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  • 50 Years of Bielefeld University, 1969–2019

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The university anniversary academic programme

Scientific Board university anniversary

Prof'in Dr. Angelika Epple
(Head of Scientific Board)
Prof. Dr. Herbert Dawid
Prof. Dr. Kai Kauffmann
Dr. Britta Padberg
Prof. Dr. Günter Reiss


Academic programme

Academic events under the motto ‘The Theoretical University’ were a key part of Bielefeld University’s 50th anniversary programme.

Together with both the Vice-rector for Research, Young Scientists and Equal Opportunities and academics across all faculties, the Scientific Board commissioned by Bielefeld University’s rectorate to commemorate the university’s anniversary prepared various formats and created an extensive programme.


An overview of the academic programme

The university anniversary academic programme included

  • a series of lectures on Bielefeld University’s research profile entitled Transcending Boundaries. Impulses for the research worlds at Bielefeld University. These took place from May to December.
  • a students’ conference Student Research: Students Doing Science on 14 November, at which more than 30 students presented their research projects.
  • an interdisciplinary conference entitled ‘The theoretical university in the data age. Have the great theories become outdated?‘ This was held on 14–15 November and focused on the role of theories in different academic disciplines in the age of Big Data.
  • a workshop entitled 50 years of Bielefeld University: Controversies. This took place on 4 and 6 December and was dedicated to the history of Bielefeld University with a range of focuses.
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