Falling Walls Lab Queensland

The Falling Walls Lab asks one question: "Which are the next walls to fall?"

Join UQ as we host the Falling Walls Lab Queensland - an international forum for the next generation of early-career innovators, trailblazers, creators, and visionaries. This is your opportunity to promote your exceptional ideas and connect with promising scientists and entrepreneurs from all fields on a global level. You are given the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition and present your research, business model, or innovation to peers, a high-calibre jury, and the general public.

Key dates

Applications open. Monday, 5 July 2021. 
Submit application
Application deadline. 5pm (AEST) Friday, 30 July 2021. 
Submit your solution to be considered for the pitch event. 

Shortlisted applicants announced. Wednesday, 4 August 2021.
The top 10 applicants will be notified via email.

Pitch event. 8am-12pm Tuesday, 10 August 2021.
Register to watch the top 10 applicants pitch

What is Falling Walls?

Established 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Falling Walls is a global event dedicated to supporting science and the humanities.

Innovative minds from around come together and leaders from politics, science, the arts and business gather to discuss global challenges and their innovative responses.

The Falling Walls Lab is a popular part of the conference. Through a three-minute pitch to some of the world’s leading academics and businesspeople, Lab finalists from around the world have a rare audience to which they can share their dream of a better world through science and social change.

How to apply

Compete the Falling Walls Lab online application form

Submit application 

Do you have questions regarding applying to or participating in a Falling Walls Lab?
You'll find answers to common application questions and competition information in the applicant FAQ on the Falling Walls website.

Deadline: 5pm (AEST) Friday 30 July 2021


Candidates should be research active in any field of the natural sciences, including technology, engineering and medicine, or social sciences and the humanities.

The candidate must:

  • not be a previous presenter at any Falling Walls Lab
  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or hold a valid Australian student or working visa
  • be based in Queensland at the time of application and at the time of the Falling Walls events in Queensland, Canberra, and Berlin
  • be 18 years of age or over  
  • hold a passport valid for travel up until April 2022
  • be currently enrolled in a university in Australia or hold at least one of the following:
    • bachelor’s degree that was awarded less than 10 years prior
    • master’s degree* that was awarded less than 7 years prior
    • PhD** that was conferred less than 5 years prior.
      *An MD (excl. a doctoral dissertation) will be considered equivalent to a master’s degree.
      **A Dr. Med. (incl. a doctoral dissertation) will be considered equivalent to a PhD.

Please note: Falling Walls Lab Queensland is also collecting submissions from applicants from the Northern Territory on behalf of the Australian Academy of Science.

Have a question?

For more information about the Falling Walls Lab Queensland, contact the Ventures team