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Falling Walls Lab Queensland


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The Falling Walls Lab asks one question: "Which are the next walls to fall?"

Does your scientific, technological, economic or social idea provide the answer?

Study Queensland is calling on postdocs, students, innovators, entrepreneurs, or engineers to represent Queensland at the 2020 Falling Walls conference in Berlin.

If your research, idea or initiative can make walls fall, apply now to present your work to a jury of distinguished academics and businesspeople.




What is Falling Walls?

Established 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Falling Walls is a global event dedicated to supporting science and the humanities.

In November, innovative minds from around the world will converge* on the birthplace of Falling Walls, Berlin, Germany. Leaders from politics, science, the arts and business gather to discuss global challenges and their innovative responses.

The Falling Walls Lab is a popular part of the conference. Through a three-minute pitch to some of the world’s leading academics and businesspeople, Lab finalists from around the world have a rare audience to which they can share their dream of a better world through science and social change.


Meet the Global Falling Walls Lab Young Innovator of the Year and Queensland finalist, Rhys Pirie.

In 2019, Australian researcher Rhys Pirie took out first place at the Global Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin and was named 2019 Young Innovator of the Year.     Read more about his success.

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Key dates and event details

Who: Researchers living in Queensland who are postdocs, students, entrepreneurs, innovators or engineers.

When: 6 August 2020

Where: Virtual platform

What: Up to 20 applicants will be selected to present a 3-minute presentation answering, ‘Which are the next walls to fall?’. Top presenters will be selected to go through to Falling Walls Lab Australia, held in Canberra on 8 September 2020.

Applications close: 5PM (AEST) Friday 17 July 2020



Candidates should be research active in any field of the natural sciences, including technology, engineering and medicine, or social sciences and the humanities.

The candidate must:

  • not be a previous presenter at any Falling Walls Lab
  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or hold a valid Australian student or working visa  
  • be based in Queensland at the time of application and at the time of the Falling Walls events in Queensland, Canberra, and Berlin 
  • be 18 years of age or over 
  • hold a passport valid for travel up until April 2021 
  • be currently enrolled in a university in Australia or hold at least one of the following:
    • bachelor’s degree that was awarded less than 10 years prior 
    • master’s degree* that was awarded less than 7 years prior
    • PhD** that was conferred less than 5 years prior.  

*An MD (excl. a doctoral dissertation) will be considered equivalent to a master’s degree. 

**A Dr. Med. (incl. a doctoral dissertation) will be considered equivalent to a PhD.  




How to apply

The application process involves 2-steps.

Step 1:  Complete Study Queensland's online application here, and attach:  

Step 2: Complete the Falling Walls Lab online application here

Only complete and eligible applications submitted via the Falling Walls Lab website will be forwarded to Study Queensland for assessment by an evaluation panel.

Deadline: 5PM (AEST) Friday 17 July 2020

Notification of outcome: end of July 2020


Important notices

Applications will be considered carefully by an evaluation panel with diverse expertise convened by Study Queensland. The decision of the panel is based on the assessed competitiveness of the proposal. Study Queensland is not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is or isn’t successful. 


Further information

Contact Study Queensland via

Miranda Pitt

My name is Miranda Pitt from The University of Queensland and I represented Queensland at Falling Walls 2019 held in Canberra (3rd September). I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at this competition. Several highlights included the diversity of talks, the exciting innovations/ research that are taking place in Australia, opportunities to network and developing my communication skills. I’m grateful for all the support (mentoring, financial) Study Queensland has provided. In particular, thank you to Megan Short who has been extremely helpful and supportive. My experience has been very positive and I intend to recommend Falling Walls to others.

Miranda Pitt
Hema Veerapura

Hema Veerapura

Falling Walls Lab Canberra was an exquisite opportunity with elite researchers across the country to share their perspectives and experiences. Once in a lifetime experience to network with Lindau Nobel Laureates Alumni and be part of the workshop organised by Future Earth Australia aligning our individual research with United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030. It was an honour to present at the Australian Academy’s iconic Shine Dome to the distinguished jury. Inspiring networking opportunity with industry and academics which opens up many doors.

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