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

When and where does Falling Walls Engage Pitches take place?

Falling Walls Engage Pitches will take place as a physical event on 7 November 2024 in Berlin as part of the Falling Walls Science Summit, which will take place on 7 – 10 November 2024.

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What are the benefits of participating in the competition?

Benefits for all 30 Finalists

  • Unique networking-opportunities with like-minded Science Engagement practitioners & professionals  and peers around the world.
  • Increased reach and visibility for you and your initiative on a global level.
  • Access to a digital and global community network, to connect and collaborate with community members.
  • Inclusion of your Science Engagement project on the World Engagement Map.
  • And much more.

Extra benefits for the 20 Winners

  • Get a travel scholarship for Berlin from 5.-10. November 2024 and a ticket for the Falling Walls Science Summit 2024 and showcase your project to an international audience and a distinguished jury on stage on 7 November.
  • Have the chance to become the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year 2024 in Science Engagement.
  • Have 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 Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year

  • Pitch your project in front of a physical and virtual audience of global leaders, award-winning professionals, media, and industry-experts on 9 November on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Science Summit.

Who can apply for Falling Walls Engage Pitches?

  • Organisations and individuals active in Science Engagement.
  • All disciplines and project sizes with special attention to the realm of sustainability and climate adaptation are welcome.
  • Your project must be running. You cannot participate if you are still at the idea AND/OR FUNDING stage.
  • You must be 18 years or older when submitting your application.
  • Applications must be submitted in English.
  • Projects, which never have presented on (physical or digital) stage of Falling Walls Engage Pitches.

Selection Criteria:

  • IMPACT (40%): Initiatives with measurable and significant, lasting and sustained positive change that occur on people’s lives and climate change as a result.
  • INNOVATION (30%): New, unique, inspiring, entrepreneurial and forward-thinking projects that tackle the biggest challenges of our time.
  • APPROACH (20%): Participatory formats of all levels: from public panels to arts-driven or entertaining approaches to co-productive research, the common ground is a two-way process with the goal to shape and co-create scientific knowledge together.
  • OVERALL IMPRESSION (10%): Structure and quality of application. On 7 Nov: Structure and quality of pitch presentation on stage.

The Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year, Science Engagement is an exemplary, inspiring, and impactful initiative that:

  • breaks down walls between science and society with its individual approach on climate change;
  • engages with people in the process of science, promotes opportunities for co-learning, co-leadership and co-creation and creates excitement for and trust in science;
  • shows a project that is new, unique, innovative, forward-thinking and entrepreneurial.

How does the nomination and application process work?

You have the possibility to nominate other Science Engagement projects as well as to apply directly with your Science Engagement project.

Please note: You do not need a nomination to apply, but can also submit your application directly yourself.

To do so, please fill out our nomination / application form.

STEP 1: Click on “Nominate or Apply Now” (Application period has been extended until 15 May 2024.)
STEP 2: Register for our platform
STEP 3: Choose “I am nominating” or “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.

The current application period ends on 15 May 2024 ( 23:59 CEST) (extended deadline).

How does the selection process work?

The Falling Walls Global Call is open between 1 March – 15 May 2024 (extended deadline).

STEP 1: Fill in the online application form.

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

STEP 3: Receive an answer by July 2024 if you are one of the 30 Finalists that will be presented on the Falling Walls website and other channels.

STEP 4: Receive an answer by August 2024 if you are one of the 20 Winners who will be invited to Berlin to present their project at Falling Walls Engage Pitches on 7 November in front of an international audience (November 2024).

Can I apply more than once?

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

What documents do I have to prepare and submit?

When submitting an application, we ask you to upload the following documents:

1) A portrait picture (max. size 10 MB)

2) At least one project picture (max. size 10 MB)

3) A simple 1-minute video (.avi or .mp4 format, max. 100MB) answering these questions:

  • What is your name and where are you from?
  • What is your project’s name, what is it about and how does it engage the public with science?
  • Who can I contact in case I have a question about Falling Walls Engage Pitches?

    For further information about Falling Walls Engage Pitches 2024, please consult our Terms and Conditions here.

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

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