Why BE OPEN?

We need to talk – and listen. Why? Science changes our lives. Basic research is omnipresent; its findings shape many areas of life – in the natural sciences, life sciences, humanities and social sciences. What was unthinkable until recently is now possible. Scientific progress is making rapid leaps and bringing new knowledge, new ideas and new answers. This is one side. The other side: research creates knowledge, and knowledge is power. In whose hands will it be in the future? We would like to talk to you about questions like these.


The “BE OPEN – Science & Society Festival” is our invitation to you, your family, children and friends, to be curious, get involved and learn more about basic research. Come to Maria-Theresien-Platz and explore the forefront of Austrian science with a selection of Austria’s best researchers.

A strong research landscape forms the basis for securing prosperity and well-being in Austria. Since 1968, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has been committed to making research strong, independent and accessible to all. Celebrate fifty years of top research in Austria with us – we look forward to your visit!


The Executive Board of the Science Fund