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Falling Walls Lab York

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

Jet Sanders receiving first prize from Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Deborah Smith.


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"

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  • Philippe Frowd (Politics), “Breaking the wall of Europe's African frontiers”
  • Sarah Blower (Health Sciences), “Breaking the wall of postcode lottery parenting programmes”
  • Kristina Dietz (Centre for Reviews and Dissemination), “Breaking the wall of patient choice”
  • Rowena Kasprowicz (Education), “Breaking the wall of grammar learning”
  • Fatma Said (Education), “Breaking the wall of monolingual bias in a bilingual world”
  • Mladen Sormaz (Psychology), “Breaking the wall of ruminative anxious thought”
  • Emily Peckham (Health Sciences), “Breaking the wall of smoking in mental health”
  • Giovanna Nappo (Biology), “Breaking the wall of cancer”
  • Christian Schuster (Physics), “Breaking the wall of a nuclear decommissioning crisis”

The nine finalists from the research theme heats.

The three finalists from the 3MTⓇ final were:

  • Jet Sanders (Psychology), "Breaking the wall of risky decisions"
  • L Meghan Dennis (Archaeology), "Breaking the wall of artifact looting and the antiquities market"
  • Viswadeep Sarangi (Electronic Engineering) "Breaking the wall of medical diagnostics and recovery"

The first and second place winners now have the chance to deliver their talk at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin in November.

Falling Walls is an international conference focused on identifying future breakthroughs in science and society. Using the metaphor of the fall of the Berlin wall, Falling Walls Labs offer up-and-coming researchers a forum to present their innovative ideas, research projects and social initiatives.

A little bit like a TEDtalk, Falling Walls Lab is designed to showcase the quality, talent and passion of up-and-coming researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Our researchers will have just three minutes to articulate how their work contributes to the fall of intellectual, societal and scientific walls.

Christian Schuster receives second prize.

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

Falling Walls final

Find out more about the Falling Walls final in Berlin.

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