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Web conferences

Employees, teaching staff, instructors, lectures and students at the university can use Zoom to conduct video conferences via the cloud with many useful functions such as screen sharing, whiteboard and chat. Zoom is also well suited for conducting webinars or group work in studies and teaching due to its ease of use.
DFNConf can also be used by employees as an application with similar functionalities.

Scope of services


  • Access to a Zoom license for Zoom meetings of any length with up to 300 participants.
  • Use additional features such as screen sharing, collaborative annotation, chat, whiteboards, polls, breakout/group rooms, (live) captioning.
  • Record locally or in the cloud with automatic transfer to personal folder in Panopto video platform.


For meetings with more than 300 participants, temporary paid licenses for meetings with up to 1000 participants can be issued. Please contact us for more information.

For webinars (few speakers, but many possibly even anonymous, passive viewers), licenses for up to 500 or 1000 participants can be issued on a temporary basis. Contact us for more information.

Zoom meetings can optionally be scheduled and/or launched with "end-to-end encryption" for meetings with higher security requirements. (More info at When using end-to-end encryption, the following features are not available: Join Before Presenter*, Cloud Recording, Live Streaming, Live Captioning, Breakout Sessions, Polls, Zoom Apps.


The German Research Network (DFN) offers the service DFNConf for video conferences, which can be used by employees of the university. As an organizer of a conference, a virtual meeting room can be created in just a few steps and participants (including students and externals) can be invited to join. Everything runs without additional plugins in the browser.

For the use as organizer*i are needed:

  • Laptop/computer with webcam,
  • microphone,
  • Speakers/headphones,
  • web browser,
  • Internet access,
  • valid BITS account for employees.

Text templates are then available for the invitations to a conference, which can be sent by e-mail, for example.

To participate in a conference, either a PC, smartphone or special video conferencing hardware can be used. Access is possible with various clients:

  • Web browser (WebRTC, installation-free)
  • Cisco video phones of Bielefeld University
  • pexip app (Android and iOS)
  • Skype Client / Skype for Business Client
  • SIP Client
  • H.323 client
  • Any phone worldwide (audio only)


Target group

  • Students
  • Employees


  • Required credentials for students: Web authentication with Shibboleth

  • Required access data for employees: Web authentication with Shibboleth

Registration is at or via the Zoom application with the "SSO registration" specifying the company domain "uni-bielefeld(".

As organizer via



No application required.

Account is automatically created the first time you log in at If a "normal Zoom account" already exists with the university mail address, the accounts will be linked.


Free services.

The optional additional booking of large meetings (up to 1000 TN) as well as Webinar 500 and Webinar 1000 is subject to a fee. Please contact us for more information.

Data protection

-> Privacy policy Zoom


TiL Team
If you have any questions and/or problems, please contact the TiL team preferably by e-mail.

Tel.: 0521 106-12063



Instructions are available on the campus support portal at:

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