Falling Walls Lab Australia 2021, a competition in partnership with EURAXESS

    01/09/2021 - 14:00
    Australia, Virtual Competition
    01/09/2021 - 16:00
    The Australian Academy of Science in partnership with the Embassy of Germany in Canberra and EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand

The Australian Academy of Science in partnership with the Embassy of Germany in Canberra and EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand, will host the Falling Walls Lab Australia 2021 virtually on 1 September 2021.

Winners of State Labs from around Australia will gather for this Finale that will be held in an online format. They will highlight their research work, business model or unique initiative in a three-minute presentation to a broad audience from science and industry, including a jury of distinguished academics and business people who will select the three most innovative and promising ideas as winners of Falling Walls Lab Australia 2021 to represent the country in Berlin.

Those presenting at this finale were selected by the Falling Walls Lab New South Wales, organised by DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service and EURAXESS; the Falling Walls Lab Queensland, organised by the University of Queensland; and the Falling Walls Lab Victoria, organised by veski, with support from Deakin University.  

The jury will be chaired by Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley. The top three winners will receive a prize of AUD1,000 each and support from the Academy on their online participation at the Berlin Falling Walls ConferenceThe winners’ videos will be shared with the influential global audience of Falling Walls Berlin and on the Academy’s social media platforms to over 2.4 million followers.   

EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand Prize

Academy partner EURAXESS will provide a high-quality online science communication training to the three winners, led by European experts including opportunity to have one-on-one consultation with the experts. This training will focus on equipping the winners with essential communication skills which are directly applicable to the effective communication of their innovative ideas in a virtual setting.

The Lab is a challenging and inspiring platform for emerging bright individuals, giving them an exceptional opportunity to become the next big success story in innovation. It is a fast-paced exciting event for the audience and is accessible to anyone registering for the event. As the presenters could be researchers, social scientists, academics, entrepreneurs or professionals across all disciplines, the Lab promises to be an interesting and motivating event for everyone!

 Program Booklet

Watch the event below


  • 14.00 Welcome by Ms Anna-Maria Arabia Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science

  • 14.05 Introductory remarks by Professor Hans Bachor AM FAA Master of Ceremonies, FWL Australia 2021

  • 14.10 Opening remarks by HE Dr Thomas Fitschen Ambassador, Federal Republic of Germany to Australia

  • 14.15 Comments by Jury Chair Dr Cathy Foley AO FAA FTSE PSM Australia’s Chief Scientist, Office of the Chief Scientist

  • 14.20 Pitches (scholar presentations 1–9) 15.10 Jury deliberation (confidential); Selected Academy videos (livestream)

  • 15.30 Address by Professor John Shine AC PresAA FAHMS(Hon) FRS, President, Australian Academy of Science

  • 15.35 Address by Mr Nishant Shandilya Regional Coordinator, EURAXESS Australia and New Zealand

  • 15.40 Winners announced Audience award & Jury award

  • 15.50 Farewell by Professor Hans Bachor AM FAA

International Falling Walls Lab Background

Falling Walls is traditionally an international three-day conference held in Berlin each year inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. The question of every Falling Walls gathering is: Which walls will fall next? The conference fosters discussion on research and innovation and promotes the latest scientific findings among a broad audience from all parts of society.

The goal of the Falling Walls Lab is to advance scientific and entrepreneurial visions, and to initiate and promote exchange between outstanding talents and innovative thinkers across disciplines. 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 present at the Falling Walls Lab global finale – Falling Walls Pitch, Berlin on 7 November 2021.

There will be a total of three full days of stimulating presentations and inspiring interactions from 7-9 November 2021 with an option to join remotely for participants unable to travel.