The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the dawn of a new era of freedom by breaking barriers both physical and imaginary in Germany and around the world. Three decades on, the night of 9 November 1989 has become a symbol of changing status quos and overcoming divisions of all kinds. Drawing inspiration from this historic moment, the Falling Walls Conference is driven by the desire to find out: which are the next walls to fall in science and society? Since its inception, the conference has become a unique global platform connecting science, business and society through a shared commitment to create breakthrough solutions to challenges across borders and disciplines. Each year, twenty of the world’s most forward-thinking scientists and boldest visionaries take to our stage to showcase their scientific breakthroughs from the broadest possible range of disciplines.
Ko whea te arai ka turakina? Which wall will fall next?
The Falling Walls Lab New Zealand with an invitation to the Pacific Island Forum nations is an opportunity to share an innovative idea that relates to the question ‘Which are the next walls to fall?’ as a result of a scientific, technological, economic and sociological breakthroughs.
The winner of the Falling Walls Lab New Zealand will be one of 100 finalists that will receive the opportunity to present their work at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, attend the Falling Walls Conference, and meet the world’s top innovators in science, business and policy.
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.
In 2021 due to the corona pandemic, it took place as a live stream event where the participants shared their groundbreaking research, their business model or their initiative in a 3-minute presentation.