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Federal President Christian Wulff to Address Annual Celebration

Press Release No. 316/2011
12 October 2011
625 Years of Heidelberg University: Commemorative close of anniversary year

Ruperto Carola will host Federal President Christian Wulff on 22 October as the featured speaker for the 2011 Jahresfeier, the traditional annual celebration.  The festive event in the New University will mark the close of the 625th anniversary year of Germany’s oldest university as well as usher in the new academic year. In the presence of Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Science, Theresia Bauer, three outstanding young researchers of Heidelberg University will also be honoured.

The Rector of Heidelberg University, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, will open the festivities in the New University. The Federal President will address the assembly, followed by words of welcome from Minister Bauer and Dr. Eckart Würzner, Lord Mayor of the city of Heidelberg. Prof. Dr. Bernd Schneidmüller, Director of the Department of History, Dr. Ingrid Lohmann, research group head of the “Cellular Networks” Cluster of Excellence, and Martin Wagner, student and representative of the Departmental Student Committee Conference of Heidelberg University, will hold a roundtable discussion on the topic of “How much research does education need?”. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung editor Heike Schmoll will moderate.

This year’s recipients of the Klaus-Georg and Sigrid Hengstberger Prize are Associate Professor Dr. Isabelle Bekeredjian-Ding from the Department for Infectious Diseases, Dr. Stefanie Höhl from the Institute of Psychology, and Dr. Jivanta Schöttli from the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University. The three awards are endowed with 12,500 euros each. The prize monies are to be used for the recipients to hold symposia at the International Science Forum (IWH).
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