Congratulations to Chuan He for winning the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year!

September 13, 2023

Chuan He

Chuan He, who was shortlisted last month for the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year, has been named the 2023 laureate for Life Sciences.

The awardees, selected from more than 1000 applications, have achieved scientific breakthroughs in food security, quantum technologies, carbon capture, gender-based violence, music and cardiovascular science, and Open Access AI.

He is recognized for “Breaking the Wall to a New Green Revolution.” His laboratory work on the functional roles of RNA chemical modifications in gene expression regulation aims to build resilient high-yielding crops.

“It is a great honor to be selected as a winner,” says He. “I want to thank the committee for this incredible recognition. Most importantly, I want to thank my coworkers, past and present, for their dedication and hard work. This is really a recognition of the entire lab, not just me. Thank you all!”

On November 9, He and the other laureates will present their groundbreaking research in Berlin at the Falling Walls Science Summit—a prestigious science conference that brings together the world’s leading researchers and decision-makers from business, academia, and government to highlight the potential of science in addressing the greatest challenges of our time.

“These outstanding breakthroughs will change the face of the world and impressively prove what ingenuity, curiosity and courage can achieve,” says Andreas Kosmider, Managing Director of the Falling Walls Foundation. “We thank the laureates for their perseverance in continuing to break down the walls to new discoveries that will benefit all of humankind.”

About the Falling Walls Foundation

The Falling Walls Foundation was inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989 and the dawn of a new era of freedom. The nonprofit foundation promotes breakthrough thinking and is building a growing network of leaders in academia, business, and the public sector to tackle grand challenges and bring groundbreaking ideas to society.

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