Falling Walls Germany - opportunities for researchers, journalists and start-ups

Under the Falling Walls competition, different opportunities are open to start-ups, journalists, and of course young and innovative students and researchers.

1- Falling Walls Labs

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.

Falling Walls Labs LAC

Falling Walls Labs are open to outstanding scholars, researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs, young professionals, and innovators.

All disciplines are welcome. More at https://www.falling-walls.com/lab/apply/south-america.

Falling Walls Lab Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Organised by the DWIH São Paulo, in partnership with EURAXESS Brazil, and the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) to host the Brazilian stage. EURAXESS Brazil will award an extra prize to the Brazilian winners to visit the research institute of their choice in Europe during their participation in the finals in Berlin (November 2019)

Candidates from all areas of knowledge can apply for the Falling Walls Lab Belo Horizonte until 31 July 2019. More at http://bit.ly/FWL2019BH

Falling Walls Lab Argentina

Deadline: 7 July 2019. 

Falling Walls Lab Chile

Deadline: 12 July 2019

Falling Walls Lab Fortaleza, Brazil

In partnership with EURAXESS Brazil

Deadline: 31 July 2019

Falling Walls Lab Mexico

Deadline: 20 July 2019

2 - Falling Walls Venture (for start-ups)

Application Deadline: 30 June 2019

Falling Walls Venture is an international platform showcasing the most promising research based start-ups from all over the globe. Nominated by renowned universities and leading research institutions, 20 emerging companies pitch their breakthrough business models at a unique event that celebrates the vast entrepreneurial potential in science and fosters the community of scientist-entrepreneurs.


Each year, universities and research institutions from all over the world are called upon to nominate their most innovative science start-up. From all nominations, 20 pioneering young companies are selected to participate in Falling Walls Venture in Berlin.

On November 8, the eve of the Falling Walls Conference (The International Conference on Breakthroughs in Science and Society), they join a fast-paced pitch event embedded in an exceptional event and networking experience. Introduced by their nominating institutions, the start-ups present their business models in just 5 minutes in front of a high-calibre jury who awards the most promising concept. The winner, the Falling Walls Science Start-Up of the Year, gets the chance to present again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference amongst Nobel laureates and other luminaries, and to an audience of 750 industry leaders, decision makers and international media representatives. All participants receive access to exclusive networking functions and the Falling Walls Conference on the following day.

Falling Walls Venture is organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and generously supported by the Berlin Senate and by Boehringer Ingelheim as well as by ASTP-Proton and numerous international partner universities and research institutions as network partners.

When & where?

Falling Walls Venture will take place on 8 November 2019 in Berlin.

Start-up nominations will be open until 30 June 2019.

More details: https://www.falling-walls.com/venture. You can also check more info in Portuguese here: http://bit.ly/2Z4JJNj

3 - Falling Walls Fellowships (for Journalists)

Application Deadline: 30 June 2019

The Falling Walls Foundation is offering two types of Fellowships for science journalists: The Falling Walls Science Fellowship for journalists and the Berlin Science Week Fellowship. Please read the requirements for both opportunities carefully and specify in your motivation letter which fellowship you are applying for.

Please note: The Berlin Science Week Fellowship does not include travel costs to and from Berlin.

Falling Walls Science Fellowship for Journalists

In an effort to keep the public informed on life-changing scientific breakthroughs, we have created the Falling Walls Fellowship for Journalists. The Fellows get the opportunity to attend all Falling Walls events on 8 and 9 November (Falling Walls Lab, Falling Walls Venture, Falling Walls Engage and the Falling Walls Conference)

The fellowship includes: travel expenses (economy class), hotel accommodation for 3 nights, conference fees and meals (breakfast at hotel, catering during the Falling Walls events).

Date: 7–10 November
 2019. Number of places: 10

Eligibility: The Falling Walls Science Fellowship for Journalists is aimed at journalists and bloggers with at least three years of experience who hope to advance their knowledge in the area of sciences. Freelance and full-time journalists or bloggers can apply. Professionals in fields such as research, teaching, public relations and advertising are not eligible. The applicants must have a minimum of three years professional journalism/blogging experience in which they have written about the science topics.

Berlin Science Week Fellowship

Date: 6–10 November 2019. Number of places: 10

Programme: The Berlin Science Week Fellows are invited to attend events of the fourth Berlin Science Week as well as the programme of the Falling Walls Conference (Falling Walls Lab, Venture, Engage, Welcome Reception on 8 November and Conference on 9 November). The Fellowship Programme is a great possibility to connect with Berlin-based and international scientific institutions and to network with colleagues from all over the world. The programme also includes a guided tour to selected scientific institutions in Berlin and participation in the Berlin Science Award ceremony on 7 November, hosted by the Governing Mayor of Berlin.

The fellowship includes: hotel accommodation for 4 nights (including breakfast), free tickets to the Falling Walls events on 8/9 November, free meals during the events and participation at the Berlin Science Week. Please note: The fellowship does not cover travel expenses to and from Berlin.

Eligibility: Science journalists with a minimum of three years professional journalism/blogging experience in which they have written about the science topics.

More info on Berlin Science Week: https://berlinscienceweek.com/

Applications for both fellowships can be submitted via this link.

About Falling Walls

Falling Walls is a unique international platform for leaders from the worlds of science, business, politics, the arts and society. It was initiated on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.

Inspired by this world-changing event on 9 November 1989, the question of every Falling Walls gathering is: Which walls will fall next? Falling Walls fosters discussion on research and innovation and promotes the latest scientific findings among a broad audience from all parts of society.

The Falling Walls Foundation, a charity, is generously supported by the German Ministry for Education and Research, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Helmholtz Association, the Berlin Senate and numerous other acclaimed academic institutions, foundations, companies, non-governmental organisations and prominent individuals.