October 18, 2021
Opening of the academic year 2021/2022
October 18, 2021
Opening of the academic year 2021/2022

Current notice

According to the current situation, 3G proof is required for participation in the event in attendance on October 18, 2021 in the university auditorium. Registration is mandatory for both the event in attendance and the livestream. The online registration form can be found below.

The opening of the academic year 2021/2022 at the University of Bonn

The University of Bonn will start the academic year 2021/2022 on October 18, 2021 with the traditional ceremony marking its founder's day. As last year, the ceremonial opening is expected to take place as a "hybrid" event: The event will take place in the auditorium and will be simultaneously webcast via a livestream.

We are very pleased to announce that we have been able to win Professor Dr. Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society, for the keynote speech with the title "Roaring 20s in science? The German science system in times of global revolution". Together with him, Professor Dr. Peter Scholze and Professor Dr. Catharina Stroppel from the Excellencecluster "Hausdorff Center for Mathematics", we will discuss excellence in science in a panel discussion.

We will also address the tragic events of the storm disaster in our region in a second panel with Gerd Friedsam, President of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief, Professor Shen Xiaomeng, Vice Rector of the United Nations University Europe, Professor Dr. Hans Moser, Head of Division at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the Vice Rector for Sustainability of our University, Professor Dr. Annette Scheersoi.

Further information about the program can be found in the invitation.

Registration for 18 October 2021, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

A registration is required to attend the Opening of the Academic Year on October 18, 2021. This applies to both the event in attendance and the livestream.

The event in attendance in the auditorium is BOOKED OUT. Registration for the livestream is still possible via e-mail.

One of the two porters holds the ceremonial sceptre in his hand. He wears white gloves.
Gown and sceptre © Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

History and tradition

The gown, beret, chain of office and scepter have always played a central role in the formal opening ceremony.

The moderator, Florian Barnikel, is on stage. He wears an everyday mask with the university logo and holds his moderation cards in his hand.
Moderation by bonnFM © Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn

Program

Here you can find the program schedule for the opening of the academic year on October 18, 2021.

The winner of the German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD- Prize, Dima Alumnajed, receives her certificate.
Prize of the German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD © Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn

Award honors

Traditionally, the winners of the State Prize, the DAAD Prize and the Initiative Prize of the University of Bonn are honored during the opening of the academic year.

The rector is standing behind the speaker's desk. In front of him a cameraman is standing, recording the whole event.
Recording of the livestream on October 19, 2020 © Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn

Review - Image gallery and event recording

On October 19, 2020, the University of Bonn started the academic year 2020/21 with the traditional ceremony marking its founding day. In the sign of the pandemic, the grand opening took place for the first time as a "hybrid" event. For the public, the event was broadcast via a livestream on the Internet. Here you can find the recording of it.

Contact

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