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Start of ticket sales 2020

High demand before the official start of ticket sales • Scientific community to dance in the whole cityhall • Bee-themed ballrooms to create a buzz

Vienna (OTS) – Monday, 11th of November 2019 marks the launch of online ticket sales for the 6th Vienna Ball of Sciences, which will take place on January 25th 2020. Since there has already been a high request for tickets coming from Austria and abroad, Oliver Lehmann, head of the ball committee, is expecting a high demand. Tickets can now be bought at With 90€ for regular tickets and 25€ for student tickets, prices stay the same. Tables and boxes can be bought as well at

Based on last year’s excellent experience, there will be room to dance on all publicly accessible levels of the Vienna cityhall. This includes all ballrooms on the “Beletage” as well as the “Volkshalle” on the ground floor which will host the discotheque. This means that there will be space for around 4,000 guests.

The protection of biodiversity will stand in the the centre of the 2020 ball, embodied through bee-themed ballrooms and bee-inspired experiences: the bee’s dance will make things hum on the dancefloor, products from the world of insects bring sweet delights, flower arrangements vivify pastures for bees, and dancing couples thrive on flora and fauna’s palette of colors and shapes.

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 Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria) will constitute the honorary committee and will therefore underline the relevance of Vienna as one of the most important locations 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.

Promotion for the ball is underway. All information can be found on the homepage Posteres – again designed by Austro-Canadian illustrator Lilly Panholzer – are already decorating the city. Social media campaigns have as well begun at @SciBall. To download the poster click here.

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:

Free Knowledge Award


Knowledge is not always free. Yet assuring this freedom is an indispensable part of a democratic system. As such, Wikipedia has become part of our everyday life. Millions of people read the online encyclopedia daily, thousands work voluntarily on writing, editing and completing articles in almost all languages.

To honour the diverse engagement for a society full of free knowledge, Wikimedia Austria – the local association behind Wikipedia here in Austria – is for the first time giving out the Austrian Award for Free Knowledge. It will be awarded to civil single initiatives and particularly dedicated organisations, trying to support free knowledge.

Fitting the ball’s guidelines, the award will be presented at the 6th Vienna Ball of Sciences on 25 January 2020.

Find out more and nominate yourself or someone else until the 15th November 2019 here.

P.S.: Of course you can find us on Wikipedia as well :

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