"Roche Continents" fosters innovation in science and art

Today, Roche welcomed 100 European university students from 34 countries studying science and art to the Salzburg Festival, the world's largest and most prestigious festival of music and drama.

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Today, Roche welcomed 100 European university students from 34 countries studying science and art to the Salzburg Festival, the world’s largest and most prestigious festival of music and drama. The annual Roche Continents week offers highly talented undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to explore sources of inspiration at the intersection of science and music through structured workshops and challenges.

This year, students will examine the common ground of creativity across the scientific and artistic fields under the instruction of accomplished music composers, photographers, musicians and scientists of quantum physics, molecular biology and medicinal chemistry. Roche Continents is a unique chance to learn about music as well as the creative processes within arts and science that drive innovation.

“Creativity in music, arts and science has a lot in common. It needs people who are passionate, brave, and who are ready to travel unknown paths,” said Christoph Franz, Roche’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. “No matter what profession we ultimately pursue in life, it is essential to know what motivates us to follow our passions. We hope the week will be a memorable and thought-provoking experience for all participants, and most importantly a source of inspiration to grow as intellectuals and contributing members of society.”

“Life is about learning and challenging status quo — just like Pierre Boulez and his new music that has inspired the contemporary music programme of 2015,” said Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival. “We need creative and collaborative risk-takers who have the courage to passionately follow their ideas and ultimately innovate.”

Since 2007, the collaboration between Roche and the Salzburg Festival has allowed European university and college students to attend contemporary music events in Salzburg while uncovering the link between innovation in music, art and science.