04/10/2018
A group: The jury together with the winners

The jury together with the winners: 1st place Dr Charles Cotton (5th from left), 2nd place Anna Raysyan (4th from left), 3rd place Markus Uhlig (6th from left)

Source: BAM

Great minds, three minutes, one day - on 28th of September 2018, 16 young scientists from the Falling Walls Lab presented their research project, ideas and initiatives, all in just three minutes.

Dr Charles Cotton from the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology convinced the jury with his presentation of sustainable production processes and won the North German preliminary round. He will therefore compete once again at the Falling Walls Conference grand finale on the evening of 8th November in Berlin.

The jury did not find the decision easy to make as the quality of the presentations was extremely high. The range of research projects was also very diverse, with topics ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to quantum physics. The second- and third-place candidates were also honoured.

Second place was awarded to Anna Raysyan from BAM for her research on the easy-to-use measurement method that can find traces of medications in breast milk. Third place went to Markus Uhlig from Brandenburg University of Technology, who developed an app that uses augmented reality to display patterns on fabric.

The northern German preliminary round was co-organised by BAM and the Joint Initiative of Non-University Research Institutions in Adlersdorf (IGAFA - Initiativgemeinschaft Außeruniversitärer Forschungseinrichtungen). With 40 applicants, the northern German preliminary round holds the record for the number of registrations.

About the Falling Walls Lab

Initiated by the Falling Walls Foundation in 2011, the Falling Walls Lab is a competition that each year selects the “Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year”.

As a platform for innovation and exchange between young scientists and professionals from all over the world, the event invites bachelor, master and doctoral students, post doctorates and entrepreneurs from all disciplines to present their socially relevant research projects, ideas and initiatives - all within three minutes.

The Falling Walls Lab holds international preliminary rounds at academic partner institutions throughout the year. The winners of the international Labs then also qualify for the Falling Walls Lab final, where they present ground-breaking ideas and socially relevant concepts to a top-class jury of scientists and business experts in Berlin. The three winners of the Falling Walls Lab final will receive a cash prize and proceed to present their research ideas to approximately 700 guests at the international Falling Walls Conference.