Su Shiung Lam has been awarded an A.T. Kearney Scholarship by A.T. Kearney and the Falling Walls Foundation as one of the outstanding young academics to attend the 2011 Falling Walls International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society. In addition to the attending the conference on 9 November 2011, the scholars are required to participate in the ‘Falling Walls Lab’ Programme on 8 November, where each of them is to present and share their research breakthrough to a very distinguished jury of 25 members led by Professor Ernst Th. Rietschel (President of the Leibniz Association) and formed by decision makers and experts from different disciplines. The scholarship covers the registration and accommodation for both the Falling Walls Lab programme and conference from 8 to 9 November 2011.
Su Shiung Lam took the opportunity to present some of the findings from his PhD research during the ‘Falling Walls Lab’ Programme, where he talked about the use of microwave pyrolysis to recycle and convert used motor oil into fuel. He said, "It is an honour to have a chance to represent our department to participate in this programme and the prestigious conference, and once again I would like to express my gratitude to Professor Howard Chase for having the chance to work and produce a fine research under his supervision, as I always believe that the research is a key element that has given quite a bit of weight in selecting me as one of the recipient of the scholarship."
The Falling Walls conference is an annual global gathering of forward thinking individuals from 75 countries. Each year, 20 of the world’s leading scientists are invited to Berlin to present their current breakthrough research. In 2011, over 20 top international scientists presented their "ideas that could dramatically transform life worldwide" (Scientific American) on 9 November to an exclusive audience from science, business, politics, culture and society. The initial conference was held in 2009 on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to celebrate this historic day by looking into the future and getting an understanding of the world of tomorrow. The conference is hosted by the Falling Walls Foundation, which is a non-profit charity dedicated to the support of science and humanities, and is supported by the German Ministry for Education and Research and the Berlin Senate for Education, Science and Research.
The ‘Falling Walls Lab’ programme, organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and supported by A.T. Kearney, offers the opportunity to 100 excellent young academics and professionals to present their breakthroughs to an audience formed by decision makers of enterprises leading in innovation and distinguished representatives of scientific institutions. The programme took place on 8 November 2011 in Berlin and was concluded by a dinner for all Falling Walls Lab participants. The scholars attended the Falling Walls Conference in the following day.
Su Shiung Lam is a PhD student supervised by Prof Howard Chase in his Biochemical and Environmental Engineering Group.