Ball-gown-swap at IMBA

Care for a different ball gown? Do not look any further.  ©Romar Ferry |

For the sixth Vienna Ball of Sciences, the organization team is focusing on topics like sustainability, climate change and an ecological crisis. Besides agenda items about biodiversity and a cooperation with the Fridays for Future activists, there will also be an event jointly organized with IMBA, the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology: On Thursday the 16th and Friday the 17th of January from 17.00-19.00  we will organize a ball gown swap at  IMBA in the 3rd district. You can offer gowns and cocktail dresses that you will not wear this year and borrow dresses for the night.

How it works:

Lenders: Deposit your dress(es) either in advance every day from 9-18 at the IMBA reception (leave your name, address, phone number and email address) or bring them to the swap events on 16th and 17th of January directly and borrow a dress in return if you like!

Pick up your dry-cleaned dress again in the week of Feb 10th-14th, Mo-Fr from 9.00-18.00 at the IMBA reception.

Borrowers: Looking for a dress? Come to the event, enjoy a glass of champagne and check the selection! You can try the dresses on right away.

After the ball: Have the dress dry-cleaned and mended if necessary and return it as soon as possible at the IMBA reception, daily Mon-Sun between 9-18, latest on Sun, Feb 9.


IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology GmbH
Dr. Bohr-Gasse 3
1030 Vienna
U3 to Schlachthausgasse,  trams 18 and 71, bus 74a to St Marx

If you have questions or want to help us get an overview in advance let us know you’re coming and whether you’re borrowing or lending. Just drop us an email at:

Sonja Paulick-Fabini will answer further questions also by phone Mo-Fr,  9-14:
Tel.: 0043 1 79044 4803

Can I also swap men’s evening wear? – Sorry, no menswear this time, only dresses! But we are thinking of expanding to the gents for next year.
Can I also sell my dress? If you would also be willing to sell your dress, please tell us the price when you drop off the dress in advance or just let us or potential buyers know at the swap event. If someone wants to buy and you’re not around, we’ll give them your phone number so they can contact you and arrange the sale.