BE OPEN - Science Society Festival

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) celebrates 50 years of basic research and presents Austria’s biggest open air science event.

Coming up in 2018: The Austrian Science Fund FWF, Austria’s largest institution for the funding of basic research and arts-based research is celebrating its 50th birthday. We consider this to be a perfect opportunity for organising Austria’s biggest open-air science festival in the heart of Vienna.
A few key facts we are happy to share already: The BE OPEN - Science Society Festival will be held on Maria-Theresien-Platz between Ringstraße boulevard and the Museumsquartier from 8 to 12 September 2018.

Visitors can look forward to a five-day programme with interactive science stations, panel discussions and special events under the patronage of Austria’s Federal President, Alexander Van der Bellen. We are joining forces with numerous researchers and our partner organisations to showcase pioneering, cutting-edge research in Austria.

A concluding celebration at the festival grounds on Wednesday, 12 September will include the award ceremony of Austria’s most prestigious science prizes, the Wittgenstein Award and the START Prizes.

The FFG FORUM, which will be held on 13 September in Museumsquartier, marks another highlight.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to engage with the best researchers our country has to offer at Austria’s biggest science event during its EU Council Presidency.

Stefan Kranewitter
Marc Seumenicht
Silvia Dallabrida