EC2U Science Battle owl with icons

EC2U Science Battle

Science in competition with our European partner universities
EC2U Science Battle owl with icons
Collage: Liana Franke, Adobe Stock, Turku University
The Jena Science Battle Team claps for Pavia
The Jena Science Battle Team claps for Pavia
Image: Melinda Kolb

The 2023 EC2U Science Battle winner is: Team Pavia. With 188:184 points Team Jena was a close-to-winning second in the final. Congratulations to Pavia and thanks to our fabulous team!

  • What is a Science Battle?
    Science Battle in Turku, Finland
    Science Battle in Turku, Finland
    Image: Hanna Oksanen

    What is a Science Battle?

    A Science BattleExternal link is a scientific competition: for the smartest solution, the best approach, the most entertaining explanation. It is a public display of how scientists tackle a new research question while also being creative and "thinking outside the box." The format was developed at the University of Turku (Finland) in 2016 and is now being expanded as a competition between the seven members of the European Campus of City Universities (EC2UExternal link) university alliance.

    In 2021, Jena's EC2U partner universities Pavia (Italy), Poitiers (France) and Turku (Finland) competed against each other. Pavia won the Science Battle 2021. In 2022, the University of Jena competed with teams from Coimbra (Portugal), Iasi (Romania), Salamanca (Spain). In 2023, Jena will face Pavia in the final which will be held at Poitiers.

    How does a Science Battle work?

    In the third EC2U Science Battle, two teams of six researchers each from different disciplines will compete against each other. The teams are given the same question and a few minutes to solve it; then they must present their answer. The moderators talk to the team and the audience on site and online. As in a television show, the other six EC2U universities public viewing locations are connected via livestream.

    The judges from Iasi, Pavia, Poitiers, Salamanca and Turku award points for quick wit, entertainment factor and logical reasoning. The audience awards additional points via clapping or online-vote.

    Each team has three jokers: a phone call, an internet search or someone clever in the audience on site.

    The Science Battle will be held in English.

    On youtube you can watch the Science Battle 2021 as a full videoExternal link or check out the highlights on youtubeExternal link. You may watch the 2022 Science Battle on YouTubeExternal link .

  • Our Team
    Science Battle 2023 Team Jena
    Science Battle 2023 Team Jena
    Graphic: Internationales Büro

    In the final of the EC2U Science Battle on 18.10.2023 in Poitiers competes an interdisciplinary team of Jena scientists and graduates. Paulina Fuentes-Zacarías and Jürgen Kaufmann won with the 2022 team; Aman Anand, Ege Asutay, Leonie Baldauf and Bharati Daftari-Hölzer are participating for the first time. We wish our team much success and keep our fingers crossed. Go Team Jena!

  • Your questions: what you have always wanted to know
    Owl with EC2U logo
    Owl with EC2U logo
    Graphic: Collage: Liana Franke (Adobe Stock)

    In the Science Battle, the teams solve questions from the audience. To get an idea of what kind of questions have made it into the last Science Battles, here are a few examples:

    • Why are stars and other celestial bodies like Earth almost round, but our solar system flat?
    • Is it ethically better to eat insects than meat?
    • Why do water pipes freeze faster when the frost subsides?
    • Why are humans so selfish?
    • How many balloons does it take to lift an 80kg person into the air?
    • How can we control the lack of oxygen in the Baltic Sea?
    • What is the decisive factor in the fight against cancer?

    And which question will you ask the researchers?

    Everyone can ask questions - the people in the Jena region as well as members of the Jena universities.

    Please mail your questions (keyword "Science Battle") to by 9 September 2023.

    Oh yes... and of course you had to be there to see if your question made it into the live show!

The 2023 Science Battle Live Show

When? on 18 October 2023, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Where? on site in Poitiers (France) or via YouTubeExternal link.

Entry: free of charge!

Our Team: consists of six scientist of diverse dicsiplines and origin, see above.

Hosts: there will be a hosts from Poitiers and Jena taking you through the show

The Science Battle is in English.

Jena won the EC2U Science Battle 2022!

Researchers from the four European universities Jena, Coimbra (Portugal), Iasi (Romania) and Salamanca (Spain) battled against each other in a scientific competition, the Science Battle on 30 September 2022.External link

The Jena team has won and will meet the 2021 winner, Pavia (ITA), in the Science Battle 2023 in Potiers (FRA).

Watch the 2022 Science Battle on YouTubeExternal link.

The Jena Science Battle Team cheers
The Jena Science Battle Team cheers
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)

Impressions of the Science Battles in 2020 - 2022

Science Battle in Turku, Finland
Turku Science Battle 2020
In the last on-site Science Battle in Turku in 2020, two teams sought a solution to the questions in their glass cubes.


Britta Salheiser, Dr
Internationales Büro
Britta Salheiser
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