The Falling Walls Engage Pitches take place in Berlin every year on 7 November as part of the Falling Walls Science Summit from 7–10 November, an event that reunites the science community internationally. It is a great opportunity for selected Science Engagement practitioners to gain international visibility and connect with other inspiring practitioners engaging audiences with science all around the world. 

We were welcoming 20 inspiring Falling Walls Engage Winners who have pitched their project on stage in front of an international audience to compete for the title of the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year in Science Engagement.

From 2024 on we will set a special focus on climate change, sustainability and innovation. In particular, we are looking for creative projects focusing on sustainability and climate adaptation impacting target groups who are dealing with the effects of climate change. The projects applying for the Falling Walls Engage Pitches are required to address climate adaptation as a core element.

On 9 November, the Breakthroughs of the Year in 9 categories – including in Science Engagement –  converged during the Falling Walls Science Summit on the anniversary of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Global Call 2024 is closed.


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 interactive science communication.

Engagement is defined as a two-way process with the goal to shape and co-create scientific processes, and to promote active involvement of communities 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.

We are proudly supported by our partner the Hannover Re Foundation.

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