Highlights in the FAU calendar

The highlights of FAU’s calendar

There is more to a university than simply research projects, seminars and lectures. FAU organises a large number of events to encourage its members to look beyond the boundaries of their own subjects, celebrate special occasions and engage with the general public in what goes on at the University. Here is just a sample of the many exciting events which take place at FAU.

  • Scholarship ceremony

    President at lectern with scholarship holders

    2019 FAU Scholarship Ceremony at Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Image: FAU/Giulia Iannicelli)

    At the beginning of the year, FAU invites donors and scholarship holders of the Deutschlandstipendium to the Scholarship Ceremony, where the students receive their scholarship certificates.

  • Wunschkonzert

    Schriftzug Wunschkonzert

    Image: FAU

    In spring 2020, FAU will hold a free concert for students and staff at FAU. What’s special about this concert, however, is that students can make suggestions about which bands and artists will perform.

  • Award ceremony for doctoral graduates


    Image: FAU/Georg Pöhlein

    With a central awards ceremony, FAU celebrates the achievements of this year’s doctoral graduates and alumni who gained their doctoral degrees at the University 15, 25 or even 50 years ago.

  • Schlossgartenfest

    FAU's Schlossgartenfest in 2017 (Image: FAU/Erich Malter)

    FAU’s Schlossgartenfest in 2017 (Image: FAU/Erich Malter)

    FAU’s Schlossgartenfest is one of the largest and most beautiful garden parties in Europe. On the last Saturday in June, the President invites students, members and friends of the University, as well as high-profile guests from politics, business and academia, to come and dance and enjoy a fantastic evening in the Schlossgarten.

  • Long Night of Sciences

    People in suits are standing around a fire.

    Long Night of the Sciences 2019 (Image: FAU/Georg Pöhlein)

    With around 400 items on the programme, FAU runs the most events of all the contributors to the Long Night of Sciences, which takes place every two years in the region.

  • First-year students’ welcome event

    President with students

    University President Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger welcomes first-year students to FAU. (Image: FAU/Giulia Iannicelli)

    To make it easier for students to settle into life at the University, FAU invites all new students to its first-year students’ welcome event. New students can expect to find all the information they need about life at the University at over 50 information stands advertising the services available at FAU.

  • Digital Tech Summit & Hackathon


    A hackathon, conference and networking event all rolled into one. Hackers, coders, entrepreneurs and innovators from all over the world come to the Digital Tech Summit & Hackathon. The three-day event in October, held in the Max Morlock Stadium in Nuremberg, focuses on digitalisation, codes, workshops, innovations and pitches.

  • Dies academicus

    Margrave (Image: FAU/Georg Pöhlein)

    Image: FAU/Georg Pöhlein

    Once a year on 4 November, FAU celebrates the date when the University was established in 1743. This was the day that Friedrichs-Universität was founded in Erlangen by Margrave Friedrich of Brandenburg-Bayreuth. It was the third university to be established in Franconia, after the universities of Altdorf and Würzburg.

An overview of more events is available here