December  1, 2020 

The Curious2018, Future Insights in Science and Technology book is among the top used publications on SpringerLink that concern one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Find out more here

November 18, 2020 

The Spinoff Prize applications have been extended to  December 14, 2020. Apply here.

November 17, 2020

This week our new campaign started - United by Science - United for Science. Find out more here.

November 10, 2020

Science can create a better tomorrow. Today we’re joining UNESCO in celebrating Science for and with Society on World Science Say. Our initiatives are driven by the belief that science can solve the challenges of today and enable the dream of a better tomorrow for humankind. Find out more.

November 2, 2020

Apply for the Spinoff Prize by November 15th! The Spinoff Prize is a Nature Research award in partnership with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

October 7, 2020

We congratulate Emmanuelle Charpentier, keynote speaker at Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference,  for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020!

October 1, 2020

The Curious2021 – Future Insight Conference will run as a hybrid on-site/online event.

June 30, 2020 

The Spinoff Prize established by Nature Research in partnership with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany showcases and celebrates global excellence in the commercialisation of research through the creation of spinoff companies. Find out more about the Spinoff Prize, the finalists, and the jury here.  

May 08, 2020

The Future Insight™ Virtual Event will take place on July 13th, 2020, and it will feature the awarding of the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Future Insight Prize and the Nature Research Spinoff Prize. Further information will folllow.

May 4, 2020 

Due to the global SARS-CoV2 pandemic we have made the decision to postpone the Curious – Future Insight Conference to the new date: July 12th – 14th, 2021.

The safety and wellbeing of participants are number one priority and given the high number of COVID-19 infections throughout the world, it is impossible to hold the international gathering in July this year.

This crisis shows once again that the progress in science and technology needs to be accelerated and Curious – Future Insight Conference – Science for a better tomorrow – is the place to help achieve that, to solve the challenges of today and to enable the dreams of a better tomorrow. 

March 31, 2020 

Currently the Jury of the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Future Insight Prize and the Jury of the Merck-Nature Spin-off Prize are evaluating top candidates and are working on selecting the winners for 2020.

March 16, 2020

Curious2020 – Future Insight Conference - SARS-CoV2 Update:

At this point in time we plan to run Curious2020 as planned but are monitoring the further pandemic situation daily. In case the situation does not get better and the conference cannot be run as planned we may either virtualize the event or postpone it to a later point in time or move forward with a mixture of both options. In case the event is virtualized or postponed to 2021 tickets for 2020 remain valid. Stay healthy.

March 5, 2020

Nature will host a set of 3 panels on day one of the Curious2020 Conference discussing several topics revolving the future of food. Find out more here.

March 3, 2020

The 2020 Research Grants and Research Challenges of our platinum sponsor Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany are live. 

February 24, 2020

Deadline approaching – apply now for the Spinoff Prize a Nature Research award in partnership with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

February 12, 2020

The agenda is online now! Find out more

December 09, 2019

Submit your abstract now and present your current work, projects, and research at the Curious2020 - Future Insight Conference. Find out more here.

November 30, 2019

Applications are now open for The Spinoff Prize — a new award for early stage university spinoff companies from around the world. Shortlisted spinoffs will pitch in front of a live audience at the Curious Future Insight Conference 2020. Find out more here

November 25, 2019

Be part of one of the world’s most renowned gatherings of the brightest scientists and most accomplished entrepreneurs to explore the future of science and technology. Get your 3 days conference ticket here.

October 17, 2019

Submit your proposals for the 2020 Future Insight Prize winner now!

The 2020 Prize will be given out to honor outstanding achievements in the field of Multi Drug Resistance. Read more. 

August 16, 2019

The Curious2018 book is available now. Order here.

July 09, 2019

Future Insight Prize: € 1 Million Research Grant Awarded for the First Time. Read more.

May 07, 2019

This month the Jury meets to determine the winner of the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Future Insight Prize, Merck’s annual up to 1 Mio Euro gift to humanity for a better tomorrow through scientific advancement. Find out more

December 11, 2018

A report from curious 2018 media partner Nature: an innovative conference that aimed to create a new future — not just predict one: Read more.

November 24, 2018

Begin by reading this article: The Darmstadt Science Declaration is described in the Angewandte Chemie Int

November 06, 2018

Science / AAAS Webinar "Technology breakthrough of the year: Compelling science driven by curious minds" - Register here to watch the 2-hour recording moderated by News Editor Tim Appenzeller that includes illustrious panelists representing a broad range of fields. 

October 10, 2018

Submit your applications for the 2019 Future Insight Prize for pandemic protection until 31. Dec 2018. 

At the occasion of its 350th anniversary, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is looking to stimulate innovative solutions to solve some of humanities greatest problems - the two stage application process is now open. The 2019 Prize will be given out to honor outstanding achievements in Pandemic Protection. Read more. 

October 03, 2018

Congratulations to Frances Arnold, speaker at Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018

August 25, 2018

The media gallery is now live with the first videos. Check back soon for more content.

August 15, 2018

Two International Stevie Gold Awards for the  Holistic concept for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany s 350 anniversary year scientific activities track „Curious2018, FutureInsightPrize, Anniversary Innovation Cup” in the categories "Innovator of the Year" and "Executive of the Year - Pharmaceuticals". Learn more.


August 12, 2018

More than 550 signatories to the Darmstadt Science Declaration. Find examples of individuals who signed here

July 27, 2018

Sign the Darmstadt Science Declaration, a global call to action to devote more resources to the advancement of science & technology.

July 27, 2018

Participant gave us their fantastic feedback. Read the results of our survey here.

July 20, 2018

ChemViews Magazine published an article covering the Curious2018 conference. Read the article here.

July 20, 2018

Science Webinar "Technology breakthrough of the year: Compelling science driven by curious minds" - Now available on request

July 19, 2018

Greetings from the Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek. Read her message here.

July 18, 2018

Thank you for your participation in Curious2018! More than 1.200 participants from all over the world helped to make this a truely unique event! 

July 12, 2018

Coming to Curious2018? Do not forget to download the app which will help to guide you through the conference! 

June 19, 2018

Not attending Curious2018? Watch the Science AAAS Webinar here.

May 24, 2018

Curious2018 is coming closer! Make sure to book your hotel and flights. For your convenience, we have identified preferred hotels in Darmstadt and Frankfurt. Click here to get a list of these hotels.

May 16, 2018

Huge interest in free tickets for Curious2018. More than 1.000 applications from scientists, entrepreneurs and industry representatives from all over the world! 

May 15, 2018

Media Briefing Deck now available in English. Click here.

May 8, 2018

Media Briefing Deck now available in German. Click here.

April 24, 2018

Due to exceptionally high interest, we have decided to extend the application deadline one additional week to May 8th – apply now here.

April 12, 2018

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany sponsored Angewandte Chemie International Edition now available. Read more here.

April 6, 2018 

Is your company active in the fields drug discovery, biotechnology, performance materials, or digitalization?

Book yourexhibitionbooth at the Curious2018 Conference and present your company’s portfolio to a top audience. Meet and network with 1000+ scientists, innovators, and business developers from businesses and universities throughout the world focusing on the future of science and technology.

The exhibition booths come fully furnished including screens and two participation tickets with access to the full conference.


March 18, 2018

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany sponsored HBR article "Breakthrough Innovation in the 21st Century" now available. Click here.

March 16, 2018

"Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany - Fighting Disease for 350 Years" White Paper now published. Read more here.

March 8, 2018

Nature Outlook the Future of Medicine published with support from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany at the occasion of its 350th anniversary. 

Click here to read more. 

February 6, 2018

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany celebrates it's 350th anniversary. Read more in the press release.

February 1, 2018

With more than 2200 applications globally for the 2018 Innovation Cup, we have achieved a new all time record – this reflects the growing reputation of the Innovation Cup at innovation hotspots all over the world!

January 30, 2018

Interested to join Curious2018? Free slots are available! Apply here. 

January 16, 2018

Preliminary agenda is now live. Take a look here

January 8, 2018

One week left! Take your chance and apply now for the Anniversary Edition of the Innovation Cup! 

January 2, 2018

Boldly imagining the next 350 years! Read more in the Science/AAAS Advertorial. 

January 1, 2018

The Curious2018 Team wishes you a successful and happy New Year 2018! 

December 15, 2017

One month left! Apply here for the Anniversary Edition of the Innovation Cup! 

November 27, 2017

Options to purchase an exhibition space will be made available in Q1 2018.

November 7, 2017

Curious2018 will host two panel discussion organized together with Nature and Science AAAS on the future of medicine and breakthrough technologies of the year.  

October 12, 2017

Speaker registration will open in Q1 2018. Click here for more details.

September 4, 2017

Review Paper "Is the Force Awakening"published in Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

April 28, 2017

Innovation Cup wins Edison Award and Stevie Gold Award in addition to previous Innovationspreis der deutschen Wirtschaft and German Idea Award.