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February 13, 2024

Attention students - this is your chance to get a free ticket for the upcoming Curious2024 - Future Insight Conference. Our co-sponsor vfa is sponsoring 100 free tickets -> claim your free student ticket now at https://join.curious2024-registration.com/

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January 25, 2024

Great news ! The application deadline for Science in Shorts from Nature Awards in partnership with our platinum sponsor Merck has been extended!

Application Deadline is 26th of February 2024!

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January 12, 2024

Nobel Laureate Ferenc Krausz (Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics)
has signed the Darmstadt Science Declaration.

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January 03, 2024

You can now buy the Curious2022 book online.

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January 02, 2024

Happy New Year!

To kick off the New Year, from 06/01 - 08/01 2024, the Ticket Shop will be 50% off.

Use the discount code NEWYEAR.

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December 14, 2023

Exciting News! Introducing the Curious2024 Startup Fair, the newest addition to our conference series in Mainz, Germany, on July 10–11, 2024. Unleash your startup's potential, connect with industry leaders, and shape tomorrow's innovations. Submit your abstract now. Join us in forging the future!

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November 30, 2023

The application phase of the 2024 Innovation Cup, which is organized from our platinum sponsor Merck, has started. All participants will receive a free ticket to attend Curious2024.

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October 2, 2023

Congratulations to Katalin Kariko for winning the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine 2023 – Katalin had signed the Darmstadt Science Declaration – Make Science Not War in 2021!

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August 12, 2023

Deadline to apply for funding from our Platinum Sponsor Merck with a research grant on Green Hydrogen is approaching August 31st http://researchgrants.merckgroup.com

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July 12, 2023

Congratulations to the 2023 Johann Anton Merck Award Winner Carola Vinuesa from Francis Crick Institute!

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May 30, 2023

We are proud to announce the finalists for this year’s Spinoff Prize from Nature Awards and Merck. These five carefully selected companies are profiled in a Nature Outlook together with the seven that made the long-list. All 12 were recognized by the panel of judges as having extraordinary potential to develop products and technologies that will change the way we live and work. The finalists will contest the slam in a public virtual event on 21st of June, after which one winner will receive a €30,000 cash prize. Register now to join!

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May 29, 2023

We deeply regret the passing of Harald zur Hausen, Nobel Laureate in Medicine and former Curious Speaker. Harald zur Hausen was considered the intellectual father of the vaccine against cervical cancer. This earned him the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008. We offer our deepest condolences. 

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May 26, 2023

LinkedIn Post by Dr. Ulrich Betz !

Science is extremely important and powerful but it is not enough. Science can be a double edged sword and its results be used for good and bad alike. Science also remains forever silent on the most important question in life - why do we live in what should we do. Therefore, it is important to combine science with the ethics of love and with inspiration/spirituality for a holistic world view. This is the ambition of the Future Insight e.V. association - be a part of it now at Curious2024 – Future Insight™ (curiousfutureinsight.org).

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May 05, 2023

Research article "Game changers in science and technology - now and beyond" by Ulrich Betz out now! The article highlights the importance of interdisciplinary dialogue and the involvement of strategic thinkers and executives in catalyzing further progress in science, technology, and innovation. The article also notes that breakthrough innovation often happens when key insights are transferred from one field to another. Read the complete article here.

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April 21, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that we have added new speakers to our lineup! These talented individuals bring diverse expertise to our event, and we can't wait for you to hear from them. Check out all speakers of Curious2024 here.

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April 11, 2023

In a recent TV episode of "SWR Aktuell Rheinland-Pfalz," the upcoming Curious2024 Conference was mentioned as an event to look forward to. The news segment highlighted the conference's focus on innovation and creativity, as well as its impressive lineup of speakers and workshops. Watch the episode here!

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April 06, 2023

We are delighted to announce that the Curious2024 - Future Insight Conference will take place on July 10-11, 2024, both in-person in Mainz, Germany, and online! We are excited to bring together an exceptional group of researchers, innovators, and leaders from around the globe for what promises to be a fantastic conference. Join us - United by science for a better tomorrow!

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March 21, 2023

Our excitement is building as preparations for Curious2024 conference are now officially underway!

The first keynote speaker invitations have already been sent out, and you can expect to hear from some of the most influential thinkers and experts in their respective fields.

Registration is now open, and anyone interested in attending Curious2024 is encouraged to secure their spot as soon as possible. Early-bird pricing is currently available, so now is the perfect time to sign up and join in on the conversation: https://www.curiousfutureinsight.org/tickets/

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March 06, 2023

Are you interested in joining a community dedicated to researching current trends and shaping the future together? Then Future Insight e.V. is the right place for you!

Become a member today and embark on a journey into the future with like-minded people. Sign up now by visiting our website: https://www.curiousfutureinsight.org/about-us/

Let's explore science together and shape the world of tomorrow!

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February 23, 2023

As curious minds, we are always keen to learn more about brilliant scientists having received one of the Top Global Science Prizes. Therefore, we compiled a list of the most important scientific awards and added a direct link to look up the recipients. Check out the complete list!

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February 03, 2023

We are pleased to announce the opening of the ticket shop for Curious2024! We offer a variety of ticket options for you to choose from. Customize your experience and make the most of the conference. Get your tickets for the Curious2024 Future Insight Conference now!

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January 06, 2023

Linkedin Post by Ulrich Betz!

The year started with an extremely interesting paper published in Nature "Papers and patents are becoming less disruptive over time.", https://lnkd.in/eec5ZmVv showing that scientific work is increasingly less likely to produce true game changers. While the underlying reasons are not entirely clear the authors propose that a main factor is the decline of diversity in work cited, reflecting a tendency of researchers to expose themselves to narrower and narrower slices of existing knowledge. This is a strong argument to further foster the interdisciplinary dialogue, connecting researchers between fields. This is exactly what we do with the Curious Future Insight Conference. https://lnkd.in/dFzyNP9 that covers all relevant areas of science. Other reasons given are a tendency to refer more to the same old previous work plus more self-citations, in summary a narrower scope of existing knowledge is informing contemporary discovery and invention. Maybe we can add an increased pressure to develop short-term results rather than long term thinking, less willingness to enter risky new research areas plus an increased burden of bureaucracy and administration for researchers over time?

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ulrichbetz_the-year-started-with-an-extremely-interesting-activity-7017036114020417536-1ycZ?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop

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November 01, 2022

Look forward to more Curious Future Insight conferences in the coming years under a new logo!

The new logo symbolizes the amalgamation of the iron rule of science with the golden rule of ethics to celebrate a bright and peaceful future.

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October 26, 2022

Linkedin Post by Belén Garijo!

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us the importance of being prepared. Even though this pandemic is not over yet, we must be ready to anticipate and prevent the next one. It´s encouraging to see organizations like the World Health Organization taking the lead to build an inclusive global framework for pandemic preparedness. But one critical element is still required: a comprehensive early warning system to monitor all circulating viruses and bacteria worldwide to detect potential threats before it is too late. That´s why Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is putting €1 million on the table with our 2023 Future Insight Prize. We are looking forward to getting the candidatures that are on the right path to develop a global pathogen surveillance and monitoring system. 

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/bel%C3%A9n-garijo_the-covid-19-pandemic-has-taught-us-the-importance-activity-6990938839112417281--xoi/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop

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October 21, 2022

Applications wanted for the Spinoff Prize!

The Spinoff Prize is an award for early stage university spinoff companies from around the world. It gives visibility to academic entrepreneurs and their companies and helps them secure future investment.

We invite applications from spinoffs that translate original, high-quality scientific research into products and services that address market problems and make a positive impact on society. Learn more here.

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October 20, 2022

This week we published the awarding of the Johann Anton Merck Award 2022 to Stephen Jackson, the recordings of the Nature Award Science in Shorts and keynotes by our speaker Özlem Türeci. Visit our media library to watch the videos now!

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October 13, 2022

Watch your favorite Curious2022 talks on-demand! This week we published the awarding of the Future Insight Prize 2022 to Tobias Erb and keynotes by our speakers Leslie G. Valiant and Michael Gorman. Visit our media library to watch the videos now!

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October 06, 2022

We published keynotes by our speakers Daniel Nocera, Sally Rockey, Jörg Tremmel and Janine O’Keeffe. Visit our media library to watch the videos now!

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September 29, 2022

Missed some talks? This week we published keynotes by our speakers Klaus Müllen, Rafael Laguna de la Vera and Phil Baran. Visit our media library to watch the videos now!

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September 22, 2022

This week we published keynotes by our speakers Linda A. Hill, Chihaya Adachi and Jennifer Chan. Visit our media library to watch the videos now!

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September 15, 2022

Watch your favorite Curious2022 talks on-demand! This week we published keynotes by our speakers Peter C. Doherty, Sara Seager and Stefan W. Hell. Visit our media library to watch the videos now!    

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September 08, 2022

This week we published keynotes by our speakers Robert Huber, Robert Boehme, Andrew Dzurak and Jarryd Pla. Visit our media library to watch the videos now!

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September 01, 2022

This week we published the awarding of the Keeling Curve Prize 2022 moderated by Jacquelyn Francis, Lukas Mörchen and Frederique Seidel, the AAAS/Science Roundtable – Can AI Save the World? moderated by Orla Smith and Tim Appenzeller and the panelists Joanna Bryson, Murray Campbell and Catherine Havasi, as well as the keynote by our speaker Ron Naaman. Visit our media library to watch the videos now!

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August 25, 2022

Congratulations to all abstract winners of the Curious2022 Future Insight Conference that presented their research during the Ignite Session! Watch the talks of Fred Phillips, Iuliia Myrgorodska, FaehzanAhmad, Cécile Echalier, Siegfried Schindler, Dragana Savic, Eleonore Eisath, Xin Lai and Marek Checinski now and on-demand: Complete Ignite Session and Winner Ignite Session.

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August 11, 2022

This week we published keynotes by our speakers Jean-Marie Lehn, Johann-Dietrich Woerner and Noam Slonim. Visit our media library to watch the videos now: https://lnkd.in/esxT3Kxe

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August 04, 2022

Keynotes by our speakers Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Martin Rees and Maria Leptin are now live. Visit our media library to watch the videos now: https://lnkd.in/esxT3Kxe

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July 28, 2022

Watch your favorite Curious2022 talks on-demand! This week we published keynotes by our speakers Moritz Helmstädter, Dietmar Harhoff and Christina Smolke. Visit our media library to watch the videos now: https://lnkd.in/esxT3Kxe

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July 20, 2022

Missed some talks? In the coming days and weeks we will make many of the talks available in the media library on this website - stay tuned!

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July 14, 2022

What a fantastic event, many thanks to all speakers, partners and participants for making the Curious2022 Future Insight Conference so unique. All helpers and organizers thank you for making the conference possible!

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July 14, 2022

Today is the last day of Curious2022 Future Insight Conference! Watch prerecorded keynotes, attend workshops and meet the winner of the 2022 Future Insight Prize. Enter here.

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July 13, 2022

Don't miss information about our future events. Sign up for Curious2024 here!

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July 13, 2022

Congratulations to the Winner of the Ignite Session Eleonore Eisath! Learn more about her company beworm.

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July 13, 2022

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2022 ScienceFluencer Award Clemens Steinek! Explore his videos here.

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July 13, 2022

The second day of the Curious2022 Future Insight Conference begins! Do not miss exciting keynotes and lectures. Enter here.

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July 12, 2022

Welcome to the Curious2022 Future Insight Conference! Enter here.

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July 11, 2022

Only 1 day to go until Curious2022 Future Insight Conference! Download the latest agenda as a PDF here.

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July 08, 2022

All participants should have received their ticket now! In case you have not received your ticket please contact info@future-insight.org

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July 07, 2022

The Future Insight™ prize is awarded to honour outstanding achievements in science and technology that help to realize visionary dream products important for humanity.

What are your dream products? Which products or technologies do you think should be developed within the next 35 years? What are your dreams for a bright future where science & technology can contribute to make a difference? Post them on our Dream Board.

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July 05, 2022

Only 7 days to go until Curious2022 Future Insight Conference! Check out the agenda and find exciting talks on your favorite topics!

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June 30, 2022

We are excited to give an overview of the workshops at Curious2022. You want to participate in a workshop? Get your ticket, sign up for the conference and register for a workshop!

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June 28, 2022

Special AMA Circle with our Partner the European Space Agency added: "Introducing AI at ESA: Challenges, current status, lessons learnt and future advancement from a human centric perspective"

Explore the complete agenda for Curious2022 here.

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June 23, 2022

Are you looking forward to Curious2022? Check out our speakers' books and reading recommendations and dive into the conference topics now! Download the full list here

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May 20, 2022

For the occasion of the Curious2022 – Future Insight™ conference, we have created a Milestones of Science poster in collaboration with AAAS/Science. Click here to download this vibrant poster and learn about some of the most important milestones of humankind.

If you will be attending Curious2022 on site, make sure to collect a printed copy at the Merck exhibition booth!

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May 13, 2022

Many global challenges threaten our ability to live longer, healthier, and more sustainably. Science and technology can help us find the solutions. The Curious2022 - Future Insight Conference from July 12-14 brings together Nobel Prize winners and further leading scientists. With this video we invite you to join the conference in Darmstadt, Germany or online. Watch on Linkedin or Twitter.

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March 24, 2022

New fantastic speakers added! Explore all our speaker here.

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January 04, 2022

We wish all participants of the forthcoming Curious2022 – Future Insight Conference a happy new year, best of health, success and happiness and look forward to many exciting days building jointly a better tomorrow united by science.

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December 20, 2021

We are sad to announce the loss of Nobel Laureate Robert H. Grubbs. Robert Grubbs, the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at Caltech, passed away on December 19, 2021. We offer our deepest condolences. 

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October 6, 2021

Congratulations to Benjamin List for winning the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Benjamin was a keynote speaker at the Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference.

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August 18, 2021

Newsweek reports on the 2021 Future Insight prize. Read more here.

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July 22, 2021

Event summary of the 2021 Future Insight days is now available - click here!

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July 15, 2021

Enthusiastic statements from participants of the 2021 Future Insight Days: Read the statements here!

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June 25, 2021

Nature Outlook the Spinoff Prize 2021 now live! More details here.

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July 13, 2021

Future Insight Prize 2022: send in proposals.

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June 7, 2021

Almost 1,500 people have already signed up to join the 2021 Future Insight Days and registrations keep coming in. If you have not done it yet, sign up today!

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May 27, 2021

Anja Karliczek, Minister for Education and Research of Germany, will give the laudatory speech for the 2021 Future Insight Prize

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April 22, 2021

Katalin Kariko - mastermind behind the RNA vaccines - has signed the Darmstadt Science Declaration

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April 20, 2021

Agenda of the 2021 Future Insight Days online!

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April 19, 2021

EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel to kick-off 2021 Future Insight Days

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January 15, 2021

At the beginning of the year 2021 the organizer of the Curious- Future InsightTM Conference Ulrich Betz has been appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat).

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December 23, 2020

The Future Insight™ Days 2021 will take place July 12-14, 2021, to celebrate excellence in science and technology even in challenging times. The three-day event features the awarding of the Merck Future Insight Prize that comes with a targeted 1.000.000 EUR research grant, the Spinoff Prize as well as the Johann Anton Merck Award. Find out more.

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December 22, 2020

Due to the global SARS-CoV2 pandemic we have made the decision to postpone the Curious – Future Insight Conference to the new date: July 12th – 14th, 2022. The safety and wellbeing of our participants is the number one priority. 

This crisis shows once again that the progress in science and technology needs to be accelerated and Curious – Future Insight Conference – is the place to help achieve that, to solve the challenges of today and to enable the dreams of a better tomorrow. 

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December 1, 2020

The Curious2018, Future Insights in Science and Technology book is among the top used publications on SpringerLink that concern one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Find out more here

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November 18, 2020

The Spinoff Prize applications have been extended to  December 14, 2020. Apply here.

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November 17, 2020

This week our new campaign started - United by Science - United for Science. Find out more here.

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November 10, 2020

Science can create a better tomorrow. Today we’re joining UNESCO in celebrating Science for and with Society on World Science Say. Our initiatives are driven by the belief that science can solve the challenges of today and enable the dream of a better tomorrow for humankind. Find out more.

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November 2, 2020

Apply for the Spinoff Prize by November 15th! The Spinoff Prize is a Nature Research award in partnership with Merck.

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October 7, 2020

We congratulate Emmanuelle Charpentier, keynote speaker at Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference,  for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020!

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October 1, 2020

The Curious2021 – Future Insight Conference will run as a hybrid on-site/online event.

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June 30, 2020

The Spinoff Prize established by Nature Research in partnership with Merck showcases and celebrates global excellence in the commercialisation of research through the creation of spinoff companies. Find out more about the Spinoff Prize, the finalists, and the jury here.  

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May 08, 2020

The Future Insight™ Virtual Event will take place on July 13th, 2020, and it will feature the awarding of the Merck Future Insight Prize and the Nature Research Spinoff Prize. Further information will folllow.

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May 4, 2020

Due to the global SARS-CoV2 pandemic we have made the decision to postpone the Curious – Future Insight Conference to the new date: July 12th – 14th, 2021.

The safety and wellbeing of participants are number one priority and given the high number of COVID-19 infections throughout the world, it is impossible to hold the international gathering in July this year.

This crisis shows once again that the progress in science and technology needs to be accelerated and Curious – Future Insight Conference – Science for a better tomorrow – is the place to help achieve that, to solve the challenges of today and to enable the dreams of a better tomorrow.

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March 31, 2020

Currently the Jury of the Merck Future Insight Prize and the Jury of the Merck-Nature Spin-off Prize are evaluating top candidates and are working on selecting the winners for 2020.

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March 16, 2020

Curious2020 – Future Insight Conference - SARS-CoV2 Update:

At this point in time we plan to run Curious2020 as planned but are monitoring the further pandemic situation daily. In case the situation does not get better and the conference cannot be run as planned we may either virtualize the event or postpone it to a later point in time or move forward with a mixture of both options. In case the event is virtualized or postponed to 2021 tickets for 2020 remain valid. Stay healthy.

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March 5, 2020

Nature will host a set of 3 panels on day one of the Curious2020 Conference discussing several topics revolving the future of food.Find out more here.

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February 24, 2020

Deadline approaching – apply now for the Spinoff Prize a Nature Research award in partnership with Merck.

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February 12, 2020

The agenda is online now! Find out more.

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December 09, 2019

Submit your abstract now and present your current work, projects, and research at the Curious2020 - Future Insight Conference. Find out more here.

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November 30, 2019

Applications are now open for The Spinoff Prize — a new award for early stage university spinoff companies from around the world. Shortlisted spinoffs will pitch in front of a live audience at the Curious Future Insight Conference 2020. Find out more here

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November 25, 2019

TICKET SALES is open NOW
Be part of one of the world’s most renowned gatherings of the brightest scientists and most accomplished entrepreneurs to explore the future of science and technology. Get your 3 days conference ticket here.

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October 17, 2019

Submit your proposals for the 2020 Future Insight Prize winner now!

The 2020 Prize will be given out to honor outstanding achievements in the field of Multi Drug Resistance. Read more.

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August 16, 2019

The Curious2018 book is available now. Order here.

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July 09, 2019

Future Insight Prize: € 1 Million Research Grant Awarded for the First Time. Read more.

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May 07, 2019

This month the Jury meets to determine the winner of the Merck Future Insight Prize, Merck’s annual up to 1 Mio Euro gift to humanity for a better tomorrow through scientific advancement. Find out more

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December 11, 2018

A report from curious 2018 media partner Nature: an innovative conference that aimed to create a new future — not just predict one: Read more.

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November 06, 2018

Science / AAAS Webinar "Technology breakthrough of the year: Compelling science driven by curious minds" - Register here to watch the 2-hour recording moderated by News Editor Tim Appenzeller that includes illustrious panelists representing a broad range of fields. 

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October 10, 2018

Submit your applications for the 2019 Future Insight Prize for pandemic protection until 31. Dec 2018. 

At the occasion of its 350th anniversary, Merck is looking to stimulate innovative solutions to solve some of humanities greatest problems - the two stage application process is now open. The 2019 Prize will be given out to honor outstanding achievements in Pandemic Protection. Read more. 

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October 03, 2018

Congratulations to Frances Arnold, speaker at Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018

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August 25, 2018

The media gallery is now live with the first videos. Check back soon for more content.

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August 15, 2018

Two International Stevie Gold Awards for the  Holistic concept for Merck's 350 anniversary year scientific activities track „Curious2018, FutureInsightPrize, Anniversary Innovation Cup” in the categories "Innovator of the Year" and "Executive of the Year - Pharmaceuticals". Learn more.

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August 12, 2018

More than 550 signatories to the Darmstadt Science Declaration. Find examples of individuals who signed here.

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July 27, 2018

Participant gave us their fantastic feedback. Read the results of our survey here.

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July 27, 2018

Sign the Darmstadt Science Declaration, a global call to action to devote more resources to the advancement of science & technology.

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July 20, 2018

Science Webinar "Technology breakthrough of the year: Compelling science driven by curious minds" - Now available on request

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July 20, 2018

ChemViews Magazine published an article covering the Curious2018 conference. Read the article here.

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July 19, 2018

Greetings from the Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek. Read her message here.

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July 18, 2018

Thank you for your participation in Curious2018! More than 1.200 participants from all over the world helped to make this a truely unique event! 

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July 12, 2018

Coming to Curious2018? Do not forget to download the app which will help to guide you through the conference! 

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June 19, 2018