Falling Walls Lab Brisbane

27 July 2023

St Lucia campus

The Falling Walls Lab asks one question:
"Which are the next walls to fall?"

Students, researchers, and early-career professionals are encouraged to apply with their ground-breaking research, business models, and initiatives from all disciplines.

Join The University of Queensland as we host the Falling Walls Lab Brisbane pitch event, Thursday 27 July. Watch the top finalists from across Queensland and the Northern Territory as they pitch their research, ideas or innovations! The innovators will present their ideas to make walls fall, from vaccinating the homeless to breaking the wall of waste energy.

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Key dates

Application deadline. 5pm (AEST) Wednesday, 5 July 2023. 

Pitch event. UQ St Lucia, 10am-1pm, Thursday, 27 July 2023

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Professor Aidan Byrne
Welcome address
The University of Queensland
Caroline Stott
Associate Director, Enterprise (Energy Transitions)
The University of Queensland
Professor Michael Rosemann
Director of the Centre for Future Enterprise and a Professor for Innovation Systems at the Business School, Queensland University of Technology; Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Southern Queensland
Sarina Hobbin
Special Guest
Acting Director, Study Queensland
Study Queensland Directorate, Trade and Investment Queensland
Dr Clara Jiang
Special Guest (2022 National Winner)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience
The University of Queensland

What is Falling Walls?

Established 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Falling Walls is a global event dedicated to supporting science and the humanities.

Innovative minds from across the world come together to discuss global challenges and their innovative solutions.

The Falling Walls Lab is a popular part of the conference. Through a three-minute pitch to some of the world’s leading academics and businesspeople, Lab finalists from around the world have a rare audience to which they can share their dream of a better world through science and social change.

How to apply

Compete the Falling Walls Lab online application form. Selected applicants will pitch their innovative idea in just 3 minutes, showcasing a breakthrough that creates a positive impact on science and society.

Applications are now closed

Do you have questions regarding applying to or participating in a Falling Walls Lab? You'll find answers to common application questions and competition information in the applicant FAQ on the Falling Walls website.

Application process overview 

About the pitch events

The top applicants will be given the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition (Brisbane pitch final, 27 July) and present their work to peers, an expert panel from academia and business, and the general public.

The winners will then compete with the other state finalists at the Falling Walls Lab Australia in Canberra on 18 September 2023 to determine who will be representing Australia at the Falling Walls Lab Final in Berlin, Germany in November 2023 and win a ticket to the Falling Walls Conference.

Why participate?

The aim of the Falling Walls Lab is to provide a diverse and interdisciplinary group of students, researchers, and early-career professionals with a world-class platform, creating a global network with an impactful and sustainable community of innovators and changemakers.

  • helps to drive your innovations
  • develops your communication skills
  • broadens your network with fellow innovators
  • showcases your research to global reaching networks


Candidates should be research active in any field of the natural sciences, including technology, engineering and medicine, or social sciences and the humanities.

The applicant must:

  • not be a previous presenter at any Falling Walls Lab
  • be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or hold a valid Australian student or working visa
  • be based in Queensland or the Northern Teriitory at the time of application and at the time of the Falling Walls events in Queensland, Canberra, and Berlin
  • be 18 years of age or over  
  • hold a passport valid for travel up until April 2024
  • be currently enrolled in a university in Australia or hold at least one of the following:
    • bachelor’s degree that was awarded less than 10 years prior
    • master’s degree* that was awarded less than 7 years prior
    • PhD** that was conferred less than 5 years prior.
      *An MD (excl. a doctoral dissertation) will be considered equivalent to a master’s degree.
      **A Dr. Med. (incl. a doctoral dissertation) will be considered equivalent to a PhD.

Please note: Falling Walls Lab Brisbane is also collecting submissions from applicants from the Northern Territory.

Have a question?

For more information about the Falling Walls Lab Brisbane,
contact Manager, Strategy and Partnerships, Tamara Weissflog