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Dies academicus 2018

Anniversary Dies academicus 2018

FAU President Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger invited members and friends of the University to round off a year of celebrations of the University’s 275th anniversary in the Audimax on 4 November 2018. During the festivities, FAU appointed an ambassador and an honorary senator, and introduced this year’s Habilitation Prize winners. The main topics of the President’s report were the developments that have taken place over the past year and the challenges that FAU will face in the coming year.

Images of the celebrations

Programme of the 2018 Dies academicus with speeches and videos

University church service

with music conducted by Prof. Dr. Konrad Klek in Neustädter Church

Matinee presentation of the book ‘Wissen in Bewegung. 275 Jahre FAU’

with the author Prof. Dr. Gregor Schöllgen in the Wassersaal of the Orangery

Official opening ceremony of the exhibition ‘Die Hohenzollern und die FAU – Vergangenheit und Gegenwart’ (The Hohenzollern and FAU – Past and Present)

in the University Library Exhibition Room

Ceremony for Dies academicus

with the President’s speech, contributions from scientists and students as well as the award-winning entries of our ‘Knowledge in Motion’ film competition in the Audimax.

Reception in the Palmeria

Further information

Press release about the 2018 Dies academicus (in German)


FAU’s landmark: The Margrave statue in front of the Schloss in Erlangen (image: FAU)

FAU’s landmark: The Margrave statue in front of the Schloss in Erlangen (image: FAU/Georg Pöhlein)

The dies academicus, an event which commemorates the anniversary of the founding of FAU, is celebrated once a year on 4 November 1743. FAU’s President invites everyone to an academic celebration to mark this occasion. In his speech, the President presents the year’s highlights, the latest developments and FAU’s prospects for the future.

Further information on the programme is available on the German dies academicus page.

A short history of FAU

The University in Erlangen was established in the spirit of enlightened absolutism. The function of German universities in the eighteenth century was to serve the needs of the many principalities by making provisions for the education and training of civil servants to enhance the reputation of the princes.

This was also the prime source of motivation for Margrave Friedrich of Brandenburg-Bayreuth who founded the Friedrichs-Universität in his principality in 1743 with the aid of Margravess Wilhelmine and the first chancellor of the University, Daniel de Superville.

It was the third university to be established in Franconia, after the universities of Altdorf and Würzburg, and was based in the imperial city of Erlangen in the former knight’s academy located on Hauptstraße. The official opening of the University took place on 4 November 1743, an event which is still commemorated every year at the dies academicus.

More on the history of FAU