A wheelchair that can be controlled by brain waves or a computer program that detects disease-carrying mosquitos – innovative heads worldwide present their latest ideas on so called Falling Walls Labs. This year, one of only two labs in Germany was organized by the Digital Tech Academy at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU). Last Monday, on July 16th, students and young scientists of all nationalities and disciplines and from universities throughout Germany had the chance to present their ideas. Within three minutes and with three slides, they were given the opportunity to convince the high-calibre expert jury, which included CLIC’s Executive Director Dr. Claudia Lehmann, of their projects, concepts or initiatives.

With his idea, the first winner got invited to participate in the international Falling Walls Conference in Berlin. The labs are organized by the Falling Walls Foundation that was founded on the occasion of the 20 years anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. The local lab at FAU was initiated by CLIC’s Academic Director Prof. Dr. Kathrin Möslein, who gave a welcoming speech, and the chair F2 – Transfer of Knowledge and Technology. The following are the three winners of whom the first is invited to the final in Berlin:

  1. Fadli Fadli “Breaking the Wall of Sanitation & Waste Treatment“ (University of Bonn)
  2. Amir Abbas Yousefi Amin “Breaking the Wall of Food Fraud Detection“ (FAU)
  3. Christian Aljoscha Lukas “Breaking the Wall of Mental Disorders“ (FAU)

Congratulations and thanks to all the participants with their amazing innovative ideas!


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