Kiel University
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
CAU - right up there for 350 years

“summa cum laude”

Kiel University’s campus festival

On Friday 22 May, Kiel University celebrates the campus festival “summa cum laude” on the occasion of its 350th anniversary. From 12 noon to 7 pm both young and old are welcome to discover the diversity of the university in three festival areas along Olshausenstraße. Entrance and participation in the events is free in all areas.

Festival area “Audimax”

There will be something to suit every taste in the “Audimax” festival area. The university's institutes and organisations will be showcasing themselves in a huge marquee on the Audimax forecourt. Visitors can learn all about the various subjects at 30 booths or take part in unusual hands-on activities. For instance, visitors can become the university's founder, Duke Christian Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf, at the photographic campaign of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel. At the booth of the institute of human nutrition and food science, a range of jubilee drinks developed by students can be sampled.

The Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein will be looking after the visitors with various foods and drinks. Refreshments range from wok dishes to bratwurst and steak cooked on a swing grill and, for those with a sweet tooth, waffles and lemonade. The Studentenwerk has also arranged a cultural offering around the Sechseckbau with performances and interactive events, for example, improvisation theatre, stunts, and showings of historic films on the university made between 1946 and 2000. The various items in the program will be presented and accompanied by Campusradio.

In the foyer of the Audimax itself the exhibition "Future Ocean Dialogue" will receive its German premiere. Important research issues being explored by Kiel-based marine researchers will be clearly and light-heartedly explained here. School pupils can experience guided tours through the exhibition free of charge, or can listen to lectures on marine science topics. Advance registration is necessary under: info(at) The exhibition will also be open from 26 to 29 May.

Exclusive tours with guides from Kiel Marketing go up to the roof terrace of the university tower building. Tours start on the hour every hour from 1 pm to 6 pm. Advance registration at the central information booth located in the tent on the Audimax forecourt is necessary on the day.

Festival area “Sportforum”

Sports enthusiasts will get their money's worth at the university sports open day. From 12 noon to 4 pm in the outdoor area there will be a bouncy castle, a quattro highjump for up to four people at the same time, a surf simulator and a segway track for children and adults. Visitors can also try out a wide range of games in the sports halls. The swimming pool will be open, too. From 4 pm onwards everyone who is interested is invited to join in the regular sports program. Behind the Sportforum students will be presenting the "350 years, 350 steps, 350 decibels" festival. On 3 days starting on May 21th, many different regional and national bands playing music in a range of genres will demonstrate their skills on stage. There will also be a reading marathon and a long evening of electronic music. A sponsored run for the benefit of the Hospiz Kieler Förde has been arranged by students as part of the festival. From 11 am to 5 pm runners can choose between 3.5, 7 and 10.5 km routes with a participation fee of EUR 3.50. At the same time as the run the relaxation hall of the Sportforum will be holding a cell typing campaign for the German Stem Cell Donor File, supported by the UKSH.

Festival area “Mensa II/Leibnizstraße”

The university library and the Graduate Center invite you to a series of activities for the whole family in the Leibnizstraße festival area. During guided tours behind the scenes visitors can discover some of the library's treasures. Children from 6 to 14 years old can join the corner for arts and crafts. At 4 pm the author Arne Tiedemann will be reading from his works in the library foyer and will afterwards be available to sign copies of his books. The Graduate Center will also be celebrating a small jubilee at the campus festival. From 12 noon visitors can visit the exhibitions "Docs and the City" by Celia Ehlke and "LS3 Installations" or they can try the 5 x 5 metre birthday cake – all to celebrate the first five years of the center’s existence. The "Science Show 350" will open its doors at 4 pm. During the show young scientists from Kiel University will present their research work in short and witty lectures. They will also meet some of the people who have been involved in research and teaching at the university over the last 350 years. The team from "klik – klima konzept 2030“ will be providing information about climate protection activities at the university in front of Mensa II. Visitors can try out a range of climate-neutral vehicles such as cargo bikes or E-bikes on a special track and answer quiz questions at various locations.

Attention: As there is only a limited number of parking spaces on campus visitors of the festival are kindly ask to use public transportation

CAU 350+ Zeichen

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