A three-day event all about the future of higher education: University:Future Festival (U:FF) – Heads up! took place from 26 to 28 April 2023 in the physical as well as in the digital space.  The principle was: Digital first! The festival in all its diversity could only be experienced online. Physical stages at various locations in Germany enabled encounters and networking in person. The festival was bilingual in German and English.

The festival addressed a broad range of topics around AI, architectures, technology, strategy development, competences, didactics and much more in the context of the opportunities and challenges of the digital transformation. As the largest and most innovative event on the future of academic education in the DACH region, the festival, bilingual in German and English, offered a comprehensive programme with over 300 talks, workshops, discussions and micro training sessions selected from 620 submissions from an international community.

The festival was designed to be digital-first. This means that the festival in all its diversity and the supporting programme could only be experienced online. At three physical stages in Berlin, Bochum and Heilbronn, the special opportunities of presence for personal exchange were cultivated. You can find impressions and highlights of the stages in our gallery.

University:Future Festival 2023 was organised by Hochschulforum Digitalisierung and Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre. It was supported by Stifterverband.


University: Future Festival 2023

The event was digital first – but there were also several physical stages throughout the country. This allowed interested parties to exchange ideas in person without having to travel long distances. Tickets were free of charge. More information on our three physical locations can be found here.