BE OPEN - Science & Society Festival


Curtain up for top research from Austria

To mark its fiftieth anniversary, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), together with partners from science and research, is transforming Vienna’s Maria-Theresien-Platz into a garden of curiosity and fascination.
Under the patronage of Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen and as part of the Austrian EU Council presidency, the “BE OPEN – Science & Society Festival” from 8 to 12 September 2018 offers the chance to discover top-class research, to participate and have a say.


At the end of the festival, on 12 September 2018, Austria’s most prestigious scientific awards, the Wittgenstein Prize and the Start Prizes, will be presented to excellent scientists. Look forward to a varied and entertaining evening celebrating outstanding scientific achievements.

Celebrate fifty years of top research in Austria with us – we look forward to your visit!

Stefan Kranewitter
Marc Seumenicht
Silvia Dallabrida