This year, for the very first time, we are introducing a second Berlin Science Week location. In partnership with Holzmarkt 25, we are opening a dedicated ART & SCIENCE FORUM.

Under the motto ‘Dare to Know: Creative Science, Precise Art‘, we will highlight the fruitful interaction between artistic practice and scientific rigor, and the way in which it can create new ways of knowledge and understanding. The FORUM will be inaugurated with a festive VERNISSAGE on 01 NOVEMBER and will be open until 10 NOVEMBER. Join the conversation and come get inspired by science slams, comedy shows, concerts, and experimental multi-sensorial performances. Discover our temporary exhibitions, where artists and scientists will be displaying the results of their collaborative work – or take a piece of art home with you from our Art & Science Fair on 5 NOVEMBER.

The FORUM is open for the whole duration of the festival. 


Get ready for the first ever, one-of-a-kind Club Night: Berlin Science Week Closing Party! On 10 NOVEMBER at Holzmarkt 25, we will mark the end of the festival with a groundbreaking fusion of knowledge, entertainment and celebration. Get ready for an immersive experience that takes you through a scientific exploration of partying, from a neuroscientific look at your brain on music, to the science of crowds and technology-inspired music. Dance the night away with our carefully curated set of DJs and performers and celebrate with us the end of the most innovative Berlin Science Week yet!


The Tiny Galleries will be open to the public for the duration of the whole festival. The exact opening times will follow shortly.

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung

Lithium, back to the Earth

Lithium, often referred to as “white gold” is a fascinating element that originated from the Big Bang, making it one of the few metals, formed during that event. This rare element cannot survive in stars and is deposited in limited areas of the Earthʼs crust, giving it unique properties.

Lithium has undeniably become an indispensable component of our lives, playing a crucial role in energy production. Every day we carry about 3 grams of lithium from our cell phone battery in our pocket!

The current life cycle of lithium can be described as a linear chain, stretching from mining to use in technology. Lithium, back to the Earth aims to shed light on the necessity of transforming this linear chain into a circular one, where science can play a key role.

Dalia and Sara Morcillo transform the laboratory research work into an art installation by turning the “Tiny Gallery” into a lithium salt flat. This salt flat is composed of materials used in lithium batteries, which undergo chemical processes of salt crystallization that will naturally grow throughout the 10-days exhibition.

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, Technische Universität Berlin


How powerful are collections and archives? The exhibition “Power in/of Collections” delves into this inquiry, involving scholars from the Technical University, Humboldt University, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. 

Collections and archives are places, that (re)produce worldviews and influence society. They can emanate from hegemonic viewpoints and perspectives, or conversely, focus on marginalized artistic expressions or stories of resistance. Building upon the long history of conflicts concerning the politics of collecting, the exhibition scrutinizes the dynamic between museums, academic science, and additional forms of knowledge production such as artistic or activist endeavors. It delves into the subject matter through three chapters. In the section “Power of Archives,” the focus is on collections of material created by social movements and marginalized groups. Here, the emphasis is on the archive as a space of resistance, where histories are nurtured, documented, and remembered, giving rise to alternative narratives distinct from those found in larger museums. These institutions are addressed in the second section under the title the “Power of Collections”. How to deal with art collections that are built upon and reproduce social inequalities? What power structures can be identified within the artworks, catalogs, and museum databases? Can they be interpreted as archives of injustice? At the core of the third section, titled “Critical Art Practice,” are artists’ power-critical perspectives on institutions. This concerns the potential of artistic works to create counter-narratives and induce shifts in perspective.


The Cabinet of Microscopic Life: Dive into a Drop of Water

In the Cabinet of Microbes, a single drop of water becomes a cosmos of wonder. Microorganisms such as bacteria, algae, ciliates and fungi are tiny, but their importance is huge. They are the hidden architects of our ecosystems. They play a crucial role in purifying water, keeping nutrient cycles going, producing oxygen and are the basis of all life underwater – sometimes they are also toxic. Some aquatic microbes are true superheroes, able to survive in extreme environments, from hot springs to perpetual ice. Discover stories about the importance of these tiny creatures, researched at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin. Welcome to a 3D wonderland of microbes!

Organising Institutions

  1. Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB), Berlin, Germany
  2. Francisca Rocha Gonçalves / ICARUS / Ocean Soundscape Awareness (ØSAW)
  3. Laboratory for Innovation and Sustainability of Marine Biological Resources (ECOMARE), Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Kollektiv Lichtung

“Rekaviður – Driftwood, a Living Archive”

Artistic research project by Kollektiv Lichtung

Driftwood is omnipresent in Iceland’s history and culture. It plays a central role in the Nordic creation myth and was one of the most important resources for centuries, without which the island most probably could not have been settled permanently. Driftwood is a true globetrotter that hitchhikes with sea ice thousands of kilometres across the Arctic. The driftwood on Iceland’s coasts originates from boreal forests in Eurasia and North America and represents a living archive—during its travels it has logged detailed Arctic climate records since the end of the last ice age 12,000 years ago. But while old driftwood is still piling up on Icelandic beaches, new arrivals have decreased significantly over the past decades. A recent study concludes that due to predicted sea-ice loss under anthropogenic global warming Iceland’s driftwood supply will terminate by 2060. 



Hidden Variables

What lies behind a single scientific breakthrough? A journey of trials and errors, ups and downs, successes and failures, and above all, an investment of time. At the intersection between art and science, a team of six dedicated quantum computing scientists come together to show you the hidden beauty within lost data and failed measurements – essential components in the pursuit of even the most subtle scientific insights.

RIFS - Research Institute for Sustainability Helmholtz Centre Potsdam

“To be of service”

Speculative millinery’s tiny worlds of consequence.

Climate crisis and biodiversity crisis are deeply entwined, overlapping, and co-shaping catastrophes. Both affect the multitude of lifeforms sharing and shaping the biosphere. And yet, in public perception, one seems to be overshadowed by the other.

In sustainability discourse, more-than-human life is often de-centered and limited to deliver ecosystem services: biodiversity is reduced to providing flows of human-centered services like food sustenance, recreation, or climate regulation.

“To be of service” takes the hat making (“millinery”) trade of the late nineteenth century, as a crucial starting point for environmental protection activities and public thinking about extinction. It showcases historical hats, interrogated by AI-based species recognition apps and developed further with hat makers and botanists, as speculative museum objects. They take up different moments in time when certain plant, fungus, or animal species were especially threatened.


Over the two days, we are bringing together contributions from partners such as Anthroposcenes, AnthroposEx, The Berlin Clusters of Excellence, Buddy Bear Berlin, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, drusnoise, Falling Walls Engage, Falling Walls Foundation, futurehain, Galactic Developments, Gary Erskine, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, ICARUS, Jazz Institute Berlin, Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie, Kollektiv Lichtung, Leibniz Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei, LGBTQ STEM Berlin, Ode – The Art of Training Decision Making, NCCR Spin, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Paul Drude Institut für Festkörperelektronik, Phonoschrank, Pitt Rivers Museum, Prateep Beed, RIFS Potsdam, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Schering Stiftung, Soapbox Science,, Technische Universität Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin, Volkswagen Stiftung, Witch’n’Monk, WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

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