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Welcome to Planet B
The Festival University 2022

Extended Deadline: July 4th, 2022
Apply now! Download PDF file

200 Students — Faculty of 40 Experts, Lecturers, Mentors, Inspirers — 4 Weeks — 1 Festival

Global challenges of tomorrow require a new approach – one based on creativity and co-creation. The Festival University, a joint initiative between Ars Electronica and Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), invites students from around the world to jointly develop planetary strategies for change and transformation.

This second edition of the Festival University takes place in Linz August 18 – September 14, 2022.

Up to 200 young people from all around world from different cultural and educational backgrounds will be invited and gather to explore and define new pathways towards transformational change. The Ars Electronica Festival will again be the public stage to present their ideas and the outcomes of the Festival University.

With „Welcome to Planet B“ as the title for this year’s festival, the focus of the program is not just on climate change and its effects itself, but extends to the even more important questions of how we as a society, as nations, as a global community can respond to the challenges it poses.

  • How can we collaborate and cope with the massive transformations required?
  • How can we set the changes in motion?
  • How can we manage such changes?
  • What consequences will all these changes bring?
  • What will the world, our world, look like after we have managed this transformation?
LocationsIn Linz, Austria
Duration4 weeks
Program datesAugust 18th – September 14th, 2022
Target groupStudents from all disciplines 16–25 years
Application Deadline (extended)July 4th, 2022 – 11:59pm CEST
Study typeFestival University
Time requirementFull-time
Credits6 ECTS
StipendsThere are no tuition fees. We will fully cover your flights (economy), accommodation, visa and meals (excluding personal expenses). The full scope of the services offered is subject to funding by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research and will be confirmed with the actual invitation to participate. Applicants younger than 18 years require the written permission of their parents to participate in the Festival University 2022. Please email the signed consent form upon submitting the application form to You find the consent form on this PDF file.

The program is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research.
Extended Deadline: July 4th, 2022
Apply now! Download PDF file

Key factors of this year’s program

  • 200 young people from all around the world
  • Age groups: 16 – 25 years
  • Faculty of 40 experts from science, technology, art and humanitarian work to business and politics
  • Students, young professionals and experts with diverse backgrounds in:
    • Science and technology,
    • Art and design,
    • Social activism and politics,
    • The economy, Law and entrepreneurial business
  • 4 weeks on-site in Linz
  • Collaboration and co-creation in teams
  • Guided and supported by a group of facilitators
  • Immersive experience focused on transformational and actionable change.
  • No tuition fee.
  • We will cover your flight, visa, and accommodation during the duration of the program, as well as your main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on-site.

If serious reasons prevent you from participating for the whole duration of the program, exceptions can be arranged. Please contact us ( to work out a solution.

This was the 2021 Festival University

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2021 Impressions