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Falling Walls Conference 2018
Which will be the next walls to fall?

Tarek Alsaleh will represent the GDL at this year's edition of the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin.

The Falling Walls Conference is an annual global gathering of forward-thinking individuals from 80 countries organised by the Falling Walls Foundation. Each year on 9 November – the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – 20 of the world’s leading scientists are invited to Berlin to present their current groundbreaking research.

The aim of the conference is to:
-    identify trends, opportunities and solutions for global challenges and discover international breakthrough research
-    connect outstanding researchers from various disciplines and support the international interdisciplinary exchange of ideas
-    build bridges between business, politics, academia and the arts
-    promote the latest scientific findings among a broader audience
-    inspire people to break down walls in science and society
In 15-minute-talks, researchers from all disciplines will present their work to 700 guests from around the world. During the breaks, the Falling Walls Forum will become a place for high-level Q&A sessions where the audience can ask questions and engage in discussions.  A new peer-learning platform, Falling Walls Connect, will give the audience the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise with fellow participants.

Main Programme
-    Welcome Reception: 8 November at 6.00 p.m.
-    Falling Walls Conference: 9 November from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
-    Gala Dinner: 9 November at 7.00 p.m.
Expanded Programme
-    Falling Walls Lab: 8 November from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
-    Falling Walls Venture: 8 November from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
-    Falling Walls Circle: 8 November from 12.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

More than 90 % of the participants said that they would like to return. Here they reveal why.
The Conference will be livestreamed here. All presentations will be available in the Falling Walls Library.
For further information, please visit the website.

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Tarek Alsaleh

Tarek Alsaleh, half German and half Syrian, has had a life-long passion for sport.

He studied sport science at the University of Cologne and went on to run his own gym in Cologne, Germany, established a real estate agency in Damascus, Syria, and set up two successful and innovative sports and play NGOs. Tarek’s work has been recognised by the BMW Foundation Award for Responsible Leaders 2015, the Anna Lindh Euro-Med Dialogue Award 2015 and Beyond Sport in partnership with UNICEF for Sport for Conflict Resolution 2013 and 2015.

Tarek has always been fascinated by the transformative power of play and its ability to overcome difference.

He is the founder of Capoeira4Refugees a project that uses the sport and art-form of capoeira to provide psychosocial support to vulnerable refugees. Since 2007, Tarek’s capoeira programmes have reached over 50,000 vulnerable children and adolescents in Syria, the Palestinian territories, Jordan and is now scaling.


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