Great minds present innovative ideas in 3 minutes!
Falling Walls Lab Is Coming to Bonn

Falling Walls Lab Rhineland 2021

Witness young researchers pitch innovative ideas in 3 minutes in a live streaming event! Participants, the so-called 'Labsters', are given the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition and present their research, business model, or initiative to peers, a high-calibre jury of experts from academia and business, and the general public.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Find the livestream on this website below 



Introduction and Welcome Note by Prof. Dr. Andreas Zimmer (Vice Rector for Research and Early-Career Researchers, University of Bonn)

Breaking the Wall of...

  • Quantum Computing Hardware (Roudy Hanna)
  • Entrepreneurial Wellbeing (Bastian Burger)
  • Pandemic Virus Variants (Matthias Bruhn)
  • the Digital Classroom (Dr. Daniele Di Mitri)
  • Adaptation to Climate Change (Justine Floret)
  • the Future of Agriculture (Ahmed Abdalla)
  • Complex Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Rahel Krause)
  • Space Research on Earth (Christoph Lotz)
  • Greenwashing with Openness (Tobias Augspurger)
  • Fatigue (Alexander Krawinkel)

Introducing the Labsters and their personal backgrounds as well as the host institutions whille the juding panel makes their decision. Vote for your favorite labster in the battle for the audience award!

Watch the award ceremony. Find out which idea was chosen by the jury and which one was the most popular with the audience.

About Falling Walls Lab Rhineland

Falling Walls Lab Rhineland is jointly hosted by RWTH Aachen, University of Bonn, University of Cologne, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and Forschungszentrum Jülich. The event is hosted on a rotating basis by the participating institutions. Next year's Falling Walls Lab Rhineland will take place in Düsseldorf. 

See impressions of last year's Falling Walls Lab at RWTH Aachen here.

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Meet our Judging Panel

Dr. Nora Karnowski

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Entrepreneur, Start-up Clickmer Systems

  • 2019–2021:
    Master of Pharma Business Administration studies at the Goethe Business School Frankfurt
  • Since 2018:
    Founding team member and lab manager of the biotech Startup Clickmer Systems
  • 2013–2018:
    PhD in Molecular Biomedicine in the work group of Prof. Dr. Famulok,  University of Bonn
  • 2015–2017:
    Member of the organisation team of the ‘Bonner Forum Biomedizin’, an education and career network for life science graduates
  • 2010–2013:
    Master studies Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Bonn
  • 2007–2010:
    Bachelor studies Molecular Biomedicine at the University of Bonn

Prof. Dr. Doris Klee

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Vice Rector for Human Resources Management and Development, RWTH Aachen

  • Since October 2011:
    Vice Rector for Human Resources Management and Development, RWTH Aachen University
  • Since 2004:
    Professor of macromolecular chemistry, RWTH Aachen. Research focus: the improvement of interface biocompatibility of biomaterial surfaces and the development of so-called drug delivery systems
  • 1997:
    Habilitation at the Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry
  • 1983:
    Chemistry studies at RWTH Aachen University and doctorate at the since-renamed DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials

Prof. Dr. Frauke Melchior

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Board Member at Forschungszentrum Jülich

  • Since 2021: 
    Board of Directors at Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • 2008–2021: 
    Professor for Molecular Biology, Heidelberg University
  • 2004–2008:
    Professor for Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • 1998–2004:
    Group Leader Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried
  • 1992–1998:
    Second Postdoc, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA
  • 1990–1992:
    First Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
  • 1990:
    PhD at Philipps-University Marburg
  • 1981–1987:
    Studies of Chemistry, Philipps-University Marburg and University of Bristol

Prof. Dr. Bettina Rockenbach

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Vice Rector for Research and Innovation, University of Cologne

  • Since 2015: 
    Vice Rector for Research and Innovation, University of Cologne
  • 2012–2015:
    Vice Dean of Research and Junior Academics at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Cologne
  • Since 2011:
    Head of BehavEcon Seminar, University of Cologne
  • 2008–2011:
    Vice President of Research and Early-Career Researchers, University of Erfurt
  • 2006–2008:
    Dean of Political Sciene, University of Erfurt
  • 2000–2011:
    Chair of Microevonomics, University of Erfurt
  • 1999–2000:
    Visiting Professor, University of Tilburg
  • 1993/1999:
    Doctorate and Habilitation in Economics, University of Bonn
  • 1988:
    Degree in Mathematics, University of Bonn

Prof. Dr. Peter Westhoff

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Senior Professor at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

  • 2014–2020: 
    Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, University of Düsseldorf
  • 2004–2007: 
    Dean, Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences, University of Düsseldorf
  • 2001–2004: 
    Head, Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences, University of Düsseldorf
  • 1988–2019: 
    Professor and Chair, Plant Molecular Biology, University of Düsseldorf
  • 1985–1987:
    Senior research associate, University of Munich
  • 1980–1985:
    Research associate, University of Düsseldorf
  • 1980–1985:
    Habilitation in Botany, University of Düsseldorf
  • 1977–1980:
    Doctorate in Botany, University of Gießen
  • 1971–1977: 
    State examination in Chemistry and Biology, University of Gießen

Prof. Dr. Andreas Zimmer

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Vice Rector for Research and Early-Career Researchers, University of Bonn

  • Since 2021: 
    Vice Rector for Research and Early-Career Researchers, University of Bonn
  • 2015–2021: 
    Vice Rector for Research and Innovation, University of Bonn
  • 2005–2006: 
    Professor of Cell Biology (W3), Bielefeld University
  • 1999–2005: 
    Professor of Molecular Neurobiology (C3), University of Bonn
  • 1991–2000: 
    Head of Working Group at the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, USA
  • 1989–1991: 
    Postdoctoral Researcher, DFG Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, USA
  • 1986–1989: 
    Doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
  • 1980–1986: 
    Studies in Biology at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Giessen

Falling Walls Foundation

The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation in Berlin, dedicated to the support of science and the humanities. It is a unique international platform for leaders from the worlds of science, business and politics, the arts and society. Falling Walls fosters discussion on research and innovation and promotes the latest scientific findings among a broad audience from all parts of society. 

Falling Walls Conference Berlin

Find out who will qualify for the global finale in Berlin on 7 November and wins a ticket to attend the Falling Walls Conference. The Falling Walls Conference is a unique international platform for leaders from the worlds of science, business, politics, the arts, and society. 

Contact and Organization

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