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Ursula Hemetek at the Vienna Ball of Sciences 2019

At midnight ball guests were rewarded with a special treat: For the first time, the Hungarian Roma band Kalyi Jag performed at a ball and presented their music and dance highlights of 40 years on stage. Their show was announced by Ursula Hemetek,  Wittgenstein prize awardee 2018 and ethnomusicologist at the University of Music and applied Arts Vienna. In her research, she called their music “ethnic mainstream”. But see for yourself:

Photos: (c) Roland Ferrigato


Infrared Revelations

Our ball embassador, astronomer  Franz Kerschbaum, came up with something great for the ball night: He wanted to look for the hottest dancers in the ball disco using his infrared camera. Whoever was too busy dancing, can now try retrospectively to figure out his or her temperature!

You can find more videos here:




Ball Photos 2019

Welcome to our gallery of ball photos 2019, taken by our ball photographer Roland Ferrigato! You can use the photos for private and media purposes in the context of the ball free of costs, if you mention the copyright (©SciBall/R.Ferrigato). For commercial use please contact our ball office (

More pictures can be found hear from the Red Carpet, at Kerstin Zimmermann/ (free of charge) and at Die Eventfotografen.

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Anna Wexberg-Kubesch

Three years ago, Anna Wexberg-Kubesch started a project: The design of 15,000 postcards, representing 15,000 Jewish children murdered in Theresienstadt or after deportation to extermination camps. People across the world were invited to individually design a card and return it to Wexberg-Kubesch. The complete collection can be viewed in an installation at the Volkshalle of the Rathaus until January 30th, or as a virtual photo album at

In the ball magazine she talked about her experience. You can read the article in German here:


Red Carpet 2019

Once again, we were honored with many well-known faces on our red carpet. You can find a collection of pictures (©SciBall/R. Ferrigato) here:

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Ball magazine 2019 online!

Our diligent assistents had no more bags to hand out even before the ball ended–due to the interest of our ball guests. Whoever has did not have  the chance to read through our 68 page long ball magazine, can now download the pdf edition! Excellently edited by Katharina Kropshofer it features all the ball events, from local superfoods to Esrap’s midnight lecture. Enjoy the read!


For the download please click here: SciBall_Mag_2019 WEB

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.