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Falling Walls Lab is a little TEDtalk, a little Dragon’s Den, designed to showcase the quality, talent and passion of Next Gen researchers and innovators. Congratulations to postdoctoral fellows Maedeh Roodpeyma and Kevin Hodder who are two of the 15 finalists.

Join us for a fantastic opportunity to hear research messages packaged into 3 minutes for a general audience, learn about ideas that are transforming our world, and support your fellow postdocs.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Room 150, TELUS Centre


Ideas and presenters
Breaking the Wall of Breast Cancer Therapy – Marnie Newell
Breaking the Wall of Chemical Preservatives – Gautam Gaur
Breaking the Wall of Industrial Waste with Supercritical CO2– Heidi Cossey
Breaking the Wall of Psychological Disorders – Anna Chakravorty
Breaking the Wall of Water Pollution – Irum Zahara Breaking the Wall of Energy Crisis and Pollution – Ankit Mathanker
Breaking the Wall of Cancer Treatment – Douglas Brown Breaking the Wall of Climate Change– Fatemeh Bakhtiari Ziabari
Breaking the Wall of Eating Disorders – Ellen Klaver
Breaking the Wall of Composite Homes – Miles Skinner
Breaking the Wall of Food Waste and Energy Storage – Peter Anto Johnson
Breaking the Wall of Improvised Explosive Device Protection – Kevin Hodder
Breaking the Wall of Lost Resources in Oil-Containing Waste – Maedeh Roodpeyma
Breaking the Wall of Traditional Reclamation Assessment – Stephanie Ibsen
Breaking the Wall of Failing Bio-prosthetic Heart Valves – Jimmy Kang

2018 judges
Judges include John Brown, Assistant Deputy Minister of Science and Innovation; Laura Kilcrease, CEO Alberta Innovates; Riya Ganguly, FoMD Innovation Coach; Christain Doetsch,Fraunhofer UMSICHT; Nermeen Youssef, a 2014 winner in Berlin; media representative Sue Lynn Goh; a . academics Tony Briggs, Lisa Stein, Vivien Mushawar;

To learn more about the competition, visit for details and easy application details. Application deadline is August 15.

Falling Walls Lab UAlberta is organized by the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and questions can be directed to



PDFA/GSA Research Day 2018 - Registration and Call for Submissions

  • The PDFA/GSA Research Day 2018 makes Postdoctoral Fellows' (PDFs) and Graduate Students’ research visible. Come and present your research with a Poster or Speed Talk (3 minutes), see what others are up to, and network away. There will be cash awards of up to $500 for top Posters and Speed Talks, catered lunch, and door prizes.

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 9 AM to 5 PM
    Bernard Snell Hall, University of Alberta Hospital

  • Abstract Submission: All PDFs and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract to present either a Speed Talk or a Poster. The abstract must be written in lay language, and can be a maximum of 250 words. Please note there is a limit of 1 abstract submission per person. Please submit your abstract by emailing it to and indicate if you would like to be considered for a “poster," a “speed talk” or “either."

    Deadline for abstract submission: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 5 PM.
    Deadline for registration: Thursday, October 17, 2018 at 5 PM
    Whether you intend to present or not please RSVP and join us for what promises to be a fun and interesting day.