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Falling Walls

Falling Walls and Berlin Science Week are once again organising the World Science Summit. This year there is a shift from physical events to a global virtual showcase, with free digital access for everyone. The aim of the summit is to acknowledge the some of the world’s best researchers and celebrate the most recent breakthroughs in science and society from all over the world. 


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Five people from the Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine have been nominated. Firstly, Professor Norbert Huebner in the category Life Sciences, for his work on translational landscape of the human heart. Secondly, Ian Erik Stewart (AG Poulet) in the category of Science in The Arts, for EDGE which brings Neuroscience to the public through art. Thirdly Tobias Opialla (AG Kempa) in the category of Science and Innovation Management, for his work on Lab Hive, an online tool for matching lab resources during the pandemic. Fourthly, Katrina Meyer (AG Selbach) in the category of Emerging Talents, for her discovery of a novel disease mechanism. Finally, Dr Luiza Bengtsson in the category of Science Engagement Initiatives, for her development of “Real or Fake”, an interactive quiz where the public decide whether the science presented by researchers is genuine or not.  

You can discover if these nominees make it to the Grand Finale, as well as learn more about the other breakthroughs from the 1st to the 10th November 2020, with a daily science highlight programme at Noon GMT (13.00 Berlin Time) and the Grand Finale will be live streamed at Noon GMT (13.00 Berlin Time) on 9 November 2020 and will showcase the 10 Breakthroughs of the Year. 

The full programme includes: 500+ speakers, 200+ sessions, 1 digital platform with live-streamed breakthroughs, expert panels, workshops and lectures.

The program of the MDC at the Berlin Science Week


Falling Walls and Berlin Science Week