Which are the next Walls to Fall? Berlin Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society on November 9th, 2009 in Berlin

On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall the International Falling Walls Conference will look into the future / Over 20 acclaimed scientists from around the world present their future scientific breakthroughs / Keynote will be held by Chancellor Angela Merkel / 500 international participants are expected / Entries have been received from around the world, including Japan, Sudan and the United States

Berlin, October 1st, 2009. The fall of the Berlin Wall changed the world. On the November 9th, 2009, the 20th anniversary of the end of the iron curtain, the Einstein Foundation Berlin raises the question: Which are the next walls to fall – and how will they affect our lives? At the Falling Walls Conference over 20 acclaimed international researchers will each hold 15 minutes lectures and highlight the next breakthroughs in a wide variety of scientific areas and their impact on the society. 500 international distinguished guests from the academic world, government, business and the arts are expected. Plenty of entries from all over Europe, as well as India, Japan, Pakistan, Sudan, Turkey, USA and the United Arab Emirates have been already received.

The conference’s topics will cover among other fields: anthropology, chemistry, energy, nutrition, history, immunology, engineering, communications, mathematics, medicine, neuroscience, nuclear physics, paleontology, psychology, sociology and economics. The organisers are aware that inspite of the wide range of humanities and natural sciences the selection of topics and speakers are unable to cover all relevant aspects.

The speakers featured at Falling Walls Conference are distinguished scientists who work with leading research institutions such as: CERN, Charité, Collège de France, Duke University, ETH Zürich, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Helmholtz Society, Iter, Max Planck Society, MIT, Princeton, University of Chicago: List of speakers 2009

The event will be held at the cultural center Radialsystem V in Berlin, previously used as a water pumping station, which is located on Berlin’s former death strip and was rebuilt after the wall came down. It is now one of the leading venues for new art and culture in Berlin, and it is just a few steps away from the East Side Gallery, the longest piece of the Berlin Wall still standing.

The ticket prices range between €100 and €2.500. Young researchers can apply for a scholarship to attend the conference.

The Falling Walls Conference is organised by the Einstein Foundation Berlin, a non-profit foundation that promotes scientific research. It was founded by the State of Berlin, to promote excellence in research and to strengthen the scientific area of Berlin. This event is made possible thanks to the State of Berlin and numerous academic institutions, government offices, foundations, and companies: List of partners

Further information: www.falling-walls.com


Einstein Stiftung Berlin

Established by the state of Berlin in 2009, the Einstein Foundation Berlin promotes research excellence in Berlin. Its partners are the scientific institutions in Berlin, particularly the four universities: Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Universität der Künste as well as the four research groups Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, Leibniz-Gemeinschaft and Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. The goal is to enable excellent results in research and to increase the international visibility of the sciences in Berlin. Thus, the Einstein Foundation Berlin makes a major contribution towards raising Berlin’s profile as an attractive site for science and research with an international reach.



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