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[cancelled] Breakthrough Conversations with Benjamin List

Falling Walls Foundation | Benjamin List, Alina Schadwinkel

Unfortunately the conversation with Benjamin List is cancelled on short notice. Be apologise for the inconvenience! 


Meet a Nobel Prize winner!

The Falling Walls Conversations offer the unique chance to engage in a live conversation with 2021 Nobel Prize Winner Benjamin List. The German chemist and director at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research is a speaker at Falling Walls Breakthrough Day 2022.

In his work, List has shown that in contradiction to the assumption long made that metals and enzymes were the only two existing catalysts in principle; small, organic molecules called organocatalysts can act as a third type. Catalysts are fundamental tools in various fields of research such as drug disovery.

For his groundbreaking work, he was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Chemistry which he shared with British chemist David MacMillan.

About the Breakthrough Conversations

Engage in a live conversation with global science leaders at the Falling Walls Science Summit 2022! The Falling Walls Breakthrough Conversations on 8–9 November give you the unique opportunity to meet outstanding scientists, emerging innovators and science entrepreneurs via our livestream.

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and in partnership with Springer Nature, the Breakthrough Conversations offer the extraordinary chance to attend a live streamed interview with breakthrough thinkers and to engage with them in real-time online discussions.

The 25-minute-interviews will be moderated by Springer Nature editors. The livestream will be integrated into a Zoom call. If you have a question to the guest, you can use the ‘raise hand’ feature in Zoom and the moderator will be informed. The moderator will get back to in the course of the interview and you will be able to ask your question to the guest live on air. Please note that in case of many questions from the audience, we may not be able to consider all of them.

About the Venue
AMANO East Side
Stralauer Pl. 30-31
Berlin, 10243

Benjamin List

Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

Benjamin List, (born January 11, 1968, Frankfurt am Main) a German chemist who was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on asymmetric organocatalysis. He shared the prize with British chemist David MacMillan. List received a degree in chemistry from the Free University of Berlin in 1993 and a doctorate in the same subject from the Goethe University of Frankfurt in 1997. That year he started a postdoctoral fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. He became an assistant professor there in 1998 and returned to Germany in 2003 to become a research group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, and in 2005 he became director at the institute.

Alina was born in 1987 and  studied science journalism with a focus on life sciences/medicine at TU Dortmund University. From 2009 to 2010, she was a trainee at »ZEIT Online« andthen freelance for various media and ZEIT editor from 2011 to 2012. Until 2013, Alina was deputy head of the life sciences department of the »New Scientist«. Subsequently six weeks with the IJP in South Africa. From October 2013 to December 2019, she was editor in the science department of »ZEIT Online« in Berlin. From then on, Managing Editor Online of »Spektrum der Wissenschaft«. Alina is the winner of the Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Science Journalism 2014 in the category of young talent and was awarded Top 30 under 30 of the year 2015. She was also nominated for the Grimme Online Award in the same year for the dossier on Down’s syndrome »Wer darf Leben?« and in 2021, awarded the »Prize for Science Journalism» of the DGK.

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