BIOTOPIA Festival SINNE - Die Welt durch andere Augen

The BIOTOPIA Festival 2022

SENSE - The Power of Perception

How does our perception work? Which senses do we have in common with animals, plants or even single-celled organisms? How can we change, expand, improve or even discover new senses for us? During the Corona pandemic, many people experienced first-hand how strongly the loss of taste and smell, or the restriction of human communication affected our lives.

The BIOTOPIA Festival "SENSE" explores the sensory world in the context of science and society. At the interface of bio- and neuroscience, art and design, the festival brings the world of perception to life in a variety of formats: a diverse stage program, exhibitions, talks, demonstrations and work- stores, hands-on science, live performances as well as exciting hands-on activities invite curious people of all ages to get active, discuss, ask questions and get answers.

Dive with us into
the adventure of perception
and see the world through different eyes!

Festival Facts

4 festival venues,
2 event days,
over 60 program points and countless sensory experiences... Free entry

1. & 2. October 2022
All day:
Stage program 10am-9pm, hands-on program 10am-6pm

Schloss Nymphenburg,
Museum Mensch und Natur,
Botanischer Garten and

Questions about the festival:
Festival FAQ
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Get your free wristband for entrance!

Start at the Nymphenburg Castle/Hubertussaal and pick up your festival wristband at the entrance of the building, with which you get free access to all festival programs, also to the Museum Mensch und Natur, BIOTOPIA Lab and Botanical Garden!

Stage program

in the Hubertus Hall, Nymphenburg Palace (1st floor)

Hands-on program

on the entire festival grounds: Schloss Nymphenburg, Museum Mensch und Natur, BIOTOPIA Lab and Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg.

Further information

Download SENSE - Program (in German)

Download SENSE - Poster (in German)

Download SENSE - Social Media Toolkit

Download Sense - location map (in German)

Press releases

Here you can find press information about the festival:

Speakers, performers, contributors

Some program highlights were selected by a jury of experts in the course of an open call. We would like to thank the members of the jury:

Gordon Cheng
Institute for Cognitive Systems, TUM

Ophelia Deroy
Philosophy of Mind, LMU

Michael John Gorman
Founding Director BIOTOPIA & Life Sciences in Society, LMU

Jens Hauser
Art Curator and Media Studies Scholar

Andreas Heinecke
Founder Dialogue Social Enterprise GmbH

Ilona Grunwald Kadow
Neuronal Control of the Metabolism, TUM

Partners and Supporters
  • Aktion Mensch
  • Milberg
  • Bayern2
  • BayWa
  • Bezirksaussschuss
  • Bionicum
  • Botanischer Garten
  • Förderkreis BIOTOPIA
  • G.R.A.L.
  • Helmholtz Munich
  • Hipp
  • LBV
  • LMU
  • MPG
  • Merck
  • MMN
  • Rachel Carson Center
  • SNSB
  • United Charity

    • Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman, Founding Director of BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern

      We are delighted that this year's BIOTOPIA Festival will give all curious people the opportunity to discuss and experience the fascination of perception – and to do so with exciting partners from science and art. Very recently, the Corona pandemic has shown how much the loss of the sense of smell and physical contact affects our existence. By understanding the rich sensory world of other animals, we can gain new perspectives on human perception, that is the goal of BIOTOPIA´s SENSE festival.
    • Christine Miedl, Director of Corporate Communications and Sustainability Management at Sparda-Bank München eG.

      The BIOTOPIA festival „SINNE 2022“ knows no bounds - neither with its types of events nor in different forms of sensory perception. This year's motto "Seeing the world through different eyes!" is both, an invitation and a social message. In a society, an appreciative coexisting is most valuable for all of us and includes taking on different perspectives on a daily bases. And that is one of the main purposes of our daily work as Germanys first Bank of common good. This is why we're happy to support the BIOTOPIA festival and a weekend filled with sensual impulses with funds from our „Gewinn-Sparverein“.
    • Nina Möllers, Head of BIOTOPIA Lab & Events

      At our BIOTOPIA Festival SENSE there is no "Psst!" or "Caution!" - Here you can touch and participate. Discussing their research directly with scientists, getting active yourself in workshops or experiencing our perception in a whole new way through creative performances - all this creates an exciting, inspiring and enjoyable atmosphere on the festival grounds. I am sure: everyone leaves with a new view of our world!


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