The aim of the Falling Walls Lab Slovakia event is to support scientific and entrepreneurial innovative visions and to initiate and expand exchange of ideas, inspirations and knowledge among young researchers and professionals in various fields. The Falling Walls Lab Slovakia event has been held at 45 prestigious academic institutions in recent years, for example at ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Yale University (USA) or King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia). The Falling Walls Lab event is organized by the Falling Walls Foundation. The following have been included among the prestigous organizers of the Falling Walls Lab in 2017: Komenský University in Bratislava, Slovak Technical University, Žilina University, Technical University in Košice, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak Organization for Research and Development Activities, and German exchange service Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD.
Eighteen researchers in the area of medicine, mathematics or technology had an opportunity to present their research each in the span of three minutes before a jury of experts. The Slovakian round offered a solution of various, primarily social-wide questions in which medical subjects have been dominating – for example DNA, cancer detection, mitochondria state diagnostics, treatment of tumors or diagnostics of early stages of breast cancer.
Stanislav Hrivňak of the University of P. J. Šafárik in Košice became the winner of the pilot Falling Walls Lab Slovakia (FWLS) event that was an accompanying event to the European Night of Researchers 2017. Second place was taken by Štefan Tkáč and third was clinched by Matej Mikulszky , both of Technical University in Košice.