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


350 Jahre, 350 Schritte, 350 Dezibel (350 years, 350 steps, 350 decibels)

The Departmental Student Organisations for Law and Medicine are taking part in the jubilee activities alongside many other departmental student organisations in the major project "350 Jahre, 350 Schritte, 350 Dezibel" (350 Years, 350 Steps, 350 Decibels).

From 21 to 23 May, a festival will be held on the sports fields behind the university's sports facilities – this will be free of charge for all visitors, of course! A varied programme is on offer, with performances by diverse bands, a poetry slam, as well as a long evening of electronic music. Alongside bands from the Kiel area, bands from other German university cities will be taking to the stage. The cultural programme will be rounded off with food and drinks available at the venue at student prices.

As part of the campus festival on 22 May 2015 the Departmental Student Organisation for Medicine is hosting a charity run in cooperation with the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH). From 11am to 5pm runners will be paying 3.50 euros to take part in a 3.5 km, 7 km or 10.5 km run. In parallel to the run, there will be a donor drive for the German stem cell donor database. Bring your ID card with you and register as a donor right there in the sport forum.

Correspondence between Michael Freund and Andreas Gayk

Correspondence dating from 1944-1954 between Michael Freund, Professor of Political Science and Political History at Kiel University since 1951, and Andreas Gayk, Lord Mayor of Kiel, is to be edited and published in an annotated edition.

The publication of the correspondence between these outstanding Kiel personalities will make an exciting contribution to recollections of Kiel University's re-establishment after the Second World War, as well as to the history of the region, the city and its scholars. The correspondence offers a glimpse at first hand into Kiel's academic and political re-establishment after 1945.

The book and project will be presented at 7pm on 10 November 2015 in the university auditorium (Audimax).

CAESO GRAMM – Latin brochure

350 years ago Kiel Professor Caeso Gramm produced this fascinating "advertising brochure" for Kiel University. For the jubilee, the work in Latin will be translated and annotated by students of the Classical Philology under the supervision of Professor Thorsten Burkard and Marvin Harms.

Professor Caeso Gramm was among Kiel University's first 17 professors. Born in 1640 in Tönning, Gramm was Professor of Natural History, Medicine and Greek Literature – a typical universal scholar of the early modern era. In his brochure "Chilonium. Novus Holsatiae Parnassus" (Kiel, Holstein's New Parnassus) not only did he praise the region's various merits, but also depicted the city and university in the most vibrant colours and in an ambitious and challenging literary style.

The brochure, published by Wachholtz-Verlag, will be available from 1 October 2015.

Development of a jubilee drink

In their Product Development course, Food Technology students are proving that the way to Kiel University's jubilee heart is also through the stomach. Together with local scientists, they are developing a jubilee drink for the university's 350th anniversary.

In addition to product development in the laboratory, they are working on creating a communication strategy and a design for the drink. A small batch of the best jubilee drink will be produced by the Food Technology department and presented at a tasting session during the Campus Festival in May 2015.

Commemorative publication and accompanying lecture series

"Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel: 350 Jahre Wirken in Stadt, Land und Welt." (350 years of impact on the city, region and world) - Under this title, editor Professor Oliver Auge takes readers of the commemorative publication on a fascinating journey through 350 years of Kiel University's history.

The commemorative publication is a collection of around 50 new articles on Kiel University's various establishments, collections and historical backgrounds. The various individual perspectives of the faculties, together with numerous illustrations, provide a fascinating overview of Kiel University's history and current achievements. The commemorative publication will be available for sale at Wachholtz-Verlag from 1 October 2015, the date on which Kiel University was founded.

With its lecture series on the commemorative publication, Kiel University is inviting anyone who is interested to experience the most diverse aspects of Kiel University's history through exciting talks held at unusual places in Kiel. Alongside professors and the student community, the talks will also focus on the relationship between the state and the university, planned university closures and also the history of the university's construction. The lecture series will be held at various places in Kiel on eight dates, each a Thursday, starting at 7pm, from 8 October 2015. Admission is free.

Kiel University's founding music

The odes and hymns composed for the foundation of Kiel University by Gottorf Castle's then court music director, Augustin Pfleger, will be performed at various concerts in 2015.

In terms of musical style, these concerts will not just be about the past, but will combine historical works with contemporary music. This will produce a tension that perfectly links and contrasts the past and the present.

The first series of concerts of Augustin Pfleger's "Veni, Sancte Spiritus" will be held at Kieler Schloss (Kiel Castle) during the university week at the start of the anniversary year (Saturday, 24 January, Monday, 26 January and Tuesday, 27 January 2015, all from 8pm to 10pm).

Kieler Gelehrtenverzeichnis (Kiel Directory of Scholars)

Kiel University's Kieler Gelehrtenverzeichnis (Kiel's Directory of Scholars) is an online document of the university's professors. As part of a partnership project between Historical Sciences and Information Technology, historical data was reworked using modern methods and presented online for interactive use.

The project spans the period from the university's foundation in 1665 through to the jubilee 2015. In the first phase of the project, all the professors from the period from 1918 to 1968 are identified and listed. All the important personal dates, career stages and academic publications are compiled for each individual.

Kieler Gelehrtenverzeichnis (Kiel's Directory of Scholars) will be presented to public in June 2015.

Klimaparcours (Climate Trail)

The climate trail includes various stops designed to demonstrate and illustrate Kiel University's climate-related work. Examples of environmentally-friendly behaviour are also shown.

Kiel University is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2030. Through various projects on campus, the university is working towards limiting its use of resources and thereby improving its carbon footprint. The stops on the climate trail provide visitors with the chance to find out more about Kiel University's work in this area, discuss the subject with staff and take part in a raffle.

The climate trail is open all day during the Campus Festival on 22 May 2015.

Major statue in Botanical Garden

Johann Daniel Major (1634-1693) is the founder of the Botanical Garden and, as one of the founding professors of Kiel University, remains a prominent universal scholar today.

Explorer, archaeologist, zoologist, botanist, personal physician, poet, numismatist, world-renowned museologist, utopian for the ideal of a land of free sciences - all these attributes apply to him. In order to make him and the university's history more tangible, the Botanical Garden will be erecting a memorial to Johann Daniel Major in front of its main entrance in the jubilee year 2015.

Kiel University's Megalith Site

5,500 year old megalithic tombs shape the landscape in northern Germany and southern Scandinavia. Since the founding of Kiel University, research into these landmarks has formed part of the university's scientific work.

On 14 May 2015 a megalithic tomb will be built as an archaeological experiment in front of the university auditorium (Audimax). As a symbol of the connection between theory and practice at Kiel University, tutors, students and interested members of the public will be using Neolithic techniques to move selected boulders to reconstruct, one boulder at a time, what is known as a passage tomb, the original of which is currently being excavated by the university. Afterwards, the megalithic tomb will remain on campus permanently.

Planting campaign in "Purple and White"

In the 18th Century, Catherine the Great gave Kiel University not only a new building and financial assistance, she also gave it its university colours: purple and white. For the jubilee year Kiel is set to bloom in the these two colours.

Working together with the Land Capital Kiel, numerous public areas are to be planted up in purple and white to carry Kiel University's colours into the city and highlight the close bond between the city and the university. All of Kiel's companies and private individuals are invited to take part in the campaign and, as a symbol of their connection with the university, plant up their flower beds or window boxes in the university's colours in 2015.

Planting in public areas will begin in March 2015. An additional planting competition will start in summer 2015.

Proselios and Apeirata – a Classical Musical

The Departmental Student Organisation for Classical Philology and the ARS GRAECA theatre group tell a story of love, friendship, reason - and classical philology - to celebrate Kiel University's 350th anniversary.

The Kryptiker (Crypticians), a group of Classical Philology students, who will be representing their institute for the coming university jubilee, are including the reserved Apeirata in their ranks. They are favourites of Athena, which really upsets the jealous Aphrodite! They compete over which of them is the most important and should therefore be praised at the jubilee. Together with her friend Tyche, Aphrodite chooses the charismatic cryptician Proselios, in order to manipulate the group for her own purposes – with fatal consequences...

The play will be performed from 19 to 21 June 2015, each night at 7pm, in the Student Services' (Studentenwerk) hexagonal building (Sechseckbau). Admission 3 euros.

Science Show 350

Kiel University's young scientists will be presenting their research in short and audience-friendly talks. In doing so, for the jubilee year, they will be meeting personalities from 350 years of research and teaching at Kiel University.

The successful format of the "Science Show", held since 2011, allows presenters to engage in dialogue with outstanding academics from the university's past. In this way the past meets the present when, for example, Samuel Reyher, the first Professor of Mathematics from the university's founding period, or Karl August Möbius, the founder of the Zoological Museum, take to the stage.

The "Science Show 350" is presented as part of various jubilee events.

Signale aus dem Elfenbeinturm (Signals from the Ivory Tower)

The subject of the blog "Signale aus dem Elfenbeinturm" (Signals from the Ivory Tower) is life and study at Kiel University and the institution of university itself. Changes in and individual entitlement to university education are reflected upon from a philosophical viewpoint, which aims to open up the perspectives of other disciplines, too.

For this purpose, the project group is inviting Kiel's students to formulate their thoughts, experiences, questions as well as desires and visions in relation to the university in the form of essays, pictures, comics, poems, podcasts and other formats. The intention is for the blog to become a place for thought that can continue on after the jubilee year. This is because 350 years of Kiel University is not only about looking back, but also about exchanging ideas now on what the university can and should mean as a place for thought.

Special postal stamp

For Kiel University's 350th anniversary, Deutsche Post and the Federal Ministry of Finance will be issuing a special postal stamp "350 Jahre Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel" (350 Years of Kiel University).

The university's special postal stamp will be on sale from 2 March 2015. Kiel University and Kieler Philatelisten-Verein (Kiel Philatelist Association) are planning a special event and various campaigns to coincide with this date.

Special projects by the University Library

In addition to three exhibitions to be held under the motto "350 Jahre Universität Kiel - 350 Jahre Universitätsbibliothek" (350 Years of Kiel University - 350 Years of Kiel University Library) and a podcast on the university library, the library is hosting a comprehensive array of supporting events to celebrate the university jubilee.

A bibliography on the history of the university is available at:

All of Kiel University's course catalogues from the years 1665 to 2000 can be viewed here:

The Digital Collection for the university's 350th anniversary can be found here:

The University Library will also be presenting aspects of its history, library stock and work as podcasts from this January. With the technical support of eLK.Medien, 13 podcast episodes have been produced and will be released in stages on the University Library's website over the course of the jubilee year. The official start date is 30 January with the presentation of the episode about the "Bordesholm Lament of the Virgin Mary (Bordesholm Marienklage) as part of the official opening of the exhibition "Schreiben, Sammeln, Sortieren – Die Stiftsbibliothek von Bordesholm als Gründungsbestand der Universitätsbibliothek Kiel". (Writing, Collecting, Sorting - the Monastery Library of Bordesholm as the Founding Stock of the University Library).

City tour "das Beste aller Dinge – 350 Jahre Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel" (The Best of Everything – 350 Years of Kiel University)

The historical walk in the footsteps of Kiel University takes participants to places in Kieler Altstadt (Kiel's historic city centre) that are closely connected with the university.

Kieler Kloster (Kiel Monastery), the Nikolaikirche (Church of St Nicholas) and Kieler Schloss (Kiel Castle) played an especially important part in the university's foundation celebrations in October 1665. But who still knows that the first Botanical Garden was part of the grounds of Kieler Schloss (Kiel Castle) that Stadtmuseum Warleberger Hof (Kiel City Museum – Warleberger Hof) was once used for pathology or that the first university museum was located in Kiel's red light district. Participants discover what the professors' gallery is all about, what students experienced in detention and how Kiel was able to keep its university after 1945. With brief insights into current developments, the 350 year history of Kiel University, from its beginnings to the present day, is brought to life. The city tours can be booked via

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Student protest culture

Since the resumption of teaching at Kiel University in November 1945 students have gained a voice on the most diverse subjects: for example, there have been protests against fare increases and against changes to the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz).

A student training research project by the Department for European Ethnology/Folklore Studies at Kiel University is documenting the various forms of student resistance and protests, supplemented by source material such as flyers and reports containing interviews with eye witnesses and contextualising these diverse sources with contemporary historical backgrounds.

The results will be documented in a project publication and presented to the public on 17 December 2015. Eye witnesses will also be reporting on their memories of protests in a panel discussion.

Students of Kiel

An illustrative tribute to Kiel's students. Passionate photography. The camera always at the ready. On the search for the next subject.

This photo project by two Kiel students shows the wealth of personalities that can be found at Kiel University. For the university's 350th anniversary there will be an exhibition of graduates produced by Kiel University.

Change of Scene - 350 Educational Routes, 350 Career Prospects

How do you envisage life after Abitur (A-levels)? Where are you going to go with your school-leaving certificate? What do you want to happen in your future? The UNICEF youth and university group Kiel 350 is asking school-leavers in Kiel and the surrounding area, as well as abroad, questions like these.

The responses are being recorded in photos and short texts and put together on a collage designed to draw attention to a key human right that is worth fighting for: the right to education and the acquisition of knowledge. Everyone should be able to develop and achieve according to his/her abilities. And yet unfortunately this is not a matter of course and a university education remains a privilege for many young people across the globe. Kiel University has been providing education for 350 years, offering good prospects to thousands of young people and will hopefully continue doing so in the future, too. This door should be open to as many people as possible.

Writing the City/Writing Kiel – Jubilee Project on City Literature

Curious, wacky and unique: in short creative texts, the students of Kiel University's English Department and their lecturers take a look at typical but also unusual or overlooked places in the city of Kiel.

From 15 to 26 September 2014 Kiel University's English Department held a two-week compact event for students. Split into a literary and cultural section and a writing workshop led by American travel writer Linda Lappin, participants worked in-depth on travel and city literature on the one hand and explored and described or wrote "their Kiel" on the other.

The collected texts will be published in 2015 in conjunction with a local publishing house as part of the university jubilee celebrations.

Zukunftstag (Future Day)

Initiated by students for students, Zukunftstag (Future Day) on 4 and 5 June 2015 will take on engineering challenges and establish prospects for the future. With the support of the Institute for Materials Science and the Institute for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, the Departmental Student Organisation for Engineering is inviting visitors along to the grounds of the Faculty of Engineering to take part in these days.

It is, on the one hand, a specialist fair for students to make contact with companies and is accompanied by information events. Alongside job offers, the focus is on potential work placements and opportunities to complete theses. On the other hand, it is an opportunity for the institutes to open up their establishments and offer insight into the subject knowledge acquired by Kiel's students. There will also be a chaired discussion between industry and the university to address problems in a targeted manner and pick up ideas for a demand-focused profile.

CAU 350+ Zeichen

As part of the 350-year anniversary, we would like to make 350 positive marks together with you. Submit your personal experiences with reference to Kiel University!