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May 12: General Assembly

The UCF Student Council cordially invites all LAS students to the General Assembly (GA) of the summer semester 2022, which will take place on Thursday, May 12th at 17:00 via Zoom (link will be provided by the Student Council).

Besides news and updates on committee activities, updates or concerns from student side there also are some Student Council offices up for election! We encourage you to run for an office: Join the Executive Organisers, become the new LAS Treasurerer, run for Secretary of Outreach, become a Delegate to the Board of Studies or a LAS Student Mediator. It's your choice.

When? May 12, 17:00

Where? via Zoom

General Assembly

May 12: Final Projects Exhibition "Students and Other Knowers in Context"

Knowledge in Context Exhibition

On Thursday, May 12, students from the course "Students and Other Knowers in Context", instructed by Prof. Veronika Lipphardt, will present their various creative final projects.

This year the students have manifested their learnings from the various topics discussed in the course in a creative manner. The outcomes range from a knowledge cookbook to a song and a dress, all connected to knowledge in different contexts.

The exhibition will be open to visitors in several spaces in Alte Uni, next Thursday, It is open to all.

When? May 12, 6-9 pm               Where? Alte Universität

May 12: Talk by Prof. Matzner "Epistemologies and Ontologies of the Critique of Algorithms"

Poster Talk Prof. MatznerThe social and political problems of algorithms are often discussed under keywords like privacy, discrimination, or "bias". Research recently voiced criticism of this view: It is fundamentally about a wrong or right representation of the world by algorithms. This, however, leaves the fundamental epistemic and/or ontological questions untouched. An onto-epistemic critique of algorithms is developed by drawing primarily on relational approaches from the philosophy of technology or, for example, the "New Materialism".

The talk "Epistemologies and Ontologies of the Critique of Algorithms" by Prof. Tobias Matzner from Paderborn University traces such trends and discusses some problems and proposed solutions.

When? May 12, 6 pm

Where? Max-Kade-Auditorium

The talk will be in German but you can ask questions in English in the Q&A.

April 27: Academia meets Industry Lecture by Prof. Lars Feld

Academia meets Industry FeldProf. Dr. Lars P. Feld will give a lecture on "In what health care system do we want to live?" on April 27, 2022, starting at 6:30 p.m. as part of the "Academia meets Industry" series. Prof. Feld outlines the challenges facing the German healthcare system in the wake of the Corona pandemic and points to possible avenues for reform.

The lecture complements the four-week multimedia and interactive exhibition on the social market economy "In what order do we want to live?" and is aimed at all interested parties.

When? April 27, 2022, 6:30 pm

Where? Lecture Hall Biochemie/Physiologie, Hermann-Herder-Str. 7 and

Meeting-ID: 626 5758 1839
Kenncode: 3SPjwKEva

April 14: Event "Alone Against Leni Riefenstahl"

Allein gegen Leni RiefenstahlThe event "Alone against Leni Riefenstahl – Filmmaker Nina Gladitz and her fight against the Nazi director" of the University Library Freiburg and the Institute for Media and Cultural Studies presents the first German re-release of Nina Gladitz' documentary film "Time of Silence and Time of Darkness" from 1982. In the film, Nina Gladitz documents the search for traces of the Sinto Josef Reinhardt, who had been an extra for Riefenstahl in her film "Tiefland" - together with many other Sinti and Romani children, teenagers and women. Many of them died in concentration camps after their unpaid and forced film work.

In 1984, Leni Riefenstahl obtained a ban on Gladitz's film in a sensational trial in Freiburg. Thus, an important document on the history and culture of remembrance of the Sinti and Roma disappeared from public view for almost forty years.

In addition to the film screening at the event, lectures will shed light on the life and cinematic work of Nina Gladitz and the aesthetics and reception of Riefenstahl's films. Furthermore, Nina Gladitz's lawyer will report on the trial at the time. Prof. Sabine Rollberg, member of the UCF advisory board, will moderate the event. Here you can find the full program.

When? April 26, 2022 at 7 pm

Where? Veranstaltungssaal of the UB

Kindly register at:

April 4: Farewell to Ursula Glunk and Sitta von Reden, Welcome Stefan Adler

With the end of March and the beginning of April, we have quite some changes at UCF. Dr. Ursula Glunk will leave UCF after working for seven years as UCF Academic Director. This is a sad moment for all of us. And it is an opportunity to thank Ursula for her successful years of great engagement and creativity at UCF – for the Liberal Arts and Sciences program and students and in many further UCF activities. Also, we would like to deeply thank Prof. Sitta von Reden for her great work and commitment as LAs Dean of Studies for the past five years.

Besides their many duties, Dr. Glunk and Prof. von Reden were a wonderful team at the LAS Graduation Ceremonies in the past years, handing over the degrees to our graduates. In a lovely farewell gathering in the courtyard of Alte Uni we said our goodbyes and thanks.

Prof. Frieder Vogelmann will take over the position as Dean of Studies of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program. And we warmly welcome Stefan Adler, who will join UCF in April. We are looking forward to working with him and wish him a good start at UCF!

Graduation Presents Farewell Speech
Graduation Ceremony Farewell in the courtyard

March 21: Job Ad – Project Manager Learning Community at UCF

In the "Programm Lernrückstände" launched by the Baden Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, UCF has secured funding for measures to approach pandemic-related challenges concerning learning and community building: (1) workshops and conferences for informal, intercultural learning and community building, (2) peer mentoring, (3) additional welcome events for first year students, (4) support circles for students.

In this context, UCF is looking to hire a Project Manager Learning Community at UCF. The full job announcement is available here. Deadline is April 4.

March 14: New Course Catalog for Summer Semester 2022 is out now

The LAS Course Catalog for the summer semester 2022 is out now! With many exciting courses such as:

Course Catalog Summer Semester 2022
  • Our Earth 101 – A Crash Course in Geosciences
  • Psychological Foundations of Responsible Leadership
  • Pandemics 2 – Detection, Containment, Control
  • Digital Literacy in a VUCA World
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
  • Word and Image
  • International Relations and Institutions
  • Field Research Methods from a Feminist and Decolonial Perspective
  • Genetics and Epigenetics
  • Urban Forests and Human Health
  • Debating Multilateralism in the Age of Nationalistic Politics
  • and many more!

The latest information on individual courses is available on ILIAS. Regarding course registration, please carefully read pages 4 and 5.

The University of Freiburg's position on the war in Ukraine

Please see here the University of Freiburg's position on the war in the Ukraine and for information about support measures.

The University of Freiburg strongly condemns Russia's war of aggression on Ukraine and would also like to further stimulate exchange on this issue. Against this backdrop, on March 9 2022 at 6 p.m., it invites the DFG Research Training Group "Empires: Dynamic Change, Temporality and Post-Imperial Orders" to a public online panel discussion on "The Return of the Empire? Putin’s War and Its Global Implications".

February 18: EPIC Mission in Freiburg | Call for Course Proposals

During a three-day kick-off event at the end of last year 2021, participants from across Europe came together to meet their fellow group members, their academic mission guides and external stakeholders. Due to the pandemic situation, the kick-off event unfortunately had to be shifted to an online event, but the circumstances did not detract from the great atmosphere and the lively exchange of ideas – as an article about the event shows.

But what exactly are EPIC Missions?
EPIC Missions are pilot group projects organized by EPICUR – The European University – in which students from across Europe come together to solve existing problems of our times for real-world stakeholders with the academic support of mission guides. EPIC Missions are open to all students at EPICUR Universities. There are two different missions (from December until May):

  • Mission 1: "Across the Atlantic: How can art support relations between the EU and the USA",in collaboration with the Carl-Schurz-Haus Freiburg
  • Mission 2: "Combining sustainable & smart: How can Freiburg promote green digitalization?" in collaboration with the city of Freiburg

Read more about the impressions of several participants of the kick-off event, including UCF's Stefanie Klose and Mathias Hempfling. The University of Freiburg also covered the launch of the EPIC Missions.
EPIC Mission Kick-off

Are you an instructor and want to join the EPICUR adventure? Then have a look at the call for course proposals!

With this call for course proposals, we invite instructors at the EPICUR partner institutions to propose courses that would fit one of our two pilot themes, European Identities and Natural and Societal Sustainability, or focus on the acquisition of Key Competences (e.g., academic skills, interculturality, critical thinking) by 21 March 2022.

February 7: Call for applications: J.J. Kidd Fellowship

JJ Kidd FellowshipThe 2021/22 Julie Johnson Kidd Travel Research Fellowship seeks to facilitate cooperation between scholars from Liberal Arts and mono-discipline programs within Europe. It offers 4-5 scholarships for joint projects designed between 2 scholars – one from the Liberal Arts program and the other from any single discipline department. The two scholars should come from different institutions and special consideration will be given to applicants from different European countries.

There will be 4-5 Scholarships worth 1500 Eur each awarded in this round. Deadline for submission of applications is extended until March 15, 2022.

Here you can find more information and how to apply for the J.J. Kidd Fellowship.

January 28, 2022: Lecture "Responding to the presence" by Dr. Hoppe

Lecture Dr. HoppeYou are cordially invited to a talk by Dr. Katharina Hoppe from the Goethe Universität Frankfurt. Dr. Hoppe will talk about "Responding to the Present: post-anthropocentric sociology and post-heroic critique". Against the background of the intensification of ecological crises and the accompanying articulations of discontent about a policy that does not adequately address these crises, the lecture asks about requirements for sociological analyses that can do justice to this mixed situation. The lecture discusses the question which form of theory building is appropriate for the present and outlines an ethical attitude of responding to the world and WITH the world as crucial for such a project.

When? February 3, 2022, 6-8 PM
Where? HS 1009 and online
Kindly register in advance with , as space is limited. You will then also receive the link to the livestream.

The talk will be in German but you can ask questions in English in the Q&A. The lecture is organized by the chair of Epistemology and Theory of Science.

January 26: CANCELLED Lecture on "Sustainable Development Goals"

Global Challenges LectureThe UCF seminar Global Challenges has the pleasure to invite you to the guest lecture:

"Sustainable Development Goals - Then and Now"

Guest Speaker: Maryam Rabiee, Manager, Sustainable Development Network Solutions (SDSN)

Moderator: Ermelinda Kanushi, Lecturer UCF

When? Thursday, 27 January 2022 l @16:00 CET

Where? Zoom,

RSVP is not required!

January 25, 2022: Event "Reisen im Stillstand"

Reisen im StillstandWith the van to Lake Constance instead of along the Panamericana. Ostsee instead of South Sea. Corona has changed tourist travel behavior enormously. Travel book publisher and author Marianna Hillmer and Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk, graphic designer and travel blogger, report on the effects of the pandemic on professional blogging. They talk about small and large trips to their own region, about so-called armchair traveling on the sofa at home and present their favorite places on their own doorstep.

The event was created within the framework of the seminar "ArmChair Travelling, statt Fernreiseabenteuer".

When? January 25, 7 pm

Where? Literaturhaus Freiburg

December 22, 2021: We wish you a peaceful festive season!

We would like to thank all our supporters – students, staff, professors and many friends – for their commitment and engagement over the past challenging year. We wish everybody a peaceful festive season and all the best for the New Year 2022!

Starting February 25th, we will again offer our live Q&A sessions. You can already register now. Here you can find more information. We look forward to seeing you 2022.

Happy Holidays 2021

LAS students Yuping Ding and Karla Williams designed this year’s Christmas card – thank you so much!

Dec 10, 2021: Erasmus Prize awarded to Dr. Rike Sinder

The Erasmus Prize 2021 was awarded to Dr. Rike Sinder for her dissertation „Die Systematisierung des islamischen Rechts. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte teleologischen Naturrechtsdenkens“ [The Systematization of Islamic Law. A Contribution to the History of Teleological Natural Law Theory].

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the presentation of the Erasmus Prize took place in a very small circle only and without a UCF lecture. Nevertheless it was a festive moment when Marcel Thimm (Chairman of the Board, Sparkasse Freiburg-Nördlicher Breisgau) handed over the certificate to Dr. Rike Sinder.

For her work, Dr. Sinder studied the structural change in Islamic law between the 8th and 14th centuries, based on the example of the Islamic legal concept of equity, istiḥsān (a form of juristic discretion, literally ‘to consider something good’). Rike Sinder analyzed primary sources in their original Arabic, Ancient Greek and Latin versions and secondary sources. She combines Arab philosophy and interpretations of the philosopher Aristotle with Islamic legal theory and debates on natural law in an exceptional way.
More information in the press release.

Erasmus Prize 2021

FLTR: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans-Joachim Gehrke (UCF Director of Outreach), Dr. Rike Sinder (Prize Winner), Marcel Thimm (Chairman of the Board, Sparkasse Freiburg-Nördlicher Breisgau) (Photo by Patrick Seeger)

Dec 6, 2021: Registration for EPICUR-courses for Spring and Summer 2022 now open

EPICUR Spring Summer 2022Are you excited to dive into various state-of-the-art teaching and learning formats sharpening your intercultural awareness and understanding? Do you want to actively deal with the current sustainability challenges and problems of our times? Are you interested in learning about the Anthropocene & transitions while gaining intercultural competencies? Do you want to interpret European identities through queer perspectives? Do you want to test your courage for sustainability?
How about adding some EPICUR-courses in the field of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) to your studies? EPICUR is excited to offer you LAS courses in three different tracks: 1) Track Core, 2) Natural and Societal Sustainability, and 3) European Identities.

Courses start in January 2022. Courses are open to all EPICUR students! Registration is now open until December 15th and will happen through the EPICUR Interuniversity Campus.

Enjoy browsing through our EPICUR course offerings in the three Liberal Arts and Sciences study tracks and add some courses to your studies in 2022!

November 23, 2021: 2nd EPICUR Forum & Festival Nov 24-26

2nd EPICUR ForumThe 2nd Annual EPICUR FORUM, hosted this year by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, will take place virtually on November 24 – 26 , 2021.
The objective of the Forum is to engage all 8 University communities in passionate activities & exchanges around topics which are directly linked to the activities of the EPICUR Alliance. This year's Forum is dedicated to the topics of Innovation & Inclusion. In the frame of this year's Forum, there will be various formats addressing different topics, themes and audiences in an interdisciplinary and intercultural fashion.
Particularly interesting for students is

  • The workshop "Inclusion in Higher Education: Promoting youth resilience and social understanding in the post-COVID Higher Education (Part.I)". If you are interested, kindly send an email to:
  • EPICUR Student Festival: Thursday, November 25, 5-7 pm

Here you can sign up and find more information on the program.

Nov 18, 2021: Nature Comment of Prof. Lipphardt discussed in the New York Times

We are proud to announce that the latest publication of STS Prof. Veronika Lipphardt and colleagues "Europe's Roma people are vulnerable to poor practice in genetics" has been published as comment in Nature and is being discussed in The New York Times.

In the past few years, several media and scientific reports have raised awareness about unethical uses of DNA databases. Prof. Lipphardt and colleagues focus on the Roma as largest minority in Europe. They analyzed several hundred publications between 1921 and 2021 and five databases in regards to issues with the obtaining, handling and interpretation of DNA data from Roma people. Most problematic is, as they show, the use of these data in forensic genetics research. Prof. Lipphardt and her colleagues call for a change in research and peer-review practices across a broad array of disciplines, from forensic genetics to molecular anthropology.

Read more:
"Europe's Roma people are vulnerable to poor practice in genetics"
Nature 599, 368-371 (2021), doi:

November 8, 2021: UCF hosts 3 sessions at the "Tag der offenen Tür"

On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, the University of Freiburg hosts an "Tag der offenen Tür" and we at UCF participate with three live sessions.

Tag der offenen Tür 2021

  • 10:00 am: "Live Information and Q&A session "Liberal Arts and Sciences"
    Paul Sterzel, Managing Director UCF, and a LAS student will shortly present the LAS study program and answer all your questions.
    10:00-11:00 am (Central European Time) via Zoom

  • 1:00 pm: "Live Information and Q&A session "Liberal Arts and Sciences"
    Dr. Ursula Glunk, Academic Director UCF, and a LAS student will shortly present the LAS study program and answer all your questions.
    1:00-2:00 pm (Central European Time) via Zoom

  • 2:15 pm: "Theory of Knowledge"
    Join the lecture of PD Dr. Frieder Vogelmann
    This lecture offers an overview of contemporary epistemology and introduces the basics of philosophical logic (propositional and first-order logic). At the same time, it introduces non-philosophy students to philosophy in the sense of working on conceptual problems, questions, and arguments.
    2:15-4:00 pm (Central European Time) via Zoom

Here you can find more information on the program of the university and on the UCF Zoom links.

October 26, 2021: Impressions from the Welcome Week and Graduation Ceremony

As always, we started the new winter semester with our LAS Welcome Week and Graduation Ceremony – with COVID restrictions still in place. Besides regulations and restrictions on site, this meant also livestreams for those who could not be there in person.

The Welcome Week featured various information sessions, meetings with peer-advisors, an Opening Celebration in the spacious Paulussaal with fun and games (and masks), and a hike.

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The 6th LAS Graduation Ceremony took place on Saturday with a few graduates, fellow students, and UCF staff members physically in the Aula, many more graduates as well as families and friends online. It was a lovely ceremony, and everyone present in the Aula enjoyed the possibility of a live and in-person event, despite the regulations and restrictions.

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(photos by Alexander Schröder)

October 22, 2021: Welcome PD Dr. Frieder Vogelmann

Frieder VogelmannWe are happy to announce that PD Dr. Frieder Vogelmann is acting ETS Chair this winter semester 2021/22. His areas of specialization are political epistemology, critical theory, and French philosophy. 

"In research and in teaching, I focus on political epistemology, an emerging field of research in which I pursue the dual insight of early Frankfurt School Critical Theory that epistemology requires social and political theory just as social and political theory requires epistemology. This insight is the starting point for a dialogue with analytic, continental. and feminist epistemology on the one hand and (French) political and social theory/philosophy on the other hand. In particular, I am currently working on a concept of knowledge suitable for such a political epistemology, on the contemporary rise of untruths in politics and on the question how to defend the sciences and humanities against science denialism without lapsing into scientism."

PD Dr. Frieder Vogelmann will be teaching three courses in winter semester 2021/22:

More information on recent work and publications can be found here.

A warm welcome to UCF, dear Frieder Vogelmann!

October 20, 2021: Invitation to Academia meets Industry and talk by Dr. Hunt

At the beginning of winter semester 2021/22, we invite you to two interesting events.
Today, Dr. Sabine Nikolaus (Country Managing Director Germany Boehringer Ingelheim Deutschland GmbH) will provide the input for the Academia meets Industry Seminar with her talk "Pharmacy - quo vadis"

When? October 20, 2021, 17.00 (c.t.)
Where? Lecture Hall Otto-Krayer-Haus and Zoom

We also invite you to a talk by Dr. Terry L. Hunt on "Transporting Easter Island's Megalithic Statues: A critical aspect of the island's enigmatic prehistory". Dr. Hunt is an internationally renowned anthropologist, archaeologist, and dean of the University of Arizona's Honor's College. Most of Dr. Hunt's work circles around the human and environmental histories of the Pacific Islands, one of them being Rapa Nui – the Easter Island. It is mostly known for its fascinating, enigmatic stone statues carved by the early Rapanui, but also for its label as an example of ecological suicide. But is the scientific evidence for the story about Easter Island's cultural decline and fall really so clear and undebatable?

When? October 21, 2021, 18:00
Where? KG I, HS 1224

Places will be limited, so you need to sign up here: Please be aware that we will check your 3G-status.

Rapa Nui Talk

October 7, 2021: Call for student applications – EPIC Missions 2021/22


Would you like to…

  • … travel to another EPICUR city?
  • … help to tackle one of the big societal issues of our time with peers from all over Europe?
  • … gather experience in working for a real-world client?
  • … earn a certification carrying 8 or 12 ECTS credits?

and are you…

  • … interested in working across disciplinary boundaries?
  • … motivated and able to work in English?
  • … a student at one of the eight EPICUR partner universities (minimum 2nd year)?

If yes, then apply now for one of the EPIC Missions and become a pioneer student at one of the first European Universities! The pilot EPIC Missions 2021/22 are:

  1. Across the Atlantic: How can art support relations between the EU and the USA? (Carl-Schurz-Haus, Freiburg / EPICUR Track European Identities)
  2. Combining sustainable & smart: How can Freiburg promote green digitalisation? (City of Freiburg / EPICUR Track Natural and Societal Sustainability)

Do you want more information?

Note regarding credit recognition for Uni Freiburg students:

EPICUR achievements can be used for the BOK area of the ZfS (B.A. = component of the Ergänzungsbereich; 2-HF-Bachelor = component of the option Individuelle Studiengestaltung; B.Sc. = externer BOK-Bereich):

  • Before taking part in an EPICUR course, please contact the ZfS by e-mail at with the course title, a module description, and your matriculation number. You will then receive a positive or negative assessment of equivalence with the BOK area.
  • After successful participation and in the case of a positive assessment in advance, the ZfS will issue a recognition recommendation for the respective examination office. After successful participation, please send us an e-mail with your matriculation number and a performance record/transcript to

EPIC Mission

October 4, 2021: New office hours

TL LAS ConsultationWe are glad to announce our new office hours – live at UCF (with online options).

Thorsten Leiendecker (Program Coordination) offers an open LAS consultation in the UCF hallway on Monday from 10-12 (by appointment). Wednesday from 10-12 it's online (by appointment) or by phone (+49-761-203-67614).

The Exam Office opens its doors on Monday and Wednesday, 10-12h, in the exam office (AU 01070), also with prior appointment.

Our International Coordinator Anne Klemperer offers consultation on Monday afternoon (AU 01066) by appointment (

All office hours can be found at support and advising.

September 30, 2021: "No lecture hall be empty" – Corona update

The mission at Uni Freiburg for the upcoming winter term is clear: "No lecture hall will be empty".
LAS pre-block courses have started face-to-face, and we are preparing a largely in-person winter term 2021-22. This also holds for the 2021 LAS Welcome Week and Graduation Ceremony

We are all very much looking forward to this!

This opportunity is based on the Corona regulations from the State of Baden-Württemberg and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts. Here you can find information in different languages. Detailed regulations for Freiburg University will follow shortly.

This opportunity allows new (old) freedoms and comes with shared responsibilities under pandemic conditions. It is based on 3G rule: vaccinated, recovered, tested (geimpft, genesen, getestet). The University will soon announce more on the central Corona website.

Vaccination information for Baden-Württemberg is available here. The Studierendenwerk Freiburg has information for students who are vaccinated with a vaccine not approved in the EU.

September 28, 2021: Online Keynote Lecture by Deborah Bolnick

We warmly invite you to the keynote lecture "How Academic Diversity is Transforming Scientific Knowledge in Biological Anthropology" by Deborah Bolnick.

"Academia has seen a concerted effort in recent years to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields, and these efforts have been lauded for increasing the involvement of historically underrepresented groups as well as broadening access and increasing justice within the life sciences. However, less attention has been given to the intellectual contributions that diversity brings — new kinds of questions, new concepts and theoretical perspectives, new approaches to research design and ethics, new insights and interpretations of data. In this lecture, I will discuss how academic diversity is transforming scientific knowledge in the fields of biological anthropology and human genetics, yielding new insights about both humans and non-humans, the interconnections between bodies, biology, and culture, and the politics and practice of science. Critically, efforts to change "who we are" means reconstituting "what we know"."

When? Friday, October 1, 6:30 pm (MESZ)
Where? Via Zoom
Please register with the subject "Keynote" under for Zoom-access.

The lecture is part of the workshop "Critical Life Sciences", which is a joint event hosted by the SoSciBio Research Group of the University of Freiburg, the Chair for Science and Technology Studies at the University College Freiburg, the Chair for Gender Studies MINT, and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS).

September 13, 2021: Registration for Pre-Block Courses until September 15

We are happy to offer you such interesting pre-block courses this summer. You can register until September 15 for the following courses:

  • Drug Development and Regulation
  • Global Sustainability Goals
  • Maths and Physics (Pre-Course)
  • Performing Leadership: Theatre, Film, Television and Beyond
  • Rhetoric and Techniques of Presentation

Here you can find more information (including updated times and rooms) on the courses.

August 23, 2021: LAS selection and admissions 2021

After last week's LAS selection interviews, we have now completed the selection process for the 2021 cohort of Liberal Arts and Sciences students. The University's Student Service Center will send the official notifications of admissions very soon.

For our soon-to-be new students, we have compiled information on living and studying (LAS) and hope to soon welcome you all in person to Freiburg!

Welcome International Students

August 12, 2021: Welcome new colleagues

We warmly welcome new colleagues at UCF, and say good-bye to Lukas.

Esther Di Nunzio is our new colleague in the examination office. She succeeds Lukas Kersten, who is leaving us this summer to concentrate on his PhD project. We wish Lukas all the best and welcome Esther at UCF. Esther lived and worked in Ghent, Belgium until 2003, and is now coming from the University of Education Freiburg.

Dr. Ulises Flores Hernández worked and studied in Mexico, South Korea and Germany before he obtained his PhD at the Chair of Forest Operations from the University of Freiburg. During the maternity leave of Dr. Sabine Sané, Ulises will take over tasks concerning the Major ESS and will teach courses in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences.

Have a good start at UCF!

Esther Di Nunzio Ulises Flores Hernandez Lukas Kersten
Esther Di Nunzio Dr. Ulises Flores Hernández Lukas Kersten

August 6, 2021: New Course Catalog out now!

The new Course Catalog for winter semester 2021-22 is out now. Have a look at all the interesting and exciting courses that will be offered in fall, like:

Course Catalog WS 21-22

  • Performing Leadership: Theatre, Film, Television and Beyond
  • Anatomy and Functions of the Brain
  • International Law: Principles and Practice
  • Global Sustainability Goals
  • Muslim Women and the Qur'an in Digital Culture
  • Principles of Responsible Leadership
  • Climate Change and Biodiversity
  • Planning and Doing Research
  • Theory of History
  • European Union: Policies and Legal Framework
  • Introduction to Tissue Engineering and Cellular Therapies in Regenerative Medicine

The latest information on individual courses is available on ILIAS. Regarding course registration, please carefully read pages 4 and 5. Please note the update of the Course Catalog (September 21).

July 27, 2021: Student Research – First Publications of LAS Students and Graduates

Every year, some students and graduates (co-)publish first research findings, which are often based on research in the context of their Bachelor theses. In 2021, Amelie Müller, Sarah Werner and Chiara Chiardi published first papers and articles.

Paper Use of GRADE Essay Kleinplastik Paper Comparative Life Cycle

You can find more examples of student research and publications on our research website, as well as more After LAS stories from our alumni.

Amelie Müller, Lorenz Friedrich, Christian Reichel, Sina Herceg, Max Mittag, Dirk Holger Neuhaus. A comparative life cycle assessment of silicon PV modules: Impact of module design, manufacturing location and inventory, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Volume 230, 15 September 2021, 111277, doi: 10.1016/j.solmat.2021.111277

Werner, S. S., Binder, N., Toews, I., Schünemann, H. J., Meerpohl, J. J., & Schwingshackl, L. (2021). Use of the GRADE approach for rating the certainty of evidence in evidence syntheses published in high impact factor nutrition journals: A methodological survey. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Volume 135, 54-69, doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2021.02.010

Giardi, C. Vom Guten Hirten zum Theater. Kleinplastik als Untersuchungs- und Vermittlungsmethode, in: Un-learning Ecologies: Workbook Kunstvermittlung in der ökologischen Krise / Workbook Art Education in the Ecological Crisis, edited by Cynthia Gavranic, Janina Krepart, Chantal Küng, and Maren Ziese (2021), Zurich University of the Arts / Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

July 16, 2021: Hybrid Teaching Impressions

As soon as University Corona regulations allowed presence teaching, we jumped. As some students are not in Freiburg and others are members of risk groups, presence teaching largely means hybrid teaching.

One example is Dr. Simon Büchner's "Introduction to Life Sciences". With open windows, equipped with masks, laptops, and a meeting owl – a device for audio and video interaction between the physical classroom and students online – workgroups met partly live and partly online. Despite technical challenges, students valued the opportunity of finally being back in a classroom with fellow students:

Classroom Meeting Owl Hybrid teaching
Some classroom impressions

July 9, 2021: New EPICUR-courses for Fall/Winter Semester 2021 are here!

EPICUR 2021-22 Course Catalog

Are you excited to dive into state-of-the-art teaching and learning formats? To sharpen your intercultural understanding? Do you want to actively deal with the current societal challenges? How about adding some EPICUR-courses in the field of Liberal Arts (and more!) to your studies? EPICUR is excited to offer you LAS-courses in three different tracks:

  1. Track Core
  2. Natural and Societal Sustainability
  3. European Identities

Courses start in September 2021 with more to come in 2022.
Registration is now open until July 13 on the EPICUR Interuniversity Campus.

Enjoy browsing through our EPICUR course offerings in the three Liberal Arts and Sciences study tracks and add some courses to your studies this spring 2021. 

Be EPICURious!

July 5, 2021: Dialogues Of Isolation. Call for student digital artworks

Dialogues of IsolationWe have all been living a different lifestyle for over a year now and hearing the term 'unprecedented times' everywhere. Some may have felt it more intensely, others found ways to mitigate the effects, nevertheless, in one way or another everyone shares this experience.
As their final project for the module 'Media Art in Theory and Practice' led by Dr. Johanna Gampe, a group of LAS students is now creating a public Instagram account "Dialogues Of Isolation". The account is used as an accessible space for people who want to express their emotions that they have gathered over the last year of social isolation due to COVID-19 measures through digital art. Fellow students can submit any digital expression work (call it art or not) - photos, drawings, edits, collages, audio, writings, poems and so on - which reflect the thoughts over the past year of isolation.

Deadline: July 18, 2021.

During the Exhibition Week from July 19-25th, all works will be published. It is open to submissions from students at UCF and across the whole university.
More information at:

June 25, 2021: New EPICUR courses open for registration

EPICUR is delighted to offer you LAS-courses for the upcoming fall/winter semester in three different tracks:
1) Track Core,
2) Natural and Societal Sustainability and
3) European Identities.
The wide variety of state-of-the-art teaching formats include joint and parallel courses and short intensive courses. All courses deal with real-world problems, include interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives, and aim to inspire critical thinking and autonomous and transformative learning.

Courses start in September 2021 with some courses starting later this year. 20 offerings this fall/winter with more to come in 2022. Courses are open to all EPICUR students! Registration is now open until July 13 and will occur through the EPICUR Interuniversity Campus. Have a look at the EPICUR Course Catalog for more info.

Furthermore, the EPICUR students invite all international students to the upcoming Think Thank – "Building the Multilingual University of the Future" on June 30 (English), July 1 (French) and July 15 (German). The University of Freiburg is working on a new language policy, and you can have a say! Here you can find more information.


June 21, 2021: Academia meets Industry talk with Prof. Voßkuhle

Academia meets Industry VoßkuhleWith his talk "Die europäische Rechtsgemeinschaft in der Krise!?" Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Andreas Voßkuhle (Institut für Staatswissenschaft und Rechtsphilosophie, Universität Freiburg, ehemal. Präsident des Bundesverfassungsgerichts / Former president oft he Supreme Court) will provide the input for the upcoming Academia meets Industry Seminar.

The event will be moderated by Julia Wandt (Kommunikation und Strategie, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg). Prof. Voßkuhle will present in German, the discussion will be in German and English.

When? June 21, 2021 17.00 (c.t.)

Where? Via Zoom

June 7, 2021: Freiburger Wissenschaftsmarkt 2021 – June 7-26

The 2021 Freiburg Science Market, hosted by the university and city of Freiburg, starts today! This year's online program offers many insights into science and innovation by all kinds by researchers from the many public and private research institutions in and around Freiburg.

  • Focus topics include blockchain technology, social media and democracy, sustainability, and much more.
  • Formats reach from panel discussions, talks, pub quizzes, and escape games
  • The full program (largely in German) is available here.

The program includes a joint stand and contributions on the topic of sustainability by the two European higher education networks the University of Freiburg is engaged in – Eucor and EPICUR:

  • Live EPICouches and Eucor-Couches on June 10 starting at 14:30
  • Webinar on Renewable Energy on June 18 at 10:00

More information about Eucor and EPICUR, about the joint contributions, background interviews on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the Zoom dial in information are available here.

Wissenschaftsmarkt 2021

June 1, 2021: LAS Application Period starts today!

The Liberal Arts and Sciences application period starts on June 1 and runs until July 31.

  • Applying at a university can be challenging. We have detailed Application Guidelines on our website. There are two different application processes (and guidelines) – depending on your citizenship and where you acquired your University entrance qualification. Please read and follow "your" guideline carefully.

  • Have a look at our Online Study-Choice Assistant (OSA). With videos of UCF staff and students, it is not only informative (and fun!). It also counts as a so-called study-orientation test for your LAS application.

  • If you have any questions about the LAS Program, we invite you to join our Online Open Days. There, you can browse the information we have compiled for you and participate in our Online Q&A Sessions, including sessions with a specific focus on the application and admissions process.

Do you want to know what it's like to study LAS at UCF? Then have a look at our LAS Stories and the LAS course experiences! And follow our LAS students on Instagram for more fun facts and insights.

Apply Now To Do Ask us

May 28, 2021: Design your own course for WS 2021/22

WTG Call for ProposalsHave you ever wondered what it would be like if you could design your own, perfect course? Wissenschaft – Technologie – Gesellschaft is giving you exactly this chance.

Get together with your friends from at least one other study program and come up with an interesting and interdisciplinary course idea that asks the big questions that you missed in other courses, or finally makes the connections between subjects that you were always wondering about. The interdisciplinary courses should focus on Science Studies and Life Sciences | Environmental Sciences | Digitalization.

Make sure your idea matches the requirements outlined in the call for proposals and send it to the program coordination by the end of June. Feel free to get in touch with your colleague Nils Lang, who is in charge of the competition, beforehand and improve your ideas together. Let's make your new favorite course happen together!

New deadline: July 9th

May 20, 2021: European eye for complex issues

Insights into re-thinking teaching: Kerstin Fest, Stefanie Klose and Steven Randall, the Freiburg EPICUR team based here at UCF, want to develop a European study program that is based on the Liberal Arts and Sciences in terms of didactics and content, and which can be taken in parallel in several countries. At its core are interactive and innovative teaching formats that prepare students to develop interdisciplinary approaches to the complex challenges of the 21st century. Kerstin Fest is designing classes on "European Identities," Stefanie Klose on "Ecological and Social Sustainability," and Steven Randall is developing concepts that teach core skills in academic work and writing.

In the winter semester 2020-21, Epicur pilot courses ran for the first time. The seminars were open to all students of Epicur universities. One example is the pilot course "Mediated Modelling for Sustainability", which Stefanie Klose organized along with Andreas Zitek, an Austrian colleague, between December 2020 and February 2021. For more insights into Kerstin, Stefanie, and Steven's LAS-based approach to a "European eye for complex issues", have a look at the Uni Freiburg press pages.

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Dr. Kerstin Fest Stefanie Klose Dr. Steven Randall

If you want to get involved in this exciting project, you can join the upcoming EPICUR Think Tank. Participating in it will give you the opportunity to be actively involved in shaping and developing teaching and learning in higher education as you will be advising the Freiburg EPICUR team based here at UCF. The Think Tank consists of five on-line sessions and can also be used as an Elective Joker worth 3 ECTS credits. Registration deadline is June 1, 2021.

May 12, 2021: General Assembly of the UCF Students Council on May 18

Call for EOsThe next General Assembly (GA) of the UCF Students Council will take place on May, 18 at 6 PM (ct) CEST. At this GA the student body will vote on an amendment to our current Charter. Therefore at least 60 people have to be present at the GA. The amendment concerns the position of Delegate to the Directorate. More information on the respective amendment can be found on the website of the Students Council.

But there are more good reasons to attend the GA: it's time to vote for two Executive Organizers, two Delegate to the Board of Studies, one Treasurer, two Mediators and one Secretary of Outreach.

And there are even better reasons to run for office! Become a part of a fabulous and engaged student association, become the new Max and Marianne, or the new Suhail! Do not be intimidated by the offices – people will always be there to support you. The call for Mediators additionally has a requirement that together, the two elected students should be male and international. (This means that we can have one international male and a German female, or a German male and an international female etc.)

When? May 18, 6 (ct) PM

May 6, 2021: Anti-Bias Workshops offered on Diversity Day on May 18

Diversity DayAs part of the German Diversity Day of the Association Charta der Vielfalt e. V., the European Diversity Month, and in line with the successful application for the "One University – One Book" competition with Carolin Emckes book "Against Hatred", this year's Diversity Day will take place on May 18, 2021.
The university has recently appointed a new Vice Rector for University Culture. The Gender and Diversity Office therefore offers anti-bias workshops under the motto "A university against hate – towards an appreciative and non-discriminatory university culture".
The digital anti-bias workshops take place via Zoom and last about 1.5 hours each. The aim of the workshops is to sensitize students and employees of all hierarchical levels to their own prejudices, and various forms of discrimination and disadvantage, to critically reflect on favorable or disadvantageous structures, and to learn about non-discriminatory, prejudice-conscious and appreciative behavior.

When? May 18, 2021. The workshops at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. will be in German, the workshop at 2:00 p.m. in English.
Kindly register here. The maximum number of participants per workshop is 20 people. The order of the incoming registrations counts.

April 26, 2021: New Semester & New Instagram Team

With the beginning of the new semester, spring has finally arrived! The university has new testing centers to provide staff and students the opportunity to get tested for the coronavirus (which we warmly recommend), the construction work at Alte Uni is making progress (there is new light and new staircases) and our Instagram team has two new members:

We warmly welcome Elisa, a 2nd-year LAS student majoring in Culture & History, and SeoWon, a 3rd-year LAS student majoring in Environmental Sciences. Together with Florence, who has initiated the UCF Student Instagram account, they are now responsible for it. Thank you for your engagement! 

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Elisa Florence SeoWon
New leaves New light New stairs
Ongoing and ... ... finished construction work @Alte Uni

April 14, 2021: KTUR Lunch Session and Kick-Off Event

The initiative "Knowledge Transfer Upper Rhine" (KTUR), led by 12 universities, aims to strengthen the Upper Rhine innovation region together with all stakeholders, build a creative and open network along the Rhine on both sides of the border and achieve more national and global attention for the Upper Rhine region.
KTUR invites you to a lunch session and the virtual kick-off event:

KTUR PhD Talks Lunch Session on the topic: „From Science to Startup – How to build a strong team".
When? April 15, 1.00 – 2.00 pm
Register at:

At the (virtual) kick-off event (open for all students) and you will have the opportunity to share experiences and ideas with the regional universities, startups, companies, intermediaries and other innovation actors on how the Upper Rhine innovation network can grow and gain more supra-regional attention. Here you can find the program.

When? April 21st and 22nd, both starting at 5 pm
Please register for the virtual event until April 16, 2021.
Register online via:

KTUR Lunch Talk KTUR Kick Off Event

April 1, 2021: Registration opens for new EPICUR Spring Courses

EpicuriousEPICUR is developing a wide variety of state-of-the-art teaching and learning formats in Liberal Arts and Sciences with an emphasis on collaborative teaching and learning. These courses deal with real-world problems, include interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives, and aim to inspire critical thinking and autonomous and transformative learning, like:

  • Environmentally Induced Migrants – Understanding migration drivers, impacts and feasible legal solutions
  • Socially/Distant: Critical and methodological perspectives on proxemics behavior in the Pandemic
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship and many more.

The new EPICUR Liberal Arts and Sciences courses (in English) will be offered to students from across the alliance. Seats are limited.

Registration opens on the 1st April and ends on the 14th April at 5pm. Here you can find more information on how to register.

Spring Course Catalog Epicur

March 29, 2021: News from our Alumni

We are always interested in what our LAS alumni are up to and where their studies, work and projects have taken them. Therefore, we really appreciate that many of them stay and in contact with us and share their stories, like Lucca, Marilena and Patrick:

Lucca is doing a Master in Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience at FU Berlin. Alongside his studies, he is working as a research assistant at the Visual Perception Lab at the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Charité Berlin and as a blog editor for the MIND Foundation for Psychedelic Science.

Marilena completed a Master of Law (LL.M.) in International Criminal Law at the Irish Center for Human Rights, NUI Galway and is now an independent human rights consultant based in London. She is commissioned by the UK Independent Uyghur Tribunal to manage the secretariat and investigate China's alleged international crimes against Uyghurs.

Patrick is about to finish his Master in Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability in Berlin and Vienna. He is engaged in the rethinking economics movement and co-founder of the Berlin Doughnut Coalition, a participatory platform for urban regeneration.

Curious? Read more in our After LAS Stories.

Lucca Jaeckel Marilena Stegbauer Patrick León Gross
Lucca Jaeckel Marilena Stegbauer Patrick Léon Gross

Thank you all for sharing!

March 15, 2021: Course Catalog Summer Semester 2021 out now

Course Catalog Summer Semester 2020The new course catalog for summer semester 2021 is out now. Have a look at all the exciting and interesting courses that will be offered, like:

  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Medievalism in Pop Culture: The Enduring Legacy of the European Middle Ages
  • Diplomatic Practice
  • Knowledge for Change? Low-Carbon Transitions and Environmental Justice
  • Intercultural Communication and Anti-Bias
  • Quantitative Genomics: Genetics, Epigenetics and Bioinformatic Analysis
  • Principles of Law and many more.

For course registration please carefully read pages 3 and 4.

March 8, 2021: Info Session for EPICUR Internship Exchange Program

EpicuriousWe gladly announce two upcoming events from EPICUR: the info sessions for the EPICUR Internship Exchange Program and the Sustainability Spring Days at KIT.

EPICUR Internship Exchange Program and Info Session

Are you EPICurious to gain practical experiences abroad through an internship in an enterprise or in a civil society organization? Are you looking for opportunities to broaden your horizon and improve your intercultural skills? Would you like to work in an international environment while being flexible regarding the location (for personal reasons or for persisting travel restrictions)? Then the EPICUR Internship Exchange Program might be right for you!

The EPICUR Internship Exchange Program is part of EPCIUR mobilities and offers students the opportunity to complete cross-border internships in one of the EPICUR universities’ locations.

  • Participants from all degree programs are welcome (according to the position requirements)
  • Internships are offered in private enterprises as well as civil society organizations (to be completed as civic engagement)
  • Internships and civic engagement can start individually from June to October with a minimum duration of 2 months

Learn more about the EPICUR Internship Exchange Program and how to apply in the online information session. Have a look at the flyer (PDF)

When? March 10, from 2 PM to 3 PM

for the Info Session by Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Sustainability Spring Days at KIT / March 22nd – 25th, 2021. Virtual Event

We would like to cordially invite you to join the Sustainability Spring Days at KIT from March 22nd – 25th, 2021 – this year as an all virtual event!

We will offer a large selection of workshops, lectures and excursions (many of which will be offered in English). Among others, topics like global climate change, personnel sustainability, climate policies, as well as technological and social innovations will be covered. There are 20 spots available for students of all EPICUR partner universities. Students can achieve 2 – 4 credit points. Please check with an adviser at your home institution whether EPICUR courses will be recognized in your program.

Register here (Registration is open until March 14, 11:59 pm)

March 3, 2021: „The Roast of – Landtagswahlen 2021“

The Roast ofNot sure yet who to vote yet for the Baden-Württembergian Landtag (State Parliament)? And keen on getting to know what the Freiburg candidates actually stand for?
We talk freiburg will host the first „The Roast of – Landtagswahlen 2021".

When? Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 7 p.m. to around 10 p.m.

The Event is a livestream-format, where the candidates of the two state electoral districts of Freiburg (46 + 47) are roasted. Whether green-ecological tofu talers, a black-charred sausage or a boring red paprica, everyone will have their fair share on the grill, so you can decide who is best sent to Stuttgart in the state elections on March 14th.
The grill chefs Maria-Xenia Hardt and former LAS-student Maya Rollberg will give the candidates a good roasting. The candidates and you can expect peppered questions, sharp follow-ups and a spicy mixture of topics. In several courses we will serve what moves Freiburg and Baden-Württemberg:
From education over climate issues to Health - look forward to an appealing menu as well as some exciting questions and votings for you to participate and give your opinion!

They will send the prepared delicacies home to you via livestream. Cheers!
On March 3, starting at 7 p.m., simply tune in at

Additionally, you can try the VoteSwiper. This free online voting aid supports voters in making their decision for the upcoming state elections in Baden-Württemberg.

March 1, 2021: EPICURtalks about Teaching European Identities Radio Europe

The EPICURtalks series explores the advancement in teaching & learning, including Liberal Arts and Sciences approaches as well as developments of new tools and didactics in digital and hybrid settings.

The second virtual EPICURtalk "Teaching European Identities Radio Europe I: Postcolonial Europe" will take place on March, 2nd and is followed by a discussion with PD Dr. Miriam Nandi.

In her talk, Pia Masurczak will address the outcomes and experiences of her EPICUR-seminar on Postcolonial Europe. Debates about the restitution of African art and artefacts, about the arrival of refugees and migrants, or about systemic racism have (re-)surfaced in many European countries in the past few years. These issues are at least partly connected to the colonial legacy of many European nations and Europe as a whole.

Postcolonial thought offers ways to look at European identities and histories from a different perspective. To explore the ramifications of colonialism, the students shared their analyses and discussions in the form of a five-part podcast series. Each episode discusses a specific aspect of engagement with colonial legacies.  And they gained understanding of how to transfer academic skills to a (new) journalistic format and make their information accessible to a wider, non-academic public.

When? March, 2nd, 2021 at 5:30 pm CET
Kindly register
: RSVP to by March 1, 2021. Attendees will receive their zoom link on March 2nd. The event will take approximately an hour.

Are you already interested in the podcast series that the students produced? Here you can listen to it: Each episode discusses a specific aspect of this engagement with colonial legacies, from anti-racist movements both in the UK and the US, the British exploitation of indigenous land rights in Canada, to possibly neo-colonial voluntary services abroad the repercussions of Brexit on the Caribbean.

Epicur talks

February 26: Un-Learning Ecologies – Project and publication with alumna Chiara Giardi

Chiara Giardi, a recent UCF Culture & History graduate, is pursuing Master's degree in Art Education, Curatorial Studies at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). There, she is engaged in various projects, including a collaboration between the ZHdK and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst that is based on the ZHdK seminars Vermittlung in Ausstellungen I and Other classrooms: Ecopedagogies.

This culminated in a project publication that was presented yesterday: Un-learning Ecologies: Workbook Kunstvermittlung in der ökologischen Krise / Workbook Art Education in the Ecological Crisis, with articles in German and English, edited by Cynthia Gavranic, Janina Krepart, Chantal Küng, and Maren Ziese. The workbook can be downloaded from the ZHdK website.

Chiara Laurel contributed the article "Vom Guten Hirten zum Theater" and was, together with Caroline Glock and Ani Ekin Özdemir, responsible for the visual concept and graphic design.

Further information at the Kuratorium Ökologie of the ZHdK. An interview will follow on March 8 during the Swiss Sustainability Week. 

UPDATE: Tomorrow, March 9 at 12:00, Radio NHWZ will be reporting about sustainability activities at the ZhdK. Overall program and stream are available here.

Un-learning ecologies

February 17, 2021: Career talk and talk on Artificial Intelligence Governance

The Global Affairs in Dialogue Committee invites UCF students to the upcoming "Career Talk on International and Human Rights Careers" – a webinar with UCF alumnae and alumni.

Besides Marilena Stegbauer, who was guest at the last episode of the talk series "Europe as Normative Power" and has shared her AfterLAS story here, we are thrilled to announce the presence of Elisa Miedbach, Lara Ellenberg, Magdalena Burtscher, and Paul Weber. All former LAS Governance students who pursued international careers after graduating from UCF.

They will give insights into their career paths and personal experiences, on how they made career decisions, and what advice they would give to current LAS students. Afterwards, you will be able to ask questions and receive the valuable first-hand information you might be looking for on how you could proceed after your graduation.

When? Friday, February 19th, 6 pm (s.t.)
Kindly register here for the event.

The Global Affairs in Dialogue Committee also announces their next talk "Roles for the EU in Artificial Intelligence Governance: A Winning Near-Term End Game". It's part of the talk series "The EU as a Normative Power". Three highly knowledgeable experts will be joining the talk:

GOP Artificial Intelligence

  • Prof. Joanna Bryson is an expert in AI governance and its impacts on human cooperation, AI ethics, and AI ethics policy making. She is a Professor of Ethics and Technology at the Hertie School of Berlin and has been nominated by Germany to the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence.
  • Prof. Andrea Renda is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy at the Centre for European Policy Studies think tank. He is an expert in regulation, the impact of new technologies on policy making around the world, and evidence-based policy making.
  • Frederike Kaltheuner is a public-interest Tech Policy Fellow at the Mozilla Foundation, and the manager of the European AI Fund. She is an expert on regulation of new technologies, digital strategy and privacy and has an NGO perspective.

By joining this 90 min talk, you will have the opportunity to get an insight into the current state of Artificial Intelligence in the EU, its regulation, its opportunities, and its impact.

When? Thursday, February 25th, at 6:30 p.m.
Kindly register until February 23rd for the event by following the link. The invitation to the talk will be sent to you shortly before the meeting, after you have registered.

February 15, 2021: EPICUR LAS spring 2021 course catalog online!

EPICUR 2021 Course Catalog

Uni Freiburg and UCF are part of EPICUR, a pilot European University of the future. As of winter semester 2020/21, EPICUR offers LAS-based seminars and other teaching activities across the alliance:

  • EPICUR courses taught by UCF EPICUR staff are organized as regular UCF courses and listed in the LAS Course Catalog. Reserved EPICUR slots not taken by students from EPICUR partners will be assigned to UCF students on the waiting list during the post-registration period 2 and in registration period 3. 
  • EPICUR courses offered at the EPICUR partners can be taken by UCF students. These courses adhere to the individual partner's academic calendar and course organization.

The EPICUR LAS spring 2021 course catalog is now online! Registration deadline is February 19.

More information on upcoming courses and on course registration is available in the course catalog and on EPICampus, the EPICUR Virtual Campus Learning Platform. Credit recognition at UCF follows the procedure for courses taken outside the University of Freiburg during LAS.

Please also see the upcoming EPICUR course offerings in the field of Language & Culture.

EPICUR 2021 Course Catalog

February 8, 2021: “Research Design Across Disciplines Conference” on Feb 11/12

The LAS course "Planning and Doing Research", part of the module "Research Design Across Disciplines" (RDAD), is aimed at LAS students who, towards the end of their studies, should refine their academic skills and intensify contact with academic research, before embarking on writing the Bachelor thesis, applying for Master programs or preparing for the next career moves. As part of the course, participants organize an interdisciplinary academic conference at which the students present and discuss their proposals before embarking on their B.A. or B.Sc. theses. Therefore, many (but not all) topics are the speakers' bachelor thesis topics.

When? This year's edition will be the first one entirely held online. It will take place on:
Thursday, February 11th, from 10:00-16:40 and
Friday, February 12th, from 14:00-16:20.

It will include panel sessions on "Perspectives on Covid-19", "Europe Across Disciplines", "African Countries in the Global Sphere", "Technocratic Solutions to Climate Change", "Meta Analyses on Ecology", "Perspectives on Illness", "Multi Media and Politics", "LASers studying Freiburg Cases", "How to: Sustainable Urbanism", "To Be or Not to Be in a (Digital) World" and many more.

January 26, 2021: EPICURtalks – Innovation in Teaching & Learning

The EPICURtalks series explores the advancement in teaching & learning, including Liberal Arts and Sciences approaches as well as developments of new tools and didactics in digital and hybrid settings. Hosted by the University of Freiburg, the series will travel virtually from partner to partner, inviting speakers from across the disciplinary spectrum to share their diverse perspectives on the future of teaching & learning in brief talks that inspire and invite further discussion.

The EPICUR Alliance cordially invites you to the first virtual EPICURtalks and discussion with Prof. Dr. Rainer Haas, Institute for Marketing & Innovation University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna on Teaching the Global Seminar: «Strategies for Internationalization @Home». In his talk, Prof. Haas will address the challenge of providing students with an international and intercultural experience when they are not able to participate in traditional exchange schemes

When? Feburary 2nd, 2021 at 5:30 pm CET

EPICURtalks is now online.

Epicur talks

January 7, 2021: Global Affairs in Dialogue online talk on January 14

GOP Talk January 14The Global Affairs in Dialogue committee of the University College Freiburg is thrilled to invite you to join the online talk "The Uyghur Tribunal – Investigating China’s Alleged Persecution of Uyghurs“.

For this event, we are inviting Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, the chair of the Uyghur Tribunal. He will share insights into the work of the tribunal, that is, the investigation of China’s alleged crimes against humanity against Uyghur and other Muslim population.
As part of the series "Europe as a Normative Power", the Global Affairs in Dialogue committee warmly welcomes you to discuss topics of common concern. University College of Freiburg alumni and now human rights consultant Marilena Stegbauer will moderate this very special edition.

When? The meeting will take place on Thursday, 14 January 2021 at 18:00 (CET).

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC

For more information on the talk, please have a look at the website:


The event was a great success with many active participants. Sir Geoffrey Nice QC stated afterwards:

“I did enjoy the event - as I always do. Performance activities bring their own reward, but I hope that there is some additional and genuine reward in helping people (younger people inevitably) on a journey of intellectual or academic inquiry."

December 22, 2020: We wish you a peaceful festive season

Happy Holidays 2020

LAS student Vera Brandes designed this year's christmas card - thank you so much, dear Vera!

We would like to thank all our supporters – students, staff, professors and many friends – for their commitment and engagement over the past year. It was a challenging year 2020, and we wish everybody a peaceful festive season and all the best for the New Year 2021!

Next year, starting January 22nd, we will again offer our live Q&A sessions. Have a look at the dates and kindly register for each session. We look forward to seeing you 2021.


December 10, 2020: Virtual Teaching Collaboration LAS – EPICUR – VirtualLAS 


Starting this winter semester, UCF has launched VirtualLAS

VirtualLAS is a UCF teaching project, funded by the DAAD International Virtual Academic Collaboration. Program. The project focuses on collaborative, digitally based teaching, and student-instructor dialogue as well as on intercultural competencies and team-working skills.

VirtualLAS will pilot and evaluate innovative and collaborative teaching formats using three projects with partners in Freiburg, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, and the United States. The course topics are:

  • Pandemics in History
  • Sustainable Cities
  • European Union Rising Up to Challenges

VirtualLAS is a further teaching project that extends the Freiburg LAS Programm internationally and virtually!

Prof. Katherine Richardson at the LAS / EPICUR seminar on "Sustainable Cities"

On December 9, the LAS / EPICUR seminar on "Sustainable Cities" welcomed a prominent guest lecturer: Prof. Katherine Richardson is leader of the Sustainability Sciences Center in Copenhagen and VirtualLAS project partner. Her research focuses on identifying so-called planetary boundaries.

In her lecture, she demonstrated the importance of preserving biodiversity and reducing climate change so that the matter and material cycle is able to maintain human life. She highlighted the role of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for achieving a livable Earth for all and the necessity to understand their interconnectedness in order to reach them. As it is expected that the majority of the global population will be living in cities in near future, Sustainable cities is an SDG.

But will we be able to live within the planetary boundaries? Our actions so far are not sufficient. But as we managed the ozone depletion, we may be able to manage living on one planet Earth also in future. For further reading, please see central research publications co-authored by Katherine Richardson:

Planetary Boundaries

December 2, 2020: Discussion on the "EU and the People's Republic"

GOP EU and the People’s RepublicAfter a successful first panel discussion of the event series "Europe as a Normative Power", the Global Affairs in Dialogue warmly invite you to their next discussion on the "EU and the People's Republic – an Uncertain Future".

In this talk, expert Dr. Theresa Fallon, who is the founder of the think-tank CREAS and a longtime researcher of Europe-Asia relations, will share her expertise, discuss with us, and answer our questions. Here you can find more information on the topic or Dr. Fallon.

When? Wednesday, December 2nd, at 6.30 pm.

Prior registration is necessary to enter the meeting and can be done here. You will receive the link to the zoom-meeting via email a few hours before the talk.

November 27, 2020: Be EPICURious! 1st Annual EPICUR Forum December 9-11

Save the Date! The 1st EPICUR forum on Entrepreneurship & Sustainability will take place Dec 9-11, 2020.

The EPICUR forum is open to students, teachers, researchers and administrative staff from universities as well as local and European stakeholders. The program includes a virtual start-up tour, panel discussions, keynotes on environmental project funding and entrepreneurship, workshops for researchers and teachers from 6 European countries, an ERASMUS challenge for students, and much more. The full program is on the EPICUR website.

Registration is open until December 6. Be EPICURious!

Our "EPICUR Erasmus challenge" continues. The EPICUR alliance invites ERASMUS students and alumni to share their Erasmus "feeling" and experiences. Take part in our #EpicurErasmusChallenge on Instagram.

Erasmus Challenge

November 25, 2020: Graduation and Welcome Week – Under Special Circumstances

No doubt – this year's restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic gave us a hard time also in organizing our two major LAS autumn events: the 2020 Graduation Ceremony and Welcome Week. Thankfully, a hybrid format including live and online contributions was possible for both events:

Thanks to many heartwarming presentations and greetings, live and via video, the LAS Graduation Ceremony was a most lovely, festive, and memorable occasion that gave us all the opportunity to congratulate and bid farewell to the LAS Graduates 2020. More photos and info here.

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For this year's LAS Welcome Week, we invited all new students to our opening session in the Aula of the university (and under physically distanced conditions). Those who could not make it to Freiburg followed us via Livestream. During the Welcome Week, small-group hikes outside were possible thanks to the weather and not overly strict coronavirus regulations. Our traditional Opening Celebration was moved from the Peterhofkeller to the Internet and, surprise, it was a fabulous party with music, costumes, welcome speeches, and that LAS spirit already visible in our 2020 LAS cohort!

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November 23, 2020: Panel discussion on "European democracy promotion"

Global Affairs Panel DiscussionOn Monday, November 23rd at 16.00 (s.t.), the Global Affairs in Dialogue Committee (formerly known as the Global Order Project) will hold a panel discussion on European democracy promotion.

Under the topic “European democracy promotion  risks and opportunities” experts Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel, Dr. Anna Khakee, and Dr. Marika Lerch will share their individual expertise with us, engage in discussion and answer our questions. 

Prior registration is necessary to enter the meeting and can be done HERE. We will send the participants a link via e-mail to get into the virtual conference a few hours before it starts.

November 18, 2020: UCF participates at "Tag der offenen Tür" of Freiburg University

The University of Freiburg will be hosting a virtual Tag der offenen Tür on November 18, 2020. We at UCF will participate with live sessions about our Liberal Arts and Sciences Program. Join us at UCF for two information and Q&A sessions, hosted by Dr. Ursula Glunk and Paul Sterzel and with current LAS students.

More information on our Open Day

9:30 am Live Information and Q&A session "Liberal Arts and Sciences"

Paul Sterzel, UCF Managing Director, and a current LAS student will present the LAS study program and answer all your questions.

  • 9:30-10:15 am CET (Central European Time)
  • Via Zoom

1:00 pm: Talk live to LAS students
Current LAS students will introduce you to LAS from their perspective and inform you about student life, student activities and committees at UCF, and answer all your questions.

  • 1:00-1:45 pm CET (Central European Time)
  • Via Zoom

4:00 pm: Live Information and Q&A session "Liberal Arts and Sciences"

Dr. Ursula Glunk, UCF Academic Director, and a current LAS student will present the LAS study program and answer all your questions.

  • 4:00-4:45 pm CET (Central European Time)
  • Via Zoom

The slides from the LAS Information and Q&A sessions are available here (2.1 MB).

Beyond the UCF live sessions, you can join general Uni Freiburg offerings (in German) on topics such as: how to finance your studies, how to find a right study program for you, study abroad opportunities, and take a virtual campus tour.

Have a great and informative Tag der offenen Tür!

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November 4, 2020: FRIAS Lunch Lectures on Resilience

This winter term, the FRIAS is hosting a virtual Lunch Lecture Series on
Multidisciplinary Research on Resilience: Examples from Theory and Practice.

This semester's series is organized by the FRIAS Research Focus Building and Researching Resilience in the Environmental Humanities. At each session, affiliated researchers offer 25 minute lectures for students and the (University) public, followed by about 20 minutes of discussion. 

The series is bi-weekly on Thursdays, 12.15 pm – 1.00 pm on Zoom. For more information and contacts, please see the FRIAS web page.

  • 5 Nov 2020 – Roderich von Detten (Forestry Economics, Freiburg): "Resisting", "Reorganizing" and "Maintaining" – Origins and Dimensions of Socio-ecological Resilience
  • 19 Nov 2020 – Kate Rigby (Environmental Humanities, Bath): 'Daily Bread': Resilience, Religion and the Arts
  • 3 Dec 2020 – Stefan Kaufmann (Sociology, Freiburg): Societal Resilience. On the Ambivalences of a Concept 
  • 17 Dec 2020 – Luisa Cortesi (Anthropology, Rotterdam): Amphibious Omens: Adapting to Dangerous Wetness
  • 14 Jan 2021 – Philippe Hamman (Sociology) & Aurélie Choné (Literature and Cultural Studies, Strasbourg): Concepts, Discourses and Uses of Resilience in Literary and Social Science Studies 
  • 28 Jan 2021 – Patrick Sakdapolrak (Human Geography, Vienna): Translocal Resilience. Environmental Change, Migration and Social Resilience in Rural Thailand
  • 11 Feb 2021 – Ingo Krossing (Chemistry, Freiburg): Resilience in Chemical Systems and Processes

November 2, 2020: Coronavirus Pandemic and Relevant Policies and Measures

University of Freiburg: All policies and measures are announced on the University website. As of November 2, the level 5 measures of the University multi-​level-plan apply. All classroom-​based teaching is suspended.

University College Freiburg: All offices at UCF are closed to the public, including students. More information can be found on Ilias. In case of questions, please contact: 

City of Freiburg: The city of Freiburg corona portal lists all current regulations in Freiburg and provides further information and links (in German).

State of Baden-Württemberg: Here you can find the current Corona Regulation in Baden-Württemberg as well as further information and links. The English version of the Corona Regulation is available here.

General information in English on the coronavirus and the current regulations and situation in Germany is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

October 15, 2020: Recent LAS alumni activities – "Just. Another. Month."

Just Another MonthTwo LAS alumnae, Rosa-Lena Lange and Charlotte Weinreich, produced a documentary called "Just. Another. Month." The film focusses on two Namibian activists engaged in improving access to menstrual products and women's rights. The local showing of the documentary this evening is, unfortunately, already booked out. Recently, the Badische Zeitung interviewed Rosa-Lena Lange about the film's production, content, and intention; the interview is available here. Further information about the film is hosted by the Freiburg Kommunales Kino.

The film was recently nominated for the Deutscher Menschrechts-Filmpreis 2020. The jury will announce the prize winners of 2020 at the end of October: So, we can hopefully expect more showings and general awareness!

UPDATE: We warmly congratulate Rosa-Lena Lange and Charlotte Weinreich for winning the Menschenrechts-Filmpreis 2020! Here you can read an interview of the filmmakers in unicross, here you can have a look at the statements of the laureates.

October 2, 2020: Course Catalog for Winter Semester 2020-21 out now

Course Catalog WS 2020-21

The new course catalog for winter semester 2020/21 is out now. Have a look at all the exciting and interesting courses that will be offered, like:

  • Female Leadership
  • Drug Development and Regulation
  • Happiness
  • Introduction to Tissue Engineering and Cellular Therapies in Regenerative Medicine
  • Post-Migrant Europe
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship and many more.

For course registration please carefully read pages 3 and 4.

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