Festivals & Competitions

Every year, there are events, competitions and festivals in Kiel that offer children and young people exciting insights into the world of science.


At the Festival of Sciences people of all ages can experience science up close. There are always special offers for school classes, for example the Rent-a-Scientist campaign.

The Digital Week in Kiel The Digital Week in Kiel is all about the topic of digitalisation. 

Many schools participate with their own programme items, but there are also many external offers for children and young people.

The Young Waterkant Festival is aimed at grades 8 to 13 and offers many opportunities to participate and be creative as well as exciting inputs from organisations such as Viva con Agua, Bracenet and Amnesty International.

The festival is based on the sustainable development goals of the UN and is an event organised by SEEd (Social Entrepreneurship Education). This is a foundation-funded programme that brings new learning methods and a social entrepreneurship approach to schools and strengthens the self-efficacy and solution competence of young people.

In cooperation with the Kosmos-Store , the SEEd initiative of opencampus has already offered school workshops and internships. Thanks to its direct connection with the start-ups, its location in the middle of the pedestrian zone and the inviting open spaces, the Kosmos store offers start-ups, young companies and creative people from Kiel and the north a platform to place their products and projects in an optimal location. In addition to selling products, hosting a café and providing workshops and event spaces, Kosmos wants to invite people to be inspired, exchange ideas and network on its premises.

For many years now, Kieler Woche has included a special offer primarily for kindergarten children and primary school pupils, which was named the "Schlaumachwiese" (Learning Field) in 2019. Coordinated by the Offener Kanal Kiel local broadcaster, research and experiments are offered along Kiellinie.

For example, under the motto "Everything that is fun", the Kiel Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), Kiel University of Applied Sciences (FH Kiel), the musiculum, the Association of German Engineers (VDI), the City of Kiel’s Environmental Protection Agency and the German Children and Youth Foundation Schleswig-Holstein offer exciting participatory activities. 

GEOMAR also provides children and young people with exciting insights into its work - for example, it has previously offered visits to the research vessel "Alkor". Kiel University (CAU) traditionally participates through the format of the kieler uni live, which also provides exciting offers for children and young people.


Scientific Competitions

In competition with like-minded people, research is even more fun. Compete with others in solving complex tasks, test your own limits, make contact with young people from around the world, and win great prizes: this is how talent promotion works in Kiel - a centre of science and research.


Overview of the competitions (on german websites)