film festival

Fourth edition 07 t/m 11
nov 2018


InScience’s fourth edition will take place in November 2018 in Nijmegen. In October the complete program will be announced and the ticket sale starts.

InScience International Science Film Festival Nijmegen offers a high-quality line-up of carefully selected science films, lectures, and media-art. InScience is a five-day journey of discovery and gives you a glimpse into a new world. The program offers science films, more than one hundred scientists and directors to discuss and debate these films. Several artists will also be present to share their diverging views. The competition program is the festival’s most prestigious competition. One of the films will be awarded the NTR Audience Award.

Theme Artificial Intelligence

The fourth edition of InScience is dedicated to Artificial Intelligence and the consequences of it on our society. Many scientists consider it as the most important discussion of our time: the developments around Artificial Intelligence (AI). Although they agree on the fact that it is an important discussion, there is a very wide range of opinions. Not only they disagree about what the possibilites are in the future, also they differ in the appreciation of artificial intelligence. The division in opinions about the developments around AI will increase more and more in the future. Especially about the perspective of a Artifical General Intelligence (AGI): an intelligence that could equal or even could surpass human intelligence. InScience shows the discussion around the developments and zooms in on the possibilities, the dangers and dilemma’s of the exponential developing technology.

big ideas

During the fourth edition of InScience three Big Ideas lectures take place. A Big Idea lecture will be held every festival day, where the world’s leading thinkers will share their expertise. Invited are Pim Haselager (Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour) about robots and the practical and ethical problems, Max Welling (University of Amsterdam) about the power of self-learning systems in combination with data processing and writer-philosopher Philipp Blom, who outlines the consequences of climate change and digitalisation in our democratic society in his last book Wat Op Het Spel Staat.

competition program and more

The competition program of InScience consists of the best science films of the festival, each having their own sphere, style, color, and tone. The artistic science film is central: cinematic quality, imagery, and vision are keywords. Scientific relevance is a condition, a wide public reach is a goal. The imagination of science is most important.

In addition to the regular film program, the festival organises a large number of events where audience and filmmakers meet: talks, lectures, debates, live performances and installations spread across the various festival locations in Nijmegen. The programming reflects and confronts the visitor with the impact of science on society: in the state of the art Do-It-Yourself Labs, visitors move into the role of researcher, via virtual reality and serious gaming, InScience opens new perspectives and through a comprehensive education program, students from the top classes of elementary school are introduced into the imagination of science and in the distinction between fact and opinion.

Junior program

InScience organises a special program for youngsters between the age of 8 and 12 years old. On the Wednesday of the festival we celebrate the start of InScience. In collaboration with Het Klokhuis, the Klokhuis science award is awarded. This is an annual award for the most important research for children of last year. Sunday is the Junior Science Day of InScience. Get acquainted with new and unknown research, test your knowledge with the quiz, enchant yourself through beautiful movies and experience what it’s like to be a researcher.


InScience has two competitions: the Audience Award and the Student Award. Each competition has its own framework, but the three criteria – cinematic quality, scientific relevance, broad public – are the main focus. InScience selects a limited number of movies for each of the competitions.

In the run-up to and during the festival you will find more information about the program on this website.