Science Reunites Us

After a fully digital Falling Walls Conference 2020, we look forward to hosting the first in-person event that reunites the science community internationally. We welcome the people who are finding solutions to the greatest challenges of our time back to Berlin on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. As the pandemic has taught the scientific community to put more emphasis on dialogue with society, we have decided to add a full day of debates and encounters to the Falling Walls Science Summit 2021.


7 November

Falling Walls Pitches

A day of live pitches in the following categories: Emerging Talents (Falling Walls Lab) for the next generation of outstanding innovators. Science Engagement (Falling Walls Engage) for inspiring science engagers. Science Start-Ups (Falling Walls Venture) for the science start-up community.

8 November

Falling Walls Circle – Challenges and Foresight

Our new format to connect science and society. Researchers, policymakers, business leaders, and society discuss the biggest challenges we face and the foresight that scientific breakthroughs can offer.

9 November

Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year

On the anniversary of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, the conference provides a stage for outstanding research presented in inspiring presentations. For the 13th time, “the brightest minds on the planet“ (BBC) will showcase their work.

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The Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2021

The value of breakthrough research has hardly ever been more evident as it is the groundbreaking work of scientists that will allow us to overcome the pandemic. We received more than 1000 nominations from 115 countries in the search of the Science Breakthroughs of the Year in 10 categories. The distinguished juries chaired by Helga Nowotny, President Emerita of the European Research Council, have elected the Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2021 in the categories 1-7: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, Art and Science, Future Learning, and Science and Innovation Management.

The Winners 2021

Around 200 Winners across 10 categories were qualifying for the title “Science Breakthrough of the Year”. All researchers show groundbreaking research that aims to bring down the walls in science and society.