Falling Walls Lab is an international forum for the next generation of early-career innovators, trailblazers, creators, and visionaries. Its aim is to promote exceptional ideas and connect promising scientists and entrepreneurs from all fields on a global level. Participants, also known as Labsters, are given the opportunity to present their research, business model, or initiative to peers, a high-calibre jury of experts from academia and business, and the general public.

This year, due to the unprecedented events surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, the Falling Walls Conference is being reimagined Falling Walls Remote. Our annual November event will shift from a series of meetings and one conference with a limited number of speakers and topics to a global showcase that gathers, discusses, and celebrates a much broader set of breakthroughs in science and society – the Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year! The winners of this year’s regional Falling Walls Labs, hosted by academic institutions to showcase the quality, diversity, and passion of their region’s most innovative minds, will compete against each other to become the Breakthrough Winner in the Emerging Talents category. In a year filled with extraordinary circumstances that demand a new level of flexibility from all of us, we look forward to setting the stage for the post-corona agenda with a truly global experience. The international network of Falling Walls Labs includes renowned academic institutions from over 60 countries. Stanford University, the ETH Zurich, the University of Tokyo, and the University of São Paulo are only a few of the universities that have recently participated in the Falling Walls Lab programme.

The Falling Walls Lab is organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and generously funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Berlin-Senate, Bayer Foundations, Google, Huawei, and Sartorius. It is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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