- Today the Falling Walls Foundation has announced the shortlist for the Science Breakthrough of the Year 2023 title. The high-level jury reviewed over 1.000 entries.
- The laureates will be announced on Wednesday, 13 September and present their scientific breakthroughs at the Falling Walls Science Summit in Berlin on 9 November.
- The shortlist in the categories Science Start-Ups (Falling Walls Venture) and Science Engagement (Falling Walls Engage) will be announced later today.
- Find out more about the Science Summit 2023 at https://falling-walls.com/science-summit/
Berlin, Germany, 16 August 2023: The category Life Sciences included research on bioelectricity imaging, resilient crops, RNAmodifying ribozymes, cancer and neurodegenerative disease treatment, minimally invasive regenerative medicine, and others.
In Physical Sciences the projects showed breakthroughs in the first photonic circuit integrated Ti:Sa chip laser, multidimensional photoemission spectroscopy, magnetic quantum matter, CO2 “net zero” using black gold and more.
The winners in Engineering & Technology presented novel solutions used for non-invasive wearables, 3D nanofabrication, biodegradable seed carriers and organic batteries.
Among the topics in Social Sciences & Humanities were population health equity, a more humane criminal justice system, patriarchal policing, and violence against women*, and cognitive liberty in the rapidly digitalised world.
In Art & Science, the topics ranged from music’s effect on the heart and xenotransplantation research to physical and cultural relationships with nature and women-centered community-based sci-art.
Science & Innovation Management included projects on scientific data organization for the UN SDGs, river fragmentation, AI democratization through open access, and awareness initiative to draw attention to mothers in academia.
“We thank each participant for their scientific vigour and persistence to break the walls to new discoveries that we all will benefit from,” says Jürgen Mlynek, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Falling Walls Foundation.
See below for the complete shortlist.
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About the Falling Walls Science Summit
Falling Walls Science Summit is the leading forum for global science leaders with focus on science breakthroughs. The summit takes place every year in Berlin from 7 – 9 November, the anniversary day of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This holistic approach of international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral discourse is globally unique and attracts leading researchers, CTOs, science strategists, sciences funders, and media worldwide.