Falling Walls Lab Tokyo

Learn, share and communicate about research!

Based on the idea of "breaking down various walls" around the world, this event provides students, young researchers and professionals of all disciplines and nationalities an opportunity to present their research projects or ideas in 3 minutes and in English, in front of a non-specialised audience.

The winners from the Falling Walls Labs from around the world - including the Falling Walls Lab Tokyo - gather annually for the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin.

The Falling Walls initiative was founded to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Falling Walls Lab Tokyo is co-organized by EURAXESS Japan and the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo).


The Falling Walls Lab Tokyo 2018 edition

In 2018. the WELT will take place on 12 May (Saturday) at the University of Tokyo. We are already calling for abstracts, and will invite 10 to 20 candidates for the event in Tokyo.
Novelty in 2018: not one, but two participants in the Tokyo event will be sent to the Finale in Berlin!

FWLT 2018 event page & abstract submission (until 9 April)



The Falling Walls Lab Tokyo 2017 edition

In 2017, the FWLT was held on 27 May at the Miraikan (JST's science and technology museum) in Tokyo. We warmly thank all the participants for their excellent talks, our distinguished Jury for making the difficult decision of selecting three winners, and the 80+ attendees who warmed the atmosphere (but pressured the participants in getting the best out of themselves!).
Winners were:

  • 1st place (ticket to the finale in Berlin): Ana Verissimo, Breaking the Wall of lack of tissue for regenerative medicine

  • 2nd place (interview on DWIH and EURAXES websites): Albert Mufundirwa, Breaking the Wall of energy cost and sustainability

  • 3rd place (set of science communication books): Miku Katayama, Breaking the Wall of cancer membrane

We are looking forward to organising the 2018 edition!

FWLT 2017 event page, videos of the talks here!


The Falling Walls Lab Tokyo 2016 edition

In 2016, the event was held on 29 August at the OAG Haus in Tokyo. More than 80 attendees came to listen to the 15 participants, who were judged by 6 distinguished Jury Members!

Thank you very much to all of the participants, and to the event sponsor, Elsevier!

Speakers were:

FWL Tokyo 2016 Speakers


And the winners of the event were:

  • Third Prize (interview on EURAXESS and DWIH websites): Ery Fukushima
  • Second Prize (Elsevier voucher): Matt Escobar
  • First Prize (flight to the FW Finale in Berlin): Alina Kudasheva

Eri Fukushima's interview after her participation: English | Japanese

Videos of all the talks:


Access the full event programme and proceedings here: FWL Tokyo 2016 Proceedings (657.35 KB)