Leipzig University has been making history for over 600 years. Read about the most important historical milestones of one of Germany’s oldest universities, from its foundation in 1409 to the opening in 2017 of the Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul. The selected milestones in the University’s history reflect six centuries of political and social change.
Milestones in the University’s history
Find out more about the history of Leipzig University in the university archives and in the five-volume work, spanning more than 4500 pages, that charts the history of the University and of science in Leipzig.
A ceremony is held to open Leipzig University’s Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul.
Professor Beate Schücking is the first woman in the history of the University to take up the office of rector.
The Neues Augusteum is presented on 2 December.
600 years of Leipzig University: the highlight of the anniversary year is a ceremony on 2 December with an address by then Federal President Horst Köhler.
After German reunification, the University reverts to the name Universität Leipzig and returns to the faculty structure.
Many members of the University demonstrate for freedom and civil rights on the streets of Leipzig. Students establish a democratically legitimate students’ union.
The new main buildung and the Universitätshochhaus of Karl Marx University are inaugurated.
The SED-led city authorities order the demolition of St. Paul’s university church.
The Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) opts to change the University’s name to Karl-Marx-Universität Leipzig.
The University is reopened in a ceremony in the Capitol, a former cinema.
National Socialism paralyses intellectual life in Leipzig. Many employees and students are dismissed, imprisoned or killed.
Werner Heisenberg is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Paul Flechsig is awarded the first professorship for brain research in Germany.
Wilhelm Wundt opens the world’s first institute of experimental psychology at Leipzig University.
Inauguration of the new Augusteum on Augustusplatz designed by Arwed Rossbach
Germany’s first scholarly journal, Acta Eruditorum, is published in Leipzig.
Matriculation of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Duke Maurice of Saxony transfers the former Dominican monastery to the University as the Collegium Paulinum. This along with other material support makes Leipzig one of the wealthiest universities in the Holy Roman Empire.
Foundation of Leipzig University Library
The Reformation marks the beginning of a new phase in the history of the University. The work of Rector Caspar Borner and humanist Joachim Camerarius is tantamount to the founding of a new university.
Leipzig Debate: the disputation between theologian Johann Eck and the reformers Luther, Karlstadt and Melanchthon marks the nascent break between Rome and the Lutherans.
The Universität Leipzig is founded on 2 December by masters and scholars from Prague.
Chronicle of Leipzig University – 2009 to the present day
The history of Leipzig University is continuing. Every year, the University is shaped by important events, honours and awards as well as new political and social developments. A selection of the most important milestones from 2009 to the present day provides a concise overview. You can find more details in our ongoing chronicles in the download area, which summarise all of a particular year’s events.
10 January 2018
Professor Ulrike Köhl becomes head of the UKL Institute of Clinical Immunology and the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI.
16 January 2018
The Senate elects Stefanie Weinberg (Faculty of Law) as Commissioner for Top-Level Sport. Her deputy is Thomas Borchert, Junior Professor of Empirical Educational Research in Sport. Nicola Klöß and Birgit Jähnichen are confirmed as Commissioner for Environmental Protection and Commissioner for Foreign Students and Researchers respectively.
18 January 2018
Visit by Saxon Minister President Michael Kretschmer: in addition to talks with the Rectorate, he visits the Innovation Center for Computer-Assisted Surgery (ICCAS). Together with Dr Eva-Maria Stange and Christian Piwarz, he meets teachers and students from the field of teacher training.
24 January 2018
The Psychotherapeutic University Outpatient Clinic for Children and Young People at Leipzig University is opened. The outpatient clinic is part of the interdisciplinary Leipzig Research Center for Early Childhood Development (LFE).
4 February 2018—13 February 2018
A delegation from Leipzig University led by Rector Professor Beate Schücking travels to Boston (USA) and the Cuban capital Havana.
17 February 2018
Professor Daniel Huster of the Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics of Leipzig University receives the prestigious Thomas E. Thompson Award for his innovative research in the field of membrane biophysics.
20 February 2018
Seventeen partners from university medicine, research and the private sector launch the medical informatics project “Smart Medical Information Technology for Healthcare (SMITH)”.
9 March 2018
Professor Annette Beck-Sickinger receives the Albrecht Kossel Prize of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), endowed with 7500 euros, for her research in the field of biochemistry.
14 March 2018
The City of Mannheim and the Bibliographisches Institut in Berlin present Professor Christian Fandrych of Leipzig University’s Herder Institute with the Konrad Duden Prize, endowed with 12,500 euros.
15 March 2018
Scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research travel to the Arctic. As part of the PAMARCMiP project, they spend four weeks measuring changes in sea ice and the atmosphere between Greenland and Svalbard.
10 April 2018
Leipzig University extends its partnership with Vanderbilt University in Nashville (USA) for a further ten years. Between 2017 and 2021, the American Max Kade Foundation will support the exchange by providing 50,000 dollars (approximately 40,000 euros) annually.
11 April 2018
The Confucius Institute Leipzig celebrates its tenth anniversary. Hans van Ess, Professor of Sinology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, gives the keynote speech.
13 April 2018
Ground-breaking ceremony for the new research building of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig (iDiv). Minister President Michael Kretschmer, Minister of Science Dr Eva-Maria Stange and Rector Professor Beate Schücking are among those present.
Martin Grunwald of the Paul Flechsig Institute for Brain Research receives the Austrian Science Book Prize 2018 for his non-fiction work Homo hapticus.
17 April 2018
By founding the “Leipzig Science Network” (LSN), 15 Leipzig science and higher education institutions initiate the establishment of a science network for the Leipzig region. The association aims to extend and combine collaborations.
26 April 2018
The Faculty of Law celebrates the 25th anniversary of its re-establishment with a ceremony in the Paulinum. Guests of honour are Saxon Minister of Justice Sebastian Gemkow and the former Minister President Professor Kurt Biedenkopf.
8 May 2018
Philosopher James Ferguson Conant is awarded Germany’s most valuable research prize, the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship.
14 May 2018
475 years of Leipzig University Library. The director of Leipzig University Library, Professor Ulrich Johannes Schneider, invites guests to an anniversary lecture in the Bibliotheca Albertina.
16 May 2018
Inaugural lecture of the new Leibniz Professor İştar Gözaydın Savaşır via Skype. Having recently been arrested and held in custody, she was acquitted in March 2018.
30 May 2018
St. Paul’s university church was demolished 50 years ago. In addition to a memorial and thanksgiving service, the programme held at the Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul includes a concert with a world premiere and a scientific colloquium.
8 June 2018
Thomas de Maizière is made an honorary professor of Leipzig University in the field of State and Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law.
12 June 2018
The Senate passes the University Development Plan (HEP) until 2025. The HEP outlines the development of Leipzig University in the coming years in the areas of teaching, research, transfer, personnel and infrastructure.
13 June 2018
Founding ceremony for the Leipzig Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research (HI-MAG) at the Rotes Haus in Leipzig
25 June 2018
The historical Victoriahaus greenhouse is reopened in the Botanical Garden.
28 June 2018
The second round of the LIFE Adult Study begins: follow-up examinations until 2020 continue the largest epidemiological study of modern diseases in Saxony.
1 January 2017
The German Research Foundation pledges 14 million euros to fund the Collaborative Research Centre 1052 “Obesity Mechanisms” for a further four years.
26 January 2017
Ceremonial inauguration of the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe – Global Area” in the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig, with welcoming addresses by the President of the Leibniz Association Professor Matthias Kleiner, Saxon State Minister for Science and the Arts Dr Eva-Maria Stange, and Rector Professor Beate Schücking
31 January 2017
Professor Beate Schücking is re-elected Rector of Leipzig University in the third round of voting by the Extended Senate, with a majority of 44 of the 78 votes cast.
8 February 2017
The newly founded Center for Research in Financial Communication (CRiFC) begins its work at Leipzig University.
13 February 2017
The Faculty of Medicine awards an honorary doctorate to Professor Matthias Tschöp, Director of the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity at the Helmholtz Zentrum München.
2 March 2017
The University Library organises its first evening dedicated to students who have put off doing their coursework, staying open and offering a wide range of of lectures.
23 March 2017—26 March 2017
Adopting the joint motto of “Forum Unibund 2017: Reformation as Message”, at Leipzig Book Fair the Universities of Halle, Jena and Leipzig organise lectures and panel discussions to present research projects on the subject of the Reformation.
11 April 2017
The Academic Senate elects the three Vice-Rectors: the cognitive psychologist Professor Erich Schröger is the new Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics. Educational scientist Professor Thomas Hofsäss and economist Professor Thomas Lenk are re-elected as Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs and as Vice-Rector for Development and Transfer respectively.
19 April 2017
The new Leibniz Professor Stefan Th. Gries of the University of California, Santa Barbara, gives his inaugural lecture entitled “On the role and use of quantitative methods in linguistics”.
28 April 2017
The Rector of Leipzig University, Professor Beate Schücking, is formally inducted into her second term of office in the Auditorium maximum.
26 May 2017
The German Research Foundation approves 10 million euros for a third funding period for the Transregio 67 Collaborative Research Centre “Functional Biomaterials for Controlling Healing Processes in Bone and Skin”.
29 May 2017
Minister President Stanislaw Tillich presents the Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony to Professor Evamarie Hey-Hawkins of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry and to Professor Annette Beck-Sickinger of the Institute of Biochemistry.
9 June 2017
Minister President Stanislaw Tillich visits Leipzig University, finding out about current research projects at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig (iDiv) and talking with scientists about their application proposals for the Excellence Strategy.
13 June 2017
The Innovation Center for Computer-Assisted Surgery (ICCAS) presents the “Intelligent Operating Room” and the “Digital Patient Model” to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Digital Summit 2017 in Ludwigshafen.
15 June 2017
In the Auditorium maximum, Rector Professor Beate Schücking and Dr Madlen Mammen, Head of the Department of University Communications, present the main features of Leipzig University’s new corporate design.
25 June 2017—30 June 2017
Josef Heiland, doctoral student at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry, takes part in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for Chemistry in Lindau on Lake Constance.
30 June 2017
Dr Eva-Maria Stange, Saxon Minister of Science, pays tribute to the nutriCARD Competence Cluster as a flagship project of the Halle-Jena-Leipzig Central German University Alliance during a visit to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
3 July 2017
First university action day for inclusion under the motto “Inclusion included?!” on the Augustusplatz campus. Opening by Uwe Gaul, State Secretary of the State Ministry of Science and the Arts, and Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs Professor Thomas Hofsäss in the presence of Rector Professor Beate Schücking.
22 August 2017—26 August 2017
Benjamin Larin, doctoral student at the Institute for Theoretical Economics, takes part in the 6th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Economic Sciences.
23 August 2017
Construction completion ceremony and official handover of the Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul to Leipzig University. Federal Minister of Education and Research Professor Johanna Wanka, Minister President Stanislaw Tillich and Minister of Finance Professor Georg Unland pay tribute to the significance of the largest new university building since German reunification.
1 September 2017
The European Union, the Free State of Saxony and the project partners pledge 1.4 million euros to continue funding the joint self-management initiative SMILE for a further three years.
20 September 2017
Saxon Minister of Education Brunhild Kurth presents Leipzig University with the Innovation Prize for Continuing Education.
27 September 2017
Opening of the University Centre for Health Services Research (UZVF) at the Faculty of Medicine
1 October 2017
Leipzig University’s Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology is renamed the Faculty of Life Sciences. The Institute of Pharmacy moves to the Faculty of Medicine.
For the first time, a Bertolt Brecht Visiting Professorship is established at the Centre of Competence for Theatre as a joint project between the University and the city.
5 October 2017
The members of the University Council unanimously elect Dr Hans-Gerhard Husung, former State Secretary for Science and Research in the Berlin Senate Administration, as the new chairman of Leipzig University Council.
11 October 2017
Matriculation ceremony in the Gewandhaus: 7633 students commence their studies at Leipzig University.
23 October 2017
The new Leibniz Professor Dr Ingolf U. Dalferth of Claremont Graduate University, USA, gives his inaugural lecture entitled “Freedom of religion – on freedom as fiction and faith as illusion”.
24 October 2017
The German Library Association (dbv) and the Deutsche Telekom Foundation award the National Library Prize, endowed with 20,000 euros, to Leipzig University Library.
1 November 2017
In November 2017 the Graduate School “Leipzig School of Natural Sciences – Building with Molecules and Nano-objects (BuildMoNa)” celebrates its tenth anniversary.
13 November 2017—18 November 2017
Ohio University and Leipzig University celebrate 25 years of cooperation during Ohio University International Education Week.
30 November 2017
In memory of the fate of Jewish doctors in the Third Reich, 36 pavement plaques and two ‘thresholds’ by the artist Gunter Demnig are officially laid in the Liebigstraße medical district.
1 December 2017
A ceremony is held to formally open the Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul. Addresses are given by Saxon Minister President Stanislaw Tillich, Saxony’s State Minister for Science and the Arts Dr Eva-Maria Stange, Mayor Burkhard Jung and Rector Professor Beate Schücking. Professor Dan Diner of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem gives the keynote speech on the topic “Places of remembrance”. Architect Erick van Egeraat speaks on the topic “Memories of the future”.
3 December 2017
Celebratory service to inaugurate St. Paul’s university church. First academic university service in the Paulinum with state bishop Dr Carsten Rentzing, university preacher Professor Peter Zimmerling and the members of the convent of preachers
4 December 2017
Dies academicus marking the 608th anniversary of Leipzig University with a ceremony and academic lectures in the Paulinum, cake in the Neues Augusteum and academic events at the faculties
• The Faculty of Theology awards an honorary doctorate to Professor Volker Gerhard of Humboldt University of Berlin.
• Student Itziar Aldecoa Tamayo receives this year’s prize from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Central Germany’s first Medical Didactics Centre is officially opened at the Faculty of Medicine.
14 December 2017
The German Research Foundation awards Professor László Székelyhidi of the Institute of Mathematics the Leibniz Prize 2018, endowed with 2.5 million euros, for his important research in the theory of partial differential equations.
19 January 2016
Dr Mikail Eremtes from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, receives an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences.
3 February 2016
US Ambassador John B. Emerson visits Leipzig University and gives a lecture at the Bibliotheca Albertina.
1 March 2016
The Leipzig Health Atlas on the scientific use of biomedical data receives a three-year grant of 2.15 million euros from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
30 March 2016—1 April 2016
The German Communication Association celebrates 100 years of communication science with an international annual conference at Leipzig University.
8 April 2016
The Leipzig Science Prize, endowed with 20,000 euros, is awarded to Professor Annette G. Beck-Sickinger of the Institute of Biochemistry, and Professor Manfred Rudersdorf of the Department of History.
18 April 2016
The German Science Council rates the supra-regional impact of Leipzig University’s Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO) as excellent, in its statement on the Centre’s admission to the Leibniz Association.
1 May 2016
The Pro-Detekt founding team from the Centre for Biotechnology and Biomedicine (BBZ) enters the incubation phase at the Life Science Incubator (LSI) in Saxony, receiving funding of almost 1.39 million euros for the next 2.5 years.
11 May 2016
The new Leibniz Professor Maria Rosa Antognazza gives her inaugural lecture entitled “Theory and praxis in Leibniz’s theological thought”.
12 May 2016
Celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of the reopening of the Egyptian Museum – Georg Steindorff
13 May 2016
To mark the 700th anniversary of Charles University in Prague, Rector Professor Beate Schücking gives a speech on the topic “Freedom from the government”.
25 May 2016—29 May 2016
Academics from Leipzig University give lectures as they take part in the 100th German Catholic Convention in Leipzig.
1 June 2016
Professor Claudia Luck-Sikorski of the Faculty of Medicine is the first German scientist to receive the New Investigator Award from the European Association for the Study of Obesity.
22 June 2016
Ski jumping world champion and Olympic champion Martin Schmitt receives his certificate as the best in his year group on the first bachelor’s programme in Sports Science at Leipzig University.
24 June 2016—25 June 2016
Around 300 people attend the fourth international alumni meeting at Leipzig University. The opening speech is given by patron Professor Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research.
4 July 2016
The German Research Foundation decides to continue funding the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig for a further four years with 36.4 million euros.
8 July 2016
On the occasion of Christopher Street Day, Rector Professor Beate Schücking, Vice-Rector Professor Thomas Hofsäss and Commissioner for Equal Opportunities Georg Teichert hoist rainbow flags in front of the Neues Augusteum. The Rector signs the Diversity Charter.
4 August 2016
On his 90th birthday, Professor Armin Meisel is made an honorary senator of Leipzig University for services to the University.
6 August 2016
Four top athletes from Leipzig University compete at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
15 August 2016
Leipzig University has advanced to become one of the 200 best universities in the world: in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016, the so-called Shanghai Ranking, it is ranked between 151 and 200, making it one of the top 14 in Germany.
17 August 2016
Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe and the Saxon State Minister for Social Affairs and Consumer Protection Barbara Klepsch visit the Innovation Center for Computer-Assisted Surgery (ICCAS).
20 August 2016
Children’s party with State Minister Dr Eva-Maria Stange marking five years of LIFE Child at the Faculty of Medicine
13 September 2016
Leipzig University and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theatre (HMT) conclude a cooperation agreement on linking their study programmes and resources.
19 September 2016
Colloquium celebrating 100 years of the Institute of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine with the unveiling of the memorial plaque dedicated to Rudolf Schönheimer, the institute’s new namesake
19 September 2016
Mayor Burkhard Jung and the Dean of the Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology Professor Erich Schröger inaugurate the first Leipzig monument to the founder of modern psychology, Wilhelm Wundt.
22 September 2016
Grand opening of the Leipzig Research Center for Early Childhood Development as part of the 50th congress of the German Society for Psychology in Leipzig
1 October 2016
As part of a Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the Institute of Computer Science, the first bachelor’s degree course in digital humanities in the eastern German states begins.
1 October 2016
The university starts the second funding phase of the Teaching Quality Pact and continues the project “StiL- Studying in Leipzig”.
5 October 2016
Leipzig University and Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) sign a new cooperation agreement.
8 October 2016
Queen Silvia of Sweden attends a conference on child abuse at the Auditorium maximum, which is organised by the World Childhood Foundation she founded.
12 October 2016
Matriculation ceremony in the Gewandhaus. New record number of first-semester students: more than 7500 students commence their studies at Leipzig University.
27 October 2016
Grand opening of the Centre of Competence for Theatre at the Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Studies
11 November 2016
The German Research Foundation pledges more than 4.4 million euros to continue funding “Quantitative Logics and Automata”, a joint Research Training Group of the TU Dresden and Leipzig University, for the next 4.5 years.
14 November 2016
To mark the 300th anniversary of the death of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, the City of Leipzig, Leipzig University and the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences commemorate the great scholar and universal scientist in a public ceremony.
18 November 2016
Official opening of the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe – Global Area” led by Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) and the Centre for Area Studies (CAS) of Leipzig University
23 November 2016
The Faculty of Philology awards an honorary doctorate to Professor Michael Tomasello, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (MPI).
1 December 2016
The Universities of Leipzig, Halle-Wittenberg, Jena and Erfurt found a joint research forum named “Forum for the Study of the Global Condition”.
Celebration on the eve of the Dies academicus: Professor Jan Hendrik Olbertz, former President of the Humboldt University of Berlin, gives the keynote speech, entitled “Taking Leibniz online – how ‘digital’ can education be?”.
• Award of the University Medal to Professor Reinhard Welter (Faculty of Law), Gabriele Förster (Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy), Professor Lothar Beyer (Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy) and Brigitte Kempe-Stecher (freelance curator)
• Award of the Theodor Litt Prize to PD Dr Christoph Lübbers (Faculty of Medicine) and Dr Sebastian Herrmann (Faculty of Philology)
• Award of the Wolfgang Natonek Prize to the student Ruth Ricarda Theobald (Faculty of Philology)
• Award of the DAAD Prize to the Iranian Shafagh Aghaei, master’s student in Musicology
1 January 2015
Together with three other universities and more than 30 companies, Leipzig University launches the world’s largest research programme on corporate communications entitled “Value Creating Communication”.
7 January 2015
In a joint statement, the rectors of Leipzig’s universities reject intolerant and xenophobic ideas. Rector Professor Beate Schücking invites people to the first Donnerstagsdiskurs, a panel discussion about cosmopolitan universities, in the Auditorium maximum.
26 January 2015—27 January 2015
To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, a symposium on the Holocaust and its significance for Judaism and Christianity, organised by the Faculty of Theology and Bar-Ilan University in Israel, is held in the New Senate Hall.
16 February 2015
Professor Birgit Dräger takes up her post as Head of Administration and Finance at Leipzig University. The pharmacist is the first woman to head the University’s administration.
16 February 2015—27 February 2015
The new swallow’s nest organ is installed in the Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul.
1 March 2015
Leipzig University is involved in the new programme “German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure” (de.NBI), for which the Federal Ministry of Education and Research will provide 22 million euros in funding by 2020.
11 March 2015
Publication of the first issue of Leipzig University’s magazine LUMAG Forschung, with the main topic “Sustainable foundations for life and health”.
Inauguration of UNiKAT, the new children’s day-care facility in the University Foundation building on Linnéstraße
31 March 2015
Ceremonial inauguration of the fresco walkway in the Neues Augusteum
A German-Egyptian excavation team from the Egyptian Museum of Leipzig University and the Egyptian Ministry of State Antiquities in Cairo discover a fragment of a large royal statue made of rose granite (1213—1203 BC) and seven basalt reliefs dating back approximately 2400 years.
13 April 2015
During a study trip with a Leipzig delegation to Vietnam and Taiwan, Rector Professor Beate Schücking visits several universities and signs an agreement for an exchange of students and scientists with National Chengchi University in Taipei, Republic of China.
27 April 2015
Inauguration of Professor Birgit Dräger as the new Head of Administration and Finance at Leipzig University in the Bibliotheca Albertina
27 April 2015
The Saxon State Rectors’ Conference decides to continue the Higher Education Didactics Centre Saxony (HDS), to which Leipzig University belongs along with eleven other higher education institutions, for a further five years.
26 May 2015
Funded by the German Research Foundation, the journal Digital Classics Online – the world’s first peer-reviewed journal on an open-access basis – goes online at Leipzig University.
30 May 2015
During a ceremony to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the demolition of St. Paul’s university church, a bronze model of the former church building is officially unveiled and presented to the public.
3 June 3015
The renowned political scientist Scarlett Cornelissen from Stellenbosch University in Cape Town gives her inaugural lecture as a new Leibniz Professor in the Old Senate Hall.
4 June 2015
Academics from Leipzig University take to the stage to offer entertaining insights into their research topics during the “1000 Years of Leipzig” festival.
30 June 2015
The German Research Foundation decides to fund the research project “Integrated Chemical Micro Laboratories” coordinated by Leipzig University, providing two million euros for the next three years.
1 July 2015
The new “Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times: The Construct of Autonomous Decision Making and Interdependencies” (RIAB) at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel begins its work.
2 July 2015
The Faculty of Sport Science opens an exercise laboratory with 500,000 euros in EU ERDF funding.
10 July 2015
The 600th anniversary celebrations of the Faculty of Medicine at Leipzig University begin with a ceremony in the Neues Augusteum in the presence of the Saxon Minister of State for Science and the Arts Dr Eva-Maria Stange and Mayor Burkhard Jung. On Augustusplatz, a medical-themed interactive circuit offers playful and experimental insights into the latest research, teaching and patient care.
14 July 2015
Foundation of the Centre for Drug Safety (ZAMS) as a joint institution of the University Hospital and the Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology
15 July 2015
Concluding a cooperation agreement for the next five years, Rector Professor Beate Schücking and Rector Christa Neuper confirm the long-standing partnership between the Universities of Leipzig and Graz.
14 August 2015
The Ernst Grube Hall on the Faculty of Sports Science campus is made available as emergency accommodation for 500 asylum seekers.
29 August 2015
The Innovation Center for Computer-Assisted Surgery (ICCAS) celebrates its tenth anniversary with a symposium.
21 September 2015
Leipzig University activates an online platform for academics who have fled their home country.
9 October 2015
First InstaTour for new students and anyone else who is interested at Leipzig University. Currently under construction, the Paulinum is open to visitors.
14 October 2015
Matriculation ceremony in the Gewandhaus. The speech is given by Dr Volker Rodekamp, Director of the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum in Leipzig, on the topic “1000 Years of Leipzig. On the history, tradition and identities of a modern city”. New record number of first-semester students: 7300 students commence their studies at Leipzig University.
19 October 2015
250th anniversary of the enrolment of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, who, at his father’s request, begins studying law in Leipzig.
4 November 2015
Leipzig University, the University Hospital and the company Herzzentrum Leipzig GmbH sign a new cooperation agreement.
11 November 2015
Professor James Conant, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago and new Leibniz Professor, gives his inaugural lecture entitled “Thomas Kuhn on the difference between puzzles and problems” in the Old Senate Hall.
The interdisciplinary research group “Integrated Chemical Micro Laboratories”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with 2 million euros, begins its work at the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy.
15 November 2015
Directed by David Timm, the University Choir is responsible for music at the central event held to observe Volkstrauertag in the Bundestag. The event is held under the auspices of Bundestag President Norbert Lammert.
19 November 2015
The German Research Foundation approves two new Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs), “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” and TR 172 “Arctic Climate Change”, as well as the third funding phase of the CRC “Functionality of Oxide Interfaces”.
2 December 2015
Dies academicus marking the 606th birthday of Leipzig University. Ceremony in the Auditorium maximum: Professor Florian Steger gives the keynote speech on the topic of “Medical-historical places of remembrance in Central Germany”. The Rector accepts the “Fairtrade University” certificate from the TransFair association.
Award of the Theodor Litt Prize to Professor Ulf Papenfuß (Faculty of Economics and Management Science), award of the Wolfgang Natonek Prize to the students Friederike Zühl (Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology) and Julia Heine (Faculty of Philology), award of the DAAD Prize to Jansen Dwan from the USA, student on the International Physics Studies Program
16 December 2015
The Institute for Infrastructure and Resource Management (IIRM) Leipzig holds a ceremony to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
21 January 2014
The Academic Senate appoints Professor Margret Wintermantel, President of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), as a new member of the University Council.
31 January 2014
Opening of a fresco walkway leading from the Neues Augusteum to the lecture hall building, with 15th and 16th-century murals from the former Dominican monastery.
11 February 2014
The Senate adopts nine research profile areas:
• Global Connections and Comparisons
• Contested Order
• Language and Culture in a Digital Age
• Brain Dynamics
• Molecular and Cellular Communication in Therapy and Diagnostics
• Modern Diseases: Causes and Consequences
• Sustainable Systems and Biodiversity
• Complex Matter
• Mathematical and Computational Sciences
3 March 2014—7 March 2014
Leipzig University is honoured at the March meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) in Denver, Colorado: Professor Josef Käs is named an APS Fellow.
12 March 2014
The University Council welcomes its new member, Professor Knut Löschke, appointed by the Saxon State Ministry of Science and the Arts.
19 March 2014—20 March 2014
Together with other partners from politics, science and business, Leipzig University organises the third European Data Forum (EDF) in Athens.
9 April 2014
Ruprecht Eser, veteran ZDF broadcaster, gives his inaugural lecture as Honorary Professor of Television Journalism at Leipzig University.
22 April 2014—23 May 2014
Polar expedition in Inuvik in Northern Canada to study Arctic clouds under the leadership of the Leipzig Institute for Meteorology
13 May 2014
The Academic Senate elects Professor Thomas Hofsäss as Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs. The Senate supports the demands of the nationwide alliance Kürzer geht’s nicht, set up in response to cuts in higher education, and adopts a declaration in which it asks the Saxon state parliament to revise its decision to cut 1042 jobs in higher education.
26 May 2014
As part of the first annual conference on making higher education more compatible with family life at the Leibniz University in Hanover, Leipzig University and other universities sign the “Family and University” charter.
1 June 2014
The Centre for Area Studies is to be funded for another two years thanks to one million euros from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
20 June 2014
Topping-out ceremony for Leipzig University’s new children’s day-care facility on Linnéstraße
20 June 2014—21 June 2014
The Ibero-American Research Centre of Leipzig (IARCUL) celebrates its 20th anniversary with a ceremony and a colloquium.
24 June 2014
Presentation of the Parzival fragment discovered in July, one of the earliest surviving manuscripts of Wolfram von Eschenbach’s poetry, in the Bibliotheca Albertina
25 June 2014
Large demonstration at Augustusplatz initiated by the Leipzig University Student Council against cuts in higher education
27 June 2014—29 June 2014
Around 700 people attend the third international alumni meeting at Leipzig University. Ahead of the event, the University holds its first alumni academy.
8 July 2014
The Saxon State Ministry of Science and the Arts appoints academic administrator Dr Josef Lange as a new member of the University Council.
13 July 2014
Leipzig University Orchestra gives a concert in the Gewandhaus to mark its tenth anniversary.
14 July 2014—25 July 2014
Students occupy the Rectorate in protest against job cuts and institute closures. On 17 July, professors and students hand over an online petition to protect Theatre Studies to Rector Professor Beate Schücking.
1 August 2014
The Saxon State Ministry of Science and the Arts appoints Oliver Grimm, Head of Administration and Finance at the “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Academy of Music and Theatre, acting Head of Administration and Finance of Leipzig University for six months.
15 August 2014
The Faculty of Medicine opens the National Cohort Study Centre for Research on Widespread Diseases.
23 August 2014
In an election appeal, 40 professors and research assistants from Leipzig University call for a new higher education policy in Saxony.
22 September 2014
Vice-Rector Professor Thomas Lenk is awarded the honorary medal of the Saxon Court of Auditors.
23 September 2014
Vice-Rector Professor Thomas Hofsäss and Professor Ahmed Anwer Dezaye, President of Salahaddin University, Erbil, Iraq, sign a university agreement.
13 October 2014
The Competence Center for Scalable Data Services and Solutions Dresden/Leipzig, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 5 million euros, begins its work.
15 October 2014
Matriculation ceremony in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus following a record more than 48,000 applicants. 7630 students have enrolled for the winter semester, 942 of them internationals.
21 October 2014
Celebration in the Alte Nikolaischule to mark the 20th anniversary of the reopening of the Museum of Classical Antiquities
22 October 2014
Ceremony in the Felix Klein lecture hall to mark the tenth anniversary of the Centre for Teacher Training and School Research (ZLS)
24 October 2014
The Paulineraltar from the demolished university church of St. Paul returns to Augustusplatz – to the prayer room of the Paulinum. The altar had been installed in St. Thomas’ Church in 1993 on loan from Leipzig University.
28 October 2014
Rector Professor Beate Schücking signs an agreement on extending cooperation with Lomonosov Moscow State University.
6 November 2014—7 November 2014
The Institute of Anthropology celebrates its 100th anniversary with a special programme and a symposium.
7 November 2014
The Herder Institute holds a ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its journal Deutsch als Fremdsprache.
10 November 2014
The new Leibniz Professor John Wilson holds his inaugural lecture, entitled “Beautiful structures in mathematics and music: contributions of Leipzig masters”.
12 November 2014—14 November 2014
18th Theodor Litt Symposium. Dr Daniel Schmidt of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy is awarded the Theodor Litt Prize.
1 December 2014
Ceremony in the Old Senate Hall marking the foundation of the Institute of East Asian Studies 100 years ago
1 December 2014
Leipzig University is awarded the “Internationalisation of Universities” seal at a meeting of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) in Berlin.
2 December 2014
Dies academicus marking the 605th birthday of the University with the laying of an altar foundation stone in the Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul and a ceremony in the Auditorium maximum: Professor Jürgen Häusler, Honorary Professor of Strategic Corporate Communication, gives the keynote speech. The Rector introduces the new word/image trademark for the Paulinum – Assembly Hall and University Church of St. Paul.
Honours: award of the University Medal to Professor Robert Stewart, Ohio University, Athens, award of the Wolfgang Natonek Prize to the students Helena Geißler (Faculty of Economics and Management Science) and Raphael Borchers (Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy), award of the DAAD Prize to Kwabena Obiri Yeboah, Ghana (Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Studies), first presentation of the Ludwig Weickmann Prize in the Old Senate Hall to Dr Zuzana Kruzicová from Charles University Prague and Dr Morelia Urlaub from the University of Southampton
3 December 2014
Foundation of the University Centre for Rare Diseases Leipzig (UZSE Leipzig)
21 January 2013
Inaugural lecture by Leibniz Professor Jean-Pierre Goudaillier of Paris Descartes University entitled “Franco-German parallels? Sociological and sociolinguistic research approaches to linguistic substandards” in the Old Senate Hall
7 March 2013—11 March 2013
Leipzig University Choir gives four guest performances in Rome, with a cappella music from five centuries and the Jazz Mass by the University’s Music Director David Timm.
18 March 2013
The University Library returns 16 volumes belonging to Fernand Raoul Jellinek-Mercedes, looted art from the National Socialist era, to the writer’s heirs.
9 April 2013—10 April 2013
Together with other partners, Leipzig University organises the second European Data Forum (EDF) in Dublin.
12 April 2013
Professor Dan Diner, Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University, receives the Leipzig Science Prize 2013, endowed with 10,000 euros, from the City of Leipzig, Leipzig University and the Saxon Academy of Sciences.
16 April 2013
The Extended Senate adopts the new Basic Regulations of Leipzig University.
3 May 2013
The PEN Centre Germany elects Professor Josef Haslinger, Director of the Institute of German Literature in Leipzig, as its new president.
8 May 2013
Gregory Ralph Crane is awarded Germany’s most valuable research prize (5 million euros), the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, in Berlin.
16 May 2013
Professor Harald Fritzsch is awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences.
29 May 2013
The Faculty of Law celebrates the 20th anniversary of its re-establishment in the Auditorium maximum. Guest speakers are the former Federal Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Dr h.c. Hans-Dietrich Genscher and the former Vice-President of the European Commission Honorary Professor Günter Verheugen.
30 May 2013
Leipzig University holds a public commemoration ceremony to mark the 45th anniversary of the demolition of St. Paul’s university church.
15 June 2013—16 June 2013
Launch of the DAAD and BMZ-funded project of the international SEPT programme “Intelligence for Innovation” (iN4iN Africa) to promote entrepreneurship and technology transfer
24 June 2013
The Universities of Jena, Halle and Leipzig launch a joint mentoring programme for postdoctoral students.
1 July 2013
Head of Human Resources Dr Fritz König assumes the office of Head of Administration and Finance at Leipzig University. The vacant position of Head of Administration and Finance is re-advertised.
5 August 2013
The new Basic Regulations of Leipzig University enter into force.
2 September 2013
The Centre for Biotechnology and Biomedicine (BBZ) celebrates its tenth anniversary together with BioCity Leipzig.
25 September 2013—26 September 2013
The ambassadors of Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria speak at the Global and European Studies Institute (GESI) about the tense relations between their countries.
1 October 2013
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is to provide almost one million euros to fund the further development of transparent transistors at the Institute of Experimental Physics II for three years.
15 October 2013
Matriculation ceremony with a record more than 41,000 study applicants. 7250 new students have enrolled at Leipzig University. Award of the DAAD Prize 2013 to doctoral student Pablo Duarte
18 October 2013
Anniversary Conference “20 Years of Financial Equalisation Negotiations – 20 Years of Public Finance in Leipzig” with Honorary Professor Peer Steinbrück and the founding Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management Science, Professor Bert Rürup, at the Faculty of Economics and Management Science
23 October 2013
Leipzig University organises its first “Day of Teaching” in the Neues Augusteum.
24 October 2013
To mark the founding of the Institute of African Studies 20 years ago on 2 December 1993, Rector Professor Beate Schücking opens a colloquium on African research in Leipzig.
4 November 2013
Following successful application to the HRK’s university internationalisation audit, the audit cycle sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research begins at Leipzig University, with a kick-off meeting with representatives of the German Rectors’ Conference.
8 November 2013—9 November 2013
The Institute for the Study of Culture celebrates its 20th anniversary.
12 November 2013
Zoo Director Dr Jörg Junhold gives his inaugural lecture as Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine entitled “Zoos in the 21st century – stimulating society & science”.
18 November 2013
Leipzig University receives the 2013 Prize for Higher Education Communication for its social media activities. Endowed with 25,000 euros, the prize is awarded by the German Rectors’ Conference and the ZEIT publishing group together with the Robert Bosch Foundation.
26 November 2013
The Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal Dr Luís de Almeida Sampaio and Rector Professor Beate Schücking sign an agreement on expanding cooperation between Leipzig University and the Camões Institute.
26 November 2013
Veteran ZDF broadcaster Ruprecht Eser is appointed Honorary Professor of Television Journalism at Leipzig University.
28 November 2013
Inaugural lecture by Leibniz Professor Robert A. Roe of Maastricht University, Netherlands, entitled “The rediscovery of time and the future of psychology”
2 December 2013
Dies academicus marking the 604th birthday of the University in the Neues Augusteum: Professor Elmar Schenkel gives the keynote speech.
Award of the University Medal to Dr Uwe Löser, award of the Wolfgang Natonek Prize to Claudia Billing
Leipzig University launches the magazine LUMAG and an accompanying newsletter, two new electronic forms of internal communication.
3 December 2013
The United States Ambassador to Germany, John B. Emerson, and Rector Professor Beate Schücking open American Space Leipzig, a joint information centre.
13 December 2013
The Faculty of Sport Science holds a ceremony marking its 20th anniversary.
16 January 2012
Award of the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Professor Reinhard Ludewig, former Director of the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology
19 April 2012
Leipzig University is awarded a chair worth 5 million euros from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to appoint Professor Gregory Ralph Crane from Tufts University in Medford/Boston, USA.
14 May 2012
The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) begins its work.
31 May 2012
With the support of regional businesses, for the first time an endowed chair in the field of innovative IT systems for logistics is launched at Leipzig University.
4 June 2012
Leipzig University has official profiles on Facebook, Twitter, XING and YouTube.
12 June 2012
Rector Professor Beate Schücking signs the target agreement for the implementation of Saxony’s 2020 education package between the SMWK and Leipzig University. Plans are announced to create 114 temporary new posts to increase the number of teacher training students.
14 June 2012
At the annual ERASMUS conference in Bonn, Leipzig University is awarded the “E-Quality” ERASMUS seal by the DAAD and the EU Commission.
29 June 2012
Third Long Night of the Sciences in Leipzig with a panel discussion with writer Christoph Hein and Rector Professor Beate Schücking on the topic “Is an academic precariat developing?”
29 June 2012—1 July 2012
Second interdisciplinary alumni meeting at Leipzig University
1 July 2012
Leipzig University and the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research launch the joint Leibniz Graduate School on Clouds, Aerosols, Radiation: Mineral Dust.
2 July 2012
Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg gives a lecture at the University entitled “The Czech Republic and Saxony – a history of European neighbourhood” and signs the Golden Book of Leipzig University.
9 July 2012
At ZEIT CAMPUS TALK in the Mensa am Park refectory, TV presenter Maybrit Illner talks about studying in Leipzig and her current projects.
14 July 2012
100th anniversary of the Institute for the Study of Religions at Villa Davignon
18 July 2012—19 July 2012
A student initiative sees a teddy bear hospital set up at the Faculty of Medicine’s Studienzentrum.
5 September 2012
Rector Professor Beate Schücking accepts an invitation from the German Rectors’ Conference to the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York. She then represents the University at the 12th annual GAIN (German Academic International Network) conference in Boston.
6 September 2012
Leipzig University and Leipzig University of Applied Sciences sign a cooperation agreement for collaboration on media design and Egyptology.
19 September 2012—22 September 2012
Congress of the Association of Franco-Romanists on “[R]EVOLUTION OF THE MEDIA” with the Ambassador of France, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, at the Institute of Romance Studies
23 September 2012—29 September 2012
Rector Professor Beate Schücking visits two of Leipzig’s partner universities in the USA, attending a reception at Ohio University in Athens and congratulating Rice University in Houston on its 100th anniversary.
25 September 2012
For the first time since 1968, a ‘golden’ doctoral ceremony is held at the Faculty of Medicine: 145 alumni of the class of 1962 receive certificates commemorating their doctorate 50 years ago.
1 October 2012
The project “RegAWa - Regional Adaptation to Global Change” is launched by an early stage researcher group at Leipzig University and Leipzig University of Applied Sciences.
10 October 2012
Matriculation ceremony in the Gewandhaus following a record more than 32,000 applicants. 7616 new students have enrolled at Leipzig University.
12 October 2012
German U15 is founded in Berlin: fifteen universities, including Leipzig University, join forces to promote interests in research and teaching.
31 October 2012
At the invitation of the Institute of German Literature in Leipzig, the singer Herbert Grönemeyer gives a lecture on poetics in the banquet hall of the Old Town Hall.
16 November 2012
Conclusion of a cooperation agreement between BMW Group’s Leipzig plant and Leipzig University
20 November 2012
The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) moves into the BioCity.
3 December 2012
Dies academicus in the Neues Augusteum with a speech by Josef Haslinger of the Institute of German Literature in Leipzig. Rector Professor Beate Schücking and Mayor Burkhard Jung sign a cooperation agreement for collaboration in the fields of politics, business and employment, education, culture and knowledge, sport, public relations and marketing as well as on the international stage.
Award of the University Medal to Professor Jürgen Dietze and Professor Jürgen Krug, formerly of the Faculty of Sport Science, Dr Annette Kühn of interDaF, and to the students Mathias Becker and Freia Stöckel. Award of the Theodor Litt Prize to Dr Kathleen Otto and Dr Thomas Rigotti of the Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology. Award of the Wolfgang Natonek Prize to the students Dorothea Mladenova, Sebastian Stieler and Wilma Neumann. Award of the DAAD Prize to the student Abdulaziz Bachouri.
24 January 2011
Opening of the Training Centre for Medical Skills (LernKlinik) at the Faculty of Medicine
25 January 2011
Foundation of the Virtual Institute for Energy Research at the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences
17 February 2011
Conclusion of a cooperation agreement between the Leipzig Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Leipzig University, the HTWK, HHL and HfTL
1 March 2011
Professor Beate Schücking takes up her post as Rector of Leipzig University.
1 April 2011
The Translational Centre for Regenerative Medicine (TRM) enters its second funding phase: the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) provides around 20 million euros to fund Leipzig University’s largest externally funded project for another four years.
12 April 2011
Leipzig University Senate elects its Vice-Rectors: Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs: Professor Claus Altmayer; Vice-Rector for Research and Young Academics: Professor Matthias Schwarz; Vice-Rector for Development and Transfer: Professor Thomas Lenk.
15 April 2011
Professor Marius Grundmann receives the Leipzig Science Prize 2011, endowed with 10,000 euros.
28 April 2011
Inaugural lecture by Leibniz Professor Claudine Delphis, French professor of German history and culture at the Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7
25 May 2011
CRC/Transregio approved: DFG to provide 7 million euros in funding for a project of the Universities of Leipzig and Halle-Wittenberg on the topic of “Polymers under multiple constraints”
31 May 2011
Ceremonial inauguration of the new Rector (Professor Beate Schücking) and the new Vice-Rectors in the presence of Minister President Stanislaw Tillich
8 June 2011
Professor Dan Diner, Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute, presents the first volume of the Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture at the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig.
22 June 2011
The Jewish Claims Conference and Leipzig University agree that Georg Steindorff’s ancient Egyptian collection shall remain in Leipzig.
1 July 2011
Leipzig Student Services celebrates its 20th anniversary.
14 July 2011
The commission set up to research the history of the University and science in Leipzig presents all five volumes of the work Geschichte der Universität Leipzig to Rector Schücking.
21 July 2011
Opening of the new Mensa am Elsterbecken refectory
26 July 2011
The Faculty of Medicine awards an honorary doctorate to Professor Geoffrey Burnstock of the Royal Free & University College Medical School in London.
1 August 2011—6 August 2011
The University invites prospective students from western German states on two ‘adventure trips’ to Germany’s ‘Far East’.
21 October 2011
200th-anniversary celebration of the establishment of the world’s first chair for psychiatry in Leipzig at the Psychiatric and Psychotherapy Clinic
30 October 2011
Celebration in the Bibliotheca Albertina of the 20th anniversary of the Association of Sponsors and Friends of Leipzig University since its foundation in 1991
7 November 2011
The State Rectors’ Conference elects Rector Professor Beate Schücking as its new chairperson.
10 November 2011
Colloquium to mark Georg Steindorff’s 150th birthday at the Egyptian Museum
22 November 2011
Launch of the Life Science Entrepreneurship Office – LEO, a joint project of the Centre for Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Leipzig Research Service and the SMILE.medibiz start-up initiative
24 November 2011
The medieval Dominican frescoes restored by Joachim and Albrecht Körber are unveiled in the Neues Augusteum.
25 November 2011—15 December 2012
Rector Professor Beate Schücking, Vice-Rector Professor Ivan Jakubec of Prague University and Ms Jarmila Krejcikova, representing the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, open the new university archive building.
2 December 2011
On the occasion of Leipzig University’s 602nd anniversary, the Neues Augusteum is opened to the public for the first time. Speeches are held by Professor Bert Rürup and Dr Thomas Mayer.
The University Medal is awarded to Professor Dieter Ehrenberg, first Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management Science, to Professor Manfred Rudersdorf of the Faculty of History, Arts and Oriental Sciences, and to Marcel Wodniock of the Student Council.
9 December 2011
Former Federal Minister of Finance Peer Steinbrück is appointed Honorary Professor of Public Finance and International Financial Policy at Leipzig University.
8 January 2010
Handover of the renovated rooms of the Kroch tower to Leipzig University
20 January 2010
The Rector awards the University Medal to Professor Thomas Bohn for his many years of commitment as honorary professor at the Institute of Urban Development and Construction Management.
17 February 2010
Ceremonial presentation of the high-tech room for planning surgical operations in the Innovation Center for Computer-Assisted Surgery (ICCAS) in the presence of State Minister Professor Sabine von Schorlemer
22 February 2010—24 February 2010
Founding conference of the Germany-wide network Universitätsverband zur Qualifizierung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in Deutschland (UniWiND) at Leipzig University
23 February 2010
The Senate adopts the Provisional Basic Regulations of Leipzig University.
4 March 2010
The seven-member University Council is constituted. Professor Monika Harms is elected chairperson and Professor Ernst Theodor Rietschel deputy chairperson.
14 April 2010
The Faculty of Law awards an honorary doctorate to former Saxon State Minister of Justice Steffen Heitmann.
15 April 2010
Grand opening of the Career Center at the Alte Börse in the presence of Saxon State Minister of Science and the Arts Professor Sabine von Schorlemer
30 April 2010
Leipzig University applies to the German Research Foundation and the German Science Council for the Excellence Initiative in all three funding lines.
31 May 2010
Leipzig’s university radio station mephisto 97.6 celebrates its 15th anniversary.
3 June 2010
Grand opening of the Centre for Area Studies (CAS) at the Alte Handelsbörse
18 June 2010
Signing of a framework agreement on cooperation between Leipzig University and the HTWK
25 June 2010
Grand opening of the Egyptian Museum in the Kroch tower
27 September 2010
LIFE – a unique research project at the Leipzig Research Centre for Civilization Diseases on the interaction of genetic predisposition, metabolism and lifestyle – begins with 30,000 participants.
13 October 2010
Matriculation ceremony in the Gewandhaus: 6605 new students have enrolled at Leipzig University.
15 October 2010
Celebration held to mark the 200th anniversary of the University Hospital’s Gynaecology Clinic
27 October 2010
The Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences awards an honorary doctorate to Professor Emeritus Charles P. Slichter from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
12 November 2010
Inauguration of the joint Primary Data Centre of the University Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine of Leipzig University
16 November 2010
The Extended Senate elects Professor Beate Schücking as the new rector of Leipzig University The first woman in the history of the University takes up the office of rector.
29 November 2010
Grand opening of ELSYS (Employability and Leadership Skills for Young Saxon Researchers) Competence School by State Minister Professor Sabine von Schorlemer.
2 December 2010
Former Rector Professor Franz Häuser is bid farewell in a ceremony in the Gewandhaus. Acting Rector Professor Martin Schlegel, Professor Monika Harms, Mayor Burkhard Jung, State Minister Professor Sabine von Schorlemer and the future Rector Professor Beate Schücking thank the outgoing Rector.
The University Medal is awarded to the former Commissioner for Equal Opportunities Dr Monika Benedix, Daniel Fochtmann (member of the Student Council), Professor Burkhard Pahl (chairman of the Rectorate Commission for planning the new building on Augustusplatz) and to Frank Kießling (Managing Director of Leipzig Student Services).
5 January 2009—31 March 2009
Leipzig University’s anniversary year 2009 begins with a special exhibition on 600 years of art at Leipzig University.
22 February 2009
Foundation and opening of the Ernst Jaeger Institute for Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency Law at the Faculty of Law
25 February 2009
The Saxon State Ministry of Finance hands over the new specialist laboratory building to the Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology.
17 April 2009
The Leipzig Science Prize goes to art historian Professor Frank Zöllner.
9 May 2009
An inaugural concert for the 600th anniversary celebrations is held in the Gewandhaus and attended by Minister President Stanislaw Tillich, the Rector of Charles University Prague Professor Václav Hampl, and Mayor Burkhard Jung.
14 May 2009
Opening of the newly founded Global and European Studies Institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy
3 June 2009
Launch of the new Research Training Group “Religious Nonconformism and Cultural Dynamics”
4 June 2009
Ceremonial handover of the new institute building on Grimmaische Straße to the Faculty of Economics and Management Science
5 June 2009
Presentation of the bilingual volume 600 Jahre Universität Leipzig – 600 Years of Leipzig University
5 June 2009
Christoph Oswald is made an honorary senator of Leipzig University.
5 June 2009—7 June 2009
First interdisciplinary alumni meeting at Leipzig University
15 June 2009
The Faculty of Theology awards composer Professor Heinz Werner Zimmermann an honorary doctorate.
16 June 2009
Inaugural lecture by Leibniz Professor Randall Snurr of Northwestern University Evanston, USA
22 June 2009
Under the direction of Vice-Rector Professor Wolfgang Fach, Leipzig University establishes the Higher Education Didactics Centre for all Saxon universities.
27 June 2009
The University presents the completed buildings on Augustusplatz: lecture halls, seminar rooms, the Mensa am Park refectory, the Campus Library and the institute building on Grimmaische Straße.
29 June 2009—1 July 2009
In honour of the University’s 600th anniversary, the German Research Foundation (DFG) holds its 2009 annual meeting in Leipzig.
30 June 2009
The Faculty of Philology awards an honorary doctorate to literary scholar Gerhard Schulz.
3 July 2009
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine awards an honorary doctorate to Professor Hans Schleiter.
8 July 2009—6 December 2009
Anniversary exhibition at the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum: “Enlightening the world. Saxony and the beginning of modern science”
16 August 2009—21 August 2009
With its campaign Abenteuer FernOst – Leipziger Freiheit erleben, the University invites future students to embark on an ‘adventure trip’ to Leipzig.
6 September 2009
Daniel Beilschmidt is inaugurated as the new Leipzig University organist during the university service in St. Nicholas’ Church.
15 October 2009
Foundation of the Competence Centre for Public Economy and Services of General Interest at the Faculty of Economics and Management Science
23 October 2009
Grand opening of the new Campus Library in the lecture hall building
28 October 2009
The Faculty of Theology awards an honorary doctorate to Professor Peter Cornehl.
7 November 2009
Grand opening on the new campus of the new studio of radio mephisto 97.6, the University’s local radio station
30 November 2009
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine awards an honorary doctorate to Professor Erhard Franz Kaleta.
2 December 2009
The 600th anniversary of the founding of Leipzig University reaches its climax with a ceremony in the Paulinum attended by 700 guests. Federal President Horst Köhler gives a speech.