BE OPEN - Science & Society Festival

© FWF/Luiza Puiu & Andrei Pungovschi

Thank you all!

Thousands of visitors and hundreds of researchers transformed Vienna’s Maria-Theresien-Platz into a garden of curiosity and fascination.

More impressions of the festival

BE OPEN review (pdf, 8.11MB)

BE OPEN videos on vimeo

Thanks to all participants, partners and sponsors of the festival

A strong research landscape forms the basis for securing prosperity and well-being in Austria. Since 1968, the Austrian Science Fund has been committed to making research strong, independent and accessible to all. The Austrian Science Fund would like to thank all participants, partners and sponsors who were supporting its 50th anniversary festival. The festival would have been inconceivable without the commitment of all the researchers and their research facilities involved. Thank you very much for your support and participation. 

In the main partners, Boehringer Ingelheim and AVL List, two research-intensive companies were supporting the festival and were helping to set an exclamation mark for a strong research landscape.
We would also like to thank the numerous events, media and supporting partners.


The festival took place under the patronage of Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen and as part of the Austrian presidency of the Austrian EU Council presidency.


Stefan Kranewitter
Marc Seumenicht
Silvia Dallabrida