Falling Walls Lab Sendai 2021

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[Deadline: 2021/06/30]  You are a Bachelor or Master student, a PhD candidate, postdoc, or young professional and want to share your innovative ideas with colleagues – and the world?

Apply for the Falling Walls Lab Sendai 2021 on August 31, from 13:30-17:30 (JST) and win a trip to the finale in Berlin! And if you are worried about your presentation skills –this year the event features free coaching sessions!

Event information

Date: August 31, 2021

Time: 13:30-17:30 (JST) / 06:30-10:30 (CEST)

Place: TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity, Tohoku University (Online participation is also possible)

Organiser: Tohoku University / Co-Organiser: DWIH Tokyo, Tohoku Forum for Creativity, University Research Administration Centre

More information about this event: http://www.tfc.tohoku.ac.jp/fwls/index.html

Apply here: https://falling-walls.com/lab/apply/sendai/

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The Falling Walls Lab is an interdisciplinary format to showcase the next generation of top researchers developed and hosted annually by the Falling Walls Foundation in Berlin on 7 November. In 3-minute talks, outstanding talents and innovative thinkers share their research projects, business models and social initiatives with an interdisciplinary audience and jury. Academic institutions worldwide are invited to host their own Falling Walls Lab and to send their winner/s to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin.

Falling Walls Lab SENDAI, the first lab in Japan

Falling Walls Lab Sendai is co-hosted by Tohoku University, DWIH Tokyo, Tohoku Forum for Creativity (TFC), and the University Research Administration (URA) Center. Bachelor and Master students, PhD candidates, postdocs, young professionals, and entrepreneurs from all scientific disciplines.
The Falling Walls Lab Sendai will be held on Tuesday 31 August, 2021, at TOKYO ELECTRON House of Creativity, Tohoku University. Please see the “Schedule” page for further details.
Attending the event is free of charge for participants and the audience. Both participating in the event and watching it will be possible online.

The Prizes

The first winner of the Falling Walls Lab Sendai will receive a paid trip to Berlin to present in the Falling Walls Lab Finale and attend the Falling Walls Conference on 7-9 November 2021. In addition to prizes for the second and third place, there will also be a “People’s Choice Award” selected by the live audience. At the finale in Berlin, the 100 Finalists compete to become the Breakthrough Winner in the Emerging Talents category of Falling Walls, taking home the title and prize money, and receiving the opportunity to pitch their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference. The international network of Falling Walls Labs includes renowned academic institutions from over 60 countries.


Bachelor and Master students, PhD candidates, postdocs, young professionals and entrepreneurs from all scientific disciplines are invited to apply. The age of an applicant should be 18 years or older.

・If an applicant has only a Bachelor’s degree, the degree should not date back more than 10 years.
・If an applicant has a Master’s degree, the degree should not date back more than 7 years.
・If an applicant has a PhD, the degree should not date back more than 5 years.
・Students and postdocs which are currently enrolled in university are also eligible to apply.

As an exception this year, those who participated in a 2020 Lab and remain eligible based on the other criteria will remain eligible to apply to an international Lab in 2021.

Your Presentation

Each participant is asked to present his/her work in 3 minutes (2:30-minute presentation and a half-minute Q&A) with a presentation file containing 4 slides.

1st slide: Your presentation title, your name and affiliation
2nd slide: Problems you are going to solve
3rd slide: Your innovative solutions
4th slide: Q&A

A prestigious jury from science and business awards the best participants. The jury is allowed to ask questions or to make comments during your speech. Further discussion will be welcome during the several breaks and reception party.

Scoring System

The jury evaluates based on the following criteria,

a) Breakthrough Factor (how innovative is the proposed idea?) – 50%
b) Relevance/Impact (how relevant is the idea for the discipline and beyond?) – 30%, and
c) Structure/Performance (how convincing was the presentation?) – 20%

You can find more information at http://www.falling-walls.com/lab


[Deadline: 2021/06/30]  To prepare you for Falling Walls Lab Sendai, a professional coach will teach you how to introduce your research in an engaging way, as well as helping you individually to create and practice your presentations.

An effective “elevator pitch” is not only important for events like the Falling Walls Lab, but for many everyday situations in which you want to explain what you are working on, for example to potential employers or your grandparents.

Through the coaching you will learn how to present effectively to a general audience, even if you have no prior experience. The application for this coaching is separate from the Falling Walls Lab application, but we encourage you to sign up for both the coaching and the actual event!

For the information on the tentative schedule, register, and the coach, please see the page below: