Press Release 052/2021

Falling Walls Lab Karlsruhe: Ideas for Solving Global Challenges

At KIT, Talents from the Southwest Region of Germany Present their Inventive Concepts to Qualify for the International Finals in Berlin
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For the second time, KIT is hosting the Falling Walls Lab. This format gives young talents the opportunity to present their research or business ideas. (Photo: Magali Hauser, KIT)

Presenting a fascinating idea, a groundbreaking research project, or a sophisticated business model in three minutes: This is the Karlsruhe Falling Walls Lab, hosted by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on June 16, 2021. It is as part of the EFFEKTE Science Festival taking place in front of the “TRIANGEL Open Space” at Kronenplatz. Emerging talents, innovators, and creative minds from Southwest Germany will compete in presenting their pioneering ideas – among others from life sciences, natural sciences, and environmental sciences or from engineering and healthcare – to a jury and the interested public. The media have been invited to this event. Registration is possible until Monday, June 14, 2021 by email topresse does-not-exist.kit edu.

For the second time already, KIT organizes a Falling Walls Lab for the Southwest of Germany. The winner of the competition will participate in the Falling Walls Lab finals in Berlin in November 2021. There, the best “labsters” from all over the world will compete against each other. The top three in these finals will receive prize money and the opportunity to present their topics on the big stage of the Falling Walls Conference. At this conference, which commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, world-leading researchers will present scientific and societal solutions to global challenges such as climate change, energy production, healthcare, security, and fair and sustainable business. The Falling Walls Lab for Southwest Germany is organized in alternating years by KIT and Heidelberg University.

Jury Members from Science, Society, and Business

A six-member jury, chaired by Professor Thomas Hirth, KIT Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, will decide on the winner of the Falling Walls Lab Karlsruhe who is rewarded with a ticket to Berlin. The jury is composed of representatives from Heidelberg University, FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure, the National Institute for Science Communication (NaWik), and BASF SE. (swi)

Program of the Karlsruhe Falling Walls Lab

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
TRIANGEL Open Space, Kaiserstrasse 93, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany

6:30 – 6:40 p.m.    Welcome speech
6:40 – 7:45 p.m.    Presentations        
7:45 – 8:15 p.m.    Networking
8:15 – 8:30 p.m.    Award ceremony and group photo

The event will be held in English.
No advance registration is required for visitors to the Lab.

Media representatives are welcome; kindly register at presse does-not-exist.kit edu

This year’s Falling Walls Lab is part of the “KIT 21 – 7 Days – 7 Questions – 7 Formats” event, the contribution of KIT to the EFFEKTE Science Festival.
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Further information on KIT 21 can be found in the KIT Press Release

More information on the Falling Walls Lab:

Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,800 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

swi, 08.06.2021


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