Third time's a charm: The Falling Walls Lab Groningen calls for applications!

Third time's a charm: The Falling Walls Lab Groningen calls for applications!

The Falling Walls Lab Groningen will take place on 2 October 2016 at the Groninger Forum and is hosted by the University of Groningen.
Bachelor and Master students, PhD candidates, postdocs and entrepreneurs of all academic disciplines are invited to share their innovative ideas, research projects and business models.

The winner of the Falling Walls Lab Groningen will travel to Berlin and participate in the global Lab Finale on 8 November. The winner also receives a ticket for the Falling Walls Conference where world-class scientists present their breakthrough research on 9 November 2016.

Applications can be made latest by 31 August 2016 (apply here!).

For more information please click here!

NEXT and the Honours College team up for the third time.

A qualifying round of the international event Falling Walls will be held for the third time in the Benelux region, organized by the University of Groningen. Participants will have three minutes to explain how they have broken the walls of science, entrepreneurship, philosophy, politics, or the arts in front of an audience and panel of experts. The winner of the competition will be send to the finals in Berlin to pitch their idea to the world.

What is Falling Walls Lab?

Falling Walls is a non­profit series of scientific conferences, which is a challenging, inspiring and interdisciplinary event for bright young minds. The Falling Walls Lab is a cooperation project between the Falling Walls Foundation and the global management- consulting firm A.T. Kearney. It offers a platform for young academics and professionals to present their breakthrough ideas, research projects, or initiatives. All disciplines are welcome: from agriculture to medicine and from economics to the humanities.

Last year's winner

The University of Groningen's second Falling Walls Lab was hosted at the Infoversum, the first full-dome 3D theater of the Netherlands. A distinguished jury made up of representatives from academia, the industry and policy-making selected the three most intriguing presentations. The top two presenters will pitch their work once more on the global stage of the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin on 8 November. A representative of NEXT will travel with the winners to Berlin to support them during the global finale. The winners who went on to pitch their ideas in Berling were:

Lorenzo Massimo Polgar (Netherlands), University of Groningen - Breaking the Wall of Rubber Waste

Lorenzo wishes to recycle rubber. He believes that the use of reversible connections can help form an elastic rubber network, by which it will be made possible to reuse rubber materials for new applications.

Julius Schöning (Germany), University of Osnabrück - Breaking the Wall of Emotional Urbanism

Common maps are created for navigation only. Julius intends to give them human flavor – emotional color by creating a world map layer displaying the emotions people experience in places.