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Grafik Glühbirne mit Gehirn

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We want to know MORE!

FAU is starting a new series of events called ‘#WISSENWOLLEN’ in autumn 2021. During a series of events each semester, ‘#WISSENWOLLEN’ will involve different researchers presenting their current projects in simple terms and answering questions from the audience.

#WISSENWOLLEN is also flexible enough to incorporate other formats such as live experiments, podium discussions, quizzes and much more. Be prepared for a few surprises and join in!


Dates and participation conditions

  • Corona 2G

    Corona 2G

    The events during winter semester 2021/22 will take place on Wednesdays from 6.30pm in Nuremberg or Erlangen.

  • Entry is free of charge. Registration is not required. The 2G rule applies.
  • The events will be recorded and can be viewed online on our fau.tv video portal.
  • Further information is available at the events.

Logo der Nürnberger Zeitung (NZ)

Logo: Nürnberger Zeitung

#WISSENWOLLEN is presented in cooperation with Nürnberger Zeitung.

Our locations in winter semester 2021/22

Schlossplatz zeigt Schloss mit Flaggen und Bauzaunbespannung mit dem neuen FAU-Logo

Erlanger Schloss (Foto: FAU/Celina Henning)

Museum für Kommunikation Außenansicht

Museum für Kommunikation (Foto: Museum für Kommunikation/Theresia Heinz)

d.hip event space2

d.hip Event Space (Foto: d.hip/Tobias Zobel)

AEG Gebäude in Nürnberg.

Energie Campus Nürnberg (EnCN) „Auf AEG“ (Foto: FAU/David Hartfiel)

#WISSENWOLLEN is being held in Erlangen and Nuremberg at four different locations:

  • Location: Aula im Schloss, Schlossplatz 4, 91054 Erlangen
  • Location: Museum für Kommunikation, Lessingstraße 6, 90443 Nürnberg
  • Location: Digital Health Innovation Platform d.hip, Henkestraße 127, 91052 Erlangen
  • Energie Campus Nürnberg (EnCN) Auf AEG Fürther Straße 250, 90429 Nürnberg

The events in winter semester 2021/22

Place and time

Wednesday, 10 November // 6.15pm – 8.15pm

Location: Aula in the Schloss, Schlossplatz 4, 91054 Erlangen


#WISSENWOLLEN and Collegium Alexandrinum invite you to a podium discussion:

“Living with the pandemic – which lasting effects has Covid-19 had on our lives? What do we need to be prepared for?”

Together with experts from FAU, we would like to try and find some answers to the following questions:

  • How has the pandemic affected the balance between work and family life and which of these effects are likely to remain with us in the long term?
  • How have children and young people coped with the sudden shutdown of their social lives and education and which long-term effects can be expected for them?
  • Which unpleasant potential for development does the virus still hold and which additional protective measures can be expected in future from new vaccines and medication?


  • Christina Merkel, Science Editor at Nürnberger Nachrichten/Nürnberger Zeitung

Discussion participants

  • Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kammerl (Chair of Education with a focus on Media Education)
  • Prof. Dr. med. Gunther Moll (Director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health)
  • Prof. Dr. med. Klaus Überla (Chair of Clinical and Molecular Virology)
  • Dr. Marie-Kristin Döbler (Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the Institute of Sociology)

fau.tv Videoportal: “Podiumsdiskussion – Leben mit der Pandemie”

Jungfernfahrt Römerboot

Bild: FAU/Mathias Orgeldinger

NB: Due to the pandemic, this event will be held as an online presentation. The link will be published here shortly beforehand.


When Roman emperors and generals began conquering the region along the Rhine and Danube from the first century AD onwards, there were initially no roads. Only one means of transport was available to carry troops, goods and news from distant regions to the wilds of the north: by ship on the rivers.

What did these Roman ships, or rather boats, that the Romans used to advance deep into this territory and later used to patrol the river boundaries look like? What were they made of? Which technology was used to propel them? Which speeds could they achieve and which distances could they cover? Who were the rowers? The answers to some of these questions have already been found, but what was it like in real life? Prof. Dr. Boris Dreyer, an expert in ancient history, has been exploring these questions in a very special way since 2016, when he began reconstructing and testing Roman river boats, taking them as far as the Black Sea. Of course, he has not been tackling such mammoth projects by himself as he has been assisted b professional boatbuilders, students and a large number of volunteers.

During the first project, which began in December 2016, Prof. Dreyer and his team of helpers reconstructed a Roman riverboat that would have been used at the beginning of the second century AD. The Fridericiana Alexandrina Navis, F.A.N. for short, was launched in March 2018 and made her maiden voyage in May, before departing for the Black Sea in August. Construction of a new boat called the Danuvina Alacris (or DUC) began with the keel laying in May 2021. Boats of this type navigated the river boundaries of the Roman Empire in the fourth century AD. Beyond the scope of these projects and with the help of other reconstructions, Prof. Dreyer is also investigating how ancient bread ovens worked or how accurately Roman catapults could shoot.


Prof. Dr. Boris Dreyer

Professorship for Ancient History

Gehirn und IT illustration

Bild: PantherMedia/Kheng Ho Toh

NB: Due to the pandemic, this event will be held as an online presentation. The link will be published here shortly beforehand.


Its distinctive folded structure is an important feature of the human brain and essential for higher cognitive functions. If the brain is folded the ‘wrong’ way, it can lead to serious neurological disorders such as epilepsy, autism or schizophrenia.

But how are these folds formed? Silvia Budday explains the way in which mechanical forces contribute to the folds in the human brain, which originally has a smooth surface. In addition, she also shows how mechanical computer models can help us to improve our understanding of deformities and diseases or even help us to improve their treatment.


Dr. Silvia Budday

Chair of Applied Mechanics

Im Supermarkt: Schöne junge Frau blättert in der Konservenabteilung des Ladens. Sie hat einen Warenkorb voller gesunder Lebensmittel.

Bild: PantherMedia/Gorodenkoff

NB: The 2G rule applies for this event. Please bring the relevant certificates with you as proof of vaccination or recovery.


The path towards a zero emissions society is paved with an increasing number of sustainable products, and supermarket shelves are now filling up with zero emissions products, be they tea lights, clothing or chocolate. But what does a zero emission footprint feel like? What does it taste or smell of? Can we see or even hear it? In the case of electric cars, we don’t really hear much. These new circumstances and materials pose a challenge to our senses. Whereas products have been designed for decades with the aim of triggering a feeling of wellbeing and acceptance in consumers, we are now faced with the question of whether zero emissions products can or are even allowed to fulfil these requirements. Is the sweater made of recycled materials as comfortable as the cosy high-tech version made of synthetic fibres that was previously available? And does the vegan alternative to milk taste just as good as the real thing? Is it possible to regard something that’s ‘sustainable’ as possibly even better and more attractive to our senses? Instead of creating alternatives, perhaps we should simply redevelop our senses in order to create new tastes and experiences that the world has not yet sampled. After all, this is what has driven innovation during human history – the need to use existing resources in the best possible way. And this is what has influenced our taste over the course of several millennia.


Prof. Dr. Andrea Büttner

Chair of Aroma and Smell Research

Executive Director Fraunhofer IVV

Verabreichung von Drogen auf der Intensivstation

Bild: PantherMedia/sudok1

NB: The 2G rule applies for this event. Please bring the relevant certificates with you as proof of vaccination or recovery.


Medicine is a good thing, but there can also be too much of a good thing where medical care is concerned. Why do an increasing number of patients and doctors no longer feel comfortable with our healthcare system? Are doctors too focused on profits? Are patients too demanding? Are politicians at fault? Are we all to blame? Who benefits from this situation and who suffers because of it? How can we distinguish between medicine that is useful, unnecessary or even harmful? Thomas Kühlein is Director of the Institute of General Practice and deals with these questions and many more during his presentation.


Chair of General Practice

Glühbirnen auf blau

Bild: PantherMedia/Juan carlos Tardio

NB: The 2G rule applies for this event. Please bring the relevant certificates with you as proof of vaccination or recovery.


Glass is hardly visible, but plays a vital role in generating energy.

Perhaps the fact that glass is transparent means we don’t notice just how much of it is present in our lives. Maybe it’s because mankind has been making glass since the time of the Phoenicians that prevents us from associating it with technical progress.

However, glass will help us to master the major challenges of the future, especially when it comes to the important field of generating energy with zero CO2 emissions. Glass solves critical problems in everything from photovoltaic cells and fuel cells to wind power and nuclear energy.

The prevalence of glass is due its limitless chemical variability and how easy it is to shape due to its liquid state. Let’s use the International Year of Glass to discover its many facets.


Prof. Dr. Dominque de Ligny

Chair of Materials Science – Glass and Ceramics

Zusammenstellung der häufigsten Lebensmittelunverträglichkeiten

Bild: PantherMedia/Z Jan

NB: The 2G rule applies for this event. Please bring the relevant certificates with you as proof of vaccination or recovery.


An ever increasing number of people have intolerances to foods such as dairy products, cereals or fructose. But what is really behind these intolerances to fructose, lactose or gluten? Many people today are affected by food intolerances and have to avoid specific foods. Is this abstinence always necessary? Or are there any alternatives for those affected?

Prof. Dr. med. Yurdagül Zopf will provide an overview of various food intolerances and the options currently available for diagnosis and treatment. She will also explain how patients can actively help themselves and which signs indicate that they should seek medical advice.


Prof. Dr. med. Yurdagül Zopf

Professorship for Clinical and Experimental Nutritional Medicine

Gezi-Park-Proteste in Istanbul

Bild: PantherMedia/EnginKorkmaz

NB: The 2G rule applies for this event. Please bring the relevant certificates with you as proof of vaccination or recovery.

Place and time

Wednesday, 16 March 2022 // 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Location: Digital Health Innovation Platform d.hip, Henkestraße 127, 91052 Erlangen


In Germany, academic freedom in research and teaching is established in its Basic Law, but this isn’t the case in several other countries across the world, where universities are closely monitored. Scientists who voice their criticisms are more or less silenced by or at least threatened with dismissal, having their freedom to travel revoked or even political imprisonment. Laws alone are no guarantee for actual freedom. Just how badly affected is academic freedom worldwide? What can we do about restrictions?

Katrin Kinzelbach talks about the attempt to conduct empirical research into academic freedom worldwide and discusses the current situation using the latest data (March 2022) from the Academic Freedom Index.


Prof. Dr. Katrin Kinzelbach

Professorship for International Politics of Human Rights

The 2G rule and the obligation for the audience to wear a mask apply for all events held in person.

Further information is available in our hygiene concept.

Our previous events ‘Wissenschaft im Schloss’ and ‘Wissenschaft auf AEG’ will be continued under a new name in future: #WISSENWOLLEN. You can access the video recordings of the previous series of events on our video portal: and Wissenschaft auf AEG

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