SILBERSALZ is the first international Science&Media festival of its kind, taking place in 2023 for the sixth time in Halle (Saale), Germany.

What are the questions facing science? What answers could help us to live together more peacefully and waste fewer resources? What will the earth look like in the future? SILBERSALZ brings science and media topics to life for all senses with gripping films, exciting discussions, and walk-in installations - as an international festival for the public and as a conference for those who work in research, film, or the media industry.
With this unique combination of festival and conference programmes, current issues become easy to understand. For researchers, film, and media professionals, SILBERSALZ offers a platform for mutual inspiration.
Are you enthusiastic or skeptical about research? Are you younger or older? Do you have very little background knowledge or have you been researching for years? Are you curious? Be part of it! SILBERSALZ takes place every year in Halle (Saale). Admission is free.


2023: 25 - 29 October
2024: 30 October - 03 November

Where does the name SILBERSALZ come from?

300 years ago, Johann Heinrich Schulze published his discovery in Halle (Saale): the photosensitivity of Silbersalze. Only then was photography and film made possible - science and media, the perfect match! The basis of our festival.

Their discoverer, Johann Heinrich Schulze, grew up as a half-orphan and received accommodation and training at the Halle Orphanage. The founder August Hermann Francke wanted to improve the educational situation of the people. The buildings of the old school town continue to exist, and the Franckesche Foundation, which bears his name, is still committed to accessible education today.

Programme Sections

SILBERSALZ Public Programme

With films, installations and live performances, you will understand, hear, see and even feel science at SILBERSALZ. All events are free of charge.


Films, DIY workshops, MINT, MEDIA and MAKER events: At the SILBERSALZ youth programme you have numerous opportunities to participate and try things out.


In addition to the festival for a broader audience, SILBERSALZ offers a two-day conference programme of Interdisciplinary inspiration, new contacts, space for exchange. As a closed industry event with expert lectures, discussion rounds and workshops, it is aimed at everyone who works in the science, film or media industry. The venue is the Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences in Halle (Saale).

SILBERSALZ Science & Media Awards

SILBERSALZ Science & Media Awards recognizes and celebrates the achievements of those who are working to solve many of today's challenges, of those who fascinate and inspire audiences worldwide through their stories, , of those who encourage the next generation to engage with STEM subjects through global outreach, and of individuals promoting science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around global issues. Submissions are now open for the SILBERSALZ Awards 2023. More Info