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S+T+ARTS – general information

Funded by the European Commission – DG Connect, S+T+ARTS (Science, Technology and the Arts) focuses on bringing digital technology closer to businesses, citizens and public administration, by limning a nexus at which insightful observers have identified extraordinarily high potential for innovation.

ICT Innovation for sustainability and across sectors, is precisely what is called for if we are to tackle the social, ecological and economic challenges that Europe will be facing in the near future.

From 2016 to 2023, this remarkable initiative funded 151 residencies with 4.5 Mio € and honored 208 S+T+ARTS Prize projects.

S+T+ARTS Prize

Since 2016, the European Commission identifies projects and people that can make meaningful contributions to this collective effort through the S+T+ARTS Prize initiative.

The project timeline is marked by several key moments:

  • The Open Call for applications runs every year from January to March
  • The winners are announced early June at a press conference.
  • The two S+T+ARTS Prize winners each receive € 20,000 and are then prominently featured at Ars Electronica Festival in September.
    They are also presented at other events of the consortium partners BOZAR, Waag, INOVA+, T6 Ecosystems, French Tech Grande Provence and Frankfurter Buchmesse.

The S+T+ARTS PRIZE competition is staged annually in two categories:

Credit: Nick Ervinck


is bestowed on innovative joint ventures involving industry/technology and the arts, alliances that blaze new trails for innovation.


honors artistic experiments and works of art that employ technology in ways that exhibit great potential to influence and change technology and how it is deployed, developed and perceived.


In addition, approximately twenty more projects receive a Nomination or an Honorary Mention every year.

Since 2016 more than 200 projects have been selected and a total of 280,000€ in prize money has been distributed.
1,637 submissions from 78 countries were received by Ars Electronica between January 11 and March 13, 2023 for this year’s S+T+ARTS Prize competition.

All nominations are judged by a jury to decide on the two prize-winning projects and up to ten honorary mentions.

Learn more about Jury members

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Who are the partners?

General project coordination

Partnership building and dissemination activities

  • Waag Futurelab —Institute for Art, Science and Technology is a pioneer in the field of digital media.
  • BOZAR is one of Belgium’s leading multidisciplinary cultural institutions.
  • INOVA+, key player throughout the innovation cycle: Innovate. Grow. Inspire. Repeat.
  • T6-Ecosystems bridging media & creative industries, integrating science and humanities.
  • Frankfurter Buchmesse, the world’s leading Fair for printed and digital content.


Success stories: Where Creativity Drives Change

In the realm of S+T+ARTS, success stories illuminate the transformative power of artistic research. This dynamic convergence of art, science, and technology is a catalyst for addressing real-world challenges. Witness how creative exploration leads to tangible answers in our interconnected world. Art, as a driving force, is shaping industries and redefining possibilities across three distinct dimensions.

Visionaries Unveiled

Dare to question the status quo. Through cases like “Holly+”, “Pollinator Pathmaker”, and “Broken Spectre”, we traverse a visionary landscape. These thought-provoking concepts captivate general audiences while challenging conventional norms. Discover how art leverages tools to amplify information, sparking new vistas of understanding.

Pollinator Pathmaker in Pollinator Vision, 2023, Credit: Courtesy of the artist/Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

“Pollinator Pathmaker” by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is this year’s winning project in the Artistic Exploration category of the STARTS Prize. A “living sculpture of plants,” Pollinator Pathmaker was designed to prioritize the needs of endangered pollinating insects over those of humans.

Richard Mosse, was awarded with the Grand Prize for Innovative Collaboration with his work Broken Spectre. Created from 2018 to 2022, it is an immersive, 74-minute film which documents destruction, degradation and environmental crimes in the Amazon Basin and its related ecosystems.

Credits: Richard Mosse, Broken Spectre, 2022, Film still © Richard Mosse, Jack Shainman and Carlier Gebauer

Industrial Transformation

Witness art’s industrial metamorphosis. Enter the realm of “The Robot Cafe”, a testament to how art can revolutionize industries. This chapter speaks directly to the business world, illustrating how artistic applications drive tangible impact and technological progress.

Credit: Ory Laboratory, inc.

Do robots and avatars have the potential to improve the lives of people with mobility impairments? Ory Lab created the Dawn Avatar Robot Café, S+T+ARTS Prize 2022 Honorary Mention, where users work and visit via robots. Users can seek employment via the company’s Avatar Guild staffing agency, thus remaining active in society.

New energy solutions are ready for innovative applications in public spaces and also more creative do-it-yourself solutions.

Geo-Llum, S+T+ARTS Prize 2023 Nomination by Samira Benini Allaouat aims to reimagine the role of public lighting in green urban areas with a symbiotic relationship between the artificial and the natural world, focusing on a deeper understanding of microorganism community such as fundamental collaborators in the city ecosystem.

Credit: Samira Benini Allaouat

Environmental and industrial worlds intertwine through topics of energy, waste and material research. Both industry and consumers aspire to alternatives to materials derived from fossils energy or animals, with the view to using technology in new ways to create a more efficient and sustainable organization and improve alignment between technology initiatives and business opportunities.

One of the most emerging developments in the field of industrial design, fashion and art, is the creation of biobased materials, biofabricated in laboratories from microorganisms, bacteria and biopolymers. Remix el Barrio Food Waste Biomaterial Makers, S+T+ARTS Prize 2021 winner by Fab Lab Barcelona: Designer have identified a recurrent local food waste case, investigated how to best collect and process it, and imagined future applications: from coffee husks, soap from used cooking oil, to furniture from olive pits and garments from orange peels.

Artistry Amplified

Unveil stories of artist empowerment. Delve into the lives of visionaries like “VFRAME”, “Futura Flora” and Giulia Foscari & UNLESS with “Antarctic Resolution”. These artists flourished through S+T+ARTS recognition, leaving an indelible mark on the artistic and general community alike. Their journeys underscore the profound influence of art on society.

Credits: Courtesy of UNLESS, Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani

With the transnational and multidisciplinary collaborative project Antarctic Resolution, S+T+ARTS Prize 2022 winner by Giulia Foscari & UNLESS, a team of 150 leading Antarctic researchers set out to raise awareness on the cultural, environmental and scientific value of the continent.

Future Flora STARTS Prize 2018 winner by Giulia Tomasello, is a harvesting kit designed for persons with a vagina to treat and prevent vaginal infections. Since the award, she co-created with Isabel Farina the ALMA Toolkit, a project further providing support, resources, and knowledge to individuals with regard to vaginal health. By addressing their unique needs and challenges, the ALMA Toolkit project is breaking barriers and promoting inclusion, education, and overall wellbeing.

The ALMA toolkit as has taken part in the STARTS Cross-fertilization program, learn more here.

VFRAME: 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐎𝐒𝐈𝐍𝐓/𝐎𝐒𝐈 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐛𝐲 𝐀𝐝𝐚𝐦 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐯𝐞𝐲 (𝐔𝐒), 𝐉𝐨𝐬𝐡 𝐄𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐬 (𝐔𝐒), 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐋𝐚𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 (𝐔𝐒) aims to establish the monitoring of conflicts beyond the bias of industry and policy interests, VFRAME pioneers an artistic approach to 3D-photogrammetry, 3D-rendering, and 3D-printing, to generate synthetic data for training neural networks

From the awardee projects this year, is it possible to trace clear research lines and interests that continue and develop the focus of the previous year, providing new specificities and concerns. A central idea is a more complex understanding of health, as a way to include projects centered on human and more-than-human needs. As an understanding of the ecological as part of the elements that constitute and participate in the well-being of our species. Likewise, data is understood from different perspectives, including the importance of defending privacy, but also as a tool to defend the citizen’s rights and as a source of information to identify them.

More Resources


Press releases


S+T+ARTS Prize 2022
Industry engagement

S+T+ARTS Prize 2022
Data literacy, commons and activism

S+T+ARTS Prize 2022
Environmental Commons

S+T+ARTS Prize 2022
Remix el Barrio project documentary

Discover the S+T+ARTS Prize playlist on YouTube