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. 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.


100 students

from around the world

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, 100 students from a wide range of scientific fields of study and various arts disciplines are given ample opportunity to interact formally and informally.

Throughout the 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.

5 days

to discover borderless thinking and to build confidence in the power of creativity and its ability to change the world

  • backstage roche continents
    "I think backstage knowledge is as much important as onstage performance. In fact I really was amazed to see the labour put in by the production teams. Another top class pull off by Roche Continents for organising a backstage tour." Ansh, Roche Continents alumnus
  • Roche continents 2019
    "It was a fantastic idea to bring together artists and scientists. Both require to be really passionate and creative, and constantly look for new inspirations. This programme allows us to share experiences and perspectives in a unique manner, which is enriching for us all." Maria, Roche Continents Alumnus
  • Roche continents theme
    Mr. Christoph Franz, Roche Chairman, addresses the students about his interpretation of theme "The Power of Passion"
  • Roche continents salzburg festival
    Salzburg Festival President, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Introduces the students to Contemporary Classical Music and the legacy of Salzburg Festival
  • Roche continents knock on
    Serge Vuille is a curator, percussionist and composer active on the new and experimental music scene. He lead the workshop with the Roche Continents students called "Knock-on-effect" where students created a collaborations of sounds from different materials
  • Roche continents presentation
    Students were set the task to create a "presentation/performance" around the theme of "The Power of Passion." Here we saw a variety of academic backgrounds communicate and collaborate on their own interpretations of this theme
  • Roche continents group
    "This experience has taught me that the self-awareness and knowledge to continue stepping out of my comfort zone, as this experience has proven, the possibility of self-progression is inevitable and the opportunity to communicate with other individuals from different disciplines and backgrounds can provide moments of discussion that inspires new ideas and thought perspectives." William, Roche Continents Alumnus

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 programme; partial participation in the programme is not possible.

Alumni Network


Besides gaining interdisciplinary inspiration and unique networking opportunities in Salzburg, attendees of Roche Continents will join the Roche Continents alumni network of more than 1,000 former participants. 

"I had so many inspiring conversations from which I learned about the participants but also about myself."
Hazar Saba Roche Continents alumnus