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Innovative ideas presented by young researchers in 3 minutes in front of an exclusive jury and you. Get to know great ideas, great minds and be part of the "Falling Walls" network.


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  • Group Picture of all the participants and the jury.
  • Introduction by Dr. Oliver Höing.
  • The deliberating Jury.
  • 1. Place: Priyamedha Sungupta from the Cluster of Excellence CEPLAS - "Breaking the wall of microbial interactions for plant protection".
  • 2. Place: David Spencer from the RWTH Aachen - "Breaking the wall of genetic modification".
  • 3. Place: Jakob Rosenbauer from the Forschungszentrum Jülich - "Breaking the wall of virtual tumor therapy".
  • The winners taking a selfie.
  • Networking break.


3:00 pm

3:10 pm
(Labster presentations)

4:40 pm
Networking Break

5:10 pm
Award ceremony / Group picture

5.40 pm
Farewell Reception



University of Cologne
Aula - Main Building
Albertus Magnus Platz




Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Axel Freimuth

University of Cologne

Axel Freimuth is a physicists and since 2005 the 49. rector of the University of Cologne. He became a professor at the University of Karlsruhe in 1996, before he accepted the Chair for Experimental Solid-State Physics at the University of Cologne in 1998. He was the managing director of the Institute of Physics II (1999-2000), the speaker of a Collaborative Research Centre (2002-2006) and Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (2003-2005).

In February 2018, Axel Freimuth was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tbilisi State University.  In 2019, he was re-elected for the fourth time as the rector of University of Cologne.



Dr. Richard Pott

First Chair of the Covestro Supervisory Board
Bayer AG

Dr. Richard Pott, born 1953, obtained a doctorate in physics at the University of Cologne. He joined Bayer AG in 1984, where he finally served as a member of the management board for 11 years. Currently Richard Pott is a member of several supervisory boards and Chairman of the supervisory Board of Covestro AG. He is also Chairman of the University Council of the University of Cologne. He is married with three grown-up children.


Prof. Dr. Anne Storch

Professor of African Studies
University of Cologne

Anne Storch is a linguist at the University of Cologne (since 2004) and one of the most renowned researchers in African Studies. She received the prestigious Leibniz Price in 2017, the most important research award in Germany, which is granted to exceptional scientists and academics for outstanding achievements in their field of research. Of particular significance are her studies on taboos and secret languages in central Africa.
Between 2006 and 2009, Anne Storch served as president of the Fachverband Afrikanistik, the specialist society for Africa-related scholarship in Germany. Since 2014 she has been the president of the International Association for Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics.


Prof. Dr. Doris Klee

Vice-Rector for Human Resources Management and Development
RWTH Aachen

Professor Doris Klee studied Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University and obtained her doctorate in 1983 at the since-renamed DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials. She completed her habilitation in 1997 at the Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry. Doris Klee has been as a professor of macromolecular chemistry at RWTH Aachen since 2004. Her research focuses on the improvement of interface biocompatibility of biomaterial surfaces and the development of so-called drug delivery systems. Since October 2011, Doris Klee has been the Vice-Rector for Human Resources Management and Development at RWTH Aachen University.


Dr. Holger Impekoven

Director Office for Research Support and Management
University of Bonn


Holger Impekoven, born 1971, studied German Literature and History at the universities of Bonn and Oxford, and obtained a doctorate in Modern History from Bonn. His research focused on the history of international student exchange and the role of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation in Nazi Germany.
Between 2000 and 2002 he was Personal Assistant to the Rector and Secretary of the University of Bonn Alumni Association. In 2002, he joined the university’s International Office and became its Associate Director in 2009. In May 2011, he took up his current position as Director of the Office for Research Support and Management.
He is married with three children.


Prof. Dr. Martin Mauve

Dean - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Professor Martin Mauve is heading the chair for computer networks and communication systems at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. He is dean of the faculty for mathematics and natural sciences, leads the graduate school on online participation, is co-chair of the Manchot research group on decision making based on artificial intelligence, heads the Heine Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (HeiCAD) and is vice Director of the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID). His focus of research is on systems designed to support large-scale online argumentation and distributed decision making processes.


Prof. Dr.-Ing.Harald Bolt

Member of the Board of Directors for Scientific Division II
Forschungszentrum Jülich

Harald Bolt (born 1960) became a member of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich on 1 February 2008.
He had previously been a scientific member of the Max Planck Society and director at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching since 1999, where he headed Materials Research, focusing on topics such as plasma–material interaction and advanced high-performance materials.
Harald Bolt studied mechanical engineering in Aachen from 1980 to 1985. He took his doctorate at RWTH Aachen University in 1988 and at Nagoya University, Japan, in 1990.


Dr. Sofie Valk

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Forschungszentrum Jülich

Dr. Sofie Valk a neuroscientist at FZ Jülich and studies how heritable as well as environmental factors influence brain structure and function. Dr. Valk studied artificial intelligence and philosophy and holds a PhD in social neuroscience. In 2017 she took part in the global final of “Falling Walls” in Berlin where she presented her project 'Breaking the walls between us'.





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