Science Battle 2022

EC2U Science Battle 2022

Join the live show on 30 September 2022!
Science Battle 2022
Collage: Liana Franke, Adobe Stock, Turku University

Who will win the EC2U Science Battle 2022?

Researchers from the four European universities Jena, Coimbra (Portugal), Iasi (Romania) and Salamanca (Spain) will battle against each other in a scientific competition. We are looking for team members and questions for the Science Battle on 30 September 2022.

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

A Science Battle 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 (EC2U) 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 will now compete with teams from Coimbra (Portugal), Iasi (Romania), Salamanca (Spain). In 2023, this year's winner will face Pavia in a third round. The final will be held in 2023 at one of the campuses of the two finalists - so maybe Jena.

How does a Science Battle work?

In the second EC2U Science Battle, four teams of six researchers each from different disciplines will compete against each other. For example, the teams are all given the same question and three minutes to solve it; then they must present their answer. At each of the four venues, there is a moderator who talks to the team and the audience on site. As in a television show, all four venues are connected via livestream.

The judges from Pavia, Poitiers and Turku award points for quick wit, entertainment factor and logical reasoning. The audience awards additional points via 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 video or check out the highlights on youtube.

Our Team: interdisciplinary scientists wanted Expand entry
Science Battle 2022 owls Science Battle 2022 owls Collage: Liana Franke, Adobe Stock

Who will be on the Jena Science Battle Team 2022?

We are looking for six team members for the Science Battle on 30 September 2022. You may put your own name forward or nominate your favorite professor, smartest scientist or cleverest young researcher. Those nominated should:

  • have a broad range of expertise
  • think outside the box
  • have fun solving tricky problems
  • be able to explain things very well
  • have a sense of humor and like to play
  • speak English well
  • want to win and
  • .... convince us of their enthusiasm!

We from the EC2U Science Battle team of organizers will put together an interdisciplinary, diverse team from all those nominated.

During the summer there will be at least one preparatory meeting where the team will get to know each other. The team members will be announced here in September.

Please submit your nomination, after informing your nominee, until 30 June 2022

Your questions: what you have always wanted to know Expand entry
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.

Email your questions under the keyword "Science Battle 2022" to by 9 September 2022.

Oh yes... and of course you have to be there to see if your question made it into the 2022 show!

The 2022 Science Battle Live Show

Join the show and support the Jena team!

On site or via livestream.

When? Friday, 30 September 2022, 15:00 - 18:00

Where? Hörsaal 1, Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3, 07743 Jena, or via livestream (link will be published here in mid-September)

How? On site, please adhere to the regulations in place. If you want to participate in the votes, you will need a mobile device with internet access.

The Science Battle takes place during the European Researchers' Night in English.

Impressions of the 2020 and 2021 Science Battles

Science Battle in Turku, Finland


Internationales Büro
Britta Salheiser, Dr
Britta Salheiser
Universitätshauptgebäude, Room 0.19
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena