“summa cum laude” – The Kiel University Campusfest

(from the left) The Jubilee project team, University President Professor Lutz Kipp and those responsible for the programme from the individual festival areas presented the diverse festival programme “summa cum laude” on 5 May.
Photo/Copyright: Jürgen Haacks, CAU

Kiel University will be holding its first “summa cum laude“ Campusfest on Friday 22 May, 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 state university in three festival areas along Olshausenstraße. “On this day we are going to join with the general public, members of the university and all the university’s alumni in a relaxed and friendly birthday party” stated Professor Lutz Kipp, President of the university. He went on to emphasise that "Everybody from all around are warmly invited to come along and experience the many different sides to the university. This day is also a wonderful opportunity for all alumni and alumnae to visit and rediscover their Alma Mater again.”

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, or they can test how much they really know about German at the Institute of German Studies booth. At the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food Science booth, a range of jubilee drinks developed by students can be sampled, or in the display arranged by the Zoological Museum visitors will have the opportunity to investigate the teeth of a number of animal species and so learn something about evolution and biodiversity in the animal kingdom.

In the foyer of the Audimax itself the exhibition "Future Ocean Dialogue" will receive its German premiere at the Campusfest. Important research issues being explored by Kiel-based marine researchers will be clearly and light-heartedly explained here. For example, exhibits are devoted to such subjects as sustainable fishing, climate change, ocean observation, rubbish in the sea, ocean acidification or marine raw materials. School pupils can experience the Campusfest in guided tours through the exhibition free of charge, or can listen to lectures on marine science topics. Advance registration is necessary for this under: info@forschungs-werkstatt.de. The exhibition will also be open from 26 to 29 May. School groups can also register in advance for a guided tour of the exhibition during this additional period. "Marine research is a major assignment from society to science" explained Friederike Balzereit from the cluster of excellence ‘The Future Ocean’. "Speaking to the public is therefore of particular concern to the Kiel-based marine researchers."

Exclusive tours with guides from the City Guide team at 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 Stand located in the tent on the Audimax forecourt is necessary on the day.

The Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein (Students Union) and cooperation partners will be looking after the visitors with their jubilee food and drink products. Refreshments range from wok dishes to Bratwurst, steak cooked on a swing grill and, for those with a sweet tooth, waffles and lemonade. And the jubilee products such as the Christian-Albrechts-Secco, the Christian-Albrechts-Beer or the jubilee muffin must not be forgotten. A special birthday present is being provided by the Bäckerei Günther – in auditorium building CAP3 a 3.5 metre long strawberry cake is waiting to be eaten by hungry visitors. Bäckerei Günther is donating the proceeds of the cake sale towards the university's jubilee celebrations. "We are delighted with this special birthday cake", said Anne Waller, university jubilee project manager. "We would like to express our thanks to the Bäckerei Günther and the other cooperation partners for their outstanding commitment and their imaginative products and campaigns surrounding the university's 350th anniversary."

The Studentenwerk has arranged a cultural offering around the Sechseckbau with performances and interactive events, for example, improvisation theatre, stunts, juggling, stand-up comedy and showings of historic films made between 1946 and 2000 about Kiel University. The various items in the programme will be presented and accompanied by Campusradio. On the adjacent open space the Graduate School "Human Development in Landscapes" will be presenting a fascinating programme about the megalith burial site which will be constructed there on 14 May using New Stone Age technology.

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 extensive sports programme. "We look forward to meeting everyone who likes to exercise or who just wants to try out something new", explained Bernd Lange, Head of the University Sports Centre, who hopes for many motivated visitors.

Behind the Sports Centre students will be presenting the "350 Years, 350 Steps and 350 Decibels" festival. On 3 days starting on 21 May, 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 Sports Centre will be holding a cell typing campaign for the German Stem Cell Donor File, supported by the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH). "We are hoping for a big response to our cell typing campaign and the run so that at the end of the day we will have a large collection of cell types as well as a large sum to present to the hospice" said Cornelia Mittermaier from the student body of the Faculty of Medicine.

Kiel 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 and can also browse in the book stacks. There will be more playful events in a craft room for children from 6 to 14 years old and also during the "book bingo" and guessing games when fantastic prizes can be won. 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. Dr Else Wischermann, Director of the University Library, will be happy to welcome anyone who is interested to the library. "We want to overcome any reservations that people have about libraries and books and familiarise people with our work. And this year the University Library is also 350 years old – which is something we too want to celebrate."

The Graduate Center will also be celebrating a small jubilee at the Campusfest. 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 Science 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. International doctoral candidates will play music from their home countries.

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.

Entrance and participation in the events is free in all the festival areas. All information is available at www.uni-kiel.de/campusfest.

Key facts:

What: “summa cum laude“ – Kiel University’s Campusfest

When: Friday, 22 May 2015, 12 noon to 7 pm

Where: Kiel University campus, 24118 Kiel

Entrance is free

Registrations for the school programme:

Henrike Bratz

Kieler Forschungswerkstatt – ozean:labor