Falling Walls Engage Finale 2021

This year, the Falling Walls Engage Finale will take place in Berlin as part of the Falling Walls Science Summit on 7-9 November, the first in-person event that reunites the science community internationally. This will be a great opportunity for selected Science Engagers to gain international visibility and connect with other inspiring practitioners engaging audiences with science all around the world. 

Meet the 20 FALLING WALLS ENGAGE WINNERS 

We are delighted to present the 20 Falling Walls Engage Winners who have been selected out of 50 outstanding Finalists and many more excellent applications. The 20 Winners will be invited to present their project in Berlin on 7 November during the Falling Walls Pitches – in-person or digitally – to compete for the title of Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year in the Science Engagement category. On 9 November, the Breakthroughs of the Year in 10 categories – including in Science Engagement – will be celebrated during the Falling Walls conference.

Discover the 20 Winners

Please note: The numbers indicated do not count as ranking.

1. Jacqueline GoldinDiamonds on the Soles of Their Feet, South Africa

2. Mohammed ZaidLYBOTICS, Libya

3. Judy BaariuDifu Simo – A Mental Health Campaign in Kilify County, Kenya

4. Anastasia KochEH!WOZA, South Africa

5. Stanley AnigboguStem4Her, Nigeria

6. Joana MoscosoNative Scientist, United Kingdom

7. Jahnavi PhalkeyCONTAGION, India

8. Attila SzantnerMassively Multiplayer Online Science (MMOS), Switzerland

9. Mónica Feliú-MójerAquí Nos Cuidamos, Puerto Rico

10. Michael KasumovicArludo, Australia

11. Yisalemush Asefa, 10+10+30 Radio Project for the Promotion of Childhood Vaccination, Ethiopia

12. AnnMarie ThomasOK Go Sandbox, United States

13. Lindsay KeithSMASHfestUK, United Kingdom

14. Oscar Contreras-VillarroelConCiencia Mobile Labs, Chile

15. Lala Rukh Fazal-Ur-RahmanScience Fuse, Pakistan

16. Gabriela de la TorrePrograma Adopte un Talento (PAUTA), Mexico

17. Kyerewaa BoatengDocu-Drama to Engage Deaf Students, Ghana

18. Sara NiksicCanticum Megapterae – Song of the Humpback Whale, Croatia

19. Fatemeh Bonyadi, Soha, Iran

20. Stephane KenmoeMAKING SCIENCE THE STAR, Cameroon

Discover the 50 Finalists

Please note: The numbers indicated do not count as ranking.

1. Jacqueline Goldin, Diamonds on the Soles of Their Feet, South Africa

2. Rolando Alberto Rodriguez Fonseca, Disease-Hunters: Digital Theater and Citizen Conversatory, Mexico

3. Mohammed Zaid, LYBOTICS, Libya

4. Ilídio André Costa, CoAstro, Portugal

5. Judy Baariu, Difu Simo – A Mental Health Campaign in Kilify County, Kenya

6. Doreen Agaba, Cultural Astronomy in Uganda’s Refugee Settlements, Uganda

7. Anastasia Koch, EH!WOZA, South Africa

8. Stanley Anigbogu, Stem4Her, Nigeria

9. Sarah Bannister, Third Sock from the Sun, Canada

10. Thomas Tagoe, Evolution of Science, Ghana

11. Aditi Chandra, Nisaba Education, India

12. Salma Newegy, AAST Robotics Club, Egypt

13. Aris Larroder, Pagwaragwag: A Community-Based Science Research Presentation, Philippines

14. Joana Moscoso, Native Scientist, United Kingdom

15. Noema Gajdoš Kmecová, Mačkast – The first Slovak Podcast about the Science of Cats, Slovakia

16. Nathalie Pettorelli, Soapbox Science, United Kingdom

17. Francesca Gale, Genome Decoders, United Kingdom

18. Chris  Manion, The Ideas Fund, United Kingdom

19. Servan Luciano Grüninger, The Franxini Project, Switzerland

20. Theo Anagnostopoulos, Celebrity Science, Greece

21.Tomas Mejzlik, FabLab Experience, Czech Republic

22. Mark Ivan Roblas, Pinoy Science on TikTok, Philippines

23. Jahnavi Phalkey, CONTAGION, India

24. Attila Szantner, Massively Multiplayer Online Science (MMOS), Switzerland

25. Alexandra Borisova, ‘People of Science’: Russian National Citizen Science Platform, Russia

26. Gintė Jokubaitienė, Alice in the Wonderland of Science, Lithuania        

27. Bob Christer, Little Inventors in Space, United Kingdom

28. Mónica Feliú-Mójer, Aquí Nos Cuidamos, Puerto Rico

29. Bentley Crudgington, Vector, United Kingdom

30. Michael KasumovicArludo, Australia

31. Yisalemush Asefa, 10+10+30 Radio Project for the Promotion of Childhood Vaccination, Ethiopia

32. Muriel Grenon, Cell Explorers, Ireland

33. Asha Wijegunawardana, Community-Based Leishmaniasis Research, Sri Lanka

34. Antonio Mendoza, Tecnonautas, Bolivia

35. AnnMarie Thomas, OK Go Sandbox, United States

36. Lindsay Keith, SMASHfestUK, United Kingdom

37. Oscar Contreras-Villarroel, ConCiencia Mobile Labs, Chile

38. Demian Nahuel Goos, Intercultural Science-Art Project, Argentina

39. Lala Rukh Fazal-Ur-Rahman, Science Fuse, Pakistan

40. Rodrigo de Abreu, Lab in a Box – Future with Science, Portugal

41.  Gabriela de la Torre, Programa Adopte un Talento (PAUTA), Mexico

42. Madelaine Rojas, Innovation in Space Science Learning Project, Panama

43. Ana Karen Ramirez, Epic Queen, Mexico

44. Ily Iskandar, Virus Hunter, Malaysia

45. Sakiratou Karimou M., Youths in Renewable Energy (VERT-MONDE ONG), Benin

46. Kyerewaa Boateng, Docu-Drama to Engage Deaf Students, Ghana

47. Sara Niksic, Canticum Megapterae – Song of the Humpback Whale, Croatia

48. Stephane Kenmoe, MAKING SCIENCE THE STAR, Cameroon

49. Fatemeh Bonyadi, Soha, Iran

50. Raphaela Kaisler, Ideenbox (Ideas Box), Austria

The Call for 2021 is closed. Thank you for your applications! 

Thank you to all applications and nominations for Falling Walls Engage 2021, we received a stunning 189 applications from 80 countries with participatory and interactive formats of all kinds – from co-productive research over public panels towards arts-driven or entertaining approaches.

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Information about the competition

Find out more about the competition’s process and the next steps below.

BENEFITS FOR THE 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 the digital and global community platform Falling Walls Connect, to connect and collaborate with Community members.
  • 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 2021 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.
  • Participate in in-depth co-learning and peer exchange with Falling Walls community members, partners and global leaders.
  • A video of your initiative published on our growing Falling Walls media library. See what past participants and guests have said about the event.

EXTRA BENEFITS FOR THE BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR

  • Present your project on stage 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 2022.

NEXT STEPS

  • 189 Applications will be thoroughly screened and clustered to receive an answer by August 2021 if they are selected as one of the 50 Finalists to be featured on the Falling Walls website and other channels.
  • 20 Winners, selected by an Advisory Board, will receive an answer shortly afterwards and will be asked to produce a max. 5-minute video about their Science Engagement project. Winners will be invited accordingly to pitch their project on stage on November 7, 2021 in front of an international audience  – digital participation will of course be possible as well.
  • The Breakthrough of the Year in the category Science Engagement will be announced on 7 November 2021, and present their project on the stage of the Falling Walls conference on 9 November 2021 together with other Science Breakthroughs of the Year, on the anniversary of the history fall of the Berlin Wall.

Contact & Questions

For further information about Falling Walls Engage 2021, please consult our FAQ here.

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

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

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