Falling Walls Lab Brazil 2020, a competition in partnership with EURAXESS

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    DWIH São Paulo & DAAD, with EURAXESS Brazil's partnership

Do not miss the Falling Walls Lab Brazil Finals! Watch it online on 17 September, 16:00-19:00

During this live online event, one Brazilian with the most transformative idea will be selected to compete in the world stage of the Falling Walls competition, organised by the Falling Walls Foundation, in Berlin.

This year, both the Brazilian stage, organised by the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) São Paulo, and the global stage will be conducted in an online environment due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There will be 15 pre-selected candidates for the national finals in Brazil. The projects focus on topics such as food waste, atmospheric pollution, plastic packaging recycling, agricultural insurance, 3D printing and sanitation.

Each candidate will have three minutes to present, in a video pitch in English, the relevance and transformational power of their proposal. Then, live and online, the candidate clarifies the jury's doubts. Comprised of experts from academia, the press, the business community and the innovation ecosystem, the jury will make the assessment based on three criteria: innovative character, relevance and impact of the proposal and communication skills.

To watch FWL Brazil finals and even vote for your favorite candidate, just enter DWIH São Paulo's YouTube channel on 17 September, 16:00-19:00 (no need to register beforehand): https://youtu.be/DtoGgdBtFiUO.

More information on the FWL Brazil finals (in Portuguese) can be found at the DWIH São Paulo's website.


EURAXESS Brazil will provide the winner with a high-quality online science communication training

The Falling Walls Lab (FWL) is an international forum for the next generation of outstanding innovators and creative thinkers. Its aim is to promote exceptional ideas and to connect promising scientists and entrepreneurs from all fields on a global level. Participants get the opportunity to present their research work, business model, or initiative to peers, a high-calibre jury made up of experts from academia and business, and the general public - in 3 minutes each.

Candidates from all areas of knowledge can apply for until 31 July 2020. This year, given the context of social isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all stages of the event, including the presentation, will be in a virtual environment.

The author of the best research project, business plan or social initiative is guaranteed a place on the Falling Walls Remote 2020: The Breakthroughs of the Year (held exceptionally online this year)

Who may apply?

Outstanding scholars, researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs, young professionals, and innovators. Candidates must fulfil at least one of the following formal requirements:

  • You are currently enrolled in university

  • You are currently a postdoc

  • You received a Bachelor’s degree no more than 10 years ago

  • You received a Master’s degree no more than 7 years ago

  • You received a PhD no more than 5 years ago

* An MD (medical degree excl. a doctoral dissertation) is considered equivalent to a Master’s degree. A Dr. med. (medical degree incl. a doctoral dissertation) is considered equivalent to a PhD.

If you have already participated in a Falling Walls Lab (FWL) as a presenter, you are no longer eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted in English.

EURAXESS Brazil Prize


EURAXESS Brazil will provide a high-quality online science communication training to the winner of the Falling Walls Lab in Brazil. The training will focus on equipping the winner with essential communication skills that are directly applicable to effectively presenting his/her innovative idea in a virtual setting. It will include individual (one-on-one) consultation and mentoring to prepare the winner for her/his participation in the “Falling Walls Breakthrough of the Year” competition. The winner will also have an additional networking opportunity, since he/she will be able to connect with the winners of other Falling Walls Labs where a similar partnership between EURAXESS and Falling Walls is established.

More information

Finals: 17 September 2020 (online).

FWL Brazil annually brings together 15 young researchers with transformative ideas and is organised by the German Center for Science and Innovation (DWIH) São Paulo, in partnership with the Falling Walls Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Relations (AA), EURAXESS Brazil and the Inova Unicamp agency.