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The winner of the Falling Walls Lab Slovakia is a PhD. student of Biophysics of the Faculty of Science of the P. J. Šafárik University in Košice

RNDr. Stanislav Hrivňak, a PhD. student of Biophysics became the winner of the worldwide pilot event Falling Walls Lab, which is meant for young researchers and innovators, held on the 29th of September, 2017 in Bratislava, during the European Researchers' Night 2017.

Falling Walls Lab is a platform where extraordinary researchers, scientists and innovators from the field of business and professionals can present their projects, innovative ideas and research projects form different fields of science.

Of all the participants, 56 people from 10 countries and 18 young researchers were able to present their revolutionary ideas and results on the event in Bratislava, and get a chance to get to the worldwide finals, which will be held in Berlin in November of this year. The event was held under the patronage of the Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatization, Mr. Peter Pellegrini. The first year of the event was organized by the Commenius University in Bratislava, in conjunction with the Slovak Technical University, University in Žilina, Technical University in Košice, P. J. Šafárik University in Košice, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak Organization for Research and Development activities (SOVVA) and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

Three participants from the P. J. Šafárik University were able to present their ideas in a difficult three-minute presentation in the face of harsh competition. RNDr. Stanislav Hrivňak – a PhD. student of Biophysics of the Faculty of Science became the winner of this competition with his idea of a propagator of X-ray radiation for a coherent micro-tomography of small organisms. In the words of Assoc. prof. Uličný, the leader of Mr. Hrivňaks PhD. Thesis, the jury, comprised of prominent scientists of Slovakia, appreciated the innovative idea of the young scientist in improving the so-called Bragg magnifier as well as the outstanding quality of the presentation in such a short amount of time. He emphasized the significance of the results of this young scientist in advancing their work in the field of X-ray imaging.

100 competitors will be able to take part in the worldwide finals in Berlin. Each one of them will have the opportunity to present their research, initiative or business model in the three-minute format in front of a jury of prominent accademics, scientists and representatives of business. 3 people will be selected as winners of the financial prize and will, most importantly, get the chance to repeat their presentation on the main stage of the Falling Walls Conference, the next day.

Amateur photography: the president of Falling Walls Slovakia prof. Moczo, along with the representative of DAAD, handing out the prizes

Last update: 03.10.2017