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Falling Walls 2016 – The International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society

Start date: 08.11.2016

End date: 09.11.2016

Location: Berlin

Country: Germany

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Falling Walls Conference

The Falling Walls Conference is an annual global gathering of forward thinking individuals from 80 countries organised by the Falling Walls Foundation. Each year on 9 November – the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – 20 of the world’s leading scientists are invited to Berlin to present their current breakthrough research. The aim of the Conference is to:

  • identify trends, opportunities and solutions for global challenges and discover international breakthrough research.

  • connect outstanding researchers from different disciplines and support the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas internationally.

  • build bridges between business, politics, academia and the arts.

  • promote the latest scientific findings among a broader audience.

  • inspire people to break down walls in science and society.

In 15-minute-talks, researchers from all disciplines present their work in front of 700 international guests. During the breaks, the Falling Walls Forum becomes the place for high-level Q&A where the audience can ask questions and engage in discussions. A new peer-learning platform, Falling Walls Connect, gives the audience the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and expertise to fellow participants.

Falling Walls Lab

Prior to the Conference, on 8 November 2016, the Finale of the international Falling Walls Labs will take place in Berlin.

In a nutshell:

Share your ideas:
Great minds, 3 minutes, 1 day.

What is the Lab?

The Falling Walls Lab is a challenging, inspiring and interdisciplinary format for outstanding talents. It offers the opportunity to excellent academics and professionals to present their innovative ideas, research projects and social initiatives.

Each participant is asked to present his/her work in 3 minutes.

All disciplines are welcome: from agriculture, medicine, economics, engineering to the humanities.

A prestigious jury from science and business awards the best participants.

The first Falling Walls Lab took place in 2011 in Berlin one day prior to the Falling Walls Conference. Thanks to the huge success of the Falling Walls Lab 2011, the Falling Walls Foundation and A.T. Kearney extended the format to a global scale in 2012. Since then, international Labs take place in different vibrant cities around the world throughout the year. So far, Falling Walls Labs have taken place in more than 30 countries. The Falling Walls Lab Finale is held each year in Berlin on 8 November. The Finale gathers 100 participants, among them all winners of the international Labs.

Falling Walls Labs in EU, other European and Eastern European countries (at the time of posting this event here, there were no Labs planned in Central Asia):

Falling Walls Lab Manchester (E-Flyer) 
When: 27 July 2016
Where: Lord Mayors Parlour, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M60 2LA, UK
Host: University of Manchester / ESOF16 (contact the organisers)
APPLY NOW! (Deadline: 3 July 2016)

Falling Walls Lab Paris (E-Flyer) 
When: 16 September 2016
Where: Chimie ParisTech, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris, France
Host: Chimie ParisTech (contact the organisers)
APPLY NOW! (Deadline: 29 July 2016)

Falling Walls Lab Kyiv  (E-Flyer)
When: 29 September 2016
Where: TBA
Host: Klitschko Foundation / Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (contact the organisers) 
APPLY NOW! (Deadline: 31 August 2016 - extended!)

Falling Walls Lab Ljubljana (E-Flyer)
When: 22 September 2016
Where: University of Ljubljana, Kongresni trg 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Host: University of Ljubljana (contact the organisers)
APPLY NOW! (Deadline: 5 September 2016)

Falling Walls Lab Serbia (E-Flyer)
When: 25 September 2016
Where: KC Grad, brace Krsmanovic 4, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Host: DAAD / Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (contact the organisers)
APPLY NOW! (Deadline: 11 September 2016)

Innovation Lab Zurich (E-Flyer)
When: 21 September 2016
Where: ETH Zurich, Bar bQm, Building MM C83, Leonhardstrasse 34, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Host: ETH Zurich (contact the organisers)
APPLY NOW! (Deadline: 28 August 2016)

Falling Walls Lab Luxembourg
When: TBC
Where: TBC
Host: University of Luxembourg
Application open soon!

Falling Walls Lab Groningen
When: TBC
Where: TBC
Host: University of Groningen
Application open soon!

Falling Walls Lab Madrid
When: TBC
Where: TBC
Host: A.T. Kearney / Fundacion Rafael del Pino
Application open soon!

Falling Walls Lab Naples
When: TBC
Where: TBC
Host: University of Naples Federico II
Application open soon!

Falling Walls Lab Malta
When: TBC
Where: TBC
Host: University of Malta
Application open soon!

Falling Walls Lab Ankara
When: TBC
Where: TBC
Host: Bilkent University / DAAD
Application open soon!

Falling Walls Lab Moscow II
When: TBC
Where: TBC
Host: Higher School of Economics / Polytechnical Museum of Moscow
Application open soon!

For updates visit the Falling Walls Lab website!



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