Celebrating knowledge

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.

After the gala concert to mark the beginning of the year of anniversary celebrations in January, the academic choir will be holding another concert for FAU's anniversary during the summer semester. On Thursday, 28 June 2018 at 8pm, a concert will be held in Neustädter Church.

275 years ago, a church service was held in Neustädter Church in Erlangen on 4 November to celebrate the founding of the University. After 275 years, the anniversary will now again fall on a Sunday, the perfect occasion to celebrate the University’s anniversary with a University service in the church at 10am on 4 November 2018.

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.


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.