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

All lectures for students from all faculties of the Catholic Theological Faculty can be found at:


Introductory lecture: QB Clinical Pharmacology

Mon 11.10.2021, 2 p.m. until 3.30 p.m.

Universitätsklinikum Bonn, room to be announced.

Prof. Dr. med. Gunther Hartmann

We ask that you register with Ms. Rösener in advance due to the pandemic situation.


Line art

Thurs 16 - 18, HS IX

Please register with the teacher ( by email.

R. Kanz

50 years after Linda Nochlin: The search for women artists: intersectionality and gender art history from the first female artist to the present day BIRGIT MÜNCH AND CHRISTOPH WAGNER

Wed 12-14, HS IX

Please register with the teacher (bmuench @ by email.

B. Münch

The artistic field in the Journal (1851–96) by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

Tues 8-10, online via zoom

Please register with the teacher ( by email.

G. Petri

Sculpture and Sculpture of the Early Renaissance in Italy - Centers, Tasks, Topics

Fri 10 - 12, HS IX or digitally via zoom

Please register with the teacher ( by email.

G. Satzinger

Carolingian art

Tue 16 - 18, digitally via zoom

Please register with the teacher ( by email.

H. Wolter-von dem Knesebeck

Translocation of cultural goods

Thurs 14-16, HS IX

Please register with the teacher ( by email.

Ch. Surcharge

Greek city plan and development

Wed 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., AVZ III / Römerstr. 164 - 0.004 HS 1

Start: October 20, 2021

F. Rumscheid, Priene

Antique feast

Tue 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., AVZ III / Römerstr. 164 - 0.004 HS 1

Start: October 19, 2021

M. Bentz

Research Colloquium

Thu 6 p.m., AVZ III / Römerstr. 164 - 0.004 HS 1

Start: see department homepage:

F. Rumscheid, M. Bentz

Kant's writings on moral philosophy - educational reading

Tue 4-6 p.m., the lecture is planned as a face-to-face event, but can also take place digitally if necessary.

Please register by September 30, 2021 by e-mail to

H. Kramer


Religious contacts and religious history along the Silk Road

Mon noon-2 p.m., 1.004 pm - ÜR Department of Religious Studies, Adenauerallee 4-6,

M. Hutter


Religious diversity in Asia using the example of "smaller" religions

Tue 2-4 p.m., fortnightly, 1.004 - ÜR Department of Religious Studies, Adenauerallee 4-6, October 12, October 26, November 9, November 23, December 7, December 21, January 18, 2022

M. Hutter



Wed 8.30 a.m. - 10 a.m., digital

Please register with Prof. Dr. Laureys by email:

M. Laureys


Forensic linguistics

Mon 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., digital (more information will follow)

J. Seifert


Introduction to verse poetry

Thu 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., presence and digital (information will follow)

K. Chlench-Priber


GDR and post-GDR literature

Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., digital (more information will follow), start: 10/22/2021

K. Stüssel


Theory and Practice of the Avangarde

Fri 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., presence and digital (information will follow)

N. Stewart


Runes. An introduction

Mon 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., digital (more information will follow), start: October 18, 2021

A. Krause


Introduction to areas and research methods in psychology and psychotherapy

Mon 16 - 18, HS Psychology, start: October 18, 21

I. Gray


Introduction to social psychology

Mon 10 - 12, digital (information will follow shortly), start: 18.10.21

R. Banse


Introduction to legal psychology

Tue 6 - 8 p.m., digital (information will follow shortly)

R. Banse

North American Program

“North American Program”, we have been offering the lecture series “Current Issues in North American and Cultural Studies” for many years. It usually takes place on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (every two weeks). The speakers include international scientists from various disciplines. The program for the winter semester can be found on the North American Program website:

The lectures from philosophy can be found on the basis of:


General and inorganic chemistry (experimental chemistry)

Tue - Fri, 10-11 a.m., by zoom

The ZOOM access data can be found in the eCampus course (see also note on the module homepage:

J. Beck (Email:

The respective lecturer must be contacted for inclusion in the eCampus courses.


Physical Chemistry I, Part 1: Molecular Interactions

Tue 8 a.m. - 10 a.m., online lecture

P. Vöhringer (Email:

The respective lecturer must be contacted for inclusion in the eCampus courses.


Weather briefing

Wed 10 - 11, with zoom:
Meeting ID: 964 0518 1171, Passcode: 323265

A. Bott


Introduction to geography

Mon 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., digital (link follows), from October 18, 2021

M. Nutz

Semester Opening Church Service

04.10.2021, 6 p.m., digital

Bishop Ring



What is that: "Old Catholic"? - Basics of old Catholic theology and history

05.10.2021, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. / hybrid

06.10.2021, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. / hybrid

07.10.2021, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. / hybrid

Registration September 1 to 30, 2021: via BASIS - only for guest students without matriculation number,

Krebs, Huther


Current challenges of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue

20.10.2021, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. / digital

October 21, 2021, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. / digital

November 16, 2021, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. / digital

11/17/2021, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. / digital

Registration September 1 to 30, 2021: via BASIS - only for guest students without matriculation number,


The ecumenical relations of the Union of Utrecht

November 3rd, 2021, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. / digital

04.11.2021, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. / digital

December 15, 2021, 2-6 p.m. / digital

December 16, 2021, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. / digital

Registration 1st to 30th September 2021:

BASIS - only for guest students without matriculation number,


Introduction to the history and culture of Judaism I

25.01.2022, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. / digital

01/26/2022, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. / digital

January 27, 2022, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. / digital

Registration September 1 to 30, 2021: via BASIS - only for guest students without matriculation number,

Online lecture series


 The title is deliberately ambiguous: trust in the midst of a crisis or a crisis of trust? What role does trust play in overcoming personal and social crises (and not just thinking of the Corona crisis here); to what extent can one speak of a loss of trust in different areas of society - politics, economy (credit!), church? The series will discuss not only the role of trust in modern societies, its relationship to the necessary control by parliament and the judiciary, but also the collapse of trust in the context of regressive developments, which are also reinforced by the loss of trust.

Basic trust - the cornerstone of a healthy personality

Thu 04.11.2021 │ 8.00 p.m. s.t., lecture hall VII

Dr. Peter Conzen, Bonn


Breach of trust:

The Fundamental Theological Significance of Systemic Abuse in the Catholic Church

Mon 22.11.2021 │ 7.00 p.m. online lecture (via zoom), registration required at 0228 / 42979-0 and

Prof. Dr. Gregor Hoff, Salzburg


The Invisible Institution: On the Role of Trust in Politics and Business

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 │ 8:00 p.m. s.t., lecture hall VII

Prof. Dr. Martin Hartmann, Lucerne

Identity Politics:

Thoughts on political trust in a new ideological phase.

Thursday, December 9th, 2021 │ 7:00 p.m., online presentation via Zoom, registration at 0228 / 42979-0 and

Prof. Dr. Josette Baer Hill, Zurich


Spring of Platforms - Autumn of Democracy?

Thu 20.01.2022 │ 8.00 p.m. s.t.

 Prof. Dr. em. Christoph Türcke, Leipzig


Tol’dot & Tarbut - Jewish History & Culture
"Nothing Jewish is alien to me," declared the religious historian Gershom Scholem on a radio broadcast. The Tol‘doth & Tarbut (History and Culture) series would like to build on this. The focus is on people, events, periods of time and places in which certain developments in Jewish history, religion and culture virtually crystallize. The series is not aimed at experts in Judaic studies and the history of religion, but aims to open up the rich history and different currents of Judaism to a wider audience beyond all folklore. Early Judaism, Early Christianity, and the Rabbinical Period; Reform, Secular Judaism, and Modern Orthodoxy; Kabbalah, Hasidism, Philosophy and Enlightenment, Assimilation and Zionism, Ashkenazi and Sephardic Judaism denote directions and phenomena that cannot be harmonized or reduced to a timeless essence, but rather are to be represented in their differences, even opposites. There are some new things to discover and new aspects of what is apparently familiar - and finally: Christian-Jewish dialogue too lives not only from the goodwill of the interlocutors, but also from their knowledge.
As Israel's ambassador to the Holy See - a field report
Mon 11.10.2021 │ 7.30 p.m., online presentation via Zoom; Registration under 0228 / 42979-0 and
Ambassador ret. Dr. Mordechay Lewy, Bonn
Grunewald in the Orient
The German-Jewish Jerusalem
Thu 28.10.2021 │ 8.00 p.m. s.t., lecture hall VII
Dr. Thomas Sparr, Berlin
Israelis in Germany: Israeli worlds and German ideas
Thursday, November 18th, 2021 │ 8:00 p.m. s.t., lecture hall VII
Dr. Dani Kranz, Ben Gurion University Negev

The great opportunity. Practices and semantics of the occasio in the premodern

Mondays 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., digital

The lecture series will take place online. It starts on October 18, 2021, the last date is January 31, 2022. It takes place every Monday with the exception of November 22, 2021.

Zoom link to the event:

Meeting ID: 943 1006 2484
Identification code: 049429

The importance of teacher training for university and society

Lecture series from the Catholic Theological Faculty with changing lecturers

Wednesdays 18 s.t. –8pm, lecture hall X (information on registration will follow shortly)

Interested parties are welcome to register by e-mail with Mr. Schäfers, e-mail address:, stating whether participation in face-to-face or online is desired.

The moving power of warmth

Thu 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Wolfgang-Paul-Hörsaal, Kreuzbergweg 28

(Information on registering for participation in the lecture hall will follow shortly.)

The lecture series is offered as a compulsory elective module in the winter semester 2021/2022 jointly by the chemistry and physics / astronomy departments and as part of the transdisciplinary research area “Building blocks of matter and fundamental interactions”.


Because time has a direction

Prof. Dieter Meschede, Institute for Applied Physics


What is entropy

Prof. Hartmut Monien, Institute of Physics


Heat and temperature from a molecular perspective

Prof. Peter Vöhringer, Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


On the thermodynamics of the atmosphere in the climate system: R. Clausius and the phase transitions of water

Prof. Andreas Hense, Meterological Institute


The influence of Clausius ’work on our knowledge of dark matter, black holes, gravity and the expansion of the universe

Prof. Thomas Reiprich & Prof. Cristiano Porciani, Argelander Institute for Astronomy, University of Bonn


Quantum chemical calculation of the molecular entropy

Prof. Stefan Grimme, Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


Supramolecular chemistry: enthalpy and entropy in interplay

Prof. Arne Lützen, Keklué Institute for Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry


Math: entropy, optimal mass transport and curvature

Prof. Karl-Theodor Sturm, Institute for Applied Mathematics, University of Bonn


Clausius and Theoretical Chemistry: Quantum Cluster Equilibrium

Prof. Babara Kirchner, Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


Rudolp Clausius on his 200th birthday

Contribution of the physics show to the birthday

Prof. Johannes Orphal, Karlruher Institute for Technology

under the direction of Prof. Herbert Dreiner, Physics Institute


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Information will follow shortly

From the International Science Forum (FIW)

Perspectives of modernity: Society designers. Foundations, the common good and social change

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Bonn University Forum, Heussallee 18-24, large hall (room 0.109)

Head: Ramin Bahrami, Prof. Dr. Pascal Goeke, Dr. Evelyn Moser, Dr. Galina Selivanova

In many western democracies, charitable foundations are an integral part of the socio-political order. Trusting in their commitment to the common good, the state not only reduces the tax burden on the founders, but also grants the foundations permanent tax exemptions on their investment income. This mechanism, as well as the goal of increasing the common good, set by foundations themselves, creates foundations as political actors and allows them to become societal designers in the principally open and contested project of democracy. This role is received and fulfilled differently by foundations, presents various challenges and is repeatedly euphoric praise and sharp criticism. In six events we ask and discuss how foundations have shaped their political role in the past, how they initiate and support social change at the local level, in science or at the border between science and practice, and how their role will look in the future could or should and how these changes fit into the structural change of democracies. The series of events is part of the research project “Well-meaning autocrats in democracies. Public welfare programs and ideas from charitable foundations and the participation factor ", funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

October 20, 2021

The performance of public tasks by foundations in the premodern era

Michael Borgolte, Humboldt University Berlin

November 3, 2021

Foundations in the 21st Century: What is Expected of Them? What can they do?

Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society


December 8, 2021

Foundations in Science: Resource Donors - Honest Brokers - Partners? 

A discussion with: Georgios Chatzoudis, Gerda Henkel Foundation

Wolfgang Rohe, Mercator Foundation

Rudolf Stichweh, International Science Forum

Thomas Suermann, Fritz Thyssen Foundation

January 12, 2022

Local change through participation

A discussion with:

Renate Hendricks, Community Foundation Bonn

 Gesa Maschkowski, Bonn in Transition

Sabine Milowan, Montag Stiftung Denkwerkstatt


January 26, 2022

Exploring Elite Philanthropy

Mairi Maclean, University of Bath


February 9, 2022

Public and common good promises. On the role of foundations in democratic societies

Evelyn Moser, University of Bonn

Contact: Raja Bernard,

Further information on the lecture series "Perspektiven der Moderne" as well as on the speakers in this semester can be found at:  

Please register for the events on this website and find out more about the form of the event.


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 winter semester 2021/22 is being held on December 1st 2021.

The program will be published on this page on November 17th, 2021.

 As soon as it is known whether this can take place again with face-to-face events, this information will be published here on the homepage.

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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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