Falling Walls Conference

Event overview

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  • Organizers:

    Falling Walls Foundation

  • Start date

    November 09, 2017

  • End date

    November 09, 2017

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The Falling Walls Conference is an annual global gathering of forward thinking individuals from 80 countries organised by the Falling Walls Foundation. Each year on 9 November – the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – 20 of the world’s leading scientists are invited to Berlin to present their current breakthrough research. The aim of the Conference is to:

  • identify trends, opportunities and solutions for global challenges and discover international breakthrough research.

  • connect outstanding researchers from different disciplines and support the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas internationally.

  • build bridges between business, politics, academia and the arts.

  • promote the latest scientific findings among a broader audience.

  • inspire people to break down walls in science and society.


In 15-minute-talks, researchers from all disciplines present their work in front of 700 international guests. During the breaks, the Falling Walls Forum becomes the place for high-level Q&A where the audience can ask questions and engage in discussions. A new peer-learning platform, Falling Walls Connect, gives the audience the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and expertise to fellow participants. 

Speakers include Sayed Azam-Ali of the University of Nottngham, Alexander Betts from the University of Oxford, Sarah Chayes from Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and many others.

he conference rests upon 3 main pillars: The Lab, Venture, and the Circle.

Science based startups are encouraged to apply for Falling Walls Venture where they could meet VCs and strategic investors as well as academics and business people. Twenty leading academic institutions and venture capitalists present their most outstanding science based enterprises to an audience and a distinguished jury. Falling Walls Venture takes place every year on 8 November, the eve of the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin. In 2017, the event will be held in the British Embassy.

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