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No box office this evening!

Thanks to your great support, we are again sold out although we have expanded this year into the Volkshalle on the ground floor! Many Thanks!

This also means that there are no remaining tickets. Therefore there will be NO evening box office. At the ball itself, only the few tickets that have already been paid but not yet picked up will be issued at the Lichtenfelsgasse entrance of the town hall starting at 7.45 pm. So it makes no sense to come to the city hall without tickets.

A quick tip: the ticket sale for the 6th Science Ball 2020 will most likely begin on November 11, 2019. Just send an e-mail to and be reminded by e-mail alert in November 2019. Have fun.

Start of ticket sales 2019

Strong Increase in reservations – 2019 more space available in the townhall

Vienna (OTS) – Starting Monday, the 12th of November 2018, tickets will be available in the webshop for the 5th Vienna Ball of Science, which will be taking place on the 26th of January 2019. Due to the strong increase in reservations, Oliver Lehmann, chair of the organising commmittee, is expecting a high demand for tickets; especially since the semester break is only starting one week after the ball. Tickets can now be bought at Prices stay the same with €90 for regular tickets and € 25 for students. Tables and boxes can be bought under the same link as well.

The most important novelty of this year’s ball is the extended space available. From 2019 the ball will be taking place on the ground and the first floor: In addition to the ballrooms, the so-called “Volkshalle” will also become part of the “experimental arrangement of the genious mind and the good taste”. In doing so, about 4000 guests can be accommodated.

The rectors, presidents and directors of all nine Viennese universities, five private universities, five technical colleges (Fachhochschulen), as well as the ÖAW (Austrian Academy of Sciences), IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) and IST (Institute of Science and Technology) will constitute the honorary committee and will therefore underline the relevance of Vienna as one of the most important sites for universities and science in Central Europe. Highlights of the programme will be announced throughout the next weeks, as well as the testimonials from the area of science, economics, culture and society.

One of the main partners of the ball is the refugee initiative “more”, brought to life by “Universities Austria” (uniko), constituted by all Austrian universities, the National Union of Students, Caritas, Diakonie Austria, the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) and other institutions. Revenues from the ball casino – sponsored by Casinos Austria, one of the ball’s partners – will be made available for the initiative “more”.

Advertising activities are underway. The homepage will be the main source of information for the ball. Posters, which were again designed by Lilly Panholzer, are already decorating the city.  Social media campaigns have begun at @SciBall.

As in the previous year,  Austrian Airlines and Austria Trend Hotels are offering special deals and discounts for international guests and visitors from other Austrian states. Packages have already been booked by foreign universities and are underlining the high interest for the ball. Oliver Lehmann, chair of the organising committee:  “Last year we have been sold out before christmas. Due to the late start of the semester break and the additional space, we are counting on an even higher number of prospective guests. The Vienna Ball of Science has become an indispensable part of the ball season.”

Queries & contact:

Oliver Lehmann | Chair of the Organising Committee | E-Mail: | Homepage: | Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @SciBall

Mag. Alfred Strauch | Media spokesman of the Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Science | Email:

Foto: R.Ferrigato / © SciBall

The ball poster 2019

We are happy to announce our new poster for the Vienna Ball of Sciences 2019 in time for the beginn of carneval on the 11th of November at 11:11 o’clock. The poster was once more designed by Austrian-Canadian illustrator Lilly Panholzer. This year, she has been inspired by electrons, as the dancing couples make their way around the atomic nucleus. In the course of the next weeks, the dancers will be seen around the city. If you spot one, we invite you to send a photo to . To download just click and save.

Ball Photos 2018

Although we got our #SciBall selfies on our mobile phones, professional photos of the ball are a special memory. We can offer two sources of supply:

Pictures for free by our partner Warda can be found here:

Prints are on sale at “The Event Photographers” – pics can be viewed and downloaded here:

Further we recommend images taken by  Kerstin Zimmermann for 

Finally, the photos by our ball photographer Roland Ferrigato are on display in our gallery “Ball images 2018” .

Riddle of alchemy

Find here the riddle by Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms (VCLA) at the at the ball: Ppen the doors to other dimensions – with logic. Help alchemy find its way into the world of modern science by solving the puzzle. Your task: fill in the grid with the four alchemical symbols for earth, fire, water and air, such that the same symbols never touch each other, not even diagonally, by putting exactly one symbol in each rectangle, no matter the size of the rectangle. The puzzle was created especially for the Vienna Ball of Sciences by Maarten Löffler, University of Utrecht. Continue reading Riddle of alchemy

Regular tickets sold out!

Usually, we take a break during the festive season. The enormous demand for tickets obliges us to come back from the break. With our gratitude to our supporters and our sympathy to all those who did not manage to acquire tickets in time we have to terminate the sales of regular tickets. The only category currently still avaialable are tables in the grand hall and in the adjacent rooms (re offers at our webshop). Continue reading Regular tickets sold out!

Tix for students sold out!

Bildschirmfoto-2015-01-26-um-17.05.38-e1453198754898This is a first. Because of extremly high demand we have to cancel selling student tickets before Christmas as the quota is completely exhausted. Regular tickets at € 90 are meanwhile still available. And as a Christmas present we are offering 200 tickets and 10 tables in the grand hall and the adjacent rooms at a  5% discount! For bookings please proceed to the  webshop.


Happy Holidays 2017!

Edit Dec 28, 2017: We have to terminate the discount campaign as the regular tickets sold out much faster then we expected. Apologies from the organising team.

We thank you for your support and attention in the last weeks! Therefore we have prepared  a special surprise for friends and fans of the Science Ball: We are giving away 5% discount on 200 full price tickets as well as on tables in the ballroom and the adjacent rooms, which are ordered in our onlineshop until January 6,  2018. This image of the ball ambassadors was taken on December 12, 2017 in the Stadtsenatssitzungsaal of the Vienna City Hall by Sabine Hauswirth. The inscription of the majolica fireplace in the background says: “Sapienta aedificabitur, prudentia gubernabitur” which means: “With wisdom we will build the house, with acuity it should be governed.” On behalf of the organizing team, supporters and ball ambassadors, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Continue reading Happy Holidays 2017!