Meet the Falling Walls Engage Winners! Since 2018, every year organisations and individuals active in Science Engagement are called upon to submit their projects or initiatives. The best submissions annually are selected as Winners and invited to present their Science Engagement projects onstage at the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, by the Falling Walls Foundation in cooperation with our founding partner the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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. Find out more about the Falling Walls Engage Finale here.

Falling Walls Engage Winners 2021

STANLEY ANIGBOGU – STEM4HER, NIGERIA
Stem4Her trains young schoolgirls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills and provides them tutoring sessions on how to use the skills they have learned to tackle issues in society.

YISALEMUSH ASEFA – 10+10+30 RADIO PROJECT FOR THE PROMOTION OF CHILDHOOD VACCINATION, ETHIOPIA
The project works with a format of a 10-minute-long radio show moderated by professional healthcare workers, who first present a medical topic and then take 30 minutes to answer the audience’s questions. The topics of the episodes are developed in workshops with key audiences including mothers. The programme targets women with infants.

KYEREWAA BOATENG – DOCU-DRAMA TO ENGAGE THE HEARING IMPAIRED, THEIR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES, GHANA
The initiative includes two 25-minute docu-dramas and aims at engaging the hearing-impaired students and their families as well as researchers to strengthen genetics research of hearing impairment. One film including only sign language is used by researchers to engage deaf students in Ghanaian schools, the other film with sound is used to engage their families and communities.

JUDY BAARIU, DIFU SIMO – A MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN IN KILIFI COUNTY, KENYA
Difu Simo is an engagement project in Kilifi, Kenya, which aims to promote dialogue and awareness about mental health among local communities. The project has implemented mental health engagement campaigns combining expertise of collaborators in health research, film, local culture, and community members.

FATEMEH BONYADI – SOHA, IRAN
Soha is a network of volunteer astronomers, volunteers and enthusiasts interested in communicating science to excluded communities and working with underprivileged groups, refugees and children with disability. The project facilitates interdisciplinary events mixing astronomy with arts, sports, and entertainment.

OSCAR CONTRERAS-VILLARROEL – CONCIENCIA MOBILE LABS, CHILE
ConCiencia Mobile Labs uses three fully equipped STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) mobile vehicles that travel to all the regions of Chile to promote STEAM education in underserved communities, particularly in rural schools. By creating active and collaborative learning experiences, the project contributes to positive attitudes and perceptions towards science among students.

GABRIELA DE LA TORRE – PROGRAMA ADOPTE UN TALENTO (PAUTA), MEXICO
The initiative is designed to help girls, boys, and adolescents to develop scientific skills, critical thinking, and their interest in science. The project has a special focus on helping disadvantaged communities, with the participation of indigenous children, migrants, and children with disabilities.

LALA RUKH FAZAL-UR-RAHMAN – SCIENCE FUSE, PAKISTAN
Science Fuse is a social enterprise working to improve the quality of science education among 3 – 14-year-olds. The initiative curates informal STEM learning programs and interactive science activities to foster interest in science among children from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, especially girls from underserved communities.

MÓNICA FELIÚ-MÓJER – AQUÍ NOS CUIDAMOS, PUERTO RICO
Aquí Nos Cuidamos (ANC) is a multimedia ready-to-use educational toolkit to promote COVID-19 prevention and wellbeing in vulnerable and marginalized communities in Puerto Rico.

JACQUELINE GOLDIN – DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF THEIR FEET, SOUTH AFRICA
An inclusive citizen science project aimed at groundwater monitoring in Hout Cachment, Limpopo, and involving actors at various levels from local tribal chefs and municipalities to scientists and independent organisations.

MICHAEL KASUMOVIC – ARLUDO, AUSTRALIA
Arludo aims to increase science interest and improve data literacy for students of all genders, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds. By creating mobile apps and digital programmes, the project allows students to collaborate on collecting science data as they discover scientific concepts within the apps.

LINDSAY KEITH – SMASHFESTUK, UNITED KINGDOM
SMASHfestUK is an inclusive science and arts festival for young people and families that was founded to engage underserved/under-represented audiences with STEAM. Through community co-design for engaging audiences, and the participation of artists and scientists, the festival is also a platform for research engagement and impact.


STEPHANE KENMOE – MAKING SCIENCE THE STAR, CAMEROON
Stephane Kenmoe’s film series, ‘Science in the City’ covers various scientific topics and shows the common perception of science in Africa. The director campaigns in African schools, universities, or public events to invite viewers to start scientific discussion.

ANASTASIA KOCH – EH!WOZA, SOUTH AFRICA
The initiative engages adolescents and young adults from areas with high rates of HIV and Tuberculosis (and recently COVID- 19) to participate in workshops including high-impact biomedical research and reflect on their experiences through various artistic activities, facilitated by creative workshops.

JOANA MOSCOSO – NATIVE SCIENTIST, UNITED KINGDOM
The project connects migrant children and scientists across Europe using a new concept integrating science and language learning (STEM+LANG). In school workshops using a speed-dating format, 20 children and 4 scientists with a common heritage language meet to talk about science in a fun and meaningful way.

SARA NIKSIC – CANTICUM MEGAPTERAE, SONG OF THE HUMPBACK WHALE, CROATIA
‘Canticum Megapterae’ is an electronic music album inspired by the beauty and structure of humpback whale songs and aimed at raising awareness of other intelligent species. By combining science and art, the project’s purpose is to break the walls between different disciplines and between human and animal cultures.

JAHNAVI PHALKEY – CONTAGION, INDIA
CONTAGION is a science exhibition that explores the phenomenon of transmission of diseases, behaviours and emotions. Through 16 interactive exhibits and more than 40 live programmes, the audience is invited to engage with critical questions on contagious phenomena.

ATTILA SZANTNER – MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER ONLINE SCIENCE (MMOS), SWITZERLAND
The initiative integrates citizen science microtasks into major AAA videogames to convert the gaming time into an opportunity to engage with science. The project’s two flagship projects, Project Discovery and Borderlands Science, engaged over 3 million participants.

ANNMARIE THOMAS – OK GO SANDBOX, UNITED STATES
OK Go Sandbox is a collection of videos and interactive online tools that help kids and families explore STEM and more through the music and education videos of the rock band OK Go. Using the website, thousands of kids and teachers can use the lessons to engage in projects.

MOHAMMED ZAID – LYBOTICS, LIBYA
LYBOTICS is an active force in the field of robotics and STEM education, empowering more than 500 high-school students and 60 mentors, from 10+ cities in Libya.

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