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The 2022 Festival University.

Welcome to Planet B - A Different Life is Possible. But How?

4 weeks, 200 international students, an international faculty, and an opportunity to address some of the greatest challenges of our time:


The most prominent international symposium in support of technology & art, the Ars Electronica Festival, and Upper Austria's largest educational institution, the Johannes Kepler University Linz, opens in new window, are organizing the second annual Festival University, a special summer program between August 18 and September 14, 2022.

The applications are closed and we look forward to welcoming all of the participants and lecturers to Linz!

Key Facts




August 18 - September 14, 2022

Applications are now closed.


Together with international faculty members, 200 students from over 70 countries around the world will explore issues as to how we - as a global community - can address the effects of climate change.  Mentored by renowned international experts, the participants will develop strategies and solutions, experiencing the complexities of one of mankind's greatest challenges as part of an international mock environmental court.


[Translate to Englisch:] Weltkarte der Teilnehmer*innen Festival University 2022 JKU Linz

As a program participant, you will:

  • work together with 200 young people from 70 countries all over the world and in a variety of disciplines ranging from business, law, engineering, and the arts to the humanities
  • work with an international faculty consisting of 40 renowned experts in the areas of science, art, business, politics, and civil society
  • be part of an exciting program of hands-on workshops, presentations, lectures, podium discussions, and excursions in and around Linz
  • collaborate closely over a four-week period, mentored by dedicated facilitators

You also

  • actively participate in the program, including community dinners and events
  • have expenses for travel (economy flights), accommodations, visa, and meals on-site fully covered (excluding personal expenses)
  • earn 6 ECTS credits toward your studies
  • receive a Welcome Package and an Ars Electronica catalog
  • have complete access to all of the festival programs during the 2022 Ars Electronica Festival
„I look forward to welcoming many stipend holders to the Festival University program at the JKU.“
Meinhard Lukas, JKU Rector

A Look Back at 2021

The first Festival University took place in 2021 under the motto "Transform Your World". Together with leading international scientists, academics, and artists, participants at the 2021 Festival University worked on planning and developing ideas in support of digital transformation: What are the big issues of our time? How do we create more awareness about issues and problems and a willingness to find solutions? What will - and how should - the future look like?


„For us to be effective in driving change and progress, we need to engage in dialogue - it takes different opinions and views. All of that was possible at Festival University and it was very exciting for me.“
Merle, 23, Germany, Europa Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt Oder - participant in 2021

Impressions from the 2021 Festival University

Partners & Funding Agencies

Program funding for the Festival University has been generously provided by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science & Research.