Some of the world’s brightest scientists and most accomplished entrepreneurs, including Nobel laureates and numerous other science and technology thought leaders will come together to present their work and explore the future of science & technology; solving the challenges of today and enabling the dreams of a better tomorrow. This is the world’s most renowned gathering on the future of science & technology. It covers a broad range of topics such as: health, nutrition, synthetic biology, materials, energy, digitalization, mobility, human mind and new ways of working together.

Ignite Session

The Ignite sessions are a series of 10-minute on-site presentations to engage the audience with cutting edge science. These sessions are organized thematically by topic area and are open to all participants of the Curious2022 – Future Insight conference. To apply for a presentation slot, register for the conference and upload an abstract of your proposed presentation. All abstracts will be evaluated by the Curious2022 – Future Insight conference team and you will be informed prior to the start of the conference if you have been selected to present.

The Ignite Session will be attended by a jury of internationally recognized scientific experts. Our jury will select one speaker from each Ignite Session who will have the opportunity to present in the main presentation hall on-site on day 2 of the Curious2022 – Future Insight conference. Take this opportunity to achieve maximum visibility for your research by registering for the Curious2022 – Future Insight™ Conference now.

Poster Exhibition

An interactive poster session for selected participants to present their current work, projects and research. Each day of the conference will feature a new topic area at the cutting edge of innovation.

To participate, register for the conference and upload a short abstract of your proposed presentation.

Nature Awards

Science in Shorts

Science in Shorts, a new competition from Nature Awards in partnership with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, encourages scientists to enhance the accessibility of their research through short, creative videos that highlight the importance of their work and engage the public with science.

Designed to break down the walls around science and capture the attention of the public, applicants were asked to produce a 60-second video to present their research – the more engaging and creative the better. The best of these videos will be made available on and on YouTube. The shortlist will be determined by a multidisciplinary team of editors, reporters, filmmakers, researchers and communications specialists from across the Nature Portfolio


The Spinoff Prize 

The Spinoff Prize has been established by Nature Awards in partnership with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany to showcase and celebrate global excellence in the commercialization of academic research through the creation of spinoff companies. Research topics are Life Sciences & Physical Sciences. 

AAAS/Science Roundtable

Science Panel – Innovative Technologies: Touring the Horizon

How will tomorrow’s technologies help solve pressing challenges in health, equity, and the environment? Science has assembled a roundtable of experts from fields where cutting edge science is spawning innovations that could change the world. The gene editor CRISPR, for example, will soon be put to work in the body to treat intractable illnesses at a cost far lower than current gene therapies. mRNA therapies, the same technology used for the COVID-19 vaccines, will be applied far beyond infectious diseases to coax the body to produce its own drugs. The use of AI in healthcare will expand, improving medical diagnosis and making healthcare more equitable. Meanwhile geological sources of hydrogen are set to provide an energy source with the advantages of current fuels but with water as the only byproduct, and better batteries for cars and energy storage could speed the end of fossil fuels and their emissions. And the burgeoning ability to detect minute amounts of DNA in the environment could help not only with disease surveillance but also with monitoring biodiversity, giving us a new tool for preserving it.

Mentoring Panel

Mentors make a real difference in one’s career path. In addition to imparting technical knowledge and research skills, they provide professional socialisation and personal support to facilitate success in graduate school and beyond. In this session, we will discuss what makes a good mentor, where to find one (hint: it doesn’t have to be your boss or supervisor), and the benefits of fostering positive mentorship relationships for both mentors and mentees.

Future InsightTM Prize

Awarded for the first time in 2019, the Future Insight™ Prize will be presented annually for the next 35 years to honor outstanding achievements in science and technology towards groundbreaking innovations in the areas of health, nutrition, and energy.

The prize will come with a targeted 1,000,000 EUR research grant to the winner.

The awarding for the 2022 Future Insight™ Prize will be given during the Curious – Future Insight™ Conference.

Ask Me Anything (AMA) Circle

The AMA circle is a chance to get up close and personal with the keynote speakers and raise any-and-all questions you have. This Q and A opportunity will give you the chance to interact with visionary scientific thought leaders in an intimate and personal fashion.


The Curious2022 – Future Insight™ Conference will feature workshops for participants to deep-dive into a specific topic to gain insights and exchange ideas in an interactive setting. Please stay tuned for further information.


After a day of inspiration from the interesting speakers and panels participate in our networking evening events. Use the momentum gained thought the conference to network and set-up new business contacts while enjoying dinner and drinks.

Dream Board

The Future Insight™ prize is awarded to honour and enable 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 your ideas to the dream board (140 -150 characters). Your content will appear in the networking area during the Curious2024 Future Insight™ conference and on our websites.

More information on the dream products and the Future Insight™ prize is available from our webpages.

Jobs & Opportunities

The opportunity board will be available for all online and on-site participants to post job offers and find professionals and bright young talents for their business or research lab. Look for a collaboration partner or offer their expertise and scientific tools. Link to events, workshops or inspiring literature.

Use the opportunity board in the spirit of „United by science for a better tomorrow“!

Johann Anton Merck Award

Awarded for the first time in 2020, the Johann Anton Merck Award honors outstanding scientific preclinical research in the areas of Oncology and Autoimmunity. The award is an achievement award given out annually and comes with a €30,000 prize.

Startup Fair

Bright minds, pioneering entrepreneurs and influential investors unite to redefine the future of innovation.

Dive into a transformative platform designed for pre-revenue startups and academic teams driven to spearhead innovation as science and technology startups.

As part of the Curious2024 – Future Insight event, you’ll be amidst a high-caliber audience.

     Submit Your Compelling Pitch: Provide a succinct 200-word description explaining why your startup deserves a spot.

     Elevate Your Startup: Receive a small exhibition area, ideal for showcasing your product or presenting a captivating poster or roll-up.

     Forge Key Connections: Engage with Strategic Partners, Investors, and Collaborators, fostering potential synergies and growth opportunities.

     Scale Up Your Impact: Purchase an upgrade to a more spacious area, enabling you to make an even more significant impression.

Science Slam

On 9 July 2024 at 18:30, a Science Slam is planned for the people of Mainz and interested guests of Curious. Selected young scientists from Mainz research institutions will present their research in 10 minutes in an exciting and funny way. The scientists, who will be selected by a jury, will receive training beforehand. The winner of the Slam will be invited to present his or her project in an Ignite session at Curious.

Microplastics hackathon organized by our platinum sponsor Merck at Curious2024

Tiny Particles, Big Solutions… Join us for a 2-day entrepreneurial Hackathon to help solve one of today’s biggest problems. How innovative are you? Only 50 spots available. Register before 3. June for the chance to join us 10-11. July and win great prizes


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