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January 16, 2018: Finance and Banking – Expert Interview with Mr. Alan Gerry

Expert Interview Alan Gerry

The ongoing LAS Governance Course "Finance and Banking", taught by Dr. Gerhard Kempter, covers topics such as the global financial industry, bank regulation and management, and the power of money. In the context of this course and in order to provide first-hand insights, an expert interview via Skype will take place with the self-made billionaire Mr. Alan Gerry

This session is open to all who are interested in economics and finance. It will focus on topics such as financial regulation, risks, and crises, but also on cryptocurrencies and Donald Trump's tax reform.

When? On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 18:00 – 20:00

Where? Lecture Hall 1016 (Kollegiengebäude I, ground floor)


Alan Gerry

Mr. Alan Gerry 


Liberal Arts and Sciences – Key Dates 2018

For prospective LAS students, we would like to announce the following key dates for 2018:

1. LAS Open Days
In spring 2018, UCF will again open its doors for prospective students. The Open Days 2018 will take place on Friday, April 20 and on Friday, June 8. More information is available here.

2. Application Period
The application period for starting the LAS program in October 2018 is June 1 – July 15.

3. Interview Week
The LAS selection interviews will take place from in the week of July 30 – August 3. Please see our Application and Admissions page for more information; and please note that we will update our application guidelines early 2018.

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UCF Holidays 2017-2018

We would like to thank everybody who contributed to making 2017 a very positive year for UCF – students, staff, professors, the many supporters and friends. We look forward to continuing our collaborations of many kinds in 2018.

And we wish everybody peaceful and inspiring holidays as well as a great start to the New Year 2018.


December 15−16, 2017: Workshop think4: "Self-Consciousness"

Workshop Self-ConsciousnessOn December 15−16, 2017, the think4 workshop "Self-Consciousness − Philosophy Meets Empirical Science" will take place.

Subjects that exhibit self-consciousness are able to consciously recognize mental and bodily states as their own. Philosophical, neuroscientific and psychological theories of self-consciousness seek to account for this ability at different levels of explanation. Relevant questions are, for instance: How does self-consciousness emerge in a brain? Is self-consciousness in any interesting way distinct from the awareness of other things? Is it a non-conceptual, pre-reflective feature of all experiences? Further questions concern our way of referring to self-conscious states and the specific kind of knowledge that we seem to have of ourselves. The aim of this workshop is to explore contemporary neuroscientific and psychological answers to these questions and to discuss concepts and theories that philosophy can offer.

The program is available here. Participation is free and open to all who are interested. Kindly register via email to:


December 7, 2017: FRIAS Lunch Lecture by Prof. Lipphardt and Prof. Pfaffelhuber

FRIAS Lunch Lectures


On December 7, Prof. Veronika Lipphardt and Prof. Peter Pfaffelhuber will give the FRIAS Lunch Lecture on "Mixed methods in interdisciplinary collaboration: A case study in Population Genetics". This lecture is part of the FRIAS series "Quantitative vs. qualitative methods across science: Mutual reinforcement, (un)happy co-existence, or source of schisms?".

When? 12:15 − 13:00 on December 7, 2017

Where? KG I, HS 1015



November 22, 2017: LAS at the Open Day of the University of Freiburg

On November 22, the University of Freiburg opens its doors and UCF with its Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor program is part of it. Come visit us for:

1. Info Session on Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • by Thorsten Leiendecker, LAS Program Coordinator
  • 12−14h, UCF, Alte Universität, Bertoldstr. 17, first floor, room 01036a

2. LAS Course session "Sciences, Technology & Society"

  • by Dr. Nicholas Buchanan
  • 12−14h, KG 1224, Kollegiengebäude I
  • Science and technology are defining characteristics of our world. But how is scientific knowledge made, how are technologies developed? Read more.

3. LAS Course session "Environment Risks and Us"

  • by Prof. Dr. Dirk Bunke
  • 16−18h, KG 1231, Kollegiengebäude I
  • In this course students explore the complex relationships between human activities, the environment and resulting risks  for human health as well as for the environment. Read more.

To make the planning of your day and navigation at the University easier, the University of Freiburg provides a special app for its Open Day. We are looking forward to seeing you at UCF!

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October 31, 2017: CREATES Project Kick-Off

Creating Responsive, Engaging and Tailored Education with Students (CREATES) is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership focusing on educational approaches that encourage student agency and self-directed learning. The project is funded by the European Commission for 3 years. UCF's project partners are:

On October 31, the CREATES project team – including UCF's Dr. Ursula Glunk – met for the first time in Lüneburg:


We are proud to be part of such an experienced and inspired higher education community. Over the next three years, UCF staff members and students will work together with our international colleagues in order to develop best practices and toolkits for (1) creating engaging classrooms, (2) designing advising approaches that support students in taking ownership for their learning path throughout the curriculum. We will share our findings with educators, students, and higher education decision-makers through training events, conferences, and publications. So: stay tuned for more!


October 14, 2017: LAS Graduation Ceremony

On October 14, 2017 we celebrated our second Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduation Ceremony. Over 200 people joined us to congratulate and bid farewell to the LAS Graduates 2017. We would like to thank all of you for making this celebration a memorable day for all of us. Here you can see more.

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October 9-13, 2017: Welcome to our new students

Last week we welcomed our new LAS students at UCF. During the Welcome Week the students met their teachers and visited info sessions where they learned everything about the structure and organization of the study program. Besides that, they got to know each other and their fellow LAS students, tried the Mensa for the first time and had fun at pub crawls and the big Opening Celebration. We wish you a good start here at UCF!

LAS Welcome Week Poster LAS Welcome Week Cohort LAS Welcome Week Pub Crawl
LAS Welcome Week Mensa LAS Welcome Week Common Room LAS Welcome Week Opening Celebration

(Photos by Tom Burggraf)


September 22, 2017: Award Ceremony for Dr. Lya Pfeifer – Max Kade Foundation

On September 22, the University of Freiburg awarded Dr. Lya Friedrich Pfeifer the honorary senator distinction. Lya Pfeifer devoted her career to strengthening relations between the United States and Germany. Since 2003, she is President of the Max Kade Foundation, a foundation that promotes exchange between students and academics in the US and German-speaking countries. Beyond transatlantic exchange programs, the foundation has supported the construction or renovation of student dorms across Germany, three alone in Freiburg.

In January 2017, the foundation agreed to gift $600,000 to University College Freiburg in order to renovate and refurbish two lecture halls at the Alte Universität. They were last renovated during the reconstruction of the Alte Uni complex after the Second World War. With the generous donation from the Max Kade Foundation, the University can put the lecture halls to full use and to achieve their full potential as central learning and interaction spaces. 

We thank Dr. Lya Friedrich Pfeifer and the Max Kade Foundation for their huge support!

Lya Pfeifer Ehrensenatorenwürde

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For more information, please see

University of Freiburg press release and Portrait of Lya Pfeifer in the Badische Zeitung


September 18: Course Catalog for Wintersemester 2017/18 is now online

UCF Course Catalog


We have finalized the Liberal Arts and Sciences Course Catalog for the Winter Semester 2017-18. The LAS Course Catalog includes detailed information (Instructor, Course Description, Dates and Times) on the upcoming Block and Semester long courses as well as on the Course Registration procedure. You can download the Course Catalog, as well as older Course Catalogs and other handbooks, here.






September 12: Special LESC issue published

LESC LogoA special LESC issue of the Journal of Educational Philosophy and Theory, featuring seven fascinating student contributions to the first European Liberal Education Conference (LESC), has just been published OnlineFirst by Taylor and Francis. The European Liberal Education Student Conference  (LESC) was jointly organised by undergraduates of the Studium Individuale programme at Leuphana University, Lüneburg and the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme at University College, Freiburg. The first LESC conference took place at Leuphana University in 2016, the second at University College Freiburg in 2017. Here you can find all the links to the contributions of the LESC special issue. We congratulate the authors and LECS student organizers warmly.


August 4: Faszination Wissenschaft – Programm Wintersemester 2017/18 

Das Format Faszination Wissenschaft ist als interdisziplinäres Forschungsdesign für Bachelorstudierende konzipiert. Ihr wollt wissenschaftlich kreativ sein, euch mit anderen Disziplionen austauschen und "outside the box" denken? Ihr wollt eigene Forschungsprojekte entwickeln, einen Forschungsantrag verfassen und die deutsche und europäische Forschungslandschaft kennenlernen? Dann ist Faszination Wissenschaft genau das Richtige für euch.

Das Programm für das Wintersemester 2017/18 umfasst folgende Kurse, die als BOK-Kurs, im Ergänzungsbereich oder als Wahlfach anrechenbar sind:

  • Schlaf und Schlafstörungen
  • Beziehungen in der Arbeitswelt
  • Genetische Veränderungen des Erbguts

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Der Faszination Wissenschaft Programmflyer des Wintersemesters 2017/18 steht hier zum Download zur Verfügung.


August 2-4, 2017: "Human Document Project 2017" at FRIAS

"To preserve a document about mankind for one million years..."

Hudoc 2017

Next week, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is hosting an interdisciplinary conference in the context of the Human Document Project 2017. The project and conference bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss questions of cultural heritage and data storage. What kind of content – texts, art, research data – should we preserve? Which technologies are suitable for which preservation purposes? Among 40 other speakers, Prof. Hans-Joachim Gehrke, UCF Director of Outreach, will present his findings on "Cultural transformation and dark ages in historical scholarship". 

For more information on the project and on how to attend the conference, please see the Human Document Project 2017 website.


July 20, 2017: Global Order Project guest lecture: Anti-establishment parties in Central and Eastern Europe

In their Summer Semester guest lecture series, the Freiburg Global Order Project is hosting a talk on "Anti-establishment parties in Central and Eastern Europe – Less ideology, more support?"

By? Sarah Engler, University of Bern
When? July 20, 2017 at 19:00
Where? Kollegiengebäude I, Room 1108

For more information, please see the GOP Facebook page.




July 14, 2017: Guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Syndercombe-Court

STS Lecture Syndercombe-CourtDebates on Forensic DNA Phenotyping (FDP) have intensified in Germany since recently. Experts, practitioners, politicians and the public are divided upon the questions whether, when, in which cases, and under what conditions these new technologies could and should be applied (or not).

Denise Syndercombe-Court, a word leading expertin forensic DNA analyses, will give a lecture on “Best Practices of Forensic DNA Phenotyping (FDP): Experiences and insights from the UK” and provide first-hand insights into the practices, comities and regulatory issues of FDP. She draws on her vast and detailed experiences gained by her research, her reporting on cases, and her memberships in numerous institutions and state bodies dealing with forensic DNA analyses. Here you can find more information on the lecture and Prof. Syndercome-Court.

The talk is hosted and introduced by the Chair for Science and Technology Studies and University College Freiburg together with the multidisciplinary initiative STS@Freiburg.

When?   17:00 on July 14, 2017

Where?  University Library, Veranstaltungssaal, 1st floor.


June 23: Erasmus Prize Award Ceremony

In 2017, the Erasmus Prize for the Liberal Arts and Sciences was awarded for the fifth time. The Erasmus Prize honors Bachelor, Master or PhD theses that create bridges between the natural sciences and the humanities. This year, the Prize was awarded to Matthias Leanza for his dissertation “Die Zeit der Prävention. Eine Genealogie“. In his PhD thesis, Leanza traces the mutual genesis and interconnected history of prevention and modernity using disease prevention as an example. From a methodological perspective Leanza combines history of science with sociological societal theory. For more information, please see the University of Freiburg press release.

We were very privileged to have Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Friederike Fless, President of the German Archaeological Institute, give the UCF Lecture 2017. Prof. Fless talked on “Das bedrohte Welterbe – Palmyra und seine Folgen”. We thank her very much for her very up-to-date and most inspiring lecture!

The award ceremony took place on June 23, 2017, in the Meckelhalle of the Sparkasse Freiburg. Towards the end of his career, Erasmus of Rotterdam, after whom the prize is named, worked and lived in the Haus zum Walfisch. This building today houses the Sparkasse Freiburg-Nördlicher Breisgau. The evening included a guided tour by Marcel Thimm himself, Chairman of the Board of the Sparkasse Freiburg.

UCF thanks all guests and supporters for being part of the 2017 award ceremony!

 erasmus-prize-winner-2017.png  Music  Rektor Schiewer welcomes
 Marcel Thimm welcomes  Erasmus Prize Winner with congratulators  Talk of the Prize Winner
 Meckelhalle  Prof. Fless giving her UCF Lecture  Advisory Board
 Herr Fleig und Prof. Besters-Dilger  Marcel Thimm  Party

(Photos by Patrick Seeger)


June 21: Lecture "Global Populism and Inter-Nationalism"

The Freiburg Global Order Project is hosting a lecture by Dr. h.c. Hans-Christof Graf von Sponeck on "Global Populism and Inter-Nationalism. An International Perspective". 

Dr. h.c. Hans-Christof Graf von Sponeck has extensive experience in international relations and diplomacy. From 1968 to 2000 he worked for the United Nations, from 1998 on he served as the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq and held the position of a UN Assistant Secretary General. Today, Dr. h.c. von Sponeck teaches at the Centre of Conflict Studies at University Marburg.

When? 19:00 on June 21, 2017

Where? KG III, Room 3043

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June 9 and 10: Symposium and Lecture – "Erweiterte DNA-Analysen in der Forensik"

UPDATE June 21, 2017: 

  • Yesterday, Deutschlandfunk broadcasted a special feature "Erweiterte DNA-Analyse. Den Tätern auf der Spur". Background information is available here, the podcast here.
  • Furthermore, the TV channel 3sat interviewed Prof. Lipphardt. The video is available here.

A few weeks ago, we posted about Prof. Veronika Lipphardt's engagement in the public debate about DNA forensics and how that relates to her academic work in the field of Science and Technology studies.

An interview with Professors Veronika and Anna Lipphardt is available (in German) on the University of Freiburg website.

In order expand academic exchange and complement the ongoing public debate, she is now hosting a Symposium on June 9 and 10: "Erweiterte DNA-Analysen in der Forensik: Möglichkeiten, Herausforderungen, Risiken". For more information, please see the STS@Freiburg website.

Mcharek DNA Phenotyping

The symposium includes a public lecture by Prof. Dr. Amade M'charek
(University of Amsterdam) on

"DNA Phenotyping – Between the Individual Suspect and the Suspect Population"






June 1 – July 15: LAS Application Period 2017

The application period for starting the Liberal Arts and Sciences B.A./B.Sc. program in October 2017 runs from June 1 to July 15.

You can find our Application & Admissions guidelines including links to the university's Student Portal under Prospective Students. The Student Portal is the starting point for your application and the necessary applications forms are now available. 

If you have questions concerning the LAS program and/or the application process, please see our Q&As and our get in touch with us:

Finally, our upcoming 2nd Open Day 2017 on June 2 is a great opportunity to visit Freiburg, learn more about UCF and LAS, and to get to know staff and students.

Finally and just in time for the application period, we updated the Online Study-Choice Assistant (OSA) for the Liberal Arts and Sciences program. This interactive tool provides insights into the LAS program and counts as a "Studyorientation-test" that must be completed and submitted for matriculation at the University of Freiburg.

We are looking forward to many interesting applications and a new cohort of students in October 2017!

LAS Crowd 


May 31, 2017: Bertha-Ottenstein-Prize for Dr. Ryan Plumley 

Bertha Ottenstein Prize 2017


Every year, the University of Freiburg awards the Bertha-Ottenstein-Prize for outstanding achievements in the field of gender equality. Dr. Ryan Plumley, responsible for the LAS Major Culture and History, is one of the Bertha-Ottenstein laureates 2017. 

He is being honored for the concept of his course on feminism in the Culture and History Major. The award ceremony is on May 31 in the context of the University of Freiburg "Dies Universitatis".




May 5, 2017: Guest Lecture by Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker –
"We Shall Need a New Enlightenment"

E.U. von WeizsäckerTogether with the University of Freiburg Studium generale, UCF is hosting a guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

When? Friday, May 5 at 16:00 
Where? Kollegiengebäude I, HS 1010

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker is a "pioneer on environmental, climate and energy policies".

He was, inter alia, Professor of Biology, Director at the UN Centre for Science and Technology for Development, and President of the Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. His interests and influence reach far beyond the Natural and Environmental Sciences. From 1998 to 2005 he was member of the German Bundestag. Since 2012 he is Co-President of the Club of Rome. He has authored several books, e.g. "Factor 5: Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Increase in Resource Productivity". 

"We Shall Need a New Enlightenment – Balancing Human Development and Environmental Sustainability"

Business as usual leads into ecological disasters. We are destroying our common home, says Pope Francis. In effect, our thinking is wrong, fundamentally wrong. The Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th Century was great – for its time. Its time was still the time of the "empty world" (Herman Daly). You could go out into the endless seeming nature and hunt and fish and dig and cut. Today, we are living in a "full world". Laws and morale from the empty world no longer fit. And some of the tenets of the earlier Enlightenment have led to individualism, selfishness, greed, market dominance, short-termism and the rest. In the full world, we need balance in the first place. Balance between long term and short term, between public goods and private gains, between markets and the State, between individualism and solidarity, between analytical details and comprehension of the whole, and between feminine and masculine virtues.

A New Enlightenment is meant to lead to a fundamental overhaul of our morale and legal structures. It is meant to include the long-term perspective of cultivating our physical and biological environment. It is meant to respect the needs of our great-grandchildren.


May 4-7, 2017: 2nd Liberal Education Student Conference


Starting Thursday, May 4, LAS students, together with students from Leuphana University in Lüneburg, are hosting the 2nd Liberal Education Student Conference in Freiburg. The overarching topic is "A complex world needs complex thinking: The potentials and limits of Liberal Education in approaching contemporary challenges". 

The LESC includes

  1. Key note addresses from Prof. Heiner Schanz (Freiburg), Prof. Veronika Lipphardt (Freiburg), and Dr. Helen Brookman (London).
  2. Conference tracks focusing on (1) Human Rights & Intersectionality, (2) Distrust & Populism, (3) Future of Health, (4) Technology
  3. Various discussion, feedback, and networking formats.

The full program and background as well as organizational information are available on the LESC website.



March for Science April 22, 2017: Science and Knowledge in the Public Context

At the Freiburg March for Science last Saturday, 2,500 scientists demonstrated their support for academic freedom and respect for science and scientific findings as well as their critique of populism and "alternative facts". In his speech, UCF's Dr. Nicholas Buchanan furthermore highlighted the importance of responsibility and public awareness in and for science – especially in the light of the manifold complex problems and societal and technological transformations we are facing.









Uncertainty, skepticism, critical scrutiny and argumentation are inherent to the scientific (and public) debate and process. And science and scientists are definitely not infallible. Following Winston Churchill, one could postulate: The scientific method is the worst form of knowledge production except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. What's going on that academics are taking to the streets? Where did the discussion about the meaning evidence and facts come from and what does it entail? What are facts and what role do or should they play for society and for policymaking?

On April 22, altogether several hundred thousand scientists and science supporters in over 600 cities worldwide participated in Marches for Science. According to the Washington, DC initiators: "The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest."


Professor Wolfgang Freitag on "Alternative Facts"

In several recent interviews, Wolfgang Freitag, Professor for Epistemology and Theory of Science at UCF, gave his analysis and comment of the situation: "There are no alternative facts, only competing opinions. […] And opinions that are proven wrong must be dismissed." What is new about the current discussion and taking into question science and facts? What does it mean for science and for society and for policymaking? Learn more at

Do you want to know more e.g. about Ignorance, Uncertainty and Non-Knowledge? These and further questions pertaining to science, knowledge, and the societal context of science and knowledge are at the core of the LAS program, embodied in LAS teaching by Prof. Freitag (Epistemology and Theory of Science) and Prof. Lipphardt (Science and Technology Studies).

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Science and Technology Studies, DNA Forensics, and Academic Public Engagement

In 2012, the University of Freiburg established the first Professorship in "Science and Technology Studies" (STS) in Germany. Prof. Veronika Lipphardt and her team play a central teaching role in the LAS program and are internationally active researchers. STS scholars study the relationships between scientific knowledge, technology, and society. An ongoing public debate on DNA profiling and forensics exemplifies the societal role STS and Prof. Lipphardt and her team can play:

The law enforcement community in Germany has been calling for more extensive use of forensic DNA analyses in criminal cases. A federal bill allowing extended criminological use of DNA analyses is currently being considered in the German Bundesrat. However, such analyses, as well as the collection and storage of DNA in general, raise legal and ethical issues. And scientists have continuously questioned the scientific accuracy of such analytical tools.

Following an open letter by the STS team at UCF and international collaborators, Prof. Lipphardt and her group were invited to present their critical perspective on DNA forensics at a Symposium held by the German Federal Ministry of Justice on March 21. Beyond legal, political, and academic circles, the question of DNA forensics has now received broad public attention in Germany, e.g.

and internationally:

Furthermore, the Science Media Center Germany has compiled extensive resources and expert voices.

Notwithstanding the legal and discursive developments in Germany and our individual opinions concerning DNA forensics, this situation demonstrates how science is socially embedded and has societal consequences. It is also an example of STS research and its application as well as of active public engagement on the part of (STS) scholars such as Prof. Lipphardt and her team and colleagues.


Call for Applications – Eucor Summer School 2017:
"Business – Science – Society: How Can We Shape Our Future?"

UPDATE MAY 5, 2017:

  • The registration deadline for the Eucor Summer School 2017 has been extended until May 21.
  • The €200 student contribution will be covered by the University of Freiburg.


This upcoming August, the European Campus is hosting its first interdisciplinary and intercultural Summer School. The overarching theme is "Business – Science – Society: How Can We Shape Our Future?"

European Campus Summer School 2017

EUCOR – The European Campus is a trinational university association on the Upper Rhine, including the Universities of Basel, Freiburg, Haute-Alsace, and Strasbourg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The Summer School curriculum focuses on the topics "Organization and Culture," "Digital Transformation," and "Ethics and Values" and is taught by university and non-university experts from the Upper Rhine region and beyond.

When? August 20 – 26, 2017
Where? Studienhaus Wiesneck, 79256 Buchenbach

Bachelor students who are in their 4th semester and beyond can apply as of now and until April 30. ECTS recognition is possible for participating LAS students. The student contribution to the overall costs is €200. The full program and information on the application procedure are available on the Eucor Website.


Call for Applications – Two C. H. Beck Teaching Fellowships

Beck Fellowship

For the first time, University College Freiburg invites applications for two C. H. Beck Teaching Fellowships for the module Responsibility and Leadership II in the bachelor program Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS).

This part of the curriculum is designed to inspire and equip students to effectively engage with the challenges they are going to face before and after graduation.Teaching methods combine rigorous academic input with personal reflection and training in more experiential formats.

The application deadline for this round is March 24, 2017. Further C. H. Beck fellowships for later teaching periods will be announced in summer 2017. Here you can find the full announcement.



Honorary Doctorate for Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Gehrke


Over the course of his career, Prof. Achim Gehrke has received many honors and awards. On February 8, 2017, he was bestowed with a further and very special distinction that ranges among the highest a university can give: an Honorary Doctorate of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne. 

We warmly congratulate Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gehrke and are honored by his engagement as Director of Outreach, teacher, and mentor at UCF.


4th-year LAS Students' Conference – Research Design across Disciplines

On Friday, February 17, UCF will be hosting the second student conference "Research Design across Disciplines". The conference offers 4th-year LAS students to present and discuss their thesis proposals for their ongoing or upcoming Bachelor theses. It is the end-point of the course " Research Design across Disciplines" that exposes students to current research and to the expectations to independent and collaborative research in different disciplines, refreshes and deepens academic skills, and lets students develop self-management skills enabling them to take on long and complex projects, such as the Bachelor thesis.


The conference will take place in Kollegiengebäude I and includes panels that range from "State, Democracy, Minorities" to "Environmental Governance and Technology" and "(Non-)Knowledge in History".

The program is available here. And photos from the poster session are available on the UCF Facebook page.


2nd Liberal Education Student Conference – Call for Proposals


"A complex world needs complex thinking: The potentials and limits of Liberal Education in approaching contemporary challenges."



From May 5 – 7, 2017, students from University College Freiburg and Leuphana University Lüneburg are hosting the 2nd Liberal Education Student Conference (2nd LESC) at the University of Freiburg. The organizing committee has now announced their call for proposals.

The call (deadline: March 1, 2017) and more information about the conference are available on the LESC website. For impressions from the 1st Liberal Education Student Conference, please see their Facebook page.


Faszination Wissenschaft – Programm Sommersemester 2017

Das Lehr-Forschungs-Programm "Faszination Wissenschaft" führt Bachelorstudierende an das Berufsfeld Wissenschaft heran, fördert Kompetenzen zum wissenschaftlichen Projektdesign und vermittelt Kenntnisse zur deutschen und europäischen Förderlandschaft. In Projektseminaren entwickeln und bearbeiten Studierende aus unterschiedlichen Studiengängen Forschungsfragen zu interdisziplinären, gesellschaftsrelevanten Themen.

UCF FW Flyer SS 2017

Das Programm des Sommersemesters 2017 umfasst die Themen...

  1. Was ist Komplexität?
  2. Migration – menschliches Grundphänomen aus interdisziplinärer Perspektive
  3. Phänomenales Bewusstsein – zwischen Philosophie, Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften

Der Faszination Wissenschaft Programmflyer des Sommersemesters 2017 steht hier zum Download zur Verfügung.


UCF and LAS Graduates in uni'alumni Magazine

University College Freiburg and the first LAS graduates are the main feature of uni'alumni 2017, the University of Freiburg alumni publication. Under the headline "Studium mit Aussicht", the feature includes presentations of UCF and the LAS program, first-hand impressions from LAS graduates as well as interviews with UCF's Prof. Gehrke and with Caroll Neubauer – CEO of B. Braun Melsungen, President of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Uni Freiburg alum and UCF supporter:

UCF uni'alumni 2017


LAS goes Europe – January 2017

On January 11, a group of 40 LAS students accompanied by Dr. Stoyan Panov attended a hearing of the Harkins v. the UK case at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The case concerned the prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment and the right to a fair trial in extradition proceedings from the UK to the US and the potential imposition of a life sentence without parole in the state of Florida.

The group also visited the Council of Europe where they received inside knowledge of what the Council of Europe does, its structure, and functioning. The visit included a meeting with Mr. Gianluca Esposito, Administrator in the Directorate General Human Rights and the Rule of Law, who conducted a valuable lengthy Q&A session on current challenges that the Council of Europe is facing, e.g. the situation in Crimea, the protection and promotion of human rights in Europe, or the states of emergency in France and Turkey.

UCF LAS Strasbourg 2017-1

UCF LAS Strasbourg 2017-2

The excursion to Strasbourg was especially valuable for the participants in the LAS courses "Public International Law" and "Human Rights in the Global South". The impressions and acquired knowledge were actively integrated and discussed in these LAS seminars.

The excursions were possible thanks to kind support by Verband der Freunde der Universität Freiburg im Breisgau e.V.

LAS Open Days 2017

As every year, UCF invites prospective LAS students to Freiburg and to the annual LAS Open Days on April 28 and on June 2!

Join us



UCF Courtyard Winter

2016 was an eventful year. At UCF, we experienced many positive developments, including a successful Harvard Summer School, new students and staff, or the first graduation of UCF Liberal Arts and Sciences students. The graduation meant a sentimental farewell to the pioneer LAS students. And it was a major step forward for the LAS graduates individually and for UCF towards becoming an established institution.

At the same time, 2016 was and is a year of frustration, turmoil, and violence for many people around the world. We therefore wish all of you an encouraging, collected, and peaceful holiday break and New Year 2017.


Call for Applications – Assistant Professor in Epistemology and Theory of Science

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Starting January 1, 2017, Dr. Katharina Kraus will be taking on the position of Assistant Professor with tenure track at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Notre Dame. We congratulate her to her new position and warmly thank her for her engagement at UCF! Thankfully, she will remain connected to UCF and Freiburg, especially in her research.

Accordingly, the Chair for Epistemology and Theory of Science is currently seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor in ETS. The full job ad is available (in German) here.



Workshop think3 – Philosophy and the Semantics of 'I'

On December 2 and 3, 2016, Prof. Wolfgang Freitag and Dr. Katharina Kraus from the Chair in Epistemology and Theory of Science (ETS) are organizing a workshop on "Philosophy and the Semantics of 'I'". The workshop is based in the ongoing ETS research at UCF and the University's Department of Philosophy:

"When speaking about ourselves we often use statements that contain a first person pronoun, such as the English word 'I' and its cognates. There has been a controversial discussion whether de se judgments have features that set them apart from other judgments, such as a semantic peculiarity deriving from the first-person pronoun. The aim of this workshop is to address this issue and to explore its epistemological and metaphysical relevance."

The program is available here. Participation is free and open to all who are interested. Registration please by email to

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