Falling Walls Research Theme winner

Posted on 28 April 2017

Physics have a Falling Walls Research Theme winner

Christian Schuster

Christian Schuster, Department of Physics has won the fourth theme heat of the Falling Walls initiative this week for his talk titled: Flexible silicon breaks nuclear decommissioning crisis. Christian has received a first prize of an iPAD and the opportunity to receive professional communication training as well as a place at the first Falling Walls Lab York on the 23rd June-the winner from this will compete at the international final in Berlin in November.

It is the first time the University of York has hosted the, ‘Falling Walls’ public engagement event - co-organised by the RETT team and the University Research Champions. The Falling Walls Lab York will take place on 23 June 2017 as part of the University of York Celebrating Research’ Conference.

Using the metaphor of the Berlin Wall, the ‘Falling Walls’ Lab is an international  platform for early career researchers (within 5 years of completion of their higher degree) to present and answer the question: “Which are the next (academic, intellectual or scientific) walls to fall?". Christian and the other participants will have just 3-minutes to pitch their ideas to a distinguished judging panel including policy makers, colleagues from industry, the public sector and the media, and those engaged in or who fund UK research.  The winner of the competition will represent the University at the Falling Walls grand final in Berlin in November.