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Be part of shaping a pioneering university for digital transformation and apply now as a FOUNDING LAB FELLOW!

We are delighted to announce an open call for professionals worldwide to join us in creating a university that tackles the challenges of an increasingly digital world. This call is for accomplished individuals including but not limited to Scientists and Artists, Engineers and Designers, Scholars and Practitioners, Entrepreneurs and Visionaries, as well as everyone in-between and beyond.  We seek those with expertise and insights in the digital transformation of our society, with a proven track record in their field.

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Who owns the truth?

A seminar series on the facts, figures and futures related to infrastructure, code, machines, virtual worlds, as well as media and governance systems that are the founding blocks of the digital transformation. It will question, discuss and shape the impact of digital transformation on the future of nature, tech and people The program seeks experienced and inspirational experts with a proven track record within their respective fields. Applicants from all disciplines are welcome!

Global challenges of tomorrow require new strategies – rooted in creativity and co-creation. The FOUNDING LAB serves as an impulse for IDSA, a pioneering university that shapes the digital transformation. It test-runs new knowledge-creation strategies influencing the future of nature, tech and people. Based on far-reaching trans-disciplinary collaborations, the FOUNDING LAB combines imagination with implementation.

Program Details

The FOUNDING LAB fellowship program includes two parts: The FOUNDING LAB Forum as part of the Ars Electronica Festival and the FOUNDING LAB Fall Term.

Prospective FOUNDING LAB Fellows can apply for only one part but are invited to contribute to both. Preference will be given to applicants who join both program parts.

Fall Term 
Commitment5 days
Ars Electronica Festival
4 days
Workshop plus occasional online mentoring
Date September 6  – 10, 2023October 2023 – January 2024
Number of FellowsUp to 15 Fellows
Benefits Your travel, accommodation and visa costs during the FOUNDING LAB Forum as well as an honorarium of € 2,500.–Your travel, accommodation for the four days incl. visa costs during the FOUNDING LAB Fall Term as well as an honorarium of € 5,000.–
Location Linz, AustriaLinz, Austria and online
Language English
Target groupExperts, leading thinkers, scientists, innovators from all disciplines
Application fees There is no application fee
Application Deadline July 3, 2023 – 11:59pm CEST

Ideal candidate

We recognize that the digital transformation of our society and economy is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon that has far-reaching implications for a wide range of disciplines and fields. Therefore, we are dedicated to fostering a trans-disciplinary approach.

The program is looking for experienced and inspirational experts with a proven track record in key areas of digital transformation. These experts should be open to forward-thinking approaches to learning and the co-creation of knowledge within, the fields of technical and digital infrastructures, data, code and AI, machines and robots, interfaces and virtual worlds, and the transformation of media and policymaking. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, including practitioners, from all fields, including but not limited to:

AI Engineers, Architects, Biologists, Chemists, Computer Scientists, Dancers, Data Scientists, Economists, Experimental Physicists, Genetic Engineers, Hackers, Historians, Journalists, Mathematicians, Musicians, Neuroscientists, Philosophers, Policy Experts, Sociologists, Theologists… and everyone in-between and beyond.

The Open Call has already been closed.

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