International Year of Science Engagement: Falling Walls to Hold Assembly for Its New Initiative in Paris from 30 May through 1 June 2022

Berlin. 6 May 2022. The charitable Falling Walls Foundation will hold an Assembly for its initiative “International Year of Science Engagement 2027” (IYSE2027) in Paris from 30 May through 1 June 2022. The event participants will commit to fulfilling the action plan to pronounce 2027 as an official United Nations International Year of Science Engagement.

The IYSE aims to be endorsed by the UN as an International Year next year and is currently looking for social, political, and funding partners to support this year of action for science and society.  Among the attendees are representatives of the International Science Council, the UN International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, the initiative for an International Year of Quantum Science and Technology, European Science Engagement Association, and others.

“In the wake of the natural, societal and political adversities we face as humanity, Science Engagement is a crucial tool that will help us tackle the biggest challenges of our time. By aiming to implement 2027 as the United Nations International Year of Science Engagement, we will give Science Engagement visibility while engaging the global community and policy makers, as well as showcasing the outstanding opportunities and contributions made by Science Engagement practitioners around the world.” – says Wiebke Rössig, Director Science and Society, Falling Walls Foundation.

The agenda of the Assembly will include discussions and presentations by Science Engagement practitioners, experts, and officials from fields of science, diplomacy, and sustainable development. Among the speakers are representatives from Sciences Po, the International Science Council, Rethink Education and Science in Iraq (RESI), and others.

The event will conclude on 1 June with a historical signing ceremony of the official “Strategic Alliance Agreement Between International Years of Science”, initiated by the IYSE. The participation in the IYSE Assembly is by invitation only.

For inquiries regarding how to become a partner of the IYSE 2027 or for general information concerning the IYSE, please contact Whitney Buchanan, the Head of the IYSE at For press-related inquiries please contact Olena Taran, Press Officer Falling Walls Foundation


About the IYSE 2027:

With the International Year of Science Engagement, the Falling Walls Foundation aims for the United Nations to endorse a year of action in 2027 that promotes greater engagement with science, the public, business, and governments to create environments dedicated to solving our world’s challenges. We call on academia, business, civil society, and governments around the world to support the International Year of Science Engagement by joining our network and helping us institutionalise Science Engagement as a pillar of sustainability, peace, and security. By launching and scaling this global initiative of change, the Falling Walls Foundation will build on its years of expertise in Science Engagement established by Falling Walls Engage. While on the path to official UN designation, we are looking for partners to support our initiative through mutual endorsement, political backing, and financial commitment. More:

About Falling Walls Foundation:

The Falling Walls Foundation gGmbH is a non-profit organization based in Berlin, Germany, with the goal to communicate outstanding science and research to society. Through numerous projects, the organization brings together an international network of science, society, and policy to promote breakthrough thinking and find solutions to the greatest challenges of our time. Every year the Falling Walls Foundation hosts international scientific events Berlin Science Week and the Falling Walls Science Summit, which take place around the day of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall in November. Other projects include Falling Walls Lab for emerging science talents, Falling Walls Engage for innovative science communication, Falling Walls Venture for science start-ups, Young Entrepreneurs in Science for PhD students and postdocs, and Female Science Talents, which promotes inclusive excellence and leadership in science and business. Since 2020, the Foundation has organized the Creative Bureaucracy Festival, an international event for innovative public administration and public service. The Foundation is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Berlin Senate, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Berlin Museum of Natural History (Museum für Naturkunde) and PD – public sector advisory, as well as numerous recognized academic institutions, foundations, companies and NGOs. More:



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