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We would like to extend an invitation to ALL students at the JKU and at the Vienna University of Applied Arts to come together and create visions about the future based on scientific facts.

Interested in shaping the future through art and science? Scientific facts instead of science fiction? Interested in creative collaboration and realizing your own projects? Does creative collaboration and realizing your own ideas sound like something you could get behind?

The Johannes Kepler University Linz and the Vienna University of Applied Arts would like to invite students in all majors to create imaginative and futuristic visions of the future as well as prototypes based on scientific facts. What will our lives be like in 50 years? How can we manage our economies in a sustainable way? How will we spend our free time? How will we get around?

This elective course is one semester long and worth 4 ECTS credits. Both universities will cover the costs of accommodations, materials, and travel costs for those students selected to take part in the course. Course organizers will work together with students to publicly present their results and findings (potential events: the Venice Biennale, the Ars Electronica Festival...).

WHAT IF...Shaping Our Future


SS 2022 / Start: End of March 2022


Undergraduate & graduate students, PhD candidates in all majors
of the JKU or University of Applied Arts Vienna


German and English


The course is worth 4 ECTS credits and can be taken as an elective.

[Translate to Englisch:] Labor ©AEFestival / Birgit Cakir

Schedule & Content

What are the participants' common areas of interest and where do they overlap? Students come together in teams to get to know each other, define the subject areas, and find common ground to pursue potential projects.


What kind of scientific and artistic findings and discoveries will point the way toward the future? As part of a series of lectures and presentations, experts from both universities will spotlight current developments.


Teams will come together to define their themes and areas of development. As part of a 4-day retreat, the teams will work together with experts to elaborate on their ideas and design a presentation format.


  • July 1 - 4, 2022 (International Academy Traunkirchen)

Students will present their work (i.e. short film, text, graphic, lecture/performance, prototype, installation, or sound). During the course, students will work on preparing the presentation and will also determine the time and location of the presentations together.

Coronavirus Safety Protocols & Mandates

Coronavirus safety protocols & mandates at both universities

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Johannes Kepler University Linz

University of Applied Arts Vienna , opens an external URL in a new window


If you have any questions or concerns in regard to the application or application process, please contact:


Kerstin Pell
T +43 732 2468 3039
Vienna Univ. of Applied Arts
Karl Salzmann
karl.salzmann@uni-ak.ac.at, opens in new window
T +43 71133-2808

This course is part of the TRANSFORM  project in cooperation between the Johannes Kepler University Linz and the Vienna University of Applied Arts.

[Translate to Englisch:] Logo Angewandte und JKU