Falling Walls Lab New Zealand 2022

    06/09/2022 - 14:00
    New Zealand, Wellington
    06/09/2022 - 16:00
    Royal Society Te Apārangi, the German Embassy in Wellington, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Catalyst: Leaders Fund and EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand

Share your idea, win a trip to Berlin. Great minds, 3 minutes, 1 day.

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is a challenging, inspiring and interdisciplinary format to showcase the next generation of students and early-career professionals.

In a 3-minute presentation, participants will present their research, business model or initiative, showcasing a breakthrough that creates a positive impact on science and society.  All disciplines are welcome: from agriculture, medicine, economics, engineering to social science and the humanities. The event is inspired by the world-changing event of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, with the question at every Falling Walls gathering: Which walls will fall next?

Network with fellow innovators from different disciplines, equally passionate and inspired to showcase their solutions to some of the biggest challenges of our time. 

The most intriguing presentation will be selected to represent Aotearoa New Zealand and travel to the Falling Walls Lab Global Finale held in Berlin, Germany on 7 November, where they will compete to become the Breakthrough Winner of the Year in the Emerging Talents category of Falling Walls.

At the Berlin Lab, 100 finalists from across the globe will receive the opportunity to present their work in front of a distinguished jury and receive a ticket to take part in the prestigious Falling Walls Science Summit, where leaders from science, industry, and policy -making meet and discuss which walls will be the next to fall in science and society.

Take part in an exclusive extended programme (extended programme events in past years have included a Springer Nature event on science publishing, an ‘Insights into German Research’ information session and science excursion, a networking dinner, etc.).

Falling Walls Labs are organised by independent partners of Falling Walls Foundation and are held in locations across the globe with the winners from each Lab being invited to the Falling Walls Lab Global Finale, Berlin on the 7 November. The Falling Walls Lab Finale is run by the Falling Walls Foundation.  

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is hosted by Royal Society Te Apārangi with support from the German Embassy in Wellington, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Catalyst: Leaders Fund and EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand.

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Current status

  • Applications for 2022 are now open.

  • Download all information here.

  • Before you apply, familiarise yourself with the application process here. Then, submit your application below.


Closing Date: 30 June 2022 (Extended Deadline)


Information regarding COVID-19

We are planning for a hybrid event, in person participation with live streams of the presentations available via social media platforms. We may have to adjust the event in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines and will be ready to adjust to the circumstances in Mahuru September.

In person participation of applicants residing outside New Zealand is dependent on quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and their place of residence being possible. If quarantine-free travel is not possible, the Society will invite the applicant to participate via video link.

Likewise, participation in the Falling Walls Lab Global Finale in Berlin by the Aotearoa New Zealand winner, may take place via video link if quarantine free travel is not an option.