To further the development of Science Engagement worldwide, Falling Walls Engage has launched independent network nodes – the Falling Walls Engage Hubs – with the aim of connecting the local and regional Science Engagement networks with the global Falling Walls community.

Currently active in Argentina, Kenya, Sweden, Canada and Australia, the Hubs translate into a series of events, conferences and workshops fostering co-learning and the exchange of best practices in Science Engagement and Science Communication across borders and cultures. Open in format and virtually-accessible, the Hubs gather leading practitioners and experts in Science Engagement with a regional and thematic focus. They provide the opportunity for participants to increase the visibility of their projects and to envision new international collaborations. 



Each Hub is unique and offers a starting point for a long-term collaboration. With the mission to build a robust international network, we partner up with Hub Managers for the initial Hub launch and support them in strengthening their network with new formats further on. 

Oscar Contreras-Villarroel

Fundacion Ciencia Joven

Oscar Contreras-Villarroel is the Hub Manager of the Falling Walls Engage Hub Argentina. He is the founder of the Fundación Ciencia Joven, and the Executive Director of the Ecoscience Foundation. Oscars expertise is in working with companies at a regional level to develop private partnerships. He was responsible for implementing one of the first STEM community engagement programme at the first Google data centre in Latin America.

Events with Oscar Contreras-Villarroel

Sun | Nov 07, 2021 | 10.00 - 11.00 Europe/Berlin Time

Falling Walls Engage Pitches – Session 1: Engagement on The Edge: Multimedia & Co-Creation

Maria Hagardt


Maria Hagardt is the Hub Manager for the Falling Walls Engage Hub Sweden, and the International Relations & Communications Manager at Vetenskap & Allmänhet (VA). She works mainly with developing VA’s international collaborations and coordinating the Nordic-Baltic Scicomm network, the Falling Walls Engage Hub Sweden and working in EU-projects such as ORION Open Science and Allthings.Bio. As a former National Contact Point for the Horizon 2020 programme and a Communication Officer at the European Commission, Maria also has a vast knowledge about EU policy.

Kari Mugo

Mawazo Institute

Kari Mugo is the Hub Manager of the Falling Walls Engage Hub Kenya. She is a dedicated writer and the Public Engagement lead at Mawazo Institute, a non-profit research institute based in Nairobi, Kenya, whose mission is to support the next generation of female scholars and thought leaders in East Africa, and get policymakers and the general public engaged with their work. Kari develops the public engagement program with the intention of getting high quality, local research into public discourse, and promoting the visibility of female scientists who are African.

Paul Richards

Australian Academy of Science

Paul spent 20 years working in television and radio before joining the Australian Academy of Science to establish a video production strategy that has transformed science communication.

As a passionate science communicator Paul Richards is the Hub Manager of Falling Walls Engage Hub Australia.



We are planning on launching new Hubs in different regions. Are you interested in launching an Engage Hub in your region? Please reach out at:

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