press release
Published: 30 April 2018

The University of Surrey hosts Falling Walls Lab

The University of Surrey will host its first Falling Walls Lab, a unique competition that invites students, researchers, staff and entrepreneurs – from Surrey as well as other leading academic institutions across the UK – to present their innovative idea, research project or social initiative.  Participants showcase their ground-breaking ideas with global impact in just three minutes in front of their peers and a distinguished jury drawn from academia and business.

The stag statue on the University of Surrey campus

Since 2012, international Labs have taken place in different vibrant cities around the world and throughout the year. The Falling Walls Lab Surrey will take place on Monday 03 September at the Rik Medlik Lecture Theatre on the Stag Hill campus in Guildford.

The winners of each Falling Walls Lab qualify for the Global Lab Finale in Berlin on 08 November. This is closely connected to the annual and internationally renowned Falling Walls Conference, taking place on 09 November. At the conference, next generation innovators from around the world present their research in 15 minutes, answering the question “Which are the next walls to fall?”

Professor David Sampson, Vice-Provost of Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey, said: "We are delighted to be hosting our first Falling Walls Lab, and are really looking forward to seeing ground-breaking ideas that have the potential to change the world.

“The Falling Walls Labs is an excellent forum which builds and promotes multidisciplinary connections. We are excited to be nurturing young talent from all fields, and honoured to be part of an initiative that helps grow, connect and inspire the next generation of top researchers and entrepreneurs.”

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Application deadline: Monday 02 July 2018 


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