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Xiaolan Fu chosen as winner of Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2021
We are delighted to announce that Professor Xiaolan Fu has been selected as one of ten winners of the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2021 in the category Science and Innovation Management.
Professor Fu's win was for her work on the Valuation of Early Stage Technology (VEST) project. The project developed a model to estimate the value of new technologies in the information and communication industry based on large firm-level data; it has recently been spun out into a social enterprise, OxValue.AI. The international Falling Walls Jury was impressed by "the outstanding quality and relevance of [Professor Fu's] research", according to the announcement.
Academics and academic institutions, universities, research organisations, companies, private and public research centres, academies, research funders, foundations, and individuals were invited to nominate "the latest breakthroughs, outstanding science projects, and bright minds behind them" in 10 categories. Ten winners were selected from finalists in each category; one winner from each category will be selected as the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year 2021 and will be announced on 15 September.
The Falling Walls Foundation was founded in 2009. It holds an annual science event in Berlin that coincides with the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (9 November 1989) and showcases the research work of international scientists from a wide range of fields. The overall winners will present their work at the November event.