BMBF WJ24 Web Grafik Futurium Freiheit ist V21

Launch Event for the Year of Science 2024

Freedom is...? Year of Science 2024

The Year of Science 2024, initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is dedicated to the topic of freedom and will be launched with a programme at Futurium. The science theme for the year 2024 will be launched by Federal Minister of Education and Research Bettina Stark‑Watzinger.

A joint event by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Wissenschaft im Dialog (Science in Dialogue) and Futurium.


Forum im Futurium

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BMBF WJ24 Web Grafik Futurium Freiheit ist V21

The Year of Science is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and deals with the really big issues of our time. With its central theme “Freedom”, the Year of Science 2024 will be dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the German Basic Law – the foundation of our free and democratic order. “Every person shall have the right to free development of his personality,” Article 2 reads. This right to freedom has proven its worth, but continues to be challenged by crises. Reason enough to make freedom the focus of an entire Year of Science. To start things off, Futurium will be hosting a launch programme for the Year of Science 2024 to be opened by Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger.

Pandemics, scepticism towards science, wars and their consequences, climate change and the energy crisis are putting freedom under pressure, both nationally and internationally. Especially in times of crises, we as a society need a common understanding of freedom – one that has been fought for and achieved in a constructive way, of course. In line with the Federal Constitutional Court’s ruling on climate protection, we need to think about how we can protect the freedom of future generations. At the same time, it is not yet possible to predict what impact the advancing digitalisation – with topics such as artificial intelligence and ChatGPT – will have on our freedom. The Year of Science 2024 is dedicated to precisely these uncomfortable questions.


  • Venue: Forum
  • The event is free of charge.
  • Event language: German and German Sign Language
  • Participation requirements: no prior knowledge required
  • A ticket is required. Remaining tickets will be available at the box office.


  • We are a wheelchair accessible venue.
  • Spaces without seating are available for wheelchair users.
  • An induction loop system is available.
  • Interpretation into German Sign Language (DGS).
  • We keep seats open in case you want to sit close to the stage due to visual impairments.
  • People with visual impairments are welcome. We will request guide dog assistance if you need it.

The future is for everyone! The Futurium wants to be accessible to everyone.

If there are any other access needs on your part, please feel free to let us know. We will try to meet them:

All information on accessibility can be found here.

Photo & Video

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