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9. June
12:00 - 06:00 pm
ISTA Campus

Science party for the whole family

Once again, ISTA is opening its doors to the public on the annual Open Campus Day. On June 9, from 12pm to 6pm, the campus holds a big science party for the whole family. Various exciting activities await you!

Explore the wonders of science in our MiniLab! You can become creative researchers at our hands-on stations. Exciting experiments that will amaze you and invite you to do it yourself are waiting for you!

Due to the limited parking situation on site, we kindly ask you to arrive using our shuttle busHere you can find all the details about the journey with the ISTA Shuttle.

The Open Campus takes place within the framework of the WIENXTRA Children’s Active Program.


12 pm Interactive workshops, children’s programs, street food
2 pm – 3 pm Welcome words & “Crazy Science Show”
2 pm – 5 pm Campus tour
4:30 pm – 5 pm “Crazy Science Show”

Fun for the whole family

Get a glimpse of what our researchers work on during the Science Exhibitions and maybe even give it a shot yourself.
Celebrate together with us and take a peek inside our established labs during guided lab tours.

Help us pick the winner of this year’s People’s choice image contest! Researchers have submitted fascinating images and videos for this, which will be displayed during the Open Campus for you to vote on. The images and videos you like best will receive a place in our Imaging and Optics Facility’s “Hall of Fame”.

As part of the ISTA school contest “We are ScientISTA!”we asked students who are working on their VWA or diploma thesis in the STEM field to submit their work. Five of the most innovative works will be honored and presented at the award ceremony during Open Campus.

Crazy Science Show: From plasma cannons to satellite propulsion: Bernhard Weingartner is once again bringing exciting experiments to the Lecture Hall. Some of them you can try out at home, others you definitely can’t replicate! The crowds for the show are always enormous – that’s why there are two rounds this year: choose whether you’d rather be there at 2 pm or 4:30 pm.

Images of Science Exhibition

HUMAN – MODEL – WORLD: When trying to make sense of ourselves, the world and all the models and proxies in between, images are an important tool for science: Together with other institutions of the Bridge Network, ISTA has collected some of the latest scientific images straight our of the laboratories and minds of researchers across various disciplines: From tiny cellular structures to regions that are close to the edge of the observable universe – come by and see what our researchers are currently looking at!


Take advantage of our shuttle service! Our buses will comfortably take you from Vienna Heiligenstadt and Tulln main station to the campus grounds and back home every hour from 11:30 am. They are marked with the inscription “Forschungsfahrt ISTA”.

For more information on how to reach the campus, please click here.