THE FALLING WALLS SCIENCE BREAKTHROUGHS OF THE YEAR 2022

Which are the next walls to fall in science and society? Find out at the Falling Walls Science Summit from 7-9 November 2022 in Berlin.

Some of the most important researchers and thinkers of our time gather at the Falling Walls Science Summit to discuss breakthroughs with global leaders in science, politics, business, and the media. We look forward to welcome the people who are finding solutions to the greatest challenges of our time in the Radialsystem in Berlin on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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. For those who will not be able to attend in person, there will be possibilities to participate digitally. More details will be shared in due time via our Newsletter.

We can’t wait to present the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2022 to you soon!

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Programme Overview

Find out more about the three-day Falling Walls Science Summit 2022 Programme here. The detailed programme will be available soon. If you would like to stay up to date, feel free to register to our Newsletter.

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 Start-Ups (Falling Walls Venture) for the science start-up community. Science Engagement (Falling Walls Engage) for inspiring science engagers.

8 November - Falling Walls Circle

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

Here are some of the topics which will be debated on 8 November 2022 at the Falling Walls Circle:

Plenary Tables

  • Science in Ukraine in Times of Russian Aggression
  • Food Security – The Path of the Hunger Hurricane
  • Energy-efficient Digitalisation: The Key to a Sustainable Future
  • Mental Health for all: Global Action Plan on Dementia and Depression
  • Accelerating Innovation in the Energy Sector in the Framework of Circular Economy and AI
  • Advances in Fusion Technology: Breakthrough in unlimited energy generation
  • From Evidence to Action: Restoring Planetary Health with Science and Collaboration
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

Round Tables

  • Programmable Chemistry
  • Confidence in Research
  • Future Trends in Mobility
  • Sustainability Meets Healthcare
  • New Particle Accelerators
  • Joint efforts towards the second quantum revolution

9 November - Falling Walls Breakthrough Day

On the anniversary day of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, the Falling Walls 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.

Global Call Winners and Finalists 2022

The bright minds behind the latest Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs and outstanding science projects were nominated by leading academics and academic institutions, research organizations, public and private research centers, universities, companies, foundations, and individuals. Find out more about the Global Call for Nomination, the selection criteria and our ten categories below.

Winners 2022

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!

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.

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You can access all Falling Walls Content through 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.

To see the Highlights of last year’s Falling Walls Science Summit, have look at this video:

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