York's best and brightest competed to captivate audiences with their groundbreaking research on Friday 23 June 2017.

Our first Falling Walls Lab was a huge success, with outstanding presentations from all of our competitors.

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1st prize: Jet Sanders (Psychology), "Breaking the wall of risky decisions"

2nd prize: Christian Schuster (Physics), "Breaking the wall of a nuclear decommissioning crisis"

3rd prize: Viswadeep Sarangi (Electronic Engineering), "Breaking the wall of medical diagnostics and recovery"

People's choice: Rowena Kasprowicz (Education), "Breaking the wall of grammar learning"

Falling Walls Lab York finalists receive their certificates.

Our expert jury judged each presentation against three criteria:

  • Breakthrough factor | is the idea original, attention-grabbing and inspirational?
  • Impact | what is the relevance and scope of impact?
  • Performance | is the presentation exciting and accessible?
  • Panel Chair: Professor Deborah Smith, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of York
  • Professor Lisa Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, University of Leeds
  • Clare Viney, CEO, CRAC, The Careers Research and Advisory Centre
  • Andy Cope, The Art of Being Brilliant Training and Development
  • Dr Candace Hassall, Head of Researcher Affairs, Wellcome Trust
  • Mr Tom Rodwell, former advertising executive now an active member of sporting charities and a Fellow of the Marketing Society
  • Nick Emmerson, UK Digital Customer Experience Team, Aviva insurance

Watch the presentations

View the presentations either individually or as a playlist on YouTube.

Kristina Dietz

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

“Breaking the wall of patient choice”

Rowena Kasprowicz 

Department of Education

“Breaking the wall of grammar learning”

Giovanna Nappo

Department of Biology

“Breaking the wall of cancer"

Emily Peckham

Department of Health Sciences

“Breaking the wall of smoking in mental health”


Christian Schuster

Department of Physics

“Breaking the wall of a nuclear decommissioning crisis”

Philippe Frowd

Department of Politics

“Breaking the wall of Europe's African frontiers”

Mladen Sormaz

Department of Psychology

“Breaking the wall of ruminative anxious thought” 

3MT Finalist entrants

L Meghan Dennis

Department of Archaeology

"Breaking the wall of artifact looting and the antiquities market"

Jet Sanders

Department of Psychology

"Breaking the wall of risky decisions"

Viswadeep Sarangi

Department of Electronic Engineering

"Breaking the wall of medical diagnostics and recovery" 

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