“Falling Walls Science Engagement of the Year” Competition

Deadline: 30 June 2019
Open to: submissions from any field of science engagement, communication, outreach, education
Benefits: the 20 best submissions will be invited to share their science engagement projects on 8 November in a fast-paced pitch competition in front of a peer audience and a distinguished jury

Description

Falling Walls Engage is an international platform for all forms of science engagement, hosted by Falling Walls in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Its goal is to showcase successful science engagement projects from a wide range of fields. From public science to pub science, from kindergarten education to VR experiences, and from citizen science to journalism, Falling Walls Engage connects those who tear down the walls between science and the public. The programme seeks to highlight the scientific community’s responsibility for the common good and spread scientific literacy, with a special focus on “hard-to-reach” target groups.

Concept

Falling Walls Engage asks organisations and individuals active in science engagement to submit their successful projects or initiatives. The international call is open to all forms of science engagement, with a particular focus on impactful, cost-effective and novel approaches to building opportunities for dialogue and participation. The best submissions will be invited to share their science engagement projects on 8 November in a fast-paced pitch competition in front of a peer audience and a distinguished jury.

Presenting the “Falling Walls Science Engagement of the Year”, the winner will get the chance to pitch their project on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference to an audience of 750 global leaders, decision-makers, and international media representatives. All participating projects will be digitally documented and presented on an interactive learning website to inspire both professionals and the general public. Following the presentation pitches, co-learning workshops will create an opportunity for further discussion, exchange of expertise and cooperation.

All selected participants will receive an invitation to join the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November.

When and where?
Falling Walls Engage will take place on 8 November 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

Eligibility

Submissions from any field of science engagement, communication, outreach, education – large or small – are welcome. The most impactful, novel, and cost-effective projects will be invited to Berlin (travel and accommodation costs will be covered).

They are looking for:

  • all forms of science engagement with a focus on impactful, cost-effective, novel approach to building opportunities for dialogue and participation in science;
  • hidden champions from the whole world who pursue scalable projects;
  • initiatives with local impact or wider outreach with the potential to become role models for other projects or scientists;
  • new ways of communication and cooperation with the goal of empowering scientists to engage with public audiences.

Benefits

  • The 20 best submissions will be invited to share their science engagement projects on 8 November in a fast-paced pitch competition in front of a peer audience and a distinguished jury;
  • The winner will get the chance to pitch their project on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference to an audience of 750 global leaders, decision-makers, and international media representatives;
  • All selected participants will receive an invitation to join the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November and its network of international science leaders, media, and outreach professionals;
  • Increase international visibility for your organisation’s science engagement work;
  • Share your experiences and learn from like-minded people in a co-learning environment;
  • Become part of a sustainable community dedicated to a common cause – pushing forward the dialogue between science and society.

How to apply?

  1. Fill in the online application form. Get an overview of the full application form by downloading this PDF.
  2. Once you have submitted your application online, send a 1-minute application video to [email protected] answering these three questions:
  • How do you change the way people engage with science?
  • What surprised you the most in realising your project?
  • Why should they select you?

By submitting your project you consent to their terms and conditions.

For more information, please visit the official web page.