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23 September 2005

Beyond the Mortarboard: Hip Headgear for Academics

Opening of a small fashion show on spectacular and functional headgear for freshly-minted doctores at 11 a.m. on October 11 at the Kirchhoff Institute of Physics — Cordial invitation to the media

For a research university of Heidelberg's standing the award of doctoral degrees is obviously a central concern. Oddly enough, however, there is no "official" headgear as part of the traditional paraphernalia to mark the recipients' arrival in the world of academe. Accordingly, there are a large number of "work groups" investing a great deal of ingenuity in dreaming up very individual headgear for their freshly-minted doctores. In physics this activity can look back on a long and venerable tradition and in many cases the resulting headgear boasts not only a wealth of profound symbolism but also genuine functionality, boosted by intricate electronic control systems. In a sense they represent small-scale experiments in a cranial setting.

In the northern foyer of the Kirchhoff Institute of Physics (Im Neuenheimer Feld 227, 69120 Heidelberg) a small fashion show will be opening its doors at 11 a.m. on October 11. Spectacular and functional academic headgear will be demonstrated by the owners on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition. We extend a cordial invitation to the media to cover this mind-blowing event.

Please address any inquiries to:
Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meyer
Kirchhoff Institute of Physics
phone: 06221/549831 or 549830, fax: 549839

Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310, fax: 54317

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