The University:Future Festival will take place from 5 to 7 June 2024 in Berlin, in the digital space and at several partner stages. The motto 2024: “Tales of Tomorrow”
The University Future Festival (U:FF) is planned as a hybrid event: the entire content of the programme can be fully experienced online. At the same time, stages throughout Germany will enable encounters on site and the programme is largely based on submissions from our communities. It will be complemented by outstanding VIP speakers. The festival is bilingual in German and English.
In 2023, the University:Future Festival was a great success with a total of 5,553 registrations, 3,900 active participants and 300 sessions from almost 600 speakers. We would like to build on this in 2024.
What will change in 2024
Stronger presence in 2024
We are planning a main stage in Berlin and anticipate four partner stages at other locations. This allows for a cross-site capacity of up to 1,000 attendees simultaneously.
We are involving the community more closely
The content-related focus will once again be set with the input from partners and the community in autumn 2023. There is also a Call for Volunteers for both moderations and jury work.
Broad and flexible programme
2024, the festival will broaden its view and look at all places of academic learning. The programme will become more flexible: we will offer workshops and micro-trainings on all days and test innovative formats.
The motto “Tales of Tomorrow”
Stories are powerful. They construct our reality. The future is not fixed; rather, we create it here and now through our narratives. This is what we will be discussing at the University:Future Festival 2024.
Under the motto “Tales of Tomorrow,” we contemplate futures and develop visions that go beyond the immediate. We invite participants and our speakers to collaboratively discover and share new stories. We address current and future technological developments while also shedding light on the social and intellectual context in which they occur. Together, we seek solutions and pathways into the future.
The word “Tale” can be translated as both “Geschichte” (story) and “Märchen” (fairy tale). At U:FF, we challenge established future narratives. We do not dwell in a superficially used concept of innovation, but rather aim to discuss which narratives are relevant to the future and which are truly just fairy tales.
The festival was digital first – but there were also multiple physical stages throughout the country. This allowed participants to engage in personal exchanges without long travel distances. Both online and in-person tickets were free of charge. More information about our three on-site locations of the U:FF 2023 can be found here.
Impressions and highlights from the stages can be seen in our gallery.