International Lab Winners are welcome to find all information needed in preparation for their participation in the Falling Walls Lab Finale (Emerging Talents category of the Falling Walls) by browsing through the documents below and submitting the required materials.


  • IMPORTANT UPDATE (10 September 2021): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new policy has been implemented for the event venue to ensure the health and safety of our guests. All guests, including Lab winners, will only be able to attend the event with evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 (with a vaccine approved by a national regulatory authority) or recovery. We will be checking proof of vaccination/recovery upon entry to the venue. Additionally, all guests will be asked to present a negative COVID-19 test result. More information regarding testing opportunities will be provided prior to the event. Once in the venue, mask policies and ventilation measures will help ensure the safety of all attendees. Please make sure you also research the current entry requirements for Germany. While winners vaccinated with some non-EU approved vaccines will still be able to enter our venue, they may encounter travel restrictions (quarantine/testing requirements, etc.) upon entry into the country. Should travel restrictions apply, you will have to decide if in-person attendance remains the preferred form of participation. For those unable to attend in person, alternative forms of participation will be provided, meaning that all international Lab winners will still receive the opportunity to compete in the global Finale.
  • Confirm your participation via (“I confirm my participation in the 2021 Falling Walls Lab Finale. I will take part in-person/online.”)
  • Familiarise yourself with the Detailed Programme (Online participants: Please use the Detailed Programme for Remote Participants) (last updated: 4 November 2021)
  • In-person participants: Familiarise yourself with the Embassy of Canada’s Hygiene Plan for the Intro Event & Springer Nature Hangout. Please print and fill out the Embassy of Canada’s COVID-19 Visitor Self-Declaration Form in advance. You will be asked to sign and date the printed out form upon arrival at the Embassy. Under Name of the contact at the Embassy please write Olivier Roy.
  • Have a look at the Intro Event information (last updated: 22 October 2021) – Online participants: The Zoom link is in the file.
  • Have a look at the Springer Nature Hangout information (last updated: 2 November 2021) – Online participants: The Zoom link is in the file.
  • Preview the programme for both the Research in Germany Information Session and Science Excursion (last updated: 29 October 2021) and follow the Guidelines to Register for a COVID-19 Antigen Test for the Research in Germany events. Online participants: Look through the Programme for Online Participants of the Research in Germany Information Session
  • In-person participants: Familiarise yourself with the Event Locations & Directions
  • In-person participants: Learn more about your Accommodation while in Berlin (Motel One Berlin-Mitte, Prinzenstrasse 40-42, 10969 Berlin). Only guests who can show a negative COVID-19 test on the day of arrival and from that day may be accommodated at the hotel. You are permitted to bring your own rapid test and take it at the hotel. In addition, a negative COVID-19 test must be presented on every third day of the stay. Guests who can prove they are fully vaccinated with an EU-approved vaccine or recently recovered (past six months) are exempt from the testing requirement. Please understand that the hotel cannot check you in if you cannot provide proof as above. COVID-19 tests will be available at no cost at some events (please consult the detailed programme).
  • Should you have any questions, have a look at the FAQ (last updated: 3 September 2021) for International Lab Winners. For questions not answered there, please do not hesitate to contact Meghan via
  • REMINDER: Please familiarise yourself with the rules and regulations regarding entering Germany at this time (incl. possible testing & quarantine requirements and digital registration on entry). The Robert Koch Institute (the German government’s central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine) has created a helpful website for this purpose:


  • Get a feel for this year’s Lab Finale by researching Past Winning Pitches
  • Read through the Pitch Briefing
  • Download the PowerPoint Template for International Lab Winners and prepare your PowerPoint presentation – IMPORTANT: We will only accept presentations created with this template
  • Read the Video Briefing and record your video. ATTENTION: The video should be a three-minute video recording of you pitching and should NOT yet include the PowerPoint presentation. Our editors will add the PowerPoint presentation to the video following the instructions you provide in the PowerPoint file. Visual aids/props are permitted in the video, however, in the interest of keeping the competition as fair as possible, only props that can theoretically be carried onto the stage in Berlin are allowed (without assistance or time for setting up). This means that, for instance, televisions may not be used, but a bottle of water could be.
  • Submit your PowerPoint presentation, video footage, and high-quality headshot (min. 300 dpi, filename: lastname_firstname) according to the instructions
  • Fill out and submit the Information Survey by the deadline communicated in your checklist
  • In-person participants: Familiarise yourself with the Stage Setup
  • In-person participants: Know in advance how to move your presentation forward with the Presentation Clicker


  • Share your moment on stage with the Livestream Flyer
  • Learn when you will be presenting with the Order of Presentations
  • In-person participants: Research Things to do in and around Berlin-Kreuzberg
  • In-person participants: If you are in need of a COVID-19 test prior to departure from Berlin, feel free to consult the list of COVID-19 Test Centres in Berlin file.
  • International Lab winners who are arriving in Berlin on 5 November: It is not permitted to bring your luggage with you to the Intro Event location. Check-in at our partner hotel is possible starting at 3 pm. However, guests are welcome to store their luggage at the hotel at any time. Luggage storage lockers are also available near the event venue at Potsdamer Platz.
  • ONLY for international Lab winners who need to quarantine in Berlin prior to participating in the Falling Walls events and would like to know a hotel that can accommodate them: The Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz (Alexanderplatz 7, 10178 Berlin) might be able to accommodate those who need to quarantine. Please note, Falling Walls will not cover the costs of your stay there. When reserving a room, please indicate that you will be needing a room for quarantining.

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