Watch Live - Falling Walls Lab Queensland 2020!

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

Join us as we watch 10 of Queensland's top researchers and innovators pitch their scientific, technological, economic or social idea to provide the answer.

Study Queensland put the call-out to all postdocs, students, innovators, entrepreneurs, or engineers to represent Queensland at the 2020 Falling Walls conference in Berlin.

Join us Thursday 6 August as they present their work to a jury of distinguished academics and business people.

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.

In November, innovative minds from around the world will converge* on the birthplace of Falling Walls, Berlin, Germany. 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.

Key dates and event details

Who: Researchers living in Queensland who are postdocs, students, entrepreneurs, innovators or engineers.

When: 6 August 2020

Where: Facebook Live @ Study Queensland

What: 10 of Queensland's top researchers and innovators have been selected to present a 3-minute presentation answering, ‘Which are the next walls to fall?’. Top presenters from the day will be selected to go through to Falling Walls Lab Australia, held in Canberra on 8 September 2020.

Applications close: 5PM (AEST) Friday 17 July 2020

Young Innovator of the Year, Rhys Pirie

Meet the Global Falling Walls Lab Young Innovator of the Year and Queensland finalist, Rhys Pirie.

In 2019, Australian researcher Rhys Pirie took out first place at the Global Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin and was named 2019 Young Innovator of the Year.

Read more about his success


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 2021 
  • 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.

How to apply

The application process involves 2-steps.

Step 1:  Complete Study Queensland's online application here, and attach:  

Step 2: Complete the Falling Walls Lab online application here

Only complete and eligible applications submitted via the Falling Walls Lab website will be forwarded to Study Queensland for assessment by an evaluation panel.

Deadline: 5PM (AEST) Friday 17 July 2020

Notification of outcome: end of July 2020

Important notices

Applications will be considered carefully by an evaluation panel with diverse expertise convened by Study Queensland. The decision of the panel is based on the assessed competitiveness of the proposal. Study Queensland is not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is or isn’t successful. 

Further information

Contact Study Queensland via studyqueensland@tiq.qld.gov.au