100 young scientists and entrepreneurs from 55 countries, who had qualified for the young talent competition at the Falling Walls Lab, presented their research projects, ideas and initiatives on 8 November in Berlin. For the third year in a row, the GDL held a wild card for the Falling Walls Lab 2017 and was represented in the final by Elizabeth Maloba from Kenya, who, in a 3-minute speech, formulated her vision of how to break the wall of youth unemployment.
The speakers addressed a wide range of topics: mentoring for teenagers and young professionals in Kyrgyzstan and prevention of agricultural pollution in Mexico, access to justice in Ukraine and waste-sorting in Senegal, how to tackle dangerous mosquitos and groundbreaking treatments for disability through the brain, blindness and children suffering from cancer.
Jury winner and winner of the Falling Walls Lab 2017 is Agnes Reiner from the University of Vienna for her research on novel biomarkers in the blood test for early detection of ovarian cancer.
The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation in Berlin that hosts the International Science Falling Walls Conference every year on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.