03/06/2021

Falling Walls Lab is coming to New Zealand!


  • START DATE
    07/09/2021 - 09:00
  • EVENT TYPE
    Competition
  • LOCATION
    New Zealand, Wellington
  • END DATE
    07/09/2021 - 13:00
  • ORGANISER
    Royal Society Te Apārangi with support from the German Embassy in Wellington and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Catalyst: Leaders Fund and EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand

Information about Falling Walls Lab New Zealand, which is the national competition to select a participant to represent Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Island Forum Nations at the Falling Walls Lab Global Finale in Berlin. Participating in Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is an opportunity for early-career researchers to showcase their innovative idea.

Share your idea, win a trip to Berlin. Great minds, 3 minutes, 1 day.

Rātu Tuesday 7 September 2021 Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is a challenging, inspiring and interdisciplinary format to showcase the next generation of early-career innovators, trailblazers, creators, and visionaries.

In a 3-minute presentation, participants will present their research, business model or initiative, showcasing a breakthrough that creates a positive impact on science and society.  All disciplines are welcome: from agriculture, medicine, economics, engineering to social science and the humanities. The event is inspired by the world-changing event of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, with the question at every Falling Walls gathering: Which walls will fall next?

Network with fellow innovators from different disciplines, equally passionate and inspired to showcase their solutions to some of the biggest challenges of our time. 

The most intriguing presentation will be selected to represent Aotearoa New Zealand and travel to the Falling Walls Lab Global Finale held in Berlin, Germany on 7 November, where they will compete to become the Breakthrough Winner of the Year in the Emerging Talents category of Falling Walls.

At the Berlin Lab, 100 finalists from across the globe will receive the opportunity to present their work in front of a distinguished jury and a ticket to attend the Falling Walls Conference on 7-9 November, to meet and listen to some of the world’s forward-thinking scientists and boldest visionaries.  Take part in a Springer Nature event on science publishing, and exclusive extended programme which includes pitch training, science excursions 'Insights into German Research' and brain dates.

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 the Falling Walls Lab Global Finale, Berlin on the 7 November. The Falling Walls Lab Finale is run by the Falling Walls Foundation.  

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is hosted by Royal Society Te Apārangi with support from the German Embassy in Wellington and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Catalyst: Leaders Fund and EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand.

Current Status

Applications for 2021 are now open.

Closing Date: Rāpare Thursday 1 July 2021, 5.00 pm (NZST)

How to apply?

Information regarding COVID-19

We anticipate being in COVID-19 Level 1 for this event. Note that there will be COVID-19 practices in place such as QR code scanning for the NZ COVID Tracer or paper registering as a manuhiri guest, hand sanitising, regular surface cleaning etc. to protect yourself and others, and prevent future spread of COVID-19. Kia mataara! Be vigilant!

We aim to be ready to adjust to the circumstances in Mahuru September, and note we may have to shift to a ‘virtual’ Lab.  We will keep you informed if there are any changes to Falling Walls Lab New Zealand 2021. 

In person participation of applicants residing outside New Zealand is dependent on quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and their place of residence being possible.  If quarantine-free travel is not possible, the Society will invite the applicant to participate via video link. Likewise, participation in the Falling Walls Lab Global Finale in Berlin by the Aotearoa New Zealand winner, may take place via video link if quarantine free travel is not an option.