Extending Knowledge

The most important task of a university is to create and share knowledge. Whether people are researching, teaching or learning at the FAU – they are all driven by a thirst for knowledge, and a wish to extend that knowledge. That’s because knowledge is never static, it is always in motion. This jubilee year offers some very special opportunities to satisfy your own thirst for knowledge.

Jubilee issue of friedrich

Cover FAU-Magazine friedrich

Image: FAU/David Hartfiel

The jubilee edition of friedrich will be available for the entire year of 2018. This magazine, of course, looks back on FAU’s 275-year history, and perhaps even more importantly, looks at the future of research and teaching at the FAU.

friedrich is available from different locations around the university, and can be ordered as a press copy at presse@fau.de, and can also be found online as a PDF file: www.fau.info/friedrich (German).

Date of issue: October 2017


Opening Symposium

Image: Universitätsklinikum Erlangen

The jubilee year begins with an international scientific symposium on the topic ’Future of Research – Research of the Future’. As the focus is interdisciplinarity: FAU scientists from all disciplines, together with international colleagues, will look at the future of research.

The symposium consists of two parallel lecture streams: the first is devoted to science and its future in general. What challenges and what responsibilities does the future hold for science and research? What new methodologies and work methods will result from this? The second examines the future of each discipline to discuss relevant questions in a more specific way.

The two-day symposium will take place in the Faculty of Medicine’s new lecture halls.

On the evening of 18 January 2018, there will be a public lecture by a VIP speaker at Audimax, to which all interested parties are welcome.

A website for the symposium will be online soon. Parallel to this, the login portal is now open. All interested students, scientists and researchers can participate in the symposium.

Already confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Dr. Harald zur Hausen, Nobel Prize for Medicine 2008, and Prof. Dr. Brian Kobilka, Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2012.

More information: www.research-future.fau.de

The event is not open to the public.

Time: 18 and 19 January 2018

Location: Ulmenweg 18, Erlangen


Conference ‘Margravine Wilhelmine von Bayreuth and the Erlangen University: Arts and Sciences in Dialogue’

Part of an image of Wilhelmine

Image: Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Kunst-Inventar Nr. 331)

The Margravine Wilhelmine von Bayreuth (1709-1758) will be honoured in Prof. Dr. Christina Strunck’s international and interdisciplinary conference as FAU co-founder. The starting point of the conference includes new research on the library of the Margravine, donated to the Erlangen University on the occasion of its founding in 1743. The library reflects Wilhelmine’s wide-ranging interests which were shaped by the great themes of the Enlightenment. This is also reflected in her correspondence with her brother Friedrich (‘the Great’), and in her contact with Voltaire. The focus of the meeting will be on the Margravines international network and the cultural transfer it facilitated. The extensive familial network of royal siblings is considered, as well as her exchange with artists, musicians, collectors and scholars, both on the 1754/55 Italy trip and at the Bayreuth ‘Musenhof’.

Time: 11-13 October 2018

Location: Wassersaal, Orangerie, (11 October) and 00.3 PSG (12/13 October)


‘Knowledge in Motion’: book presentation on the Dies Academicus

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In 1993, the ‘History of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg 1743-1993’ was published by Prof. Dr. Alfred Wendehorst, the long-standing professor of the Department of Bavarian and Franconian History as well as the university archivist. Since then, a quarter of a century has passed. This gap in university history will be closed on this anniversary by one of FAU’s most celebrated historians, Prof. Dr. Gregor Schöllgen, with the book ‘Wissen in Bewegung. 275 Jahre FAU’. Covering the past 25 years, Professor Schöllgen will focus on the university’s important achievements, and the people behind these achievements, their motivations and how they pursued their visions. Extending this research, Professor Schöllgen will speak with a series of personalities who have given the FAU its public face and profile over the past 25 years. The book will be published by a renowned German publisher.

Time: 5 November 2018

Location: to be announced