Berlin's Festival for
Open Science, Art and Society


STATE is a collective endeavor that is driven by the passionate work of a network of dedicated individuals from a variety of different backgrounds, including science, arts, cultural production, business, design, innovation and communication. Over the years, we have had the honor to work with many talented people, including: 

Aino el Solh, Andrea Abendroth, Alex Hitchcock, Claire Krahulec, Daniela Silvestrin, Danielle Hitchcock, Eimear Bruen, Emily Green, Esther Masemann, Hannes Fürst, Hendrik v. Beust, Isabel Prugger, Jan Baumann, Johanna Dreyer, Stefanie Greimel, Johanna Karstila, Julia Kopper, Julio Brandl, Katerina Michailidi, Katharina Meyer, Katharina Weiss, Lindsay Petley-Ragan, Lucy Patterson, Maria Nunes, Martin Wunderer, Michael Rauch, Pablo D. Rojas, Peter Rothmeier, Robert Wöstenfeld, Samantha Wareing, Sibylle Kerlisch, Teresa Dillon, Tobias Pieper, Vena Ward.

Board of Advisors

We are grateful to our ambassadors and advisors for their support and guidance.  

Amir Banifatemi, General Manager at XPRIZE Foundation

Jens Meyer, Dean of Programs at European Center for Executive Development (CEDEP)

Jonathon Keats, acclaimed artist and experimental philosopher

Markus Weißkopf, General Manager at Wissenschaft-im-Dialog

Michael-John Gorman, Founding Director at BIOTOPIA and Professor for Science and Society at LMU München


Timon Meyer

Jerrold McGrath


STATE Festival has been founded in 2014 by Dr. Christian Rauch out of Berlin-based Paul-Drude-Institute for Solid State Electronics. In 2014, the first festival edition, STATE of Time, was organized. In 2016, the second major edition, STATE of Emotion - The Sentimental Machine, followed - this time featuring not only the 2-days main event, but also a range of satellite activities around Berlin. In 2017, STATE Festival went to the US to start its first international activities with a one-month Pop-Up Studio in downtown Los Angeles on the topic of Artificial Intelligence


Open forum for creative exploration of recent developments in science


Linking Berlin’s unique creative and science scene with academic and independent international institutions


Fostering meaningful exchange and interdisciplinary collaborations around science


STATE Festival is a breeding ground for a dynamic new scene of curious minds that bridge disciplines in order to explore and challenge the boundaries of present knowledge and shape ideas for our future. 


STATE Festival creates a meeting ground for science and the public, where scientific inquiry meets artistic expression. It is a unique platform that integrates science, technology and culture to explore key transformational changes in society and business. Deeply rooted in our conviction about the power of interdisciplinary creativity and open participation, we connect curious minds across borders and lean into the future to seize the opportunities brought about by future innovation.


In the wake of the growing relevance and public availability of scientific research, the role and identity of science and scientists in society is changing. New actors start to contribute to the scientific process: citizen scientists, creative technologists, makers, entrepreneurs, and artists. Public participation, interdisciplinary collaboration and creative experimentation are flourishing and growing in relevance in order to create meaning and context. In this rapidly changing environment, we need actors that facilitate interaction, help bridge boundaries and create opportunities for exchange.


With more than 250.000 students and researchers from all over the world, an internationally renowned creative and cultural scene and a long tradition of unconventional and forward thinking, Berlin is the ideal hub for a festival that aims to challenge the current way we do and think science. Scientists, hackers, makers, artists, filmmakers, citizen scientists, VJs, bloggers and cultural dwellers: STATE Festival blends the city’s unique creative capital and alternative edge into one exciting mixture.

POPPY N+Z, Performance at STATE Festival 2016, Photo: Micki Rosi Richter

POPPY N+Z, Performance at STATE Festival 2016, Photo: Micki Rosi Richter