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Review

The Opening of the Academic Year 2021/2022

The University of Bonn started the Academic Year 2021/22 on October 18, 2021 with the traditional academic celebration of its Founder's Day. The opening ceremony took place for the second time as a "hybrid" event: In addition to an in-person event in the auditorium, it was simultaneously broadcast on the Internet.

The themes of excellence in science and climate research were the focus of this year's event. Personal video messages from the strategic partner universities testified to the fact that, despite limited travel opportunities, academic exchange and university life continue to be cultivated.

After the Rector of the University, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.. Michael Hoch introduced the event with his words, a short speech followed with greetings from the Mayor of the Federal City of Bonn, Katja Dörner. With his keynote address entitled "Roaring 20s in science? The German science system in times of global revolution", the President of the Max Planck Society, Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, presented the developments in German science. In the subsequent panel, the rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch, Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, Prof. Dr. Catharina Stroppel and Prof. Dr. Peter Scholze, both from the Cluster of Excellence Hausdorff Center for Mathematics talked about the topic of "Excellence in Science."

In another panel, Gerd Friedsam, President of the German Agency for Technical Relief, Prof. Dr. Xiaomeng Shen, Vice Rector of the United Nations University Europe, and Prof. Dr. Annette Scheersoi, Vice Rector for Sustainability at the University of Bonn, answered questions on the topic of "Climate Research and Disaster Risk Reduction."
The event was moderated by Maike Krebber and Florian Barnikel.

This year's winners of the State Prize and the DAAD Prize were also honored. The award winners were introduced in a short video and interviewed about their outstanding work.

The chairman of the General Student Committee (AStA), Jonathan Andraczek, spoke about the events of the academic year from a student perspective.

Finally, insights into current developments and prospects were provided by Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch.

Event recordings

Here you can find the recording of our livestream of the opening of the Academic Year 2021/2022 on October 18 this year. You can also access individual videos of the various proramming points separately here. The videos from previous years can be found here.

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Livestream recording from October 18, 2021

Here you can access the complete event recording of the livestream of the opening of the academic year 2021/2022 on October 18, 2021.

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Welcome, introduction and current developments - speech of the rector

The Rector of the University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch, opened the academic year 2021/2022 in the auditorium of the University of Bonn.

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Greeting by the Mayor of the Federal City of Bonn

The Mayor of the Federal City of Bonn gave a welcoming speech and emphasized that the university has significantly shaped the developments of the city of Bonn.

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Keynote by the President of the Max Planck Society

Roaring 20s in science? The German science system in times of global revolution" - is the topic of this year's keynote address by Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society.

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Panel I: Excellence in science

Here we show the recording of a discussion at the opening ceremony of the academic year with Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch, Rector of the University of Bonn, Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society, Professor Dr. Catharina Stroppel and Professor Dr. Peter Scholze, both from the Cluster of Excellence Hausdorff Center for Mathematics.

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Panel II: Climate Research and Disaster preparedness

Here we show the recording of a discussion at the opening ceremony of the academic year with Gerd Friedsam, President of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief, Professor Dr. Xiaomeng Shen, Vice Rector of the United Nations University Europe and Professor Dr. Annette Scheersoi, Vice Rector for Sustainability at the University of Bonn.

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Video greetings from our international partners

The Academic Year always opens on the University's birthday on October 18, 1818. This year, colleagues from our international partner universities Radboud University Nijmegen, Université Félix Houphouet-Boigny Abidjan, Universidad Nacional de Colombia and University of Indonesia have sent their homemade greetings at the opening of the Academic Year 2021/22, reporting on their experiences in relation to climate change.

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The State Prizes and the DAAD Prize 2021

The State Prizes and the DAAD Prize 2021 were awarded this year during the International Day on October 4, 2021. As always, it was festive this year as well. uni-bonn.tv was present when the honorees received their certificates and briefly explained what characterizes their highly appreciated work.

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From a student perspective - Speech by the AStA Chairperson

Jonathan Andraczek is the chair of the General Student Committee. Here he welcomes the new students and especially the first semester students at the University of Bonn in the opening ceremony of the Academic Year 2021/2022.

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