The call for applications are currently openClosing date
July 06 2020 - 5:00 PM AEST
The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation in Berlin, dedicated to the support of science and the humanities. It was established in 2009, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. At its heart is the question ‘Which are the next walls to fall?’ as a result of scientific, technological, economic and sociological breakthroughs.
Each year, the foundation supports scientific organisations around the world to host a Falling Walls Lab. This international forum promotes interdisciplinary connections between aspiring academics, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals, known for their excellent work. Participants are given three minutes to present their research work, business model or initiative to a broad audience from science and industry, including a distinguished jury who selects the most innovative and promising idea.
Falling Walls Lab is a challenging and inspiring format for emerging bright minds, giving them a unique chance to become the next big success story in innovation. In 2019, Australian researcher Rhys Pirie took out first place at the Falling Wall Lab Finale in Berlin and was named 2019 Young Innovator of the Year. Read more about his success and a follow-up interview six months after winning the competition.
The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from researchers living and working in Australia who are postdocs and students, entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators from all areas to attend Australia’s Falling Walls Lab in 2020.
Falling Walls Lab Australia will be held on 8 September 2020 and for the first time, this event will be in a virtual format. The specifics of the platform are yet to be confirmed and further information will be provided at a later date.
Twenty selected presenters will be invited to participate in the challenge, each giving a three-minute presentation on their research, business model or initiative based on the concept ‘Which walls will fall next?’. Presentation templates and further instructions will be provided to successful applicants.
A Lab will also be held in Queensland in August, hosted by Study Queensland, for applicants within that state. The finalists for this Lab will be automatically accepted into the Canberra Lab to compete for a place in the Berlin Finale. The call for applications for the Queensland Lab will open in the coming weeks and information on this will be updated when available.
A jury of distinguished academics and businesspeople will select the winner of Falling Walls Lab Australia 2020. The winner will be automatically admitted to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, which will be held on 8 November 2020.
The format of the finale will depend on social distancing measures in place at the time due to COVID-19, but it is envisaged that this event will be a virtual Lab. The Falling Walls Foundation has issued a press release confirming the dates will remain set for the Falling Walls events in 2020.
Candidates should be research active in any field of the natural sciences, including technology, engineering and medicine, or social sciences and the humanities.
The candidate must:
*An MD (medical degree excl. a doctoral dissertation) is considered equivalent to a Master’s degree. A Dr. med. (medical degree incl. a doctoral dissertation) is considered equivalent to a PhD.
(Note this is a two-stage process)
Only complete and eligible applications submitted via the Falling Walls Lab website will be forwarded to the Academy for assessment by an evaluation panel.
Notification of outcome: mid-August
Applications will be considered carefully by an evaluation panel with diverse expertise convened by the Australian Academy of Science. The decision of the panel is based on the assessed competitiveness of the proposal.
The Academy is not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is or isn’t successful.
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The following researchers were named winners of the Falling Walls Lab Australia and participated in the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin.
|Dr Elena Schneider-Futschik||University of Melbourne|
|Ms Kate Secombe||University of Adelaide|
|Mr Rhys Pirie||University of Queensland|
Rhys Pirie was named 2019 Young Innovator of the Year at the Falling Walls Lab Berlin Finale. Rhys is the first Australian to win the global Lab. Find out more about the 2019 Falling Walls Berlin Finale here.
|Ms Samantha Wade||University of Wollongong|
|Ms Hayley Teasdale||University of Canberra|
|Dr Mortaza Rezae||Curtin University|
|Dr Vini Gautam||The Australian National University|
|Dr Kim van Netten||The University of Newcastle|
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