At Curious2018 renowned  scientists, entrepreneurs, and technology pioneers present their work and discuss the future of science and technology.

Curiosity Ground

Your chance to dive deep into the Curious2018 conference topics, a chance to initiate collaborations for future innovation and share your ideas and thoughts with other participants at the evening get-togethers.

 “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Quote by Walt Disney


The Barcamp sessions are a series of 10-minute presentations whose overall goal is to engage the audience. There are no Q&A or introduction between presentations. The format can be anything from a PowerPoint presentation to a free speech.

The Barcamp sessions are part of the general agenda and conference program.

The curious 2018 list of Barcamp and E-Poster presenters is here.


Interactive E-poster session where selected participants present their current work, projects and research. 

Each day featuríng a new topic area at the cutting edge of innovation.

See our current list of Barcamp and E-Poster presenters here.

AskMeAnything Circle

The AMA circle is a chance to get up close and personal with the speakers and raise any-and-all questions you have.

Join at Level 0.

AI Workshop

How is Artificial Intelligence (AI) affecting the way we collaborate and work together? This workshop develops answers to this question in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS and Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT.

Your chance to get involved a discussion about AI’s potential, how it will shape the future of work and how this can be leveraged for you and your business. This workshop is all about learning more and interacting with fellow participants.

Evening - Events

Networking night: The first night is all about conference participants interacting with each other. Topical islands on each of the conference topics allowing for deeper conversations among participants, networking between like minded people, and sharing their dreams of the future. The curiosity ground is open!

Curiosity Night: The second night is a themed curiosity night. Participants joining the panel discussion about the Future Insight Prize, discovering the Gadget Lounge and opening up a deep conversation with other curious minds.

Both evening events include dinner and drinks.


A variety of companies showcasing their products at the exhibition booths, presenting their current portfolio and highlighting recent innovative projects. Discovering more about Merck, the initiator and sponsor of the Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference, at the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany exhibition booths. Use this opportunity to engage in further conversations and start new collaborations with all the exhibitors. To discover curious 2018 exhibitors, click here.

In the Darmstadtium exhibition levels 1 and 3.



Curious2018 takes place in the Darmstadtium, which takes its name from the element Darmstadtium discovered at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt.

In 2017,  US-Magazine Smart Meetings ranked the Darmstadtium as one of the 9 coolest convention centers in the world paying tribute to its stylish and functional architecture.


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How to Get here


Schlossgraben 1, 64283 Darmstadt

Arrival by plane

Darmstadt is close to the international Airport Frankfurt am Main. From the airport, you can travel by train or car (for detailed instructions see below). Additionally, you can take the AirLiner, a bus, which connects the airport and the Darmstadtium directly. 

Arrival by public transport

You can reach the congress centre in just five minutes using the public transport services departing from Darmstadt main station (Hauptbahnhof), which is also served by ICE high speed trains.

Bus and tram services run to and from the central bus station (Zentraler Omnibusbahnof, ZOB), which is located near the main entrance on the east side of the central train station. The tram and bus routes (trams: 2&3; buses: F, H, K, K55, K56, K85, n71, 671, 672, 673, 674, 677, 678, 681, 682, 684, and 693), take you directly to the Darmstadtium (use the stop called "Schloss"). More trams and buses run to "Luisenplatz", which is only a few minutes walk from Darmstadtium. 

Arrival by car

Leave the A5 highway at the exit "Darmstadt Mitte" or approach on the A67, following the signs for "Darmstadt" and likewise take the next exit "Darmstadt Mitte". Both routes take you onto the feeder road to the city centre, which later becomes Rheinstraße (B26).

Follow the signs to "Darmstadtium" or "Aschaffenburg" (B26). After the City-Tunnel turn left at the next traffic light (signposted). Darmstadtium offers an underground car park. Additional parking spaces are available in connected and neighbouring car parks.


We partner with preferred hotels in and around Darmstadt. For more information about accommodation, click here.