Applications Open - Falling Walls Lab Adelaide 2024

The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia are pleased to present Falling Walls Lab Adelaide 2024.

Falling Walls Lab is a world-class pitch competition and networking forum, organised annually by the Falling Walls Foundation, a non-profit organisation in Berlin dedicated to supporting science and the humanities. Falling Walls is a unique international platform for leaders from the worlds of science, business, politics, the arts and society, fosters discussion on research and innovation, and promotes the latest scientific findings among a broad audience from all parts of society.

In three minutes, shortlisted participants will present their proposed solutions in response to the question, ‘As a result of scientific, technological, economic and sociological breakthroughswhich are the next walls to fall?’ to a jury of experts from across academia and business, as well as their peers and the general public.

The 2024 Adelaide pitch event will be held on Friday 19 July, in person, at the University of Adelaide. Registrations to attend will open later in June.

State winners will then participate in the National Finale in Canberra in August, with the Australian winners going on to compete in the Global Finale in Berlin in November.

Applications for Falling Walls Lab 2024 are now open and will close on Friday 5 July. 

For more information, please contact Global Engagement.

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Eligibility Criteria

You must be 18 years or older when submitting your application and fulfil at least one of the following formal requirements: 

  • You are currently enrolled in university.
  • You are currently a postdoctoral researcher/fellow.
  • You received a bachelor’s degree no more than 10 years ago.
  • You received a master’s degree no more than 7 years ago. 
  • You received a PhD no more than 5 years ago. 

Please note: an MD (medical degree excluding a doctoral dissertation) is considered equivalent to a master’s degree. A Dr. med. (medical degree including a doctoral dissertation) is considered equivalent to a PhD.

You must also: 

  • Be an active researcher in any field of the natural sciences, including technology, engineering and medicine, or arts, humanities and social sciences.
  • Be a resident in South Australia or Tasmania. 
  • Travel to attend the in-person event on 19 July if you are a shortlisted applicant from outside of Adelaide. Funding for travel (not accommodation) to Adelaide may be available through the Australian Academy of Sciences. The Academy will liaise with successful applicants, their institutions and other sponsors to secure this funding.

Previous participants are not eligible to apply

Please read the full Terms & Conditions before applying. Please note that calls for applications may be extended at the discretion of Falling Walls Lab Adelaide organisers.

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