01.10.2021 14:00 Uhr


01.10.2021 17:00 Uhr


Online lab

link will follow soon


Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Initiativgemeinschaft Außeruniversitärer Forschungseinrichtungen in Adlershof (IGAFA) e.V., Falling Walls Foundation gGmbH

Falling Walls Lab Adlershof

Quelle: BAM, Falling Walls

Great minds, 3 minutes, 1 day - on 1 October 2021, students, researchers and early-career professionals are given the opportunity to present their solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time to peers, a high-calibre jury of experts from academia and business, and the general public.

The Falling Walls Lab Adlershof will be held online. Follow us via live stream.

Find the programme booklet here (PDF)

What is it about?

The Falling Walls Lab Adlershof is the North German preliminary round jointly organized by BAM and the research network IGAFA. There will also be a live stream.

Three minutes is all it takes: The lab winner qualifies for the global Finale "Emerging Talents" at the Falling Walls Conference 2021 - Breakthroughs of the Year in November, where she/he get to interact and network with the world’s movers and shakers of science, business, and policy-making.

Past presentations at Falling Walls Lab have ranged in topic from ‘Breaking the Wall of Cancer with a Fruit Fly’ to ‘Breaking the Wall of Energy Insecurity in Africa’. The breakthrough factor (how innovative is the proposed idea?), potential impact of the presented work (how relevant is the idea to the discipline and beyond?), and performance (how convincing was the presentation?) help the jury determine the winner.

What does the winner of the Lab expect?

During their multi-day stay in Berlin, the 100 finalists take part in a broad extended programme that includes a coaching session and networking dinner, expert workshops on a broad range of topics such as career development, entrepreneurial skills, and academic publishing, and events hosted by prestigious German research organisations such as the German Research Foundation (DFG).

At the global Finale in Berlin on 7 November, the finalists compete to become the Breakthrough Winner in the Emerging Talents category of Falling Walls, taking home the title and prize money, and receiving the opportunity to pitch their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference, which, throughout the day, hosts leading experts, changemakers, and luminaries, including Nobel laureates and Leibniz Prize winners.

What is the Falling Walls Lab?

The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum for the next generation of outstanding innovators and creative thinkers. Its aim is to promote exceptional ideas and to connect promising scientists and entrepreneurs from all fields on a global level. Participants get the opportunity to present their research work, business model, or initiative to peers, a high-calibre jury made up of experts from academia and business, and the general public - in 3 minutes each.

It is organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and generously funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Berlin-Senate, Google, and Huawei. It is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).