A dance theater performance game
that explores the current debate on migration
through the lenses of diverse and often conflicting worldviews

Under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, IIASA, in collaboration with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), and the Global Young Academy (GYA), hosted a three-day summer school from 5-7 September, bringing together researchers and policymakers from over 40 countries  to learn how to optimize the use of scientific evidence in policy making.


The Summer School  focused on the theme of migration and demography – specifically the role of population and migration for sustainable development in the European Neighbourhood - a key strategic area for the future of Europe. 

The opening session on Wednesday, September 5th culminated in a dance theatre performance by 4 artists and 13 IIASA scientists. They tackled the current debate on migration through the lenses of diverse and often conflicting worldviews. The audience was then led through a solution-finding process with the goal being to reach an agreement despite deep-rooted differences.

More detailed documentation is available here


Gloria Benedikt, IIASA Project Leader Science & Art

Piotr Magnuszewski, IIASA Research Scholar



Nour Barakeh

Gloria Benedikt

Krisztian Gergye

Hannah Kickert

Piotr Magnuszewski

Playwright: Chantal Bilodeau


Scientific advisors

Guillaume Marois

World Population Program

Wei Liu

Risk and Resilience Program

Scientific Actors

Robert Burtscher

Katya Perez Guzman

Mateusz Iskrzynski

Katrin Kaltenegger

Wei Liu

Finn Laurien

Gillaume Marois

Thomas Schinko

Marcus Thomson


Marzena Adamczuk

Frank Sperling

Barbara Willaarts