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Falling Walls Lab Tokyo 2017

27 May 15:00 - 19:00

Tokyo, Miraikan 7F, Innovation Hall

THaks for your participation & interest! Vdeos of all the talks are here!

 

Learn, share and communicate about research

The Falling Walls Lab Tokyo will take place on May 27 in Tokyo!

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 - will gather for the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin in November. The Falling Walls initiative was founded to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall.

 

Alina Kudasheva, FWLT 2016 Winner

Alina FWL FInale 2016 group

"It was an absolutely unique experience for me. I was nervous when presenting my research to a large audience, but now I feel much more confident at presenting my work!

I met many people from both academia and industry, and had a chance to know on what issues researchers from all over the world are working.

It was very knowledgeable and fun!"

(Alina Kudasheva, second from the left, at the Finale in November 2016 in Berlin; Photo credit: Falling Walls)

 

 


研究 × コミュニケーション

国際科学コミュニケーションイベントFalling Walls Labが東京で2017年5月27日(土)に開催されます!

本イベントでは、世界にある「様々な壁」を打破することをコンセプトに、様々な国籍や専門分野の若手研究者が3分間で自身の研究活動を英語で紹介します。東京をはじめ、世界各地で予選を勝ち抜いた入賞者が11月にベルリンで行われる決勝大会に集結します。

 


Organisers:

EURAXESS Japan

DWIH Tokyo

FWLT2017 organisers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry Conditions

Bachelor and Master students (provided they are working on a research project on their own), PhD candidates, postdocs, young professionals and entrepreneurs from all nationalities and scientific disciplines are invited to apply.

  • Applicants with only a Bachelor’s degree: the degree should not date back more than 10 years.
  • Applicants with a Master’s degree: the degree should not date back more than 7 years.
  • Applicants with a PhD: the degree should not date back more than 5 years.
  • Postdocs and students which are currently enrolled in university are also eligible to apply.

 

Pre selection Procedure

All the applications will be handled through the Falling Walls website (link on top of this page). The organisers will select 10 to 20 participants from these applicationsand invite them to the Falling Walls Lab Tokyo 2017 on 27 May in Tokyo.

 

What's in it for the applicants?

Working on presenting your research project is never a loss of time! Apply to the FWLT and you will definitely be able to better conceptualise your research to your colleagues, and to the general public.

For the selected participants, in addition to being invited to the Tokyo event, they will be granted access to specific training materials on science communication.

Among participants, prizes will be given to a top three as selected by the Jury Committee on the day of the event:

+ First prize: a trip to berlin for the Falling Walls Lab Finale and Conference on 8-9 November (where the winner of the Tokyo event will present in front of hundreds of executives, investors or policy-makers)

+ Second prize: written interview of the candidate to be published and advertised on both EURAXESS Japan and DWIH Tokyo websites (check last year's edition here)

+ Third prize: a set of books about science communication.

 

Alina Kudasheva FWL Finale 2016

Words from Alina Kudasheva, FWLT 2016 Winner

"Good skills in science communcation will help you promoting your research at a later stage, perhaps even to the commercialization level, so why not to practice now and improve your skills?

Even if you don't win, participate will help you to establish professional networks!"

 

What should I prepare for my application?

(All fields are mandatory except specifically marked)

- Personal information, affilation and position, contact information;

- Past publications, awards and scholarships (optional);

- A tagline of your project: "Breaking the Wall of ... +40 characters maximum including spaces";

- A teaser of your project, in 50 characters maximum,including spaces;

- An outline of your idea/project: 200 characters maximum spaces included for the problem you address, and 200 characters maximum spaces included to present your solution;

- A short statement about your motivation in applying to the Falling Walls Lab (400 characters maximum including spaces);

- A CV in PDF format.

 

 

Alina Kudasheva FWL Finale 2016

Tips & Tricks by Alina Kudasheva, FWLT 2016 Winner

"Due to the limited word counts, I tried to think of keywords precisely describing my research and why it is important for our society. Before making a proposal on how to solve the problem addressed, I analysed the current limitations in conventional technologies and how can my research improve that."

 

How to prepare a good talk?

That's for if, or when, you're selected!

For now you can check last year's lineup

 

Alina Kudasheva FWL Finale 2016

Tips & Tricks by Alina Kudasheva, FWLT 2016 Winner

"I tried to avoid text in PPT as much as possible and use more of images and video to make my presentation more entertaining for the audience. I also avoided usage of specific terminology to be sure that everybody in the room can follow my research proposal and results.

When using video or audio materials, please double check with the event organisers that it will actually work on the computer that will be used in the event!"

 

 

Watch last year's talks in video:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does judging work?

Our distinguished Jury will deliberate to select the top three presenters. The first-place winner will travel to the global Falling Walls Lab Finale, which takes place on 8 November 2017 in Berlin.

For this purpose they will use three criteria of equal importance: the "Breakthrough factor", the "Relevance and Impact", and the  "Structure and Performance" of the talk. English literacy is nota valid criterion, as long as the speaker makes herself or himself clearly understand.

 

Who is in the Jury?

 

 

Who are the candidates?

 

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Mr. Walid Yassin, Lebanon, University of Tokyo

Breaking the Wall of Autism:

Hug autism away!

 

 

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Ms. Miku Katayama, Japan, Osaka Prefecture University

Breaking the Wall of cancer membrane:

Breakthrough of cancer castle wall like “Ninja”

 

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Ms. Sara Metwali, Egypt, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Breaking the Wall of Energy Consumption in Digital Systems:

Analyzing the system on all levels of design

 

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Mr. Leo Sakaguchi, Poland, MealSaver - EatUp GmbH

Breaking the Wall of wasted food:

MealSaver - The app against food waste

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Dr. Ana Verissimo, Portugal, Saga University

Breaking the Wall of lack of tissue for regenerative medicine:

3D bio-printed organs inspired by Japanese culture

 

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Mr Brian Tran, Canada, University of Tokyo

Breaking the Wall of Seawall Effectiveness during Tsunamis:

Are seawalls truly effective?

 

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Dr. Alexis Vogelzang, Australia, RIKEN

Breaking the Wall of bacterial dark matter inside us:

Two’s company: bacterial partnerships in the gut.

 

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Mr. Matthew Richardson, Australia, University of Tokyo

Breaking the Wall of High Space Transportation Costs:

We can recycle paper, but can we recycle rockets?

 

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Mr. Albert Mufundirwa, Zimbabwe, Kyushu University

Breaking the Wall of energy cost and sustainability:

A CO2 free, ¥ friendly and sustainable energy key

 

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Ms. Luna Omori, Japan, Akita Prefectural University

Breaking the Wall of Mechanical Biology:

We relate mechanical engineering and biology

 

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Ms. Thanataon Pornphatdetaudom, Thailand, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Breaking the Wall of Nuclear and Radiation Phobia:

even banana emits beta-ray (EBEB)

 

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Mr. Ankur Podder, India, Nonscale Co.

Breaking the Wall of Digital Divide:

City-wide Intranet system hosting local e-commerce

 

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Dr. Nathan Shammah, Italy, RIKEN

Breaking the Wall of Quantum Technology:

Will quantum technologies disrupt IT?

 

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Mr. Kojiro Suda, Japan, Kyoto Institute of Technology

Breaking the Wall of medical issues:

Novel approach for saving incurable patients

 

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Mr. Corey Myers, USA, Waseda University

Breaking the Wall of humanity's inaction on climate change:

How do you make people compete to save the world?

 

 

 

 
Registration desk opens at 14:30. Attendees, come in advance if you want a good seat!

  Event Schedule

15:00

Opening Remarks / About the Organisers

Dorothea Mahnke, Director, DAAD Office Tokyo and DWIH Tokyo

Matthieu Py, Representative, EURAXESS Japan

15:15

 

About Falling Walls and FWLT

Christian Heideck, Programme Coordinator, DWIH Tokyo

Matthieu Py, Representative, EURAXESS Japan

15:25

First batch of FWLT 2017 contestants (#1 to #7)

#1 Walid Yassin; Breaking the Wall of Autism
#2 Miku Katayama; Breaking the Wall of cancer membrane
#3 Sara Metwalli; Breaking the Wall of Energy Consumption in Digital Systems
#4 Leo Sakaguchi; Breaking the Wall of wasted food
#5 Ana Verissimo; Breaking the Wall of lack of tissue for regenerative medicine
#6 Bryan Tran; Breaking the Wall of Seawall Effectiveness during Tsunamis
#7 Alexis Vogelzang; Breaking the Wall of bacterial dark matter inside us

16:00

Coffee break

 

16:15

Second batch of FWLT 2017 contestants (#8 to #15)

#8 Matthew Richardson; Breaking the Wall of High Space Transportation Costs
#9 Albert Mufundirwa; Breaking the Wall of energy cost and sustainability
#10 Luna Omori; Breaking the Wall of Mechanical Engineering and Biology
#11 Thanataon Pornphatdetaudom; Breaking the Wall of Nuclear and Radiation Phobia
#12 Ankur Podder; Breaking the Wall of Digital Divide
#13 Nathan Shammah; Breaking the Wall of Quantum Technology
#14 Kojiro Suda; Breaking the Wall of medical issues
#15 Corey Myers; Breaking the Wall of humanity's inaction on climate change

17:00

Science communication workshop:

-1- About the history of science communication and the importance of diversity

-2- Interactive panel discussion, good practices for science communication

 

(Jury deliberation in separate room)

Matt Escobar, Science Communicator at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation; 2nd place winner at FWLT 2016

18:00

Results announcement and prize ceremony

 

  Networking Reception