About FWLS


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?) – 40%, and
 c) Structure/Performance (how convincing was the presentation?) – 10%

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