The 2019 JKU SciBall Highlights
Something for Everyone: The SciBall Featured Mozart and DJ Profs
Over 3,000 guests attended this year’s 2019 “SciBall” organized by the Johannes Kepler University Linz. The ball featured an exciting, re-arranged choreographic performance to Mozart’s classic overture of the Magic Flute as well as ultramodern sounds at the DJ console spun by JKU researchers.
Before officially opening the ball with a traditional waltz with his wife Astrid Lukas, JKU Rector Meinhard Lukas remarked, “The JKU Ball has always been a celebration for the university’s many employees from departments in administration to academia. Above all, it is a special highlight for our students during the academic year. In addition to a conventional ball program, we have also added many modern aspects so that there is something for everyone.”
This year’s theme “SciBall” combined classical and contemporary elements. Ball guests, including invited guests from the local government and business community, were treated to a re-arranged choreographic performance to Mozart’s overture for the Magic Flute, danced to the sounds of Six Pence and Goldensound, enjoyed the musical talent of pianist and composer WIFF LaGrange, and marveled at the spectacular midnight show featuring the black-light artist group “Grazer Akrosphäre”. Guests included Governor Thomas Stelzer, University Council Chairman Heinrich Schaller, University Senate Chairman Michael Mayrhofer, European Parliament member Paul Rübig, the Director of the Upper Austrian Economic Chamber Hermann Pühringer, the Director of the Chamber of Labor Josef Moser, Linz Regional Court President and JKU Professor Markus Achatz, Deputy State Police Director Erwin Fuchs, the Art University Rector Reinhard Kannonier, and head of the Kepler University Clinic Heinz Brock.
Your Prof is Your DJ
In the middle hall, students enjoyed the return of the JKU SciBar and dancing to the sounds of 2:tages:bart. A special treat was the “Your Prof is Your DJ” challenge, where hip JKU researchers including Martina Mara, Stefan Fink and Max Eiselsberg, delighted the audience by spinning tunes that not only kept students on the dance floor all night, but also gave them a chance to judge for themselves if their musical talent matches their world-class research.