18 years or older when submitting the application.
  • The project/initiative must already be running and active at the time of the application. Being in the funding or idea phase is not considered as a running project.

For some inspiration, check out our winners from previous years!

WHAT IS OUR UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT AND IMPACT?

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. Engagement is per definition a two-way process with the goal to shape and co-create the scientific process together, to promote equal involvement in science knowledge production and to involve the public actively in science.

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

IMPACT
We define the impact of Science Engagement initiatives as long-lasting improvements on people’s lives. By offering opportunities to participate actively in scientific processes and become an integral part in scientific developments, Science Engagement empowers people to make scientifically based and more reflected decisions. Thus, it has a positive impact on the empowerment of all people, the perception of scientific facts and overall the wellbeing of our society.

SELECTION PROCESS & TIMELINE

STEP 1 – 50 Finalists
A pre-selection committee will go through all received applications and select 50 Finalists (June)

  • A list of the 50 Finalists with their project websites and social media handles will be published on the Falling Walls Engage website (June/July)
  • Onboarding into our global community of Science Engagers via a virtual community session

 

STEP 2 – 20 Winners
An Advisory Board will select 20 Winners (July/August)

  • A list of the 20 Winners with their project websites and social media handles will be published on the Falling Walls Engage website (July/August)
  • Digital pitch training workshop (October)
  • Onboarding into our global community of Science Engagers via a virtual community session

 

STEP 3 – 1 Breakthrough of the Year
A Jury will select 1 Breakthrough of the Year (November)

  • Be part of the Engage Community Day with Co-learning workshops and more (6 Nov)
  • The 20 winners will pitch their projects on stage in Berlin (7 Nov)
  • A distinguished jury will select 1 Breakthrough of the Year (7 Nov)
  • The Breakthrough of the Year will be presented on stage at the Falling Walls Conference (9 Nov)

 

SAVE THE DATE
6 – 9 Nov 2022 – Falling Walls Science Summit 2022 in Berlin*

*the event format and timeline is subject to modification depending on Covid-19 regulations

HOW TO APPLY

  • STEP 1: click on “Apply Here”
  • STEP 2: Register for our platform
  • STEP 3: Choose “I want to apply directly”
  • STEP 4: Choose the category “Science Engagement”
  • STEP 5: Fill in your application
  • Get a confirmation email with further information regarding the competition process.

 Applications close: 31 May 2022

Terms & Conditions

WHAT IS IN IT FOR YOU

Benefits for all 50 Finalists

  • Unique networking-opportunities with Science Engagers and peers around the world.
  • Increased reach and visibility for you and your initiative on a global level.
  • Participation in multiple professional workshops with other Finalists.
  • Access to the global Falling Walls Engage Community, to join regular physical and virtual events such as the Falling Walls Engage Hubs.
  • Access to a digital and global community platform, to connect and collaborate with community members.
  • Inclusion of your Science Engagement project on the World Engagement Map.
  • Opportunity to get involved in the International Year of Science Engagement.
  • And much more.

Extra benefits for the 20 Winners

  • Win a trip to Berlin and showcase your project to an international audience and a distinguished jury on stage on 7 November.
  • Have the chance to become the Breakthrough of the Year 2022 in the category Science Engagement.
  • Become a Falling Walls Engage Science Engagement Ambassador, an exclusive part of the Falling Walls Engage Community, with exclusive learning and development opportunities
  • In depth co-learning and peer exchange with Falling Walls Community members, partners and global leaders.
  • Your live pitch published on our growing Falling Walls media library.

Extra benefits for the Breakthrough of the Year

  • Pitch your project in front of a physical and virtual audience of global leaders, award-winning professionals and industry-experts on 9 November at the Falling Walls Science Summit
  • Become a jury member in the category Science Engagement at Falling Walls 2023.

HOW TO NOMINATE

DO YOU KNOW A SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT PROJECT THAT WOULD BE A PERFECT FIT? NOMINATE NOW.
We would like to showcase the most exciting Science Engagement initiatives from across the world and reflect the diversity in the field. For this, we invite you to nominate an inspiring project run by an individual or organisation you know, and to spread the word about the possibility to nominate someone for this year’s Falling Walls Engage Pitches.

  • STEP 1: Click on “Nominate Here”
  • STEP 2: Register for our platform
  • STEP 3: Choose “I am nominating”
  • STEP 4: Choose the category “Science Engagement”
  • STEP 5: Fill in your nomination

After your nomination, the nominee will be contacted via email and invited to apply. You will also receive a short confirmation email.

 Nominations close: 31 May 2022

Terms & Conditions

CONTACT & QUESTIONS

For further information about Falling Walls Engage Pitches 2022, please consult our FAQ here.

If you have further questions, please reach out to: engage@falling-walls.com.

To get to know more about Falling Walls Engage, check out our About Page.

We are proudly supported by our founding partner the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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