The world is an interesting place, full of challenges and opportunities. For millennia, science and technology have steadily advanced and created endless possibilities to shape a bright and peaceful future. Scientists in conjunction with entrepreneurs and their corporations have played an essential role in making the world a better place.

On the occasion of its 350 year’s anniversary, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is initiating a flagship conference called Curious2018 – Future Insight. The conference brings some of the greatest scientists and most accomplished entrepreneurs together on an invite-only basis.

Let us jointly look into the future, to imagine and develop solutions to solve the challenges and enable the dreams of today and tomorrow. Present your work to the community, meet outstanding individuals from all over the world, start new business relationships, and join initiatives with game-changing potential.

The Curious2018 Future Insight conference is a world-renowned event around the future of science & technology and its application to build a better world for humanity. The best minds in science, technology, and entrepreneurship will come together to make great things happen and join forces to realize the dreams of a better tomorrow.

Greeting message

by Anja Karliczek
Member of the German Bundestag 
Federal Minister of Education and Research

Life is full of challenges and opportunities. For centuries, science and  research have been producing new developments to make the world a better place. Experience has shown that innovations are generated exactly where people from different disciplines, companies, institutions and countries come together and exchange ideas and knowledge.

This diversity can also be found at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany where an international team is continuously trying new paths – whether by using intelligent materials to improve electronic equipment, monitoring the quality of food and medicines, exploring the possibilities of genetic engineering or treating cancer. 
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany s 350 years of work are proof of the good performance of German companies in the field of research and development. I wish all the participants a successful 2018 conference with inspiring discussions and the possibility to further enhance international cooperation.

Link to the full statement: here


350th Anniversary

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is all about science and technology. Founded in 1668, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company and the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group.

In 2018, we will celebrate our 350th anniversary. These 350 years of history have shaped our ideals – from the very beginning. That’s how we became what we are today: a leading science and technology company.

Emanuel Merck

On the occasion of the 350th anniversary, in addition to the Curious2018 Future Insight conference,  Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will initiate and sponsor a range of activities around science and technology.

Future Insight Prize

Curious2018 will also be the birthplace of the Future Insight Prize. 

The prize will create the vision for ambitious dream products of global importance for humankind, and trigger curiosity and creativity on how to make this vision a reality.

The prize will be awarded annually from 2019, to honor people whose work enabled a significant progress towards making the vision of these dream products a reality, by way of discovering new ground-breaking science or developing enabling technologies.

Details will be revealed at the Curious2018 conference.

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Innovation Cup

Anniversary Edition 

Directly after the Curious2018 conference, the brightest students and post-docs from innovation hotspots all over the world will gather at the Innovation Cup Summer Camp. They will focus on developing new ideas and concepts to meet the challenges of the future in the areas:

  • Healthy Lives
  • Life Reimagined
  • Materials & Solutions
  • Digitalization
  • Bright Future: New Ways of Working


The Curious2018 conference program will comprise two exciting panel discussions with renowned partners.

Organized in conjunction with Nature, one panel will focus on the Future of Medicine. The other panel will discuss the technology breakthrough of the year organized together with AAAS/Science.

In addition, LinkedIn and Deutsche Welle will act as a media partner for the Curious2018 Future Insight Conference.

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Contact Us

The Curious2018 Future Insight Conference is the place to meet the people that shape the global future of science & technology.

Conference Lead: Dr. Ulrich Betz, Vice President Innovation, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany . Thank you for your interest in Curious2018 - Future Insight. Please fill out the form below and we will get in touch with you.