Falling Walls Lab 2014 in Berlin

The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum, which aims at building and promoting interdisciplinary connections between young excellent academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all fields. All participants get the opportunity to present their research work, business model or initiative with peers and a distinguished jury consisting of experts from academia, research institutions and business – in 3 minutes each.

The day before the Falling Walls Conference, the Green Talents will have the chance to attend the prestigious Falling Walls Lab and to meet like-minded young innovators from around the globe.

After a successful kick-off at the international Falling Walls Conference in 2011, the Falling Walls Lab as a challenging, fast-paced format for young talents was subsequently brought to a number of international cities. In 2013, Falling Walls Labs took place in São Paulo (Brazil), Moscow (Russia), Johannesburg (South Africa), London (United Kingdom) and at the University of California, Los Angeles (USA). The most intriguing presenters of the international Labs travelled to the Falling Walls Lab Finale to Berlin (Germany), among them three Green Talents alumni. At the Berlin Lab on 8 November, 100 innovators received the opportunity to present their work in front of a renowned jury and attended the Falling Walls Conference meeting the world’s top scientists and high-ranked representatives of science, business and the innovation industry. The three winners of the Finale Lab in Berlin were awarded the title "Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year", invited to showcase their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference and received a prize money.

The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation in Berlin, dedicated to the support of science and the humanities. It is a unique international platform for leaders from the worlds of science, business and politics, the arts and society. Falling Walls fosters discussion on research and innovation and promotes the latest scientific findings among a broad audience from all parts of society. The Foundation is supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research, the Helmholtz Association, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and numerous other acclaimed academic institutions, foundations, companies, non-governmental organisations and prominent individuals. At the heart of the foundation’s activities is the "Falling Walls Conference" which takes place each year on 9 November, the day of the fall of the Berlin Wall. At the conference 20 top-class scientists from around the world present their current breakthrough research in 15 minutes answering the question: "Which are the next walls to fall?" Among the speakers are Nobel laureates, artists, heads of state and government. The conference attracts an audience from over 80 nations and is globally covered by the media.

If you would like to host a Falling Walls Lab at your institution, the Falling Walls Foundation is looking forward to receiving your e-mail at lab@falling-walls.com.

Get an impression of the Falling Walls Lab 2013:

Falling Walls Lab 2013 - Highlights from Falling Walls on Vimeo.