University competition in the Year of Science 2024 – Freedom

For the Science Year 2024 proclaimed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD) is once again inviting entries for a university competition on science communication, in which the German Rectors’ Conference is participating as a partner, as in previous years. Students, doctoral candidates and young researchers from all disciplines are invited to submit creative and interactive communication ideas on the topic of “freedom” (see attached slides). We are looking for proposals that bring citizens into conversation with researchers.

Freedoms often have to be fought for, defended, or renegotiated. In the year of the 75th anniversary of the German Basic Law and 35 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a wide variety of dimensions of “freedom” can be the focus of submissions for the university competition: for example, in the context of inclusion and accessibility, democracy education, artistic freedom, climate protest and the freedom of future generations, dealing with artificial intelligence, etc.

The 12 best proposals will be rewarded with 10,000 euros each to implement the ideas and with workshops and training on science communication as well as admission to the alumni network of the university competition. Please find enclosed the call for proposals with the request to publicize it in your university in an appropriate way and to support students, PhD students and young researchers interested in applying. The application period ends on November 30, 2023.
All information on the call for applications and the competition can be found at WiD will also be offering consultation sessions to all interested parties via Zoom on November 1 and 20.

For inquiries, contact the University Competition team at Wissenschaft im Dialog (
Martin Gora (project management), +49 30 2062295-61, and Gesa Hengerer (project management), +49 30 2062295-62.