The Anthronaut Experience is a two-day hackathon where people curious or passionate about using virtual reality technology for science communication come together to create either a prototype or a creative concept that can be turned into a virtual reality product.

Scientists, journalists, designers, graphic artists, filmmakers, developers and virtual reality experts are all welcome to attend.

Our focus is on reconnecting people to planet and engaging people in ideas about humanity and where we are going. Our mission is to build a global community that is passionate about developing scientific content for virtual reality applications.

The Anthronaut Experience was pioneered by the Future Earth Media Lab, and was developed in partnership with the co-organizers of the first two events in the series, the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm) and the International Council for Science (Paris).


22-23 October, 2015
Using Samsung’s latest Virtual Reality Technology to explore what it means to live in the Anthropocene


4-5 December, 2015
A COP21 side event to create new narratives on climate science and the Anthropocene

These two events created vibrant communities of people who see the potential for scientific storytelling in virtual reality. We believe that support and funding for such products needs to be driven by a grassroots movement that spreads quickly and is able to develop strong creative concepts and prototypes for investment. This website exists to encourage anyone with curiosity about the idea to go ahead and organize their own workshop. We are here to support you with our experience and networks, and to provide a low-cost, high-impact model for your event.

During the hackathon, people will organically form multi-disciplinary teams to work on a creative concept or a prototype, depending on the level of technical skill in their team. We have found that these events generate not just a lot of peer to peer learning and idea exchange, they also lead to other collaborations outside of the events.


Of course. We have a how-to guide on organizing an Anthronaut Experience in your city.

An Anthronaut is someone who travels in the Anthropocene. That makes all of us Anthronauts, it’s just that not all of us know that we are, you know, that thing. The Anthropocene defines Earth’s most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans.

The word combines the root “anthropo”, meaning “human” with the root “-cene”, the standard suffix for “epoch” in geologic time. The Anthropocene is distinguished as a new period either after or within the Holocene, the current epoch, which began approximately 11,700 years ago (about 8000 BC) with the end of the last glacial period.

That’s up to you. If you’d like to use our model, and you like the name, please go ahead and use it. We simply ask you to credit the Future Earth Media lab for the concept idea by saying in your event website and materials “with thanks to the Future Earth Media Lab” and include a link to this website and our twitter handle @FEMedialab.

The Future Earth Media Lab creates digital products and experiences that drive new types of connections between people and planet. The goal is to immerse people in the challenges of global sustainability and deepen their personal sense of involvement. It is associated with the Future Earth research programme on global sustainability.

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