KWS Sponsors Young International Innovators of Idea Contest “Falling Walls Lab“

The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum, which aims at building and promoting interdisciplinary connections between excellent young talents from all fields. The Falling Walls Lab is organized by the Falling Walls Foundation and supported by A.T. Kearney, the global management consulting firm (Founding Partner) and KWS SAAT AG (Global Partner 2013).

Winners of the Falling Walls Labs in Johannesburg, São Paulo, London, Moscow and Los Angeles have now been selected to travel to the Finale in Berlin. At all Labs, excellent Master students, PhD candidates, Post Docs and entrepreneurs who were selected out of more than 270 applications, showcased their research work or business models in three minutes. The ideas vary from a new method of using waste generated by the refining industry of soybean oil to a new technology for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

The winners of all first phase Qualifying competitions get the opportunity to travel to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin to share their innovative ideas with 100 international scientists, professionals and entrepreneurs not older than 35 years of age. “Ideas and innovations are the impulse of a breeding company such as KWS. Because of this we welcome the Falling Walls initiative and look forward to the exchange with the participants of the contest,” said Dr. Jaana Saarteinen-Erben, Head of Corporate Human Resources at KWS. 

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Details on the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin

Date: 8 November 2013

Time: 10am – 7pm

Location: Berlin Academy of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Tiergartenstraße 35, 10785 Berlin


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Live stream of the event will be available.



Anne Lorenz

Head of Programme Falling Walls Lab

Falling Walls Foundation

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10115 Berlin, Germany

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About the Falling Walls Foundation

The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation that fosters the discussion on research and innovation and promotes the latest scientific findings among a broad audience from all parts of society. It organises the Falling Walls Conference, an annual global gathering of forward-thinking individuals from over 75 countries. Each year on 9 November, 20 of the world’s leading scientists present their current breakthrough research in 15 minutes each. The Falling Walls Foundation is supported by the German Ministry for Education and Research, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Helmholtz Association, the Berlin Senate for Economics, Technology and Research and numerous other acclaimed academic institutions, foundations, and companies. Visit for more information, a short film and the lectures of the past years.


About A.T. Kearney

A.T. Kearney is a global team of forward-thinking partners that delivers immediate impact and growing advantage for its clients. We are passionate problem solvers who excel in collaborating across borders to co-operate and realize elegantly simple, practical, and sustainable results. Since 1926, we have been trusted advisors on the most mission-critical issues to the world’s leading organizations across all major industries and service sectors. A.T. Kearney has 57 offices located in major business centers across 39 countries. Further information at


About KWS

KWS is one of the world's leading plant breeding companies. More than 4,400 employees in 70 countries generated net sales of over €1.1 Billion in the fiscal 2012/13. For more than 150 years KWS has been managed as a family oriented and independent company. Main areas of its work are the breeding of varieties and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, potatoes, oil-seed rape and sunflower. 15 % of its annual sales is invested in research and development. KWS uses state-of-the-art plant breeding methods and technologies to continuously improve variety yields and resistances to diseases, pests and abiotic stress. Further information on KWS is available online at



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