Nominate the latest breakthroughs in Engineering and Technology for the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year 2021

Top-class researchers globally are pushing the boundaries to make some of the most important scientific breakthroughs of our times. We are looking for internationally recognised, established academics and leaders in the practical application of science and mathematics to every-day life (e.g. artificial intelligence, information technology, mechanical engineering), whose groundbreaking work contributes towards solving the world’s biggest challenges.

Past Finalists

Past jury

Counting more than 100 jurors across 10 categories, each breakthrough is determined by a distinguished world-class Jury under the leadership of renowned experts in their respective fields. We are delighted that Helga Nowotny, Professor Emerita of the European Research Council, serves as the Chair of the Juries, presiding over the selection process at large.

The Falling Walls Breakthrough of the Year 2020 in Engineering and Technology was selected by a distinguished Jury chaired by Joël Mesot.

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Selection Criteria

  • The title of ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ can be awarded to individual scientists as well as research groups in all scientific fields
  • Researchers of outstanding quality will be selected who have made excellent, ground-breaking, recent achievements in their respective fields, nationally and internationally, and who stand out for their innovative strength
  • Scientists who promise to have a significant long-term impact on the research landscape and to contribute towards solving global challenges, such as having a positive effect on nature and mankind, in line with the SDGs
  • Researchers who translate scientific topics and their complexities in a way that makes them accessible and attractive to large sections of society
  • Nominations will be considered and evaluated within the relevant categories, but their potential for interdisciplinary problem-solving will also be assessed

Selection Process

STEP 1 NOMINATION

Please submit a short nomination (approx. 500 characters and contact information) via our website by 15 June 2021. The Nominee will be contacted directly and asked to submit further details within two weeks.

STEP 2 FINALISTS

If your Nominee is selected, they will then become a Falling Walls Finalist. All Finalists will be officially announced on our website.

STEP 3 WINNERS

Our distinguished jury for Engineering and Technology, chaired by Joël Mesot, will select 10 Winners. Each Winner will have the opportunity to feature their winning project in a short video in our content library. A detailed briefing will be provided for this purpose.

STEP 4  THE SCIENCE BREAKTHROUGHS OF THE YEAR

The respective juries will select the Science Breakthroughs of the Year from the Winners of each category. On 9 November, the Breakthroughs of the Year will receive the opportunity to present their work to a global audience on the grand Falling Walls stage in Berlin.

Discover the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year 2020 in Engineering and Technology:

METIN SITTI – MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS

Breaking the Wall to Wireless Medical Robots Inside Our Body
Conventional surgeries are associated with risks. The observations Metin Sitti made in nature, studying worms and jellyfish, inspired a range of versatile microrobots that can navigate and function safely inside the human body. This breakthrough revolutionizes the way we can deliver drugs, pump fluids, perform biopsies or clear clogged vessels.

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