The Science Breakthroughs of the year 2022

Some of the most important researchers and thinkers of our time gather at Falling Walls to discuss breakthroughs with global leaders in science, politics, business, and the media, answering the core question of the Falling Walls Science Summit: “Which are the next walls to fall in science and society?“

We look forward to welcoming 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.

Save the date!
The Falling Walls Science Summit will take place in Berlin from 7-9 November 2022.

All nominations are being reviewed by the respective committees, and we can’t wait to present the Winners and Breakthroughs 2022 to you soon.


Tickets for the Falling walls Science Summit 2022 WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON

Celebrate outstanding scientific breakthroughs with us. As soon as the tickets are available, you can buy them here.

Be there when the Science Summit takes place at Radialsystem Berlin on 7-9 November. This year’s three-day programme includes inspiring keynotes, discussions and exciting pitches and a lot more on topics related to science, its communities and the opportunities connected to science and society.

In addition, there will also be opportunities for digital participation in the Science Summit for those, who will not be able to attend in person. More details will be shared in due time via our Newsletter.

As a newsletter subscriber will be directly informed about the programme launch, livestream options, and confirmed speakers. In addition, you can expect to be inspired by highlights and breakthroughs from previous years.

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First confirmed Speakers

Speakers on 9 November will include:

Bettina Stark-Watzinger, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Jeyhan Kartaltepe, Researcher – Rochester Institute of Technology

Benjamin List, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

John Jumper, Senior Staff Researcher – DeepMind

Edward Chang, Researcher – University of South Florida

Arun Majumdar, Chair Professor – Stanford University

Veena Das, Professor of Anthropology – Johns Hopkins University


Programme overview

7 November 2022

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

8 November 2022

Our format to debate the contribution of science to society. Global science leaders from academia, government, business and society discuss the biggest challenges we face and the foresight that scientific breakthroughs can offer.

Some of the topics of the Falling Walls Circle Tables, which will be debated on 8 November 2022, are:

  • Food Security
  • Sustainable Programming & Clean IT
  • Mental Health
  • Clean Energy Technologies & Circularity
  • Advances in Fusion Technology
  • Planetary Health
  • Applying Artificial Intelligence in Health

Be our guest and join these international debates as part of the audience with high-level experts from science, industry, politics and civil society!

9 November 2022

On the anniversary day of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, the Breakthrough Day provides a stage for outstanding research in inspiring presentations, ​​among them the Science Breakthroughs of the Year our global jury picked from over 1.000 nominations. For the 14th time, “the brightest minds on the planet“ (BBC) will showcase their work.


access all content from previous Science Summit editions in our Content Library

Discover all our articles and videos of previous Pitch sessions, Breakthrough Day presentations, talks and debates as well as our Winner videos and Summit Highlights.

Select content by category and topic from more than 11 topics and themes.


The Finalists 2022

We received a total of 1345 nominations.
Thank you for your great participation and congratulations to the finalists!

Find out who made it to the next round.

Winners of the Global Call for Nominations

Find all shortlisted projects below: Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year 2022 shortlist. The shortlisted projects are one step closer to the title Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year.

Congratulations to all Global Call Winners 2022!

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