21/09/2023 02:00 PM


21/09/2023 05:00 PM


Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung Europa-Center
Rudower Chaussee 11
12489 Berlin

Organized by

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

Falling Walls Lab Adlershof

Source: BAM, Falling Walls

Great minds, 3 minutes, 1 day - on 21th September 2023, 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 on-site.
Find the livestream link here (guest password: uuP2axTiy66).

See the programme booklet here.

What is it about?

The Falling Walls Lab Adlershof is the North German preliminary round jointly organized by BAM and the research network IGAFA.

Three minutes is all it takes: The lab winner qualifies for the global Finale in Berlin on 7 November and wins a ticket to attend the Falling Walls Science Summit, where the international Lab winners get to interact and network with the world’s movers and shakers of science, business, and policy-making.

Past presentations have ranged in topic from ‘Breaking the Wall of Coral Reef Protection from Space’ to ‘Breaking the Wall of Access to Justice’. 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 international Lab winners take part in an exclusive extended programme that includes an introductory 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, the international Lab winners 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 Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year stage, which, throughout the day, hosts leading experts, changemakers, and luminaries, including Nobel laureates and Leibniz Prize winners.

This year, in addition to qualifying for the global finale on November, 7, the winner of Falling Walls Lab Berlin-Adlershof will receive a prize money of €500 provided by the local organizer, IGAFA e. V.

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).