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Rescue Horizon Europe


Photo: IST Austria

Dear friends and guests of the Science Ball!

The role of basic research is immense. Without basic research there is no development of energy alternatives and Covid vaccines to combat climate change and the corona pandemic.

The currently planned cuts of 36 billion euros in the budget of the EU research program “Horizon Europe” are not only short-sighted, but negligent.  The “Rescue Horizon Europe” campaign intends to convince the EU Commission, the EU Parliament and the European Council (in which the Austrian federal government has a seat and a vote) to change their mind at the last minute.

We support  together with 1400 researchers throughout Europe, including 8 Nobel Prize winners, and the umbrella organizations of about 800 universities this campaign and ask you to do the same with your signature:

By the way: without basic research there is no science ball. It’s as simple as that.


New date for 2022

No room for baby elephants / Photo: R. Ferrigato
No room for baby elephants / Photo: R. Ferrigato

Dear guests of the ball, dear contributors, dear friends!

Organizing a science ball means acting based on evidence. You can guess what I’m getting at: the legal and medical evidence speaks against holding the next Vienna Science Ball in January 2021. That is why we have to cancel the ball for this season.

I know from many e-mails, conversations, pre-registrations, reservations and bookings how much you regret this cancellation. But there are two messages that give us hope: Continue reading New date for 2022

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On behalf of the Executive Director and Fulbright Austria staff, thank you for your continued support. Fulbright Austria program participants from past and present enjoyed the Ball of Sciences tremendously! A few even experienced their first ball in Austria; these moments in time create memories that will last a lifetime. We also want to thank you for adding our logo in the program.

Thank you for your support in making a positive impact on the experience of Fulbright Austria participants and alumnae/alumni.

Kind regards,

Mitch Sims
Alumni Relations Manager
Outreach, Development, and Fundraising

No box office this evening!

Attention: there will be NO box office this evening. 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 7th Science Ball 2021 will most likely begin on November 11, 2020. Just send an e-mail to and be reminded by e-mail alert in November 2020. Have fun.

Student tix sold out (again!)

Our student tickets are sold out (again!). Apologies. Meanwhile, regular tickets at € 90 are still available at the webshop. Past experience proves that these tickets will sell even faster now the student tickets are gone, so hurry! We might raffle a couple of student tickets on our Facebook page in the coming days, so like it to keep updated.

And as in the past years we have set up a ticket exchange group (no liability!) on Facebook. Good luck!

Happy Holidays 2019

Christmas is the right time of the year to honour traditions. In this spirit, we thank all of you for your attention, support, and appreciation in the past weeks. As expression of our gratitude we have prepared a special surprise for all our friends: 5% discount on 200 tickets and on 10 tables in the grand ball room and the adjacent halls if ordered by 7 January 2020 at our online box office. Photographer Sabine Hauswirth took this picture of our ball ambassadors where every ball in Vienna’s town hall starts and ends: in the central cloak room extending between the central staircases. In the name of all team members, supporters and ball ambassadors we wish you Season’s Greetings!

Continue reading Happy Holidays 2019