The Walls That Should Fall

09. November 2015, Berlin, Deutschland, Aktion Deutschland Hilft. Initiative zur Flüchtlingshilfe von Deutsche Post DHL, SOS Kinderdorf, Stiftung Lesen und Teach First Deutschland. [Foto: KAY HERSCHELMANN Mobil: +49 (0)171 26 73

The Falling Walls Foundation invites EUSJA journalists to a 3 day study trip to Berlin (7-9 November). The trip will start on November 7 around noon with a Berlin Science Tour (including a visit to a research center and an event in the context of the Berlin Science Week). On 8 November, journalists will attend Falling Walls Venture and/or the Falling Walls Lab, on 9 November – the Falling Walls Conference. A full version of the programme (especially on 7 November) will be announced later.

EUSJA has 10 slots that include free tickets for the Falling Walls Conference, Lab and Venture, 3 night free accommodation (7-10 Nov) with breakfast, also lunch for 8 and 9 November. Important detail: journalists selected for the trip have to pay for the hotel where they will be accommodated before they arrive to Berlin (rooms reserved at special rate). They will receive the reimbursement upon arrival in Berlin. This is a bit unusual for an EUSJA trip, but we must follow the rules of this fellowship.

 Additionally to these given 10 slots EUSJA may include a group of its members who do not need accommodation. Please indicate if there is no need of a hotel.

The applications should be sent strongly via national association by September 15. Please write name, association, media, e-mail, mobile, passport details (because of security control). Please rank your applicants should you have more than one.

Additional info:

8 November, 9 am – 5.30 pm: Falling Walls Lab

The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum, which aims at building and promoting interdisciplinary connections between excellent academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all fields. All participants get the opportunity to present their research work, business model or initiative with peers and a distinguished jury consisting of experts from academia, research institutions and business – in 3 minutes each. The Falling Walls Lab is organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and generously supported by A.T. Kearney, the global management consulting firm (Founding Partner) and Festo, worldwide supplier of pneumatic and electrical automation technology (Global Partner).

More than 50 international Labs will take place this year in cooperation with academic institutions in over 40 countries – at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, Israel’s Technion, ETH Zurich, Chimie ParisTech and many more. On 8 November, the winners from all international qualifying rounds will come together in Berlin to present their research ideas in 3 minutes each.

8 November, 9 am – 5.30 pm: Falling Walls Venture

Falling Walls Venture is an international forum for outstanding science based start-up companies, venture capitalists and strategic investors as well as their wider academic and business environment. Twenty leading academic institutions and venture capitalists present their most outstanding science based enterprises to an audience and a distinguished jury. Falling Walls Venture is organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and generously supported by Siemens and Boehringer Ingelheim as global partners. The event is organised in cooperation with Invest Europe – The Voice of Private Capital, ASTP-Proton, A.T. Kearney, international partner universities and research institutions.

9 November, 9 am – 7 pm: Falling Walls Conference

The Falling Walls Conference was first held in 2009 to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and has now developed into a highly acclaimed platform for international research. Over 20 top scientists will once again present their breakthroughs in 15 minutes each. An up-to-date list of confirmed speakers can be found at The conference is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Helmholtz Association, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Berlin Senate and numerous other academic institutions, foundations and companies. More information on the Falling Walls Conference, as well as on the expanded programme, can be found at

The photo to this page from; FWC-2015, credit: Kay Herschelmann


About Viola Egikova

Viola Egikova - science journalist based in Moscow, president of Intellect, former Vice-President of the European Union of Science Journalists' Associations, Programme Coordinator of All Russia Science Festival