What would you do if nothing were impossible? If there were no borders, no walls? If you were not affected by any restrictions of any kind that hem you in, exclude or divide you? Walls were breached thirty years ago. Thirty years ago, people could do things that they were unable to do for a long time or had never done before in their lives. Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall fell and was removed bit by bit until nothing remained.
Countless curious, dedicated and enterprising young scientists around the globe are working to ensure that such walls also come down in science around the world. The Falling Walls Foundation, headquartered in Berlin, is also committed to overcoming walls in science worldwide and holds the major international Falling Walls Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society every year to mark the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall“.
Falling Walls Lab
The conference will kick off with the Falling Walls Lab on 8 November. Young talents working in science, industry and civil society from all over the world have presented their innovations and research results in local preliminary competitions. The winners are coming to Berlin on 8 November and will present their ideas to a top‑class jury. During a three‑minute pitch, they have an opportunity to convince the jury about their talents and ideas in an entertaining way. For many of the young researchers, the Falling Walls Lab represents a unique opportunity to present their innovations on such a prominent stage.
In addition, the best Falling Walls Lab participants will be able to present their projects together with leading international scientists at the Falling Walls Conference in a high‑profile setting at a historic and inspiring location. This is a place that reflects what they work towards day in, day out, namely achieving breakthroughs, making a contribution to finding solutions to global challenges or and changing the everyday lives of their fellow human beings for the better and in the long term with their research and ideas.
Making progress in science together
The Federal Foreign Office supports Falling Walls as open-mindedness, international exchange, contacts and connectivity are prerequisites for overcoming global challenges together and enhancing academic excellence through worldwide, interdisciplinary cooperation. With its support, the Federal Foreign Office is helping to further enhance Germany’s international profile as a location for research and innovation and demonstrate Germany’s commitment to innovation worldwide and to further develop Germany’s innovative strength internationally by integrating it into global knowledge flows and value‑added chains.