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Falling Walls 2019. Engage. Berlin, 08.11.2019. Copyright: photothek/Xander Heinl

THE 10 CATEGORIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE SELECTION CRITERIA

 

Categories 1-4: Top-class researchers globally are pushing the boundaries to make some of the most important scientific breakthroughs of our times. We are looking for internationally recognised, established academics and leaders in their respective fields (as outlined below), whose groundbreaking work contributes towards solving the world’s biggest challenges.

CATEGORY 1: LIFE SCIENCES
The scientific study of life and organisms (e.g. biology, neuroscience, zoology)

CATEGORY 2: PHYSICAL SCIENCES
The observation and understanding of natural phenomena of the earth, atmosphere and space (e.g. chemistry, physics, astronomy)

CATEGORY 3: ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
The practical application of science and mathematics to every-day life (e.g. artificial intelligence, information technology, mechanical engineering)

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CATEGORY 4: SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES
The institutions and functioning of human society and the interpersonal relationships of individuals as members of society, (e.g. politics, economics, philosophy)

Criteria:

  • The title of ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ can be awarded to individual scientists as well as research groups in all scientific fields
  • Researchers of outstanding quality will be selected who have made excellent, ground-breaking, recent achievements in their respective fields, nationally and internationally, and who stand out for their innovative strength
  • Scientists who promise to have a significant long-term impact on the research landscape and to contribute towards solving global challenges, such as having a positive effect on nature and mankind, in line with the SDGs
  • Researchers who translate scientific topics and their complexities in a way that makes them accessible and attractive to large sections of society
  • Nominations will be considered and evaluated within the relevant categories, but their potential for interdisciplinary problem-solving will also be assessed

 

CATEGORY 5: ART AND SCIENCE
We welcome nominations for/from artists whose work is inspired and influenced by science across a wide range of subjects (from the humanities to life sciences, technology and more), which sheds light on societal issues, natural phenomena or simply the wonder of scientific discoveries, and which highlights the unique relationship between these apparently opposite but often highly complementary disciplines.

Criteria:

  • International contemporary artists, collectives and projects that reflect, present, convey or process current phenomena, developments and discoveries in all scientific disciplines, or which present them in artistic forms
  • Artists and works that address global social challenges via scientific references, methods or practices
  • Artists and works that set new standards in the intersection of art and science and stand out artistically as well as methodologically

 

CATEGORY 6: FUTURE LEARNING
Innovations in learning have become increasingly relevant in the last ten years – and the Covid-19 crisis has accelerated this development. We are looking for innovative initiatives, that significantly improve learners’ lives through their exceptional concepts and practices. In particular, we are welcoming submissions that redefine the way we learn and educate, that can show off a high impact with their respective target groups, are scalable and replicable, and offer a high degree of accessibility.

Criteria:

  • Proposals showcase novel concepts, best-practices, or technologies that contribute towards a better future for learners and educators.
  • Proposals can explain how they are a meaningful improvement, modification, augmentation or substitution of /in parts of a learning ecosystem.
  • Proposals meet requirements of (emerging) evidence for impact and scalability. The idea must have at least one year of being implemented with its intended users.

 

CATEGORY 7: SCIENCE AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT
Excellent science and innovation management is as essential as scientific curiosity and creativity for breakthroughs in science and technology. We are looking for novel and game changing approaches to science and innovation management (concepts, tools, structures, projects.) both in the realms of academia and research-driven companies, but particularly at the interface between the two.

Criteria:

  • Proposals highlight how successful science and innovation management can serve as a basis for breakthroughs in science and corporate research.
  • Proposals can demonstrate high-impact research findings and/or increased performance as a direct result of efforts to maintaining, improving, or expanding the ability to innovate.
  • Proposals meet requirements of (emerging) evidence for impact and scalability. The idea must have at least one year of being implemented with its intended users.

 

CATEGORY 8: EMERGING TALENTS (FALLING WALLS LAB)
In a time when effective science communication has become all the more paramount, Falling Walls Lab is searching for the next generation of early-career innovators, trailblazers, creators, and visionaries of all disciplines to promote their exceptional ideas that create a positive impact on science and society.

Criteria:

  • Applications are open to international early-career scientists and innovators from all disciplines.
  • We invite demonstrated new solutions, research projects or initiatives.
  • Participants are enrolled at a university, as a student (BA, MA), doctoral student or Postdoc, or in equivalent forms.
  • The selection focuses on the extent to which ideas or works presented integrate outstanding new developments, excellent scientific work, originality and communication skills.

Nominees for the Emerging Talents Category will be invited to apply to one of the international Labs. If selected, they will have the chance to present their breakthrough in a 3 minute pitch. 

 

CATEGORY 9: SCIENCE START-UPS (FALLING WALLS VENTURE)
Solving some of today’s most pressing challenges requires scientific findings to be turned into entrepreneurial solutions. We are looking for innovative start-ups that have translated breakthrough scientific thinking into promising business models.

Criteria:

  • Open to entrepreneurs and scientists whose start-ups are based on scientific research.
  • Applications are open to all scientific disciplines.
  • Each start-up must be endorsed by a nominating institution. This can be a university or a research institution.
  • The company must be founded by the time of nomination and cannot be older than 5 years
  • Start-ups should at least have a protoype/proof of concept and should already have received some funding

 

CATEGORY 10: SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT (FALLING WALLS ENGAGE)
We are searching for all forms of participatory Science Engagement initiatives that generate mutual learning between, and mutual benefits for, science and society.

Criteria:

  • Participatory and interactive formats of all kinds: from co-productive research over public panels towards arts-driven or entertaining approaches.
  • Projects of all sizes: from grassroots to institutionalised projects – the common ground is the impact of your initiative.
  • Exemplary initiatives from all over the world with a transferable and/or scalable approach that generates mutual learning and benefits for both sides, science and the public.
  • Initiatives with measurable outcomes and long-term impact on their target group.

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE – THE FOUR STEPS

STEP 1 NOMINATION

Please submit a short nomination (approx. 500 characters and contact information) via our website by 15 June 2021. The submitted nomination will be reviewed and the Nominee will be contacted directly for further details.

STEP 2 FINALISTS

If your Nominee is selected, they will then become a Falling Walls Finalist. All Finalists will be officially announced on our website.

STEP 3 WINNERS

Our distinguished juries, chaired by Helga Nowotny, Professor Emerita of the European Research Council, will select 10 Winners each for categories 1-7. Through the respective pre-selection processes, 100 Winners for category 8, 25 Winners for category 9 and 20 Winners for category 10 will be invited to the Falling Walls Pitches on 7 November, where they will receive the opportunity to pitch their work live in front of our distinguished juries. Each Winner will also have the opportunity to feature their winning project in a short video in our content library. A detailed briefing will be provided for this purpose.

STEP 4  THE SCIENCE BREAKTHROUGHS OF THE YEAR

The juries will select the Science Breakthroughs of the Year from the Winners of each category. On 9 November, the Breakthroughs of the Year will receive the opportunity to present their work to a global audience on the grand Falling Walls stage in Berlin.

You are encouraged to distribute this Call for Nominations within your networks. We highly appreciate your support.

SEE YOU AGAIN IN BERLIN – SAVE THE DATE 7–9 NOV 2021

After a fully digital Falling Walls Conference in 2020, we look forward to welcoming the people who are finding solutions to the greatest challenges of our time and thus contributing to a better world back to Berlin on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Please save the date: 7 – 9 November 2021. 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 our conference. Here is our new schedule:

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, and 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 grand finale 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.

The Falling Walls Conference is part of the Berlin Science Week with over 100 events from 1–10 Nov 2021. Since its first annual meeting on 9 November 2009, the 20th anniversary of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall, the Falling Walls Conference has continuously developed into a world forum for science. 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 Conference: “Which are the next walls to fall in science and society?“

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https://falling-walls.com/breakthroughyear/?

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