The Falling Walls Foundation is calling for nominations for participation in a global showcase that gathers, celebrates and discusses a much broader set of the most recent breakthroughs in science and society – The Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year. Nominations are being accepted until 1 September 2020.

To highlight breakthrough thinking from all over the world, nominations are being called for the most recent breakthroughs in ten categories, from life sciences to science management. In the ten categories the most recent breakthroughs, outstanding science projects and bright minds globally will be brought together to inspire a discussion on how science and innovation can contribute to the state of mankind. Falling Walls Breakthroughs represent significant advances, developments, achievements or an increase in (scientific) knowledge that remove barriers to progress in the nominees’ respective fields. Breakthroughs can be ground-breaking, innovative ideas or represent a significant paradigm shift. They promise to have an impact on society world-wide, and contribute towards solving one of our biggest challenges, e.g. addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In a year of crisis and despair, Falling Walls wants to spur hope and set the stage for the post-corona agenda.

Nominations are being accepted in the following ten categories:

(1) Life Sciences,
(2) Physical Sciences,
(3) Engineering and Technology,
(4) Social Sciences and the Humanities,
(5) Science in the Arts,
(6) Digital Education,
(7) Science and Innovation Management,
(8) Emerging Talents (Falling Walls Lab),
(9) Science Start-ups (Falling Walls Venture),
(10) Science Engagement Initiatives (Falling Walls Engage).

Check out Falling Walls website for more details and nomination procedure:

Falling Walls Remote 2020: The Breakthroughs of the Year

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the University of Cape Town will be hosting its own virtual Falling Walls Lab on 22 September 2020. Enter for the competition until 22 September 2020!

Falling Walls Lab Cape Town

Please contact Cecelia Kok for more info: cecelia.kok@fnst.org