Conferences, Lectures, Workshops

The Ars Electronica Festival is a platform for exchange and encounter by and with outstanding scientists and artists. This year’s theme symposia will do some imagineering of the city of the future. What are the essential social, economic, ecological and infrastructural features that have to be designed into 21st-century urban habitats? The Future Innovators Summit will be a conclave of seasoned experts and young entrepreneurs, social activists, techies and scientists, and, of course, artists and designers to share ideas and know-how and disseminate mutual inspiration. The Prix Forums are fascinating talks involving Prix Ars Electronica jurors and prizewinners.

POST CITY Symposium III: Post Public, Post Private

Both the public sphere as well as the private, personal sphere have changed fundamentally in recent decades—both online and offline. The process of change, which is far from complete, confronts city planners and architectural designers with a tremendous challenge.

POST CITY Symposium IV: Habitat 21

Just like the exhibition of the same name, the Habitat 21 symposium also focuses on various exemplary ways and means to successfully handle the challenges of the urbanization process in the 21st century.

Future Catalyst Program for the Development of the POST CITY Kit

Two programs will occupy the focal point of the Post City Kit activities in the context of the Future Catalyst Program – a toolkit of ideas, strategies, devices and prototypes for the city of the future: The Future Innovators Summit and the Connected Intelligence Atelier.

Prix Forums – Art & Science

At the Prix Ars Electronica Forums, 2015 prizewinners have an opportunity to talk about their work, motives and motivations.

Expanded Animation

Expanded Animation has become an extremely popular feature on the Ars Electronica Animation Festival lineup and a mainstay of the Ars Electronica Festival as a whole!

European Digital Art and Science Network Meeting

Together with seven well-known artistic and cultural institutions, Ars Electronica launched the European Digital Art and Science Network, a Europe-wide initiative offering artists the chance to spend several weeks at the ESO or CERN followed by a stay at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.

Interface Cultures Seminar: Post Post

At the Interface Cultures Symposium, an interesting lineup of scholars and artists will discuss the latest developments in media art as well as post-media issues and interface critique from an artist’s perspective.

Rethinking the Shared Space

Alexander Mankowsky and Christopher Lindinger provide insight into the ongoing research partnership between Ars Electronica Futurelab and Mercedes-Benz.

Soya C(o)u(l)ture-Workshops

(Deutsch) Bei drei Workshops in der Soya C(o)u(l)ture-Schauküche haben die FestivalbesucherInnen selbst Gelegenheit, sich im Upcycling der Abwässer aus der Sojaherstellung zu versuchen.

Connecting Cities Conference

European urban identities, social changes and citizen participation occupy the focal point of the first symposium at the 2015 Festival.

Post City Kit – Open Discussion

This session focuses on the Post City Kit all over the world. By inviting both creators and facilitators creating the Post City Kit into society together, this meeting aims to share and exchange ideas of the Post City Kit Initiative.

Music Monday – Lectures and Performances

A whole day full of music and sounds! Ars Electronica dedicates the last day of the Festival to sound installations. Lecture-performances offer deeper insights into the works of music and sound art that were presented over the last four days.

Knowledge Capital

Knowledge Capital is a center for the creation of new intellectual values through interaction and collaboration, and a core facility at Grand Front Osaka established by private companies, the multi-purpose complex of commercial facilities, offices, hotel and service apartments.

Wearable Studio Practice Workshop

As part of the Wearable Studio Practice Exhibition, Hannah Perner-Wilson (AT) and Andrew Quitmeyer (US) open their mobile electronics lab for up to 10 participants at a time. Volunteers are made familiar with the equipment, tools, and wearable furniture comprising the mobile laboratory.

g.tec medical engineering

g.tec medical engineering (AT) develops and manufactures award-winning hardware and software for biosignal progressing so that severely disabled people are able to communicate.


The medical computer scientists Thomas Kaltofen and Sara Ivcevic of the RISC Software GmbH (AT) present new developments of their company.

Lightpainting Workshop

Learn the essential usage of tools for lightpaintings with pixelstick, brushes, led sticks and flash to create your own stunning lightpainting photos and a stopmotion animation from an expert.

How to become a social business city?

The objective of the Social Business City Program is to connect dedicated citizens, initiatives, companies and municipal authorities of a city and enable them to solve social problems and create sustainable social impact through social business.

Social Business Introduction

This introductory workshop has the objective to provide the participants clear and concise background information on social business and the differences with NGO’s or profit-making business.

Ingenieure ohne Grenzen (IOG)

Engineers Without Borders Austria (IOG) helps people worldwide in areas such as water, energy, sanitation infrastructure or in building bridges to improve the daily living conditions in developing countries.

Open Digital Science Workshop

Open digital science — ODS – will analyse and stimulate openness of scientific knowledge, by and for everyone to access, acquire, and benefit from. The workshop is part of a current European Commission study on ODS and will explore, concepts and scenarios.

STARTS Workshop: Linking S&T&Arts

In 2016, the European Commission will launch the STARTS initiative to promote innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS.

Workshop Series: Myriads of Knowledge Pills

How is it possible to capture the real-time life of the city, using social networks, sensors, data, wearable devices, Internet of Things, domotics, and other sources of digital information?