Falling Walls Lab: 100 early-career scientists and researchers present their breakthrough ideas
Falling Walls Venture: Where science meets business
Falling Walls Engage: The international forum for breakthroughs in science engagement

Date: Thursday, 8 November 2018, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Venue: Falling Walls Lab: Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin
Falling Walls Venture: British Embassy, Wilhelmstraße 70-71, 10117 Berlin
Falling Walls Engage: Allianz Forum, Pariser Platz 6, 10117 Berlin

Berlin, 29 October 2018
. You are cordially invited to join us on 8 November when the Falling Walls projects Lab, Venture and Engage will elect their winners. Who will win the titles “Young Innvoator of the Year 2018“(Falling Walls Lab); “Science Start-Up of the Year 2018“ (Falling Walls Venture) and “Falling Walls Science Engagement of the Year 2018” (Engage)?

Falling Walls Lab

The 100 Falling Walls Lab participants qualified for the Finale in Berlin at 77 international Falling Walls Labs in 57 countries – from China, India, and Thailand to Kenya, Uzbekistan, and Abu Dhabi to Brazil and Canada. In Berlin, each participant will have just 3 minutes to present their research and convince a distinguished jury of scientists and entrepreneurs that their idea has the greatest breakthrough potential of all. This year’s presentations will include fresh ideas on how to decrease plastic usage in our daily lives, technologies that tackle the issue of space debris endangering human activity in near-earth space, and solutions that strengthen international aid efforts in crisis regions on a local level. The jury will be chaired by Claudie Haigneré, Astronaut and Senior Advisor to the Director General at the European Space Agency (ESA), and former Minister for Research and New Technologies of France.

The top three participants will be named the Falling Walls Young Innovators of the Year 2018 and receive the opportunity to present their ideas again on the following day – in front of an audience of 700 guests at the Falling Walls Conference.

Full programme of the Falling Walls Lab:
List of all jury members: http://www.falling-walls.com/lab/jury2018

Falling Walls Venture
At Falling Walls Venture 25 start-ups from 15 nations will compete for the title Science Start-up of the Year 2018.

The finalists were previously nominated by leading universities and research institutions.
Among them: Imperial College London (GB), KU Leuven (Belgium), ETH Zürich (Switzerland), Tohoku University (Japan), Weizmann Institute of  Science (Israel) and many more. The presentations will include pitches of business ideas such as: a wheelchair that can climb up stairs, a 3D printer that can print living cells in microscopic sizes and an intelligent glove that is able to stabilize the tremor of Parkinson’s disease patients.

The jury, chaired by Dr. Stefan von Holtzbrinck, CEO of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Grup, will chose the start-up with the highest innovative potential. The winner will get the chance to present their idea at the Falling Walls conference in front of 700 distinguised guests on 9 November.

All participating start-ups:

The jury: https://falling-walls.com/venture/jury

Full programme of the Falling Walls Venture:

Falling Walls Engage

In the competition for the title “Best of Science Engagement ” 20 science communicators from 15 countries will meet at Falling Walls Engage for the first time.

Falling Walls Engage is an international platform for science engagement. The new format hosted by the Falling Walls Foundation in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung presents 20 successful projects on science engagement from a variety of fields: From public outreach to pub science, from kindergarten education to VR experiences, and from citizen science to journalism, Falling Walls Engage connects those who tear down the walls between science and the public. The programme seeks to highlight the scientific community’s responsibility for the common good and spread scientific literacy, with a special focus on “hard-to-reach” target groups.

A distinguished international jury chaired by Professor Johannes Vogel, Director-General of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, selects the winning project evaluating novelty, impact and transferability. The winner will get the chance to pitch their project on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference to an audience of 700 global leaders, decision-makers, and international media representatives.

More information about all nominated projects: https://falling-walls.com/engage/finalists

List of all jury members: https://www.falling-walls.com/engage/jury-members

Full programme of Falling Walls Engage:


Further information

Press lunch with the winners of Lab, Venture & Engage:
We’d like to invite you to our press lunch with the winners of our contests Falling Walls Lab, Falling Walls Venture and Falling Walls Engage on 9 November.

Date: 9 November 2018 at 1:00 pm, Falling Walls Press Lounge
Radialsystem V, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin


You can follow all events via our livestream. Tune in to: www.falling-walls.com/livestream.

Please submit your accreditation until 4 November via this website:

Full programme for 8/9 November: https://falling-walls.com/programme

Further information on the Falling Walls Foundation: www.falling-walls.com.


The Falling Walls Conference is part of Berlin Science Week: www.berlinscienceweek.com.


Press contact
Julia Rodriguez
Falling Walls Foundation gGmbH
Kochstraße 6-7
10969 Berlin

Tel: +49 30 60 988 39 74
Fax: +49 30 60 988 39 79

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