Since 2007, Roche has invited top-talented students (between 20 and 29 years old) to experience a unique journey exploring sources of inspiration at the intersection of science and art, as well as the creative processes that drive innovation. For one week every year, 100 science and arts students from European institutions are brought together for Roche Continents to challenge the boundaries of their thinking around science, art and innovation.
Roche has a long tradition of supporting contemporary arts programming that explore the parallels between innovation in art and in science. The Roche Continents programme takes place in Salzburg, Austria in collaboration with the Salzburg Festival.
Examine the common ground of creativity
Intellectual exchanges and disciplinary cross-pollination between the participants are central to and the goal of this annual event. Chosen by nomination, 70 students from a wide range of scientific fields of study and 30 students from various arts disciplines are given ample opportunity to interact formally and informally.
Throughout the one-week programme, students have the opportunity to engage with renowned scientists and artists, be exposed to provocative scientific research, listen to thought-provoking contemporary music concerts at the Salzburg Festival, interact with students from a variety of European institutions, and participate in workshops that will expose the parallels between the sciences and arts. For many, this is their first contact with the unusual auditory and visual experience of contemporary arts.
Our and your commitment
Roche covers all expenses related to accommodation, meals and transportation within Europe. Roche does not pay for personal activities and expenses.
Students chosen for Roche Continents commit to be open to thought provocation and exceptional challenges, to fully participate and to actively contribute for the entire week; partial participation in the programme is not possible.
Besides gaining interdisciplinary inspiration and unique networking opportunities in Salzburg, attendees of Roche Continents will join the Roche Continents alumni network of nearly 1,000 former participants. Additionally, alumni get access to special-priced tickets for the Salzburg Festival.
"I had so many inspiring conversations from which I learned about the participants but also about myself."