Posted on 4 October 2019
Congratulations to physics postdoc Dr Giampaolo Pitruzzello who was crowned overall winner at Falling Walls Lab London with his talk 'Breaking the wall of antimicrobial resistance'. Congratulations also to the joint third winner Ian Foxley (Politics and Centre for Applied Human Rights) for his talk 'Breaking the wall of silence around whistleblowing'.
Falling Walls is an international platform founded on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. The question of every Falling Walls gathering is: Which walls will fall next? The Falling Walls Lab aims to promote ideas and to connect scientists and entrepreneurs from all fields on a global level. Participants present their research work, business model, or initiative in just three minutes to peers, a jury made up of experts from academia and business, and the general public.
Giampaolo beat 26 international participants in the London Lab from institutions such as Harvard and the Alan Turing Institute. He will now compete with 99 other researchers for the title of 'Young innovator of the Year' at the Falling Walls Conference held in Berlin on Friday 8 November on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Giampaolo's supervisor is Thomas Krauss, research champion for 'Technologies for the Future'. This is the second researcher under Thomas's supervision to be placed in a Falling Walls Lab - Christian Schuster came second in Falling Walls Lab York 2017.