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Students to present ideas on solving global issues at free event

28 Apr 2017

The second Falling Walls Lab will be held on Tuesday 25 July following a successful event in 2016

The event provides the opportunity for students to reach out to the general public with their ideas for solving important world problems.

Inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the aim of the Falling Walls Foundation is to provide a platform by which innovations in a wide field of research, addressing real world problems, can be presented and discussed with a wider audience. It is supported by many high profile individuals, companies and universities and has seen labs held around the world this year in locations such as Ghana, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Australia, Hawaii and Malaysia.

Last year, as part of the EuroScience Open Forum 2016, Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) hosted the Manchester Falling Walls Lab in the spectacular setting of Manchester Town Hall. The twelve presentations ranged from cleaning up oil waste and antimicrobial resistance, to reducing economic equality and reducing social polarisation. Winner Daniel Laing has already begun to help businesses make the most of autistic workers unique skills based on his winning presentation.

Presenters are asked to give a three minute presentation on a solution to an important world issue they have identified from their research or business idea. The winner of each individual lab then has the opportunity to present at the Falling Walls annual conference in Berlin with all travel and accommodation provided.

The Falling Walls labs are free for members of the public to attend.

Contact Dr Robert Phillips (robert.phillips@manchester.ac.uk) who will be hosting the event on the day on behalf of Manchester Enterprise Centre.