Science & Innovation Management
As part of our Global Call and search for the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2023, we invited leading actors in science and academia worldwide to nominate the latest breakthroughs and outstanding science projects in 9 different categories, Science & Innovation Management being one of them. Our distinguished jury for Science & Innovation Management, chaired by Pascal Finette, selected 10 excellent winners in this category and awarded Robert Kaczmarczyk, Kenia Jitsev and Christoph Schuhmann, Laion e.V. with the prestigious title Science Breakthrough of the Year, Science & Innovation Management. You can learn more about their research here.
MEET OUR Science & Innovation Management WINNERS
ABDOULAYE DIABATE – INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES DE LA SANTE, BURKINA FASO
Breaking the Wall to Ownership within Malaria Elimination
Abdoulaye Diabaté is the Principal Investigator of Target Malaria Burkina Faso, a nonprofit research consortium that enables full community participation to ensure ownership and fill knowledge gaps around malaria research in Africa.
CARLOS GARCIA DE LEANIZ – SWANSEA UNIVERSITY & BLUE RIVERS FOUNDATION, UK
Breaking the Wall to Reconnecting Our Broken Rivers
Carlos Garcia de Leaniz created AMBER (“Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers”) to provide the first comprehensive estimate of river fragmentation in Europe based on empirical and modeled barrier densities.
FERNANDA STANISCUASKI – FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE DO SUL, BRAZIL
Breaking the Wall to Equality in Science for Mothers
Fernanda Staniscuaski started the Parent in Science Movement to raise awareness of the barriers faced by academic mothers and how to dismantle them.
FLORIAN MONTEL – BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM, GERMANY
Breaking the Wall to Democratize Life Science Innovation
With opnMe, Florian Montel shares well-characterized pre-clinical tool compounds with scientists from around the world who seek straightforward access to molecules of the highest quality.
HUADONG GUO – INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER OF BIG DATA FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS, CHINA
Breaking the Wall to Big Data for SDGs
Huadong Guo established the International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (CBAS) as a global platform to organize innovative data science research for the UN SDGs.
JOSHUA NICHOLSON – SCITE, USA
Breaking the Wall to Next-Generation Citations
Joshua Nicholson created scite to help researchers better discover and understand research articles through Smart Citations.
MEHAK MUMTAZ – ILOF – INTELLIGENT LAB ON FIBER, UK
Breaking the Wall to Personalized Medicine
Mehak Mumtaz developed iLoF, a digital Al-platform to accelerate the future of personalized drug discovery and development.
PATRICK STARKE & MARKUS ZLABINGER – TU WIEN INNOVATION INCUBATION CENTER, IMAGETWIN AI GMBH, AUSTRIA
Breaking the Wall to Research Integrity
Patrick Starke and Markus Zlabinger created Imagetwin, a solution to detect manipulations and duplications in figures of scientific articles.
RAMON FLECHA – UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA, SPAIN
Breaking the Wall to the Diversification of Citizen Engagement in Science
Ramon Flecha created ALLINTERACT, an innovative platform to foster the dialogue between scientists and citizens about scientific evidence and social impact.
ROBERT KACZMARCZYK, JENIA JITSEV AND CHRISTOPH SCHUHMANN – LAION e.V., GERMANY
Breaking the Wall to the Democratization of Large-Scale AI
Christoph Schuhmann, Richard Vencu, Romain Beaumont, Robert Kaczmarczyk & Jenia Jitsev founded LAION to democratize AI research by providing open access to advanced AI models, tools, and datasets, fostering public engagement and awareness, and promoting international collaboration to create a transparent and inclusive AI ecosystem that benefits everyone.
The Global Call 2023 has ended on 15 May 2023, the next Global Call will take place in 2024. You will find all relevant information and updates here and in our newsletter.
Falling Walls seeks novel and game changing approaches to science and innovation management (concepts, tools, structures, projects), both in the realms of academia and research-driven companies, but particularly at the interface between the two. We pay special attention to the impact that the nominated projects potentially generate. In doing so, we strive for a coverage across all levels of impact, but particularly recognize initiatives that fundamentally redefine the way we manage research and innovation processes.