Celebrating knowledge

It’s not a jubilee without jubilation! However, it’s not just the birthday of the university that we are celebrating, but above all what it stands for: research, teaching and knowledge. At 275 years old, FAU offers plenty of opportunities for scientists, students, employees and friends to celebrate together.

Jubilee concert

Bild: Erlanger Universitätsmusik

To mark FAU’s 275th anniversary, the Fürth-based composer and FAU alumnus, Uwe Strübing, created the celebratory cantata ‘Truth and Love’. The University’s Music Director, Prof. Dr. Konrad Klek, has composed the biblical ‘Canticles of Love’ (1 Corinthians 13) in combination with poems by Friedrich Rückert and Matthias Claudius. It teaches subtly the science of humility. The world premiere, comprising the FAU University Orchestra, University Choir, and soloists, will take place at the end of the opening symposium in the St. Matthäus Church.

Time: 19. January 2018, 19:30

Location: St. Matthäus, Rathenaustr. 1, Erlangen


Elena Belakova, soprano

Prof. Dr. Christoph Safferling, baritone

Academic Choir and Collegium musicum of the FAU

Conductor: University Music Director Prof. Dr. Konrad Klek


J. Rheinberger, Academic Celebratory Overture

E. Oechsler, The 100th Psalm (composed for the FAU’s anniversary in 1893)

W. A. ​​Mozart, Jupiter Symphony KV 551

Uwe Strübing, Truth and Love – Celebratory Cantata for the FAU Jubilee 2017 (World Premiere)

Film competition ‘My FAU’

Movie camera

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In this jubilee year, FAU students, former students and employees are invited to creatively visualise ‘their FAU’ in a short film. Technical specifications: none. Whether a smartphone clip or professionally produced segment – what matters is the original idea. The three best films will be premiered at the Dies Jubilee. All films submitted will be shown in a ‘FAU Long Night of Cinema’.

Submission of entries opens: 9 April 2018

Submission of entries closes: to be announced

Presentation of submissions: to be announced



Doctoral Awards Celebration


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In the jubilee year, FAU will confer awards to its doctoral students in a Doctoral Awards Celebration, in addition to the established doctoral ceremonies at the respective faculties. It will be duly celebrated with music and a prominent speaker from the FAU alumni. This will be followed by a drinks reception, where the graduates can expect a small surprise.

Former students who obtained their doctorates at the FAU 15, 25 or 50 years ago will also be invited to the event. Afterwards, the alumni clubs will welcome them to their alma mater and their respective faculties for a day. What has changed at FAU, and what has remained the same? On this day memories will be shared!

The event is not open to the public.

Time: 21 July 2018

Location: Stadium Fürth

Dies-academicus Jubilee

President of FAU, Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger

Image: FAU/Kurt Fuchs

On FAU’s actual birthday, the Dies Academicus, guests from across the jubilee year can expect a small surprise. Additionally, the three winners of the ‘My FAU’ film competition will make their debut, and ’The Hohenzollern and the FAU – Past and Present’ exhibition will open in the university library. In the context of the opening of the exhibition, FAU’s foundation documentation will be made accessible online for the first time.

The event is not open to the public.

Time: 5 November 2018

Location: to be announced