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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. Each year, nearly 100 international Labs are held with more than 1000 presenters, 100 of whom make it to the final in Berlin. In 2019, Australian researcher Rhys Pirie took out first place at the Falling Walls 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 has been hosting the Falling Walls Lab Australia competition since 2016 in partnership with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canberra. EURAXESS has partnered with the Academy on this event since 2020.
A jury of distinguished academics and businesspeople select the winners of Falling Walls Lab Australia. The top three presenters of Falling Walls Lab Australia receives sponsorship from the Academy to participate in the Berlin Falling Walls Conference in November each year. See more about our past Falling Walls Lab Australia events.
Finalists in the Falling Walls Lab Australia are selected from State Labs. Candidates should be active researchers in any field of the natural sciences, including technology, engineering and medicine, or arts, humanities and social sciences.
For more information, contact:
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6201 9412
The following researchers were named winners of the Falling Walls Lab Australia and participated in the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin.
|Ms Merryn Fraser||Australian National University|
|Dr Clara Jiang||University of Queensland|
|Ms Mars Buttfield-Addison||University of Tasmania|
|Dr Jiao Jiao Li||University of Technology Sydney|
|Mr Chamikara Liyanage||Queensland University of Technology|
|Dr Lokman Norazmi||University of Tasmania|
|Mr Chamikara Liyanage and Dr Lokman Norazmi||Joint People's Choice award for 2021 Falling Walls Lab Australia|
|Dr Jessica Hamilton||ANSTO|
|Mr Alan Robertson||ClearSky Genomics|
|Mr Andrew Law||Garvan Institute of Medical Research|
|Dr Dashen Dong (People's Choice award)||RMIT|
|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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