Welcome to the FAQ Engage

Below you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions about applying to or participating in Falling Walls Engage.

When and where does Falling Walls Engage take place?

Falling Walls Engage will take place as a physical event on 6 – 9 November 2021 in Berlin*.
*The event format and timeline is subject to modification depending on Covid-19 regulations.

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What are the benefits of participating in the competition?

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.

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 Conference.
  • Become a jury member in the category Science Engagement at Falling Walls 2022.

See what past participants and guest have said about the event.

Who can apply for Falling Walls Engage?

Who can apply?

  • Organisations and individuals active in Science Engagement.
  • All disciplines and project sizes are welcome.
  • Your project must already be running. You cannot participate if you are still at the idea stage.
    Exception: The project started but is currently inactive due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • You must be 18 years or older when submitting your application.
  • Applications must be submitted in English.

We are looking for:

  • Participatory and interactive formats of all kinds: from co-productive research over public panels towards arts-driven or entertaining approaches.
  • All projects sizes: from grassroots to institutionalised – common ground is the impact your initiative has.
  • Exemplary initiatives from all over the world with a transferable and/or scalable approach that generates mutual learning and benefits for both, science and the public.
  • Initiatives with measurable outcomes and long-term impact on their target group.

How does the application process work?

The call for applications and nominations will be open between 15 March – 15 June 2021.

1) Fill in the online application form (please check the application process guide).

2) Get a confirmation email with further information regarding the competition process.

3) Receive an answer by August 2021 if you are one of the 50 Finalists that will be presented on the Falling Walls website and other channels.

4) Receive an answer shortly afterwards if you are one of the 20 Winners who will be asked to produce a max. 3-minute video about their project.

5) Get to know if you will be invited to present your project on the stage of Falling Walls Engage in November, in front of an international audience.

Can I apply more than once?

The participation at Falling Walls Engage is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. By applying, the applicant confirms that he/she has never presented the project on a (virtual or physical) stage at Falling Walls Engage in the category Science Engagement before. Exception applies only if the applicant presents a different project fulfilling the eligibility criteria mentioned above.

Who can I contact in case I have a question about Falling Walls Engage?

Anja Schoch, Head of Team & Strategy
anja.schoch@falling-walls.com, +49 30 60 988 39 75
Strategy & Mission, Team, Partnerships & Network, Finances

Niklas Marzinek, Head of Community & Formats
niklas.marzinek@falling-walls.com, +49 30 60 988 39 758
Community Building, Formats, Partnerships, Hubs

Maria Friedemann, Project Lead Falling Walls Engage 2021
maria.friedemann@falling-walls.com, +49 30 60 988 39 725
Project & Event Management

Moritz Harbig, Communications Manager
moritz.harbig@falling-walls.com, +49 30 60 988 39 728
Communications Strategy & Formats

Miléna Salci, Digital Content & Project Manager
milena.salci@falling-walls.com, +49 30 60 988 39 755
Communications, Digital Content & Hubs Management

Johanna Sniezko, Project & Event Management Falling Walls Engage 2021
johanna.sniezko@falling-walls.com, +49 30 60 988 39 721
Controlling, Project & Event management Falling Walls Engage 2021

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