International Conference

Dancing with Polarities –
The Human Being Between
Nature and Technology

Autumn Conference of the
Natural Science Section at the Goetheanum
October 6 – 9, 2022

Dear Friends of the Natural Science Section at the Goetheanum!

In the 21st century, human beings live in response to contrary impulses such as those provided by the world of Nature and that of technological developments defining our times.  Rather than seeing this as a polarity or even as good vs. evil, this conference seeks to illuminate the effects of each on the esoteric physiology of the human being. By carefully observing the consequences of our interactions with digital technology and with nature we will begin discovering the forms and gestures underlying each.

As human beings standing between the heavens and the earth, we embody many types of responses to the polarities within which we exist. A rhythmic alternation between expansion and contraction forms our heartbeat and our breathing, waking and sleeping, birth and death. In contrast, modern digital technology leads to automation and in turn automaton-like thinking. Rudolf Steiner outlines that human beings can develop a spiritual knowledge in which they rise just as high into the supersensible nature as they descend into sub-nature with technical activity. They thereby unfold within themselves the power to resist this risk.

A first step on the way to supersensible-nature is Goethean science. It creates healthy and conscious relations by exercising perception and a living thinking, as well as a field of practice for the reflection of the connection of both in cognition.

We invite you to explore this subject and the crucial role that the human being can play consciously in Nature and Technology.


  • We cordially invite you to submit short presentations of your research projects, for which a time frame of 15 min. with subsequent short discussion (approx. 5 min.) will be provided. In addition, or alternatively, projects can be exhibited as posters. We ask for titles and short summaries until August 31, 2022. Registration will be possible here shortly.
  • The conference will be held in both german and english.
  • The detailed program as well as the prices will be soon published on this site.
  • In case a participation is not possible for financial reasons, please contact us:

We are looking forward to your participation!
Johannes Kühl, Matthias Rang, Ruth Richter, Carolin Schürer, Johannes Wirz & Mara Born
together with the Friends of the Section Collegium

(subject to changes)

Project Presentations

The project presentations are intended to allow you to share current research, book or projects with colleagues through short verbal contributions. Following each presentation there will be opportunity for brief conversation.

In addition, or alternatively, projects can be exhibited as posters. We ask for titles and short summaries until August 31, 2022.


Topics for contributions can come from any field of science, Goethean observation of nature, formative forces research, development of research methods, application of research results and science education. 


15 minutes (approximately 10 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion).
You may hold your research presentation in either German or English (no translation).

Registration for Project Presentations

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Deadline for registration for project presentations and workshops is August 31, 2021.
The summaries of the registered contributions will be published here from September onwards.