International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg

From October to December, top-class scientists, Nobel Prize winners, well-known science communicators and talented young researchers discuss the pressing questions of our time with an audience of interested laymen and experts. Experience national and international research up close; every year we take science out of the ivory tower – to the DAI Heidelberg.

“It is essential to democracy to make sure that every citizien gets access to major global developments in science and the humanities” (Jakob Köllhofer, Founding Director)

The International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg is the European answer to the New York World Science Festival. It stands for scientific enlightenment and education, diversity of research and a democratically engaged society.


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This is Geist Heidelberg 2023

October 08 to December 14, 2023

Experience several Nobel Prize winners at Geist Heidelberg: relativity theorist Kip Thorne, astrophysicist John Mather, biochemist Aaron Ciechanover and chemist Ben Feringa inspire us with their rewarded research.

You can also look forward to Ranga Yogeshwar, Richard Dawkins, Harald Lesch, Manuela Lenzen, Richard David Precht, Insa Thiele-Eich, Julian Nida-Rümelin, Günther Hasinger and many more.

Discover our 13th Empathy Conference from 01 to 03 December 2023, which this year is characterized by strong women: the US writer Siri Hustvedt, sociologist Eva Illouz and Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi , as well as other guests, are dedicated to the topic of empathy from various disciplinary perspectives. Join the discussion!

You can find the entire festival program online here in our program overview. Tickets are available in our online store and at all Reservix advance booking offices.We are looking forward to an exciting autumn and a lively discussion with our guests!