For the weekend, Vienna’s town hall becomes the largest research laboratory in the city
The Vienna Research Festival is back: after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, curious young researchers can experience hands-on learning again with free admission the following weekend. From 9 to 11 September, the Viennese City Hall with more than 30 stations and numerous workshops will become a large research laboratory and offer an insight into the diverse Viennese research sector and professions of the future.
“The Vienna Research Festival at the City Hall makes research and new technologies tangible. We take the topics of the future seriously and place on them the importance they deserve at the Vienna Research Festival. Research and technology define issues for our city and its inhabitants – so it is important that we arouse enthusiasm for them as soon as possible. We invite all research enthusiasts young and old to be inspired by innovative Viennese research projects and the inspiring people behind them this weekend– says city councilor for economic affairs Peter Hanke.
Whether it’s “Parent Particle Universe”, “Touchable Particle Physics” or “Pepper Handling!” – visitors can look forward to a varied research rally. You’ll also learn why a concrete canoe can float, how Lego can be used to understand the effects of climate change on glaciers, and how plants keep our city clean.
Another highlight of this edition for the first time are technology workshops, during which children and teenagers can continue researching their favorite topics in small groups. Registration is already underway, additional seats can be booked on site.
Passionate about research and technology
Vienna is at the heart of the national research landscape: the federal capital with 1,000 companies and around 50,000 employees at Viennese universities, research institutes and companies is in the lead. To keep it that way, the city and the Vienna Business Agency are focusing on promoting young talent with offers for children and young people and on highlighting the achievements of Vienna as a research center. The Vienna Research Festival uses role models from technology and research: each station shows possible competitions so that visitors can form their own minds. Anyone who has discovered an interesting career profile can get advice on career paths and support options at the stands of WAFF and the Vienna Chamber of Employment.
“We are committed to presenting a wide range of future professions: from specialist teaching to cutting-edge research. We want to make young people ready for the future and thus strengthen the location– says Gerhard Hirczi, managing director of the Vienna Business Agency.
In addition, the “Future Education Award” will be presented for the first time as part of the Vienna Research Festival 2022. The award is aimed at educators who devote themselves to teaching “MINT”, that is mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology, in their diploma and project theses.
The productive city of the future Vienna
The highly innovative Viennese production will also be in the spotlight at the Scientific Research Festival. Industry in Vienna is an important factor in research and technology, investing around EUR 100 million in research each year. The Federation of Austrian Industry in Vienna will once again be a cooperation partner at Research Festival 2022: “We need well-trained professionals, especially to keep Vienna in the first place as a technological location and to continue to enable new innovations. As the metropolis of the future, Vienna sets successful accents at the research festival“says the managing director of IV Vienna Johannes Höhrhan.
Vienna Research Festival – Facts
Where? Vienna City Hall, Lichtenfelsgasse 2, 1010 Vienna
What? 30 research stations from Vienna, in-depth workshops and a dedicated toddler area
When? Fri 9.9. 14:00 – 18:00 and Saturday 10.9. and Sun 11.9. 10: 00-18: 00
Information and registration: forschungsfest.at (closure)