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Sök stipendium till Berlin Science week


The Falling Walls Foundation is offering a research grant to support media representatives from around the world to report on a scientific topic related to Berlin Science Week 2020. Selected journalists will be given exclusive access to the participating organizations of Berlin Science Week and their associated experts.

The Falling Walls Foundation calls for applications from journalists outlining their chosen scientific topic relating to Berlin Science Week. Successful applicants will be invited to join an exchange with one of the festival’s numerous renowned partner organizations and/or speakers. Reporting can take place before, during or after the Berlin Science Week (1-10 November 2020).

Up to ten media representatives will be selected. They will each receive a research grant of €500, provided by the Berlin Senate Chancellery for Higher Education and Research. The grant will be awarded as lump sum, either to cover the cost of staying and reporting in Berlin or for digital research and reporting (remote).

The research grant aims to further strengthen the international public perception of Berlin as a location for scientific excellence and to contribute to the promotion of independent science journalism.


Applications are open to media representatives from around the world with a proven track record as a science journalist (freelance or permanent). Applicants are expected to research and publish on a chosen scientific topic related to the Berlin Science Week. There are no restrictions on specific media areas or the form of publication.


Please send your application documents in one PDF to press@berlinscienceweek.com by 2 October 2020, 23:59 CEST.


  • Cover letter and short exposé/research plan, including planned publication date and media contact
  • Short CV incl. list of journalistic works
  • Max. 3 examples of your work within the field of science/technology

Contact person: Katharina Mikulcak


A jury of science journalists and long-standing communications experts will select and inform the successful candidates by October 16, 2020. Unfortunately, due to the high number of anticipated applications unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.

Travel to Berlin is not necessary as most of the events will be streamed online this year. If journalist would like to organize their own stay, the research grant already includes allowances for living and travel expenses, no further reimbursement will be made by The Falling Walls Foundation. The Falling Walls Foundation is not able to act as an inviting organization for any visa processes.

There is no legal claim to the scholarship. Applications received after 2 October 2020 will not be considered.


This year, the Berlin Science Week – together with Falling Walls Remote 2020 – will take place in Berlin from November 1 to 10, 2020 as a top-class World Science Summit with a diverse program and numerous renowned partner organizations from all over the world.

There will be around 200 events with a huge variety of topics: from European Science Diplomacy, over Quantum technologies to mobile health applications.

The program of Berlin Science Week 2020 will be published approx. by end September at falling-walls.com/2020

Our partner organizations include: British Embassy & British Council, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Federal Foreign Office, Charité Berlin, ETH Zurich, National Research Council Canada, ALLEA European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, Gropius Bau, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers


  • The effects of Covid-19 – What are the effects of Covid-19?
  • Advances in Health & Medicine – Which advances in health and medicine are being researched?
  • Insights into AI, Robotic & Quantum – What are the latest developments in AI, Robotic & Quantum?
  • International Policy & Cooperation in Science – How do scientific institutions cooperate and influence politics & society?
  • A Sustainable World – How can science help to create a sustainable world?
  • The Future of Living – How could our way of living change in the future?
  • Open Access and Transparency in Science – How can open access and public engagement accelerate the pace of scientific research?
  • Science Education & Career Insights – How can children and young adults be inspired by science?
  • Digital Transformation – How and in which fields is digital transformation moving forward?

Our confirmed speakers include:

  • Roberto Bonasio, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Phil de Luna (National Research Council Canada)
  • Prof. Dr. med Claudia Witt (University of Zurich)
  • Dr. Emily Shuckburgh (University of Cambridge)
  • …and many more


Falling Walls Foundation gGmbH
Kochstrasse 6-7
10969 Berlin


Nu kan du besöka Health forum Gastein – det årliga mötet i alperna goes online

Bästa SMVJ-medlem!

Här kommer ett tips. Det handlar om ett webinar som hålls inför det årliga hälsoforum som brukar ordnas varje höst i den lilla byn Gastein i Österrike.

I år hålls Gasteinmötet  enbart online 30 sept- 2 oktober – mer om det finns under länken:


Men redan på fredag 11 september kl 15-16 ordnar de alltså ett webbsänt möte om utmaningar, möjligheter och krishantering kring corona-pandemin.

Under länken nedan hittar du information om deltagare och registrering. Temat för mötet är ’Stronger together – Solidarity for an accessible COVID-19 vaccine’


Här kan du läsa om tidigare möten i Gastein.


Journalists invited to cover the 8th Heidelberg LaureateForum

Foundation awards limited number of travel grants to journalists to cover the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum.

This September 20-25, recipients of the Abel Prize, ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize are invited to gather in Heidelberg to meet with 200 young researchers from all over the world at the 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF).

In order to reach a broader, more international audience, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) provides a limited number of travel grants for journalists to cover the event, creating a space to interact with prominent scientists of mathematics and computer science. Applications for the travel grants are accepted until May 4, 2020.

The HLF is an annual networking event where 200 carefully selected young researchers in mathematics and computer science have the unique chance to meet distinguished scientists in their fields for one week of interdisciplinary academic dialogue. A vibrant atmosphere inspires a blend of acute scientific discussions and informal interactions among the participants, setting the HLF apart from traditional conferences. Lectures, workshops and panel discussions spur scientifically driven debate, which is then balanced by various social events permitting participants to pursue their discourse in an inviting environment.

Particularly relevant for interested journalists is the Hot Topic session, which centers on a theme that is highly consequential, not only for science but for society as a whole. At the 8th HLF, a panel of experts from various specializations will discuss eHealth, plus the inherent advantages and vulnerabilities.

Until May 4, 2020, journalists from all over the world are invited to apply on the online tool, irrespective of their media affiliation (print, TV, online, radio). The applications must include a short CV, three samples of work (indicating respective medium), an overview of publications (indicating respective medium) and planned contributions regarding the HLF.

After carefully evaluating each application, the HLFF offers a limited number of travel grants to enable journalists to report on this compelling networking event. Grants cover travel costs as well as board and accommodation during the stay in Heidelberg from September 19-26, 2020.


Apply for a travel grant here: application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org

Application deadline: May 4, 2020

All journalists who wish to cover the 8th HLF, including those who do not apply for a travel grant must register via the online tool linked above. 


The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) annually organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world. The 8th Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place from September 20 to 25, 2020. The HLFF was established and is funded by the German foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science. The scientific partners of the HLFF are the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and Heidelberg University. The HLF is strongly supported by the award-granting institutions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the International Mathematical Union (IMU), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA).

I hälsans tecken bland alptopparna

GasteinI början av oktober hölls det årliga European Health Forum Gastein i den lilla österrikiska byn Bad Gastein. Här samlades hälsoministrar, EU-byråkrater, forskare, läkare, läkemedelsindustrirepresentanter och journalister för tre dagars debatter, föredrag och gruppdiskussioner om hur de europeiska hälsoproblemen kan lösas.

Årets tema var det något svårtydda ” A healthy dose of disruption” som kanske kunde uttolkas som nya sätt att sluta med uttjänta modeller och hitta friska lösningar på hälsoproblemen.

Gastein3De europeiska hälso- och sjukvårdssystemen har en hel del utmaningar, som ojämlikheten i tillgång till vård och kostnader för nya behandlingar. Bland seminarieämnena fanns europeiska förslag på hur man ska komma tillrätta med fetman, med cannabisen och med cancern. Problemen med för lite sjukvårdspersonal, vaccinskepsis, och läkemedelstillgång fanns också på programmet. EUs avgående hälsokommissionär, den engagerade Vytenis Andriukaitis höll en välbesökt presskonferens.

Journalistisk nytta?

Konferenser av det här slaget är ju ganska ovanliga – det verkar som om det är en mötesplats där politiker, EU-folk och industri träffas lite informellt. Men också ett diskussionsforum där kvalificerade forskare kan lägga fram nya rön, jämsides med frivilligorganisationers och eldsjälars krav och lösningar.

Gastein4Med den ganska brokiga skaran deltagare från olika håll i Europa finns chans till en hel del oväntade och givande möten, och även om man kanske inte kommer hem med färdiga reportage i datorn, så är det berikande också för journalister. Det finns många uppslag och ämnen som kan intressera en svensk publik, och europeisk hälsopolitik är ju inte direkt överbevakat i svenska medier. Dagliga presskonferenser gav utrymme för frågor som inte ställts tidigare liksom för den som ville ha enskilda intervjuer. Tröttnade man på programmet kunde man ta kortare turer upp i bergen med linbana eller minibuss, eller en simtur i den utmärkta badanläggningen med flera pooler både ute och inne.

Gastein2Mötet hålls varje höst och eftersom SMVJ är medlem i EUSJA kan man ansöka om en av de platser som organisationen har tillgång till där konferensavgift, måltider och hotell är betalt. Resan får man stå för själv.

Anna Larsson, EUSJA-representant för SMVJ

Studieresa med Eusja till Falling Walls Conference i Berlin 6-10 november 2018

Berlin Science Week, Falling Walls Conference

November 6-10, 2018

EUSJA has confirmed for its members a study trip to Berlin Science Week with the participation of the Falling Walls Conference. We are offering a fellowship for 10 journalists to visit Berlin from 6 to 10 November 2018. Science journalists are invited to attend events of the third Berlin Science Week and the programme of the Falling Walls Conference (Falling Walls Lab, Venture, Welcome Reception on 8 November and Conference on 9 November), to connect with Berlin based and international scientific institutions and to meet with colleagues from all over the world. The programme also includes a guided tour to selected scientific institutions in Berlin and participation in the Berlin Science Award ceremony on 7 November, hosted by the Governing Mayor of Berlin. More detailed programme will follow.

The fellowship consists of four nights in a hotel which is already reserved (breakfast included), free participation to FWC, free meals during the Falling Walls programme will be provided as well. Journalists have to take care of their travel expenses.

The applications should be sent to violae@mail.ru (name, association, media affiliation, e-mail, mobile, short CV). Motivation letter is appreciated. The deadline for applications is 25 August. The acceptance letters will be sent out after the deadline.