On Thursday 4 February 2021 a selected group of participants will join the challenge.  

Together with our friends from the Falling Walls Foundation  and the Chemical Invention Factory (CIF), we are challenging teams to take part at a science communication superpowers on a real case-study. 

In teams of 5, they will have the chance to flex their creativity muscles and brainstorm on two concrete challenges in the field Green Chemistry posed by two groups of young Chemistry researches based at the Chemical Invention Factory (CIF) in Berlin. During two hours, they will work in teams, mingle and exchange with fellow Science Engagers from all around the world – learning about their unique communication approaches and perspectives along the way!

Challenge #1: Treating wastewater with the power of light
Carsten and Prashanth have developed a photocatalyst that promotes the decomposition of contaminants in wastewater using sunlight. They hope their solution may help meet the global demand for good quality of water.

How would the teams make non-experts easily understand this process? How could they be engaged?

Challenge #2: Creating a sustainable cycle for specialty raw materials 
Specialty raw materials are a key driver for new high-tech products.The increasing global deployment of these materials comes at a cost for the environment, though. Til, Matthias & Mukesh from SiQAl are addressing this issue by introducing the concept of circularity in the sector and up-cycling wastes from the industry.

How would the teams involve people to learn about this approach in a fun and exciting way? 

To prompt the teams creativity during the event, we will also have the pleasure to welcome Prof. Dr. Berit Greinke, from the University of the Arts and Einstein Center Digital Future, who will share inspiring insights on Origami Garments, a research project at the intersection of design, art and engineering. 


In collaboration with:
Chemical Invention Factory (CIF)
The Chemical Invention Factory (CIF), initiated by Technische Universität Berlin, brings together visionary scientists and empowers them to evolve chemical inventions. The CIF is a technological greenhouse to boost visionary scientists and devoted to inventions in the fields of Green Chemistry, Materials and Nanotechnology.

Falling Walls Foundation 
Falling Walls is the unique global hub connecting science, business and society. They shape the future of humanity by impact-oriented ideas and discoveries, driven by their shared dedication for creating breakthroughs across borders and disciplines. As a vessel for the world-changing spirit of 1989 in and beyond Berlin, they are on a relentless pursuit to find out: Which are the next walls to fall?