Knowledge for All

Life-Long Learning University

As part of its Life-Long Learning University, the University of Bonn regularly organizes courses, lectures, lecture series, debates, exhibitions and guided tours to a wide audience that supplement its range of standard degree programs.

This offering is intended for anyone who is keen to explore other areas of knowledge, get their head around general questions and learn new things. Students from all faculties at the University of Bonn and anyone living in the city – particularly elderly residents – are most welcome to attend these events.

If you are not enrolled as a regular student at the University, attending regular course offerings requires prior enrollment as an auditor, which is subject to a EUR 100 fee. By contrast, lecture series and individual lectures are free to attend.

To take part in the digital events via the teaching and learning platform eCampus, you will need to apply for a Uni-ID from University IT once you have registered as an auditor.

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Semester program

The lectures offered by the Faculty of Protestant Theology for participants from all faculties can be found on BASIS at:


The lectures offered by the Faculty of Catholic Theology for participants from all faculties can be found on BASIS at:

Information on what format the following digital lectures will take will be announced in the near future:


Legal hermeneutics
Wed. 2 pm – 4 pm  

Canon law
Wed. 4 pm – 6 pm
Property law
Mon. 10 am – 12 noon and Mon. 2 pm – 4 pm 

Protestant Church law
Mon. 4 pm – 6 pm 

The seminar “New morality and rectification of the law” will be held as a block course in June (dates to be decided).

Department of Art History

Quo vadis Museum?
Lecture series
Thu. 4 pm – 6 pm, online, via Zoom (starts April 22, 2021) 
To register, please email the lecturer ( and copy in the degree program manager (
Medieval panel paintings
Tue. 4 pm – 6 pm, online, via Zoom (starts April 27, 2021)
To register, please email the lecturer ( and copy in the degree program manager (
Michelangelo the architect
Fri. 10 am – 12 noon, online (starts April 23, 2021)
G. Satzinger
To register, please email the lecturer ( and copy in the degree program manager (
British art literature and art theory in the 20th century
Thu. 12 noon – 2 pm, online, via Zoom (starts April 22, 2021)
To register, please email the lecturer ( and copy in the degree program manager (
G. Petri
Art post-1945 
Thu. 2 pm – 4 pm, online, via Zoom (starts April 22, 2021) 
Ch. Zuschlag 
To register, please email the lecturer ( and copy in the degree program manager (
Classical archaeology
Information on what format the following digital lectures will take will be announced in the near future:
Greek grave reliefs 
Wed. 10 am for 10.15 am – 12 pm
F. Rumscheid
Athens during the late Hellenic period and the Roman Empire 
Tue. 10 am for 10.15 am – 12 pm
R. Krumeich
Archaeological research colloquium 
Thu. 6 pm for 6.15 pm
M. Bentz / F. Rumscheid
Logic and knowledge theory
4 pm for 4.15 pm – 6 pm 
E. Brendel
Via Zoom meeting:
Meeting-ID: 914 7926 2636
Kenncode: 436293
Classical and Roman philology
Although the links to the online lectures are not yet available, the lecturers can still be contacted in order to register:
History of Romance languages (Spanish/French)
Thu. 10 am – 12 pm 
PD Dr. Felix Tacke (
Addressing colonialism in French literature
Thu. 2 pm – 4 pm 
French Romanticism
Wed. 10 am – 12 pm 
Categories in Romance languages: grammar and cognition (French/Italian)
Fri. 10 am – 12 noon 
Bioesthetics and literary ecology
Block course 
P. Geyer / D. Luglio (
Modernism in Latin America – from Rubén Darío to Boom
Tue. 2 pm – 4 pm 
Lecture series on France
Mon. 6 pm – 8 pm 
Ch. Schröer / L. Charrier (
Information on what format the following digital lectures will take will be announced in the near future:
Basics of general psychology II
Thu. 4 pm – 6 pm 
H. Gibbons
Pedagogical psychology
Thu. 10 am – 12 pm
U. Käser
Information on what format the following digital lectures will take will be announced in the near future:
Introduction to synoptics
Wed. 10 am – 12 pm 
Discussing the weather  
Wed 11:45 am – 12:30 pm 
Regional geography and spatial planning 
Time to be announced
M. Evers, W. Schenk, C.-C. Wiegandt

Service to open the semester

April 21, 2021, 7 pm
Online (or Döllingerhaus garden)
Bishop Ring
Introduction to Anglican theology
April 27 – 29, 2021, 9 am – 6 pm on each day.
In-depth research in systematic
theology: Church and politics  
May 18, 2021, 2 pm preliminary discussion;
July 6 – 7 and 20 – 21, 2021, 9 am – 6 pm on each day.
Introduction to Orthodox theology
May 19 – 21, 2021, 9 am – 6 pm.
Registration for the online lectures open until March 25, 2021 

Online lecture series

Joint event organized by the University of Bonn, the University of Cologne and 
the Japan Foundation Cologne in summer semester 2021
Wednesdays, 6 pm – 7:30 pm, via Zoom
To obtain the login details, please register with Dr. Klöckner by email:
2021 marks 160 years of German-Japanese relations. Within the close-knit web of bilateral relations, academic and scientific exchange between the two countries has always proven particularly fruitful and long-lasting. To celebrate the anniversary, a lecture series planned in collaboration with the Japan Foundation Cologne will give an insight into the many varied German-Japanese scientific partnerships currently in place at the University of Bonn and the University of Cologne. The series will showcase results of joint research in various disciplines and place them in the wider context of social development in both countries. The issues covered will include digitalization, demographic change in an aging society, geopolitical questions, the role of culture in the modern age and many more.
All talks will be accessible to a general audience and will not require any specific prior knowledge. The lectures will be in German, with some also given in English.
The opening event of the lecture series, involving the rectors of both universities, will provide an overview of the history of scientific relations between the two countries. At the end of the semester, the future prospects of such a successful academic exchange will be explored in a panel discussion involving several scientific organizations. Taking the two universities on the Rhine as an example, the series will document the close academic and scientific ties that endure 160 years after the beginning of relations between Germany and Japan.
April 14, 2021    Opening event
Welcome by Prof. Dr. Michael Hoch (Rector, University of Bonn)
Welcome by Prof. Dr. Axel Freimuth (Rector, University of Cologne)
Prof. Dr. AIZAWA Keiichi (Director of the Japan Foundation): “The history of German-Japanese academic partnerships” 
April 21                    
Dr. des. Ruth Effinowicz (Institute for International Peace and Security Law, Cologne / MPI for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg):
“75 years of the unamended Japanese constitution. Challenges for interpretation”
Partner: Prof. WATANABE Wataru (Meijō University, Nagoya)
April 28                      
Dr. NISHIYAMA Takahiro (Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften, Bonn):
„Digitale Transformation und ihre Auswirkungen auf Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft in Japan“
Partner: Prof. ITŌ Mamoru (Waseda Universität), Prof. Dr. ŌTA Takayuki (Universität Shizuoka), Prof. Dr. WADA Yoshinori (Dōshisha Universität)
May 5   
Prof. Dr. Matthias Pilz (Chair of Economics and Business Education, Cologne):
“The transition from an education to an employment system: a comparison between Japan and Germany”
Partner: Prof. Dr. SAKANO Shinji (Tamagawa University) 
May 12 
Prof. Dr. Maximilian Mayer (Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS), Bonn): 
“Global crossings, convergence and coexistence: integrated foreign policy strategies for Europe in East Asia”
May 19 
Prof. Dr. Björn Schumacher (Centre of Excellence on Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD), Cologne): 
“The mystery of human aging: new insights from the biology of aging”
June 2   
Prof. Dr. ITŌ Kei (Institute of Zoology, Cologne): 
“From the brain to the robot: 30 years of research into the insect brain in Germany and Japan” 
June 9   
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Zöllner (Department of Oriental and Asian Studies, Bonn): 
“The power of the human voice: historical sound recordings as a source of information on Japanese politics and society”
June 16 
Prof. Dr. Claus Kress (Institute for International Peace and Security Law, Cologne):
“Culture in law”
Partner: Prof. NISHITANI Yūko (Kyōto University)
June 23 
Prof. Dr. Markus Gabriel (Department of Philosophy, Bonn):
“Reality and fiction in a transcultural context”
June 30 
“Foreign Middle Ages?”
Prof. Dr. Elke Brüggen (Department of German and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Bonn):
“‘Things’ in medieval literature” 
Prof. Dr. IDE Manshū (Rikkyō University): 
“Male archetypes in Early Modern German and Japanese literature”
July 7    
Prof. Dr. Monika Unkel (Institute of East Asian Studies, Cologne): 
“The role of digitalization in training teachers of Japanese (as a foreign language)”
Partner: Prof. Dr. MAJIMA Junko (Ōsaka University)
July 14  
Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Soeffner (Department for Political Sciences and Sociology, Bonn):
“Japanese tradition and multiculturalism: the photography of SUGIMOTO Hiroshi”
July 21  
Closing event with representatives of scientific organizations (invited) and the Japanese Consul-General in Düsseldorf
“Nothing Jewish is foreign to me,” religious historian Gershom Scholem once said during a radio program, and this is something on which the Tol’dot & Tarbut (“History & Culture”) series also seeks to build. It focuses on personalities, events, periods and places that embody specific trends in Jewish history, religion and culture. Rather than being intended for experts in Jewish studies and religious history, the series sets out to introduce a wider audience to the rich history and different branches of Judaism above and beyond all elements of folklore. Early Judaism, early Christianity and the Rabbinic Period; reform, secular Judaism and modern orthodoxy; the Kabbalah, Hasidism, philosophy and enlightenment, assimilation and Zionism, Ashkenazi and Sephardic Judaism – all of these denote trends and phenomena that cannot be harmonized or reduced to a timeless quality but must also be presented with all their differences, even contrasts. There are a few new things to learn and new sides to seemingly familiar things to discover – and, ultimately, Christian-Jewish dialog requires not only the good will of those engaged in it in order to flourish but also their knowledge.
Architecture and remembrance. Synagogue building in Germany since 1945
Mon., April 19, 2021 │ 7:30 pm
PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Ulrich Knufinke M.A, Hanover/Braunschweig
“Someone who builds a house is there to stay, permanently.” In 2006,
Charlotte Knobloch, then President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, made this clear statement at the opening of the new synagogue in Munich – a permanence that continues to be threatened by anti-Semitism to this day. The fact that, after the Holocaust, new Jewish congregations are even being established in Germany, that, in the 1950s and again since 1990, they have been returning to the urban landscape with their synagogues, is a remarkable development. As well as being a response to the practical and religious requirements of their congregations, the design of their buildings also reflects the expectations of the non-Jewish majority, who are keen to see them as an aspect of remembrance culture. The lecture addresses these ambivalent perspectives and takes a look at buildings that can often also be viewed as spectacular contributions to the general development of architecture.
“a theyl fun jener kraft...”
Yiddish translations of German classics in the interwar period
Thu., May 6, 2021 │ 7:30 pm
Dr. Elke-Vera Kotowski, Potsdam (MMZ)
From the late 19th century onward, a broad Yiddish readership became interested in secular literature as well as religious writings. This triggered a veritable boom in translations of world literature into the language, including from German. But which German-language classics have been translated into Yiddish, and by whom? It is highly remarkable and little known, for instance, that Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain” was translated into Yiddish by Isaac Bashevis Singer, the first and, so far, only Yiddish-speaking Nobel Prize winner, in 1930.
On the history of the Jews in the Rhineland
Mon., June 7, 2021 │ 7:30 pm
Dr. Uri Kaufmann, Old Synagogue Essen
The Jewish community is the oldest non-Christian minority in Europe. In the 10th or 11th century, the “three holy communities” of Speyer, Worms and Mainz – the Kehilloth SchUM – came together, forming “Ashkenazi” Judaism. The aim is to trace the great arc that takes in their medieval urban life (in Cologne until 1424), their expulsion eastward and into the countryside, rural Jewish culture in the Rhineland right through to their struggle for equality (1791 – 1871) and their move back to the cities of Cologne and Bonn, the immigration of the “Eastern Jews” and persecution, but also the rebuilding of Jewish life in the Rhineland. Düsseldorf and Bonn were home to the Central Council of Jews in Germany for over 40 years. Rather than focusing exclusively on persecution, Jewish history must be seen from a holistic perspective. As well as the “great men,” there were also peddlers and “Schmuser” – poor Jews – as well as cattle traders and Eastern Jewish craftspeople.
All lectures also form part of the “1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany” events.
To obtain the login details, please register by calling +49 228 42979-0 or emailing

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Via Zoom:
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Wednesdays, 6:15 pm
April 14, 2021
Prof. Dr. Niko Froitzheim (Geosciences, University of Bonn): 
“How could it have come to this? Taking stock of the climate crisis”
April 21, 2021
Prof. emer. Dr. Ulf von Zahn (Atmospheric Physics): 
“Climate change from the perspective of our federal government and of a scientist”
April 28, 2021
Dr. Gregor Hagedorn (Initiator, Scientists for Future): 
“The third wave: Covid, climate crisis, biodiversity crisis!”
May 5, 2021
Saskia Meyer (FOODerstand Cologne):
“The future begins on my plate – benefits of a plant-based diet for health, world hunger, animal welfare and climate action”
May 12, 2021
Prof. Dr. Mario Trtkovic (Urban Development, Coburg University of Applied Sciences):
“Sustainable development and the role of urbanization – global and local perspectives”
May 19, 2021
Prof. Dr. Christine Alewell (Environmental Geosciences, University of Basel): 
“From topsoil to ethics – the consequences of soil erosion for human nutrition, water eutrophication, biodiversity and climate change”
June 2, 2021
Dr. Noah Walker-Crawford (Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit): 
“Climate change in court: charges against the catastrophe”
June 9, 2021
Prof. Dr. Frank Best (Business Administration, University of Konstanz)
“Putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions: fair – efficient – socially responsible”
June 16, 2021
Prof. Dr. Eike Lüdeling (Horticultural Sciences, University of Bonn): 
“Using trees to fight global heating – a genuine solution or wishful thinking?”
June 23, 2021
Prof. Dr. Maike Rabe (Textile and Clothing Technology, Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences): 
“Microplastics of textile origin: sources, sinks, potential solutions”
June 30, 2021
Prof. Dr. Angela Francke (Endowed Professorship of Cycling, Karlsruhe
University of Applied Sciences): 
“Cycling’s role in the mobility transition”
July 7, 2021
Prof. Dr. Michael Schmitt (Chemistry, University of Düsseldorf)
“Denials, forgeries, lies – the motivation and tricks of the ‘merchants of doubt’” 
July 14, 2021: tba
Thursdays 5 pm – 6 pm (online seminar)
Zoom meeting ID: 910 2379 9670; password: 339391
April 15
Jakob Rhyner (University of Bonn
Introduction, Global Sustainable Energy Supply
April 22
Luna Bharati (International Water Management Institute (IMWI)
Water-Food-Energy Nexus
April 29
Julia Steinberger (University of Lausanne
Providing decent living with minimum energy: a global scenario (TRA6 lecture at 2 pm!)
May 6
Simone Sandholz (United Nations University
Energy systems as a critical infrastructure
May 20
Fatima Denton (UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa
Stranded assets in Africa due to transition to renewables
June 10
Stefanie Meilinger (Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
Energy storage, green hydrogen and sector coupling
June 17
Joachim Clemens (Soepenberg Company
Biogas production at different scales
June 24
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Biomass as energy carrier in Africa
July 1
tba (International Renewable Energy Agency
Renewable energy potential in Africa
July 8
Axel Nguedia-Nguedong, Paul Nduura (United Nations University
Planning of energy systems in Africa
July 15
Ralf Pude (INRES
Bioenergy production and use in Kleinaltendorf
Contact:; Jakob Rhyner ( ); Mathias Becker (



Thursday, April 22, 2021, 8 pm – 9:30 pm, via Zoom

Led by Dr. Carl Körner


On the 500th anniversary of the death of the Italian painter

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Raffaello Santi, known as Raphael (1483 – 1520), died 500 years ago, leaving behind an oeuvre that, to this day, retains its ability to amaze. Even just the noble features in his faces, the painterly finesse in his depictions of skin and his incredibly lifelike details such as creases in sleeves are a real feast for the eye. The lecture explores the development of his painting style during the peak of the Renaissance as well as the artist’s position in society. No comparison of his works would be complete without reference to the other great masters such as Leonardo and Michaelangelo. However, the focus here is on his greatest pieces such as the “Sistine Madonna,” his portraits of women, the “School of Athens” and other major frescoes – not forgetting the tapestries for the Sistine Chapel that Raphael designed.


Thursday, May 27, 2021, 8 pm – 9:30 pm, 10 – 24 participants

VHS, Mülheimer Platz 1, Room 1.11 (Auditorium)

Led by Michael Schikowski

“About Beethoven”

On the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth

This event is expected to be streamed live. You are also welcome to sign up to the waiting list (email:, which will allow you to follow the event live on YouTube from the comfort of your own home if there are no more spaces available in the auditorium.

What do writers and musicians say about Ludwig van Beethoven? This lecture will use their views to paint a more detailed picture of the world-famous composer from Bonn. Beethoven’s life and works have left a great many traces in literature. This lecture evening will set out to follow them, not least by “giving the floor” to extensive readings from works by Marcel Proust, Thomas Mann and Leo Tolstoy, among others. E.T.A. Hoffmann decreed that Beethoven’s music wields the lever of fear, awe, horror and pain. The ambivalent nature of his music, which ranges from feelings of overpowering and release through to an expression of direct violence, can be found in texts by Romain Rolland, Carson McCullers and Anthony Burgess and will also be discussed.


Thursday, June 10, 2021, 8 pm – 9:30 pm, 10 – 24 participants

VHS, Mülheimer Platz 1, Room 1.11 (Auditorium),

Led by PD Dr. Jürgen Nelles

Lucky charms and hangman’s nooses – the wordsmith Christian Morgenstern

On the 150th anniversary of the writer’s birth

This event is expected to be streamed live. You are also welcome to sign up to the waiting list (email:, which will allow you to follow the event live on YouTube from the comfort of your own home if there are no more spaces available in the auditorium.

This lecture sets out to show the humorous side of the poet and master of wordplay Christian Morgenstern (1871 – 1914) in words and pictures. After a brief overview of his life and works, the focus will mainly be on Morgenstern’s verse and visual text compositions that found fame as the “Galgenlieder” (“Gallow Songs”). However, there will also be time for a few less well-known pieces, sketches, and drawings, which stand out as much for their sharp yet profound visual humor and puns as for their playfully satirical linguistic acrobatics.

Information for members of Universitätsgesellschaft Bonn e. V. and for alumni

You will need auditor status before you can apply for a Uni-ID.

The University has concluded licensing agreements with various licensors (publishers and software manufacturers) that only cover use by its members. Use by third parties, such as members of Universitätsgesellschaft Bonn e. V. and the Alumni Network, is not permitted under these contracts and could result in severe contractual penalties for the University.

Dies Academicus

The online Dies Academicus in summer semester 2021 is being held on May 19, 2021.

The program will be published on this page on May 5, 2021.

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 Grants for lecture events

Follow the link below to open an application for a grant for a lecture event and complete the required fields on screen. Once your application has been approved, we will send you an email confirming the fee you will receive. After we have done so, we will need an invoice prepared by the recipient in accordance with Section 14 of the Sales Tax Act in order to pay the fee.

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Contact information

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Katharina Koçer

+49 228 73-3916

+49 228 73-7616

2. OG, Zimmer 2.008

Am Hof 3-5

53113 Bonn

+49 228 73-3916

Office hours and contacts

Director and Head of the Life-Long Learning University:
Prof. Dr. U. Baumann 

Geschäftszimmer: Katharina Koçer

Bitte beachten Sie, dass wir aufgrund der aktuellen Einschränkungen keine regulären Öffnungszeiten haben.

Wenn Sie eine persönliche Beratung wünschen, vereinbaren Sie bitte einen Termin telefonisch mit Frau Koçer.

Mo - Fr 9 - 14 Uhr 

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