Does your research (metaphorically) break down walls?
If you are doing research that has a positive impact on society — especially if that research is particularly innovative or impactful — you could be a prime candidate for the Falling Walls competition.
Falling Walls was established after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The competition runs all around the world, with a finals event in Berlin to celebrate the most outstanding innovators working to break down the tangible and intangible obstructions that hold humanity back.
Competitors are welcome to enter from across a wide range of disciplines, both inside and outside academia. The format is a bit like 3 Minute Thesis: you have just 3 minutes to convince the judges that your work dismantles barriers in way that benefits society. The NZ champion will then fly to Berlin to compete in the global finals.
Entries for the NZ competition, administered by the Royal Society, are open until Thursday 1 June. The event itself will take place on Tuesday 5 September in Wellington, in advance of the global finals on Tuesday 7 November in Berlin.