Thank you for your exemplary service!
Without the dedication of countless volunteers, the university’s day-to-day operations and the constant development of all that it offers would simply not be the same. The work the volunteers do is as varied as the volunteers themselves. Students, former students, retirees and many others enrich university life in many areas, including through:
- Helping foreign students to navigate administrative channels,
- Assisting visiting scientists and academics in the university guest house,
- Supervising in the different reference libraries,
- Participating in museum work.
To express its gratitude to the volunteers, the rectorate organises an appreciation event every year where experiences can be shared, old contacts renewed, and new contacts made.
Egyptian Collection, 24 May 2012
The volunteers of Heidelberg University gathered for the fifth time to enjoy an event in their honour. After a tour of the Egyptian Collection and the Uruk-Warka Collection featuring elucidating commentary from Dr. Faltings, Ms. Barany, and Prof. Dr. Hilgert, the guests were welcomed in the Marstall by Prof. Dr. Sonntag, Vice Rector for Quality Development. A cordial dinner followed to round off the evening. Photo Gallery. [Top]
Botanical Garden - 14 October 2010
The fourth event to honour the volunteers was again held at the Botanical Garden. First Prof. Dr. Marcus Koch, Hans-Peter Janz, Dr. Andreas Franzke, Dr. Roswitha Schmickl and Christof Nikolaus Schröder led the volunteers on an engaging, in-depth tour through the rich plant world of the Botanical Garden, where they learned all manner of new things about mangroves, insectivores, succulents, and other plants. The evening continued at “Chez Pierre”, where after being welcomed by Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Friederike Nüssel, the guests could partake of the culinary delights and socialize. [Top]
Institute for Geosciences - 9 July 2009
The third event to honour the volunteers led them back in time to the beginning of the human race. Dr. Johanna Kontny, graduate geologist Kristina Eck and Dr. Graciela Guissani de Khan gave captivated listeners short presentations on the history of human evolution, highlighting “Homo heidelbergensis” in particular, and discussed the 50 million years of the Triassic period, an epoch in geologic history that was definitive for the Heidelberg region. The convivial evening rounded off with light refreshment. [Top]
Great Hall of the Old University – 10 July 2008
The history of the university was the focus of the second volunteer appreciation event. Guests were able to immerse themselves in the history of the university during a tour through the University Museum, the Student Prison, and the Great Hall of the Old University, informatively led by Prof. Moritz, Dr. Prückner and Ms. Lagemann. Afterwards the guests were welcomed by Rector Prof. Eitel in the Marstall courtyard, where perfect weather prevailed over a leisurely close to the evening. [Top]
Botanical Garden – 23 July 2007
The first volunteer appreciation event found the volunteers in the Botanical Garden. After a tour through the conservatories and the grounds, the guests enjoyed light refreshment in the unique atmosphere of the large conservatory and spent some time getting to know one another. The inauguration of the sun umbrellas, which were officially handed over to the Botanical Garden thanks to a donation by the honorary citizens of Heidelberg University, was (ironically) rained out.