The first Berlin Science Week 2016 brought together excellent academics and leading scientific institutions from all over the world in Berlin. 38 talks, conferences, panel discussions, festivals, award ceremonies and other formats took place at various locations in Berlin and Potsdam and more than 6000 participants - experts and interested audience - attended the 25 public and 13 invitation-only events.

Falling Walls Lab

The Falling Walls Lab is an inspiring and interdisciplinary format for oustanding talents and innovative thinkers.

Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin

The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum, which aims at building and promoting interdisciplinary connections between excellent academics, entrepreneurs and professionals from all fields. All participants get the opportunity to present their research work and business model to peers and a distinguished jury consisting of experts from academia, research institutions and business – in 3 minutes each.

The Falling Walls Lab is organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and generously supported by A.T. Kearney (Founding Partner) and Festo (Global Partner).

After a successful kick-off at the Falling Walls Conference in 2011, the Falling Walls Lab as a challenging, fast-paced format was subsequently brought to numerous cities worldwide. In 2016,  50 Falling Walls Labs will take place in 45 different countries.

The winners of the international Labs travel to the Lab Finale in Berlin (Germany) on 8 November. 100 innovators receive the opportunity to present their work to a renowned jury and an A.T. Kearney Scholarship to attend the Falling Walls Conference, where they meet the world’s movers and shakers of science, business and the industry.

Falling Walls Venture

Falling Walls Venture is an international forum for outstanding science based start-up companies, venture capitalists and strategic investors as well as their wider academic and business environment

British Embassy, Wilhelmstraße 70 - 71, 10117 Berlin

Twenty leading international academic institutions and international venture capitalists nominate their most outstanding science based start-up. Following a one minute introduction by the recommending institution each start-up presents their case in five minutes in front of an international jury who awards the most convincing concept. The winners (Falling Walls Science Start-Up of the Year 2016) will present themselves in front of an audience of 700 international decision makers at the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference the next day.

AcademiaNet Network Event

Networking event for AcademiaNet members

With this event, the Robert Bosch Stiftung provides exclusive networking possibilities for AcademiaNet members. This year, Dr. Peter Modler, management consultant and best-seller author, and fashion designer Anna von Griesheim will provide humorous and exclusive insights on the power games between women and men and the connection between fashion and power.

Aspen Berlin Transatlantic Conference: The Liberal Order under Siege?

Where is the West heading in times of rising populism, re-nationalization, globalization-fatigue, and a growing divide between cosmopolitan elites and those left behind?

On November 8, 2016, when the United States will elect a new President, the Aspen Institute Germany will host its annual Berlin Transatlantic Conference. The conference will look at the big picture issues, of which Donald Trump’s candidacy is just a symptom. His rise fits the wave of populists whose support has swelled in many Western democracies. On both sides of the Atlantic we are seeing mounting frustration with the lingering effects of the global financial crisis and the euro-crisis, terrorist attacks spreading fear, concerns surrounding record levels of migration, and growing doubt over political elites’ abilities to address these and other crises. These developments have a pro-found impact inside Western democracies, as Brexit has shown, but also on their foreign policy and with it on the EU, the Transatlantic alliance and their ability to uphold the liberal order. Experts from Germany, across Europe, and the United States will share their analyses and discuss their ideas on how to deal with this situation.

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Berlin Translational Dialogue – RNA-Medicine: From RNA Discoveries to Future Therapies

Meet Emmanuelle Charpentier, Frank Slack, Maria Carmo-Fonseca, Jörg Vogel and Biotech pioneers to explore the unprecedented opportunities of RNA-based technologies and -therapies!

Auditorium, CharitéCrossOver, Virchowweg 6, 10117 Berlin

Please join us for our RNA-Medicine Workshop, the second installment of the Berlin Translational Dialogue, on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at CharitéCrossOver.
We are delighted to announce Emanuelle Charpentier (Director MPI-IB, Berlin), Frank Slack (Director Institute for RNA-Medicine, BIDMC Boston, USA) and Maria Carmo-Fonseca (President of the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal) among our speakers.

Part of the Falling Walls-organized Berlin Science Week, Elsevier teamed up with Markus Landthaler (MDC-BIMSB, Berlin), Gunter Meister (University of Regensburg), Jörg Vogel (IMIB Würzburg) and the leading biotechs CureVac (Tübingen), BioNTech (Mainz) to establish an interactive forum for researchers, pharma, corporations, government- and, funding agency representatives, policymakers, and the interested public to explore the unprecedented opportunities arising from the development of RNA-based technologies and -therapeutics.

European Stakeholder Round Table on Citizen and DIY Science and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

The event gathers citizen science and DIY science experts to define links to Responsible Research and Innovation and co-create our policy engagement agenda.

Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin

The round table is part of the Horizon 2020 project ´DITOs – Doing-It-Together Science` that will implement many innovative participatory event formats across Europe in the two critical areas of biodesign and environmental monitoring. In the project, ECSA will help to build the institutional and policy foundations for sustained deep public engagement in science and technology in Europe. The round table is the first of a series of stakeholder events and will lay the foundations for this work. Experts from the citizen science and DIY science communities will come together to explore synergies between their approaches to participation and co-create the policy-engagement agenda. The round table is framed by the aim to discuss what we can learn from and add to the European policy agenda of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) regarding cross-cutting issues, such as gender equality and inclusion, ethics, SMEs involvement, and evaluation.

Falling Walls Circle

The Falling Walls Circle is the international meeting for science strategists and decision-makers.

Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin

The Falling Walls Circle is the international meeting for science strategists and decision-makers. As part of the Falling Walls Conference, which takes place on 9 November 2016, the invitation-only meeting brings together about 70 presidents and CTOs of research organizations, science and technology driven global corporations, senior government officials, outstanding researchers and promising entrepreneurs. The chosen panel of high-profile participants will discuss crucial questions concerning the future of science policy and strategy.

Prize-giving Ceremony for the German Thesis Award

Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, will present the awards for the year’s most important doctoral theses.

Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, Adele-Schreiber-Krieger-Str. 1, 10117 Berlin

The Körber Foundation presents the German Thesis Award every year to honour the best young German researchers from all disciplines. The patron of the Award is Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag. He awards the prize in a formal ceremony to honour young scientists who have presented dissertations that are outstanding in their fields and are of particular importance for society. This year the three top prizes, each of them worth 25,000 Euros, go to the jurist Tom Pleiner from the University of Augsburg, the political scientist Astrid Séville from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and to the mechanical engineer Elisabeth Wilhelm from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The German Thesis Award is regarded as one of the most important prizes for young scientists in the Federal Republic of Germany.

A.T. Kearney Healthcare Lounge

Consumer Health meets Pharma – Disruptive Innovations Through Modern Marketing and Digitalization Approaches

China Club Berlin, Adlon Palais, Behrenstraße 72, 10117 Berlin

As in previous years, A.T. Kearney invites to a special event for decision makers in Pharma and Healthcare on the occasion of the Falling Walls Conference: At the A.T. Kearney Healthcare Lounge – on the evening of the 8th November – we will discuss with representatives from Pharma, Consumer Health, Biotech, Medical Technology and hospitals the following topic: Consumer Health meets Pharma – Disruptive Innovations Through Modern Marketing and Digitalization Approaches.