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Falling Walls Lab San Francisco Bay Area 2022



We are proud to announce our collaboration with the organizers of Falling Walls Labs in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Note: The deadline has been extended to September 8th. Apply now!


The German Centers for Research and Innovation (DWIH) is hosting a Falling Walls Lab(FWL) this year, with the science slam open to students, entrepreneurs, early-career researchers, and academics of all disciplines. Which wall will your research break? Pitch your innovative idea in just three minutes, showcasing a breakthrough that creates a positive impact on science and society. 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-caliber jury made up of experts from academia and business, and the general public.


The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 8th, 2022. The competition will take place in English on Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 in Berkeley, California (in person). The lab is open to everyone (no restrictions based on place of residency or nationality) or but note that you must travel to present in-person, so please apply only if you are able to travel to the San Francisco Bay Area for the event on September 28th. For additional eligibility information, click the button below. To see the event description on the DWIH San Francisco website, click here.


Note that application window to present has closed.

Click the yellow button below to register to attend in the audience and watch the finalists make their pitch at the lab.

Register to attend in-person

More information and application


The winner will win a travel package to Berlin, Germany to present at the Falling Walls Lab Finale on November 7th among many other prizes. As part of our support for the lab, EURAXESS North America is covering the flight tickets for the winner's travel to the Finale. Note for EURAXESS members: If you apply, please send us an email to let us know and we can explore additional options to get visibility for your research outside of the this lab (as well as to spotlight you if you win) as part of our overall support for career growth, including sharing on our social media channels.


Read about the application process here. The evaluation criteria is as follows:

  • Breakthrough factor (50%): How innovative is the proposed idea?
  • Relevance/Impact (40%): How relevant is the idea to the discipline and beyond?
  • Structure/Performance (10%): How convincing was the presentation?


The DWIH San Francisco is part of a global network of six centers which is overseen by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). DWIH San Francisco promotes innovation and collaboration by planning and hosting events focused on current, topical issues in science and the humanities, as well as by taking part in conferences, science fairs, and career fairs.

The DWIH San Francisco opened in early 2022 as the second DWIH location in the U.S. to strengthen Germany’s reputation as a land of research, science, and innovation, including on the West Coast of the United States by providing a platform for leaders in science, technology, and the humanities to engage exchange and collaboration.

It serves as a point of contact and a source of expertise on funding, research, and science policy. Whether you are based in the U.S. looking to explore opportunities to work with innovators and entrepreneurs in Germany or the other way around, the DWIH is here to support you.


Date & Duration
- (Wed, Sep 28 2022, All day)
Berkeley, CA, United States
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