The Falling Walls Conference reveals the latest breakthroughs in science on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

20 world class researchers selected to present their new discoveries / German President Wulff to hold the keynote / Minister of Education and Research Schavan to open the conference / Speakers from Keio, Berkeley, Yale, NYU, George Washington University, Max Planck Institute / Presidents from acatech, DAAD, Leibniz Association, Helmholtz Association to host the 4 sessions / Over 600 leading professionals attending from 75 countries / Full conference to be broadcasted live on Livestream

Berlin, November 4, 2010. Which are the next walls to fall – and what is their impact on our lives? This question will be answered by 20 world class researchers during the second edition of Falling Walls, the Berlin Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society on November 8.

The conference, a new future-oriented annual event on the occasion of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, will feature German President Christian Wulff as the keynote speaker, and be opened by Annette Schavan, the German Ministry of Education and Research. Each session will feature 5 speakers, and be moderated by the presidents of some of the most prestigious scientific and academic institutions: Reinhard Hüttl, President at acatech, Sabine Kunst, President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Karl Ulrich Mayer, President of the Leibniz Association, Jürgen Mlynek, President at the Helmholtz Association.

Topics to be covered include exclusive insights by world renowned experts on the consequences of Chinese and Indian neo-capitalism, next innovations in the treatment of radiotoxicity of nuclear waste, the different “pain-policies” between global South and North, a new intercultural vision of the three main monotheistic religions, the latest solutions in AIDS and blindness treatment, a system to record the movement of molecules, studies to make production and logistics more efficient and environmentally friendly, and the role of art and feelings to reinvent our public spaces.

The Falling Walls Conference will be streamed live online exclusively on the Falling Walls Livestream channel, starting at 9 am, Berlin time. The viewers will be able to interact through Facebook, Twitter (hashtag #FW10) and the Livestream chat, and their questions will be answered by the speakers during the Q&A sessions.


About Falling Walls

The Falling Walls Conference, first held in 2009 on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, was initiated to celebrate this historic day by looking into the future and getting an understanding of the world of tomorrow. The conference is supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research, the Berlin Senator for Education, Science and Research, and distinguished scientific institutions.

For a detailed list of Falling Walls 2010 speakers, news, registration details, and videos of last years’ lectures, please visit

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