Vienna Ball of Sciences
The third Vienna Ball of Sciences will be held at Vienna City Hall on 28 January 2017.
Vienna has a long-standing tradition as a centre of academic learning, with the University of Vienna being the oldest university in the German-speaking countries. It is therefore all the more gratifying that the Vienna Ball of Sciences is becoming a tradition in itself. Some 2,800 guests from Austria and abroad attended the past two editions of the ball at Vienna City Hall, clearly evidencing Vienna’s status, diversity and excellence as a city of science and as a leading centre of academic research in Austria and Europe.
In the run-up to this year’s third ball, Vienna’s Executive City Councillor of Cultural Affairs and Science, Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, has stressed that it makes perfect sense to combine the strong Viennese ball tradition with the city’s reputation as a centre of science and research.
The third Vienna Ball of Science on 28 January 2017 will combine classic elements of the Viennese ball tradition with scientific knowledge. For instance, the tables and ballrooms will be decorated with aphrodisiac flowers and plants selected by the University of Vienna’s Department of Pharmacognosy. Ball guests will be invited on a virtual reality tour of Stonehenge and of the ancient Roman settlement of Carnuntum east of Vienna. The dancefloor will be illuminated with LED lights. The Orchestra of the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna will play during the opening and give a special midnight performance featuring songs by the popular American singer-songwriter and mathematician Tom Lehrer. The ballroom disco will be designed by students of the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, and the excellent Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC 2015 from the city-owned Cobenzl vineyards has been selected as this year’s ball wine.
The refugee initiative MORE remains an important partner of the Vienna Ball of Sciences, and will receive all proceeds from the ball casino.