In the course of the Long Night of Science, the Falling Walls Lab took place for the third time in Austria. It is an international format that addresses outstanding talents and creative thinkers. The aim was to present their research work, business model or initiative in just 3 minutes to a jury consisting of experts from academia and business but also to a big audience. Austria is one of the more than 50 locations worldwide hosting such a forum.1
Nedra Jouini, PhD student of program line Imaging Biomarkers competed with 14 other applicants within the Falling Walls Lab Austria contest. The title of her short talk was ''Breaking the walls of tumor immune escape''. For us, she wrote down her personal experience of the contest:
“It was a challenging yet beneficial experience, ranging from the training at the LBG to the few seconds before I got on stage. The cameras, the lights, and the audience has definitely terrified me for the first few seconds but then I remembered that I am only on that stage for a good reason, then my speech went well 🙂 I encourage my colleagues to participate next year.”
Alpbach Technology Symposium
The winners of the Falling Walls Lab have the chance to travel to the Alpbach Technology Symposium in Berlin, Germany to compete with about 100 finalists for the title “Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year”, a prize money and the opportunity to pitch their research idea on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference which will be on the 9th of November 2018 in Berlin.
The European Forum Alpbach is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture which was established in 1945. The annual forum address relevant socio-political questions of our time. This years focus lies on the relationship between “Diversity and Resilience”. Details about the programme can be found here.