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Chronicle of the University of Bayreuth

The history of the University of Bayreuth is one of success. Founded to strengthen the structurally weak region of eastern Upper Franconia near the border, it can safely be said today that it has flourished. The once small university has become a force to be reckoned with on both the national and international higher education scene.

Today it attracts highly-qualified researchers from all over the world, trains future specialists right here in Upper Franconia, and brings companies and graduates together. But how did the University of Bayreuth develop from empty fields to such an important, versatile, and dynamic institution? Our chronicle will show you.

1969

Bayreuth shortlisted as site for a new university - Recommendation of the Committee for University Foundations of the German Council of Science and Humanities

19 September
Announcement of the application of the City of Bayreuth to found a university by Head Mayor Hans Walter Wild
November
First memorandum on the structural improvement of the borderland area of north-east Bavaria and the establishment of a University of Bayreuth

1970

March
Foundation of Universitätsverein (University Association)
April
Second memorandum of the city of Bayreuth on the establishment of a university
May
Proposal for the foundation of the University in Bayreuth by the Bavarian University Planning Commission
Naming of Bayreuth as site for a new university by plenary assembly of the Science Council
July
Resolution of the Bavarian State Parliament on the foundation of the next Bavarian State University in Bayreuth

1971

26 July
Constitution of the Structural Advisory Board for the University of Bayreuth (Chair: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wild)
23 December
Passage of the law establishing a university in Bayreuth by the Bavarian State Parliament - in force from 1 January 1972, original capacity planned: 9,000 students upon completion of final expansion phase

1972

January

Official establishment of the University of Bayreuth

The office for the University of Bayreuth opens in Bayreuth
July
Conversion of the Bayreuth University of Education into Faculty II for Pedagogy of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
August
Inclusion of the University of Bayreuth in the list of higher education institutions under the Higher Education Promotion Act by the Federal Government

1973

January
Wolf-Peter Hentschel becomes the first Provost of the University of Bayreuth
February
Establishment of University Construction Management at the state building authority
October
Assumption of office by founding President of the University of Bayreuth, Dr. Klaus Dieter Wolff and two Vice Presidents, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wild and Prof. Dr. Walter Schmitt Glaeser
November
Official inauguration of founding President Dr. Klaus Dieter Wolff by the Bavarian Minister of Education Prof. Dr. Hans Maier
December
Start of construction of the multi-purpose science building (today: Earth Sciences I)

1974

Start of construction of university library
23 March
Laying of the foundation stone of the University of Bayreuth by Bavarian Premier Dr. h. c. Alfons Goppel

1975

March
Central library in temporary accommodation (Justus-Liebig-Straße)
April
Awarding of certificate of appointment to the first research chair at the University of Bayreuth, Prof. Dr. Dietrich von Holst
July
Structural Advisory Board recommends adding humanities; new department to be established by autumn 1977
August
Issuance of the provisional constitution of the University of Bayreuth by the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs
Oktober
Incorporation of the Bayreuth Department of Educational Sciences of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg into the University of Bayreuth
Commissioning of the Natural Sciences multi-purpose building by University Construction Management, the first newly constructed building
Creation of the Senate
3 November
Start of teaching (first lecture: Prof. Dr. Erwin Beck)
27 November
Official opening of the University of Bayreuth as the seventh Bavarian state university: 22 research chairs, start of teaching in 3 departments (Mathematics and Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences, Education)
WS 1975/76
632 students

1976

April
Opening of the Central Library Reading Room (Justus-Liebig-Straße 8)
May
Opening of the Wallenfels Ecological Outstation of the University of Bayreuth, the first of its kind in Bavaria
September
First meeting of the International Club for the University of Bayreuth - application for entry in the register of associations on 24 January 1979
Senate resolution on the establishment of the Research Institute for Music Theatre Studies (fimt) as a central facility of the University of Bayreuth
October
Start of construction of the Earth Sciences II building
November
Start of construction of the Natural & Physical Sciences I and the Building & Grounds Maintenance buildings
December
Resolution of the Senate on the establishment of four research foci: 
  • African Studies
  • Experimental Ecology
  • Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Music Theatre Research

WS 1976/77
28 research groups, 692 students

1977

33 full professorships, 3 senior research associates and professors, over 80 academic employees

March
Gräflich Giech'sche Spitalstiftung Thurnau transfers Thurnau Castle to the University of Bayreuth for the Research Institute for Music Theatre Studies; Institute operations in Thurnau begin in July 1977
June

Topping-out ceremony for Earth Sciences II

July
Topping-out ceremony for Building & Grounds Maintenance
Bavarian universities master plan - revision of the expansion target to 5,000 study places by 1985
October

Dissolution of the Department of Education Sciences and establishment of the Department of Cultural Studies

November
First doctorate at the University of Bayreuth: Werner Kexel (subject Mathematics)
December
Temporary cafeteria (Glashaus) starts operation
Landtag (state parliament) resolution on the establishment of Upper Franconia's Association for Student Affairs in Bayreuth, for the University of Bayreuth and Coburg University of Applied Sciences
Commissioning and occupation of the Earth Sciences II building
WS 1977/78

788 students, 5 departments (new: Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies, Department of Cultural Studies; dissolved: Department of Education Sciences), 15 degree programmes; Introduction: Law with additional training in economics (initially with 70 students); Diplom programmes in mathematics, physics, technical physics, biology, chemistry, geography; law; Gymnasium (grammar school) teacher training programme: Mathematics, physics, biology, geography, economics, sports; Grundschule and Hauptschule (primary and secondary modern school) teacher training course

1978

March
Opening of Technical Centre
Installation of temporary law library in Kanalstraße
April
Opening of Earth Sciences II building
Foundation of the Ecological-Botanical Garden
July/
September
Start of construction of the Humanities building (today: Law, Business & Economics II)
November
Re-election of founding President Dr. Klaus Dieter Wolff for the six-year term beginning 16 October 1979
Establishment of the Emil Warburg Foundation

Partial opening of the Natural & Physical Sciences I building

WS 1978/79
1,101 students
Establishment of Diplom programmes in geoecology and business administration

1979

March
Establishment of the Business Research Centre for SME Issues (BF/M)
November
Start of construction of the Natural & Physical Sciences II building
December
Transfer of part of Plassenburg Castle in Kulmbach to the University of Bayreuth for the establishment of a geomagnetic and archaeomagnetic research area
 72 research groups chaired out of 130 approved
WS 1979/80
1,521 students

Establishment of the Diplom programme in economics

1980

May
Opening of the Humanities I building (today: Law, Business & Economics II)
September
Start of construction of the cafeteria
WS 1980/81
2,022 students
Establishment of postgraduate programme in African Studies

1981

April

Opening of Natural & Physical Sciences I building

November
Opening of the "Iwalewahaus” African centre
December

Establishment of the first DFG Collaborative Research Centre at the University of Bayreuth: SFB 137 - Principles and Strategies of Matter Turnover in Ecological Systems (until 1992)

Establishment of the Department of Sport Science
WS 1981/82
2,521 students, introduction of the two-stage legal education system

1982

Completion of the Natural & Physical Sciences I building

April

100th Professor in Bayreuth: Prof. Dr. Andreas Remer

September
official start of construction of the Ecological Botanical Garden
WS 1982/83
3,218 students

1983

April
new cafeteria building opened
May
Conference on Franco-German Cultural Relations for 200 Years (on the 20th Anniversary of the Élysée Treaty)
August
Conference of the Research Institute for Music Theatre Studies on the 100th anniversary of Richard Wagner's death
Autumn
Completion of the Natural & Physical Sciences II building
Establishment of Kontaktstelle zum Technologietransfer mit der oberfränkischen Wirtschaft (contact point for technology transfer with the Upper Franconian economy)
WS 1983/84
3,960 students

1984

Establishment of the Bayreuth Institute for Macromolecular Research
Opening of the Research Centre for Social Law and Health Economics
Establishment of the Department of History
Establishment of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 213: Topospecific Chemistry and Toposelective Spectroscopy of Macromolecular Systems (until1995)
Establishment of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 214: Identity in Africa - Processes of Creation and Transformation (until 1997)
Spring

Completion of the laboratory building in the Ecological-Botanical Garden

April
Partial opening of the Ecological-Botanical Garden
September
Start of construction of the Central Library
November
Re-election of President Dr Klaus Dieter Wolff for the term of office from 1 October 1985 to 30 September 1991
WS 1984/85
4,512 students

1985

May
Opening of the Research Centre for Spatial Analysis, Regional Policy and Administrative Practice in Langheim Amtshof Kulmbach
22-29 June
Festival week to mark the tenth anniversary of the University of Bayreuth: "It all started with 808 students ..."
22 June
First university ball as part of the tenth anniversary celebration
September/
November
Start of construction of the University Sport building (1st phase)
WS 1985/86
4,834 students
Establishment of Diplom programme in Sport, Business & Law

1986

Establishment of the Bavarian Research Institute for Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics
WS 1986/87 
5,390 students

1987

March
Start of construction of the Humanities II building, 1st phase (today: Humanities I)
May
Completion and occupation of the Central Library and the Department of Sport Science on the campus grounds
Establishment of a model DFG Research Training Group on "Plant-Herbivore Systems" (until 1993; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Erwin Beck)
WS 1987/88
6,023 students

1988

April
Opening of University Sport building (1st phase)
July
Resolution of the Bavarian State Government on the establishment of an institute for materials research at the University of Bayreuth
Opening of the Central Library
August
Start of construction of the University Sport building (2nd phase)
28 November
Ceremony for the 13th anniversary of the University of Bayreuth - honorary doctorate for Prof. Dr. Hans Maier (Bavarian Minister of Education 1970-1986)
WS 1988/89
6,534 students

1989

Appointment of a women's representative
April
Nobel Prize winner for literature Wole Soyinka receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Bayreuth
First Bayreuth Polymer Symposium (10-12 April 1989)
June
Research Institute for Music Theatre Studies cooperates with the GDR Institute of the Academy of Sciences (Project: Piper's Encyclopaedia of Music Theatre)
November
Basic resolution of the Senate on the establishment of a university archive
December
Opening of Humanities II, 1st phase (today: Humanities I)
WS 1989/90
7,314 students

1990

Establishment of the DFG Research Training Groups "Intercultural Relations in Africa" (until 1999; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Gerd Spittler), "Complex manifolds" (until 1999; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thomas Peternell), "Materials and Phenomena at Very Low Temperatures" (until 1997; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Frank Pobell, Prof. Dr. Hans F. Braun)
May
Groundbreaking ceremony for the new building of the Bavarian Research Institute for Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics
Establishment of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Bayreuth
July
Foundation of the Institute for International Communication & Foreign Cultural Exchange e.V. (IIK Bayreuth)
100th doctorate (Faculty of Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science)
Start of construction of the Bavarian Research Institute for Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics
September
Opening of Humanities II (today: Humanities I)
Opening of the University Sport building (2nd phase)
November
Establishment of the Bayreuth Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research (BITÖK)
WS 1990/91
8,201 students

1991

Establishment of the DFG research unit "Differential Equations in Hydrodynamics" (until 1997; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Christian G. Simader)
Establishment of the DFG Research Training Groups "Nonlinear Spectroscopy and Dynamics" (until 2000; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Dietrich Haarer), "Biosynthesis of Proteins and Regulation of their Activity" (until 2000; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Mathias Sprinzl
Foundation of the University Symphony Orchestra
February
Election of Prof. Dr. Helmut Büttner as President. (Start of the six-year term of office on 1 October 1991)
Free State of Bavaria acquires land up to the southern bypass for future expansion
June
Honorary doctorate awarded to Vàclav Havel, President of the Czechoslovak Federative Republic
November
Start of construction of the Central University Administration building
WS 1991/92
8,520 students

1992

March
Start of construction of Auditorium Maximum
WS 1992/93
8,743 students

1993

Commissioning of further buildings of the Ecological-Botanical Garden
WS 1993/94
8,921 students

1994

January
Opening of the Central University Administration building
May
Opening of the Bavarian Research Institute for Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics and Auditorium Maximum
July
Inauguration of Auditorium Maximum with 700 seats, the laboratory building for high-pressure research and surface physics, and the buildings of the Central University Administration and Upper Franconia's Association for Student Affairs
WS 1994/95
8,717 students

1995

January

Advisory Centre for Inventor Affairs starts work

July

Commissioning of the International Meeting Centre and Guest House (Alexander von Humboldt House)

Establishment of the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences (FAN) as the sixth faculty of the University of Bayreuth

Establishment of DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 279: Interplay between Order and Transport in Solids - the Mutual Influence of Order States and Transport Phenomena in Crystals, Glasses and Polymers (until 1998)

Establishment of the DFG research unit "Senescence Processes in Plants" (until 2001; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Erwin Beck)

Establishment of the DFG Research Training Group "Rural Regional Development in the Maghreb" (until 2004; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Herbert Popp)

WS 1995/96
8,411 students

1996

Establishment of DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 466: Lymphoproliferation and viral immunodeficiency;  Subproject in cooperation with the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (until 2007)
November
Start of construction at the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences
WS 1996/97
8,217 students

1997

February
Election of Prof. Dr. Helmut Ruppert as President, term of office: 1 October 1997 to 30 September 2003
March
First public tour of the Ecological-Botanical Garden
April
Start of construction of the Applied Natural Sciences Building - Library
June
Laying of the foundation stone of the Applied Natural Sciences Building
August
Start of construction of the University Sport building (3rd phase)
WS 1997/98
7,820 students

1998

Establishment of DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 481: Complex Macromolecular and Hybrid Systems in Internal and External Fields (until 2010)

Establishment of the DFG Research Unit "Transport Phenomena in Superconductors and Superfluids" (until 2001; with University of Regensburg)

Founding President of the University of Bayreuth, Dr. Klaus Dieter Wolff, is made Prof. E. h. by the Saxon Minister of State, Dr. Hans Joachim Meyer, for his services to the integration of the universities of the new federal states and to science planning in Saxony

Establishment of the Otto Warburg Foundation

September
Opening of the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences
October
Opening of Applied Natural Sciences Building (Building B and C) and Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences - Library
November
Instalment of the first University Council according to Art. 26 BayHSchG
December
Opening of University Sport building (3rd phase)

Introduction of Diplom programmes in materials science and health economics (for the first time in Germany)

WS 1998/99
7,724 students

1999

March
Exchange programme with the University of California
November

Founding of the Bayreuth Institute for European Law & Legal Culture, expansion of the University of Bayreuth's focus areas from four to nine:

  • High Pressure & High Temperature Research
  • Polymer & Colloid Science
  • Ecological & the Environmental Sciences
  • Advanced Materials
  • Molecular Biosciences
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  •  African Studies
  •  Cultural Encounters & Transcultural Processes
  •  Dynamics & Order: Development of
  • Legal Culture and Economy
November
Dr Ekkehard Beck becomes the new Provost (November 1999 to July 2010)
December
Opening of Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences Buildings A and D
WS 1999/2000
Introduction of bachelor's and master's degree programmes, 7,302 students

2000

Establishment of DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 560: Local Action in Africa in the Context of Global Influences (until 2007)
Inauguration of the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences, start of studies
Foundation of the North Bavarian Competence Centre for New Materials in collaboration with the University of Bayreuth
Establishment of consultation services for start-ups and inventors
July
Foundation of the Bayreuth Centre for Colloids & Interfaces (BZKG)
November
Establishment of the Simon Nüssel Foundation
WS 2000/01
Introduction of the Philosophy & Economics degree programme, 7,301 students

2001

Establishment of the DFG Research Unit "Functionality in a Tropical Montane Forest: Diversity, Dynamic Processes and Utilisation Potentials under Ecosystem Perspectives" (until 2007; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Erwin Beck)
Establishment of the DFG Research Training Group "Ecological Significance of Natural Compounds and other Signals in Insects - from Structure to Function" (until 2007; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Klaus H. Hoffmann), "Non-equilibrium Phenomena and Phase Transitions in Complex Systems" (until 2004; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ingo Rehberg)
April
Relocation of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences from Geschwister-Scholl-Platz to the new building on campus (Humanities II)
May
Inauguration of Humanities II Building 
WS 2001/02
7,838 students

2002

WS 2002/03
8,233 students

2003

Establishment of the Bayreuth Centre of Ecology & Environmental Research (BayCEER) as successor of the Bayreuth Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research (BITÖK)
Establishment of the Campus Academy for career-related scientific continuing education
Establishment of the Centre for the Promotion of Mathematics and Science Education (Z-MNU)
March
Inauguration of the hall laboratory for NMR spectroscopy
June
Re-election of President Prof. Dr. Helmut Ruppert (term: 1 October 2003 to 31 March 2009)
December
Broadcast of the first programme of Campus TV, a project unique in Germany
WS 2003/04
9,034 students

2004

Establishment of two postgraduate programmes in the Elite Network of Bavaria: "Structure, Reactivity and Properties of Oxide Materials" (until 2012; spokespersons: Prof. Dr. David Rubie, Prof. Dr. Hans Keppler), "Lead Structures of Cell Function" (until 2012; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Paul Rösch)
October
Inauguration of the laboratory building of the Bayreuth Centre for Colloids & Interfaces (BZKG) and BioMedTec, Laboratory for Drug Research
WS 2004/05
9,530 students

2005

Establishment of the DFG research unit "Dynamics of soil processes" (until 2011; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Egbert Matzner), "Nonlinear Dynamics of Complex Continua" (until 2011; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ingo Rehberg), "Electron Transfer Processes in Anoxic Aquifers" (until 2014; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Stefan Pfeiffer)
Discontinuation of primary school teacher training
WS 2005/2006
9,487 students

2006

Establishment of the DFG Research Training Groups "Stable and Metastable Multiphase Systems for Elevated
Service Temperatures" (until 2015; Prof. Dr. Uwe Glatzel, Prof. Dr. Mathias Göken (FAU Erlangen), "Intellectual Property and the Public Domain" (until 2015; spokespersons: Prof. Dr. Diethelm Klippel, Prof. Dr. Ansgar Ohly, Prof. Dr. Michael Grünberger)
Establishment of the Fraunhofer Project Groups "Process Innovation" and "Ceramic Composite Structures
March
Groundbreaking ceremony for the Applied Computer Science building
May
According to the Humboldt Foundation's ranking, the University of Bayreuth is the most attractive German university for top foreign researchers in terms of the number of professors
November
first awarding of the "family-friendly university" certificate to the University of Bayreuth
December
Establishment of the Bayreuth Centre for Material Science & Engineering Centre (BayMat)
WS 2006/07
9,451 students

2007

Establishment of the DFG research units "Prioritisation in Medicine" (until 2015; with the universities of Bremen and Frankfurt a. M.), "Classification of Algebraic Surfaces and Compact Complex Manifolds" (until 2015; spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Catanese)
April
Establishment of the Bavarian University Centre for China (BayCHINA)
Summer
Start of KinderUni (Children's University)
November
Since 2008, the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) has been receiving support under the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments
22 November
Death of Founding President Prof. E. h. Dr. Klaus Dieter Wolff
WS 2007/08
9,031 students

2008

July
Election of Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Bormann as President, term of office from 1 April 2009 to 13 January 2013 (†)
September
Opening of the Tanzanian-German Centre for East African Legal Studies
WS 2008/09
9,117 students

2009

Establishment of DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 840: From Particulate Nanosystems to Mesotechnology (until 2013)
Establishment of the DFG Research Training Group "Complex Terrain and Ecological Heterogeneity" (until 2013; Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. John Tenhunen)
Establishment of the Welcome Centre for international academics
Start of construction of the Law, Business & Economics I building (extension)
WS 2009/2010
9,615 students

2010

Establishment of the DFG Research Training Group "Photophysics of Synthetic and Biological Multichromophoric Systems" (Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Köhler)
Establishment of a crèche on campus, advised by the Department of Sport Science
June
Establishment of a Research Centre for Food Quality (ForN) in Kulmbach
December
Start of construction of the Polymer Nanostructures building
WS 2010/11
10,134 students

2011

January
Dr. Markus Zanner becomes the new Provost
Laying of the foundation stone of the Natural & Physical Sciences III building
23 Februar
Revocation of Karl-Theodor Freiherr zu Guttenberg's doctoral degree
September
Signing of the contract for the TechnologieAllianzOberfranken (TAO), a cooperation between the universities of Bayreuth and Bamberg and the universities of applied science in Coburg and Hof
December
Germany's first research centre for family business at a state university begins operations
WS 2011/12
11,409 students (2011 being the double Abitur (A-levels) year in Bavaria)

2012

Creation of the Fraunhofer Centre for High-Temperature Materials & Design (HTL)

February
official opening of the Law, Business & Economics extension (Law, Business & Economics I)
June
Extension of funding for BIGSAS from the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments (2012-2017)
September
University of Bayreuth alumni network for China founded
October
Foundation of the Academy of Advanced African Studies, funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Approval of funding for the TechnologieAllianzOberfranken (TAO) to the tune of € 65 million from the Free State of Bavaria
WS 2012/13
11,903 students

2013

13 January
Death of President Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Bormann
February
Inauguration of the Polymer Nanostructures research building
March
Establishment of the University Archive in Leuschnerstrasse
May
Opening of the University of Bayreuth Graduate School as a service and support institution for doctoral students
June
Election of Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible as President, taking office on 1 July 2013
July
Inauguration of the Natural & Physical Sciences III building
Renaming of the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences to the Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics receives €5 million from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for three major research projects
Tanzanian-German Centre for East African Legal Studies receives funding from the Federal Foreign Office until 2018
TechnologieAllianzOberfranken (TAO) begins operations
WS 2013/14
13,025 students

2014

January
Establishment of the Office of the Commissioner for Disabled Students and Students with Chronic Illnesses (BECKS)
February
Signing of the cooperation agreement and founding of the Bavarian Research Institute for African Studies (BRIAS)
March
Establishment of the Upper Franconian Science Foundation April: Opening of the extension to the cafeteria ("Frischraum")
July
Start of the "Bayreuther Stadtgespräche” (Bayreuth City Talks) event series
WS 2014/2015
13,280 students, 147 degree programmes in 6 faculties; 1,432 academic staff, of whom 234 are professors, 880 non-academic employees

2015

January
Start of construction of TechnologieAllianzOberfranken (TAO) building
 Construction of the Bavarian Polymer Institute (BPI) building
30 May

New location of the Iwalewahaus in Bayreuth city centre (corner of Wölfelstraße and Münzgasse) is officially opened.

18 July

Celebrations on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the University with a big hands-on day on campus, DJ party by the Audimax lake, and anniversary ball at the New Palace. 

Opening of the Uni Shop on campus (in the upper foyer of the main cafeteria) 

WS 2015/16
13,502 students

2016

8 April

The University of Bayreuth ceremoniously opens a gateway office on the campus of the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) in Hongkou.

April -
October

The University of Bayreuth provides scientific advice on renaturation and other diverse contributions to the programme of the State Garden Show in Bayreuth.

Construction of the University pavilion on the Mainauen river meadows
8 July

University of Bayreuth becomes the first Fairtrade University in Bavaria

25 July

The Universities of Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nuremberg, and Würzburg sign a cooperation agreement to found the Bavarian Polymer Institute (BPI).

2 August
Digital Agenda 2016-2020 adopted
October

From 2016/17 winter semester, the elite programme "MINT-Lehramt PLUS" (STEM teacher training) together with the University of Würzburg.

9 December

Inauguration of the former University pavilion of the State Garden Show as the Cedar House and Centre for Education for Sustainable Development on the grounds of the Ecological Botanical Garden.

WS 2016/17
13,306 students, 1,374 academic staff comprising 241 professors and 927 non-academic staff

2017

16 February

Signing of a cooperation agreement between the Universities of Bayreuth and Bamberg to establish the Institute for Franconian Regional History. Founding Director of the Institute Prof. Martin Ott.

20 June

Bavarian State Cabinet decides to establish a new Faculty of Food and Health in Kulmbach.

Resolution of the Bavarian State Cabinet on the establishment of Medical Campus Upper Franconia.

22 July 

Inaugural "UNIKAT" summer festival at the Ecological Botanical Garden of the University of Bayreuth.

23 July
Ceremony marking 40 years of the Research Institute for Music Theatre Studies (fimt) in Thurnau
1 September

Start of research and continuing education project "Transfer network industrial manufacturing and process management". 

November 2017 -
April 2018

Lecture series on the reopening of the World Cultural Heritage listed Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, in cooperation with the Bavarian Administration of Gardens, Palaces and Lakes. 

WS 2017/18
13,454 students, 1,452 academic staff comprising 240 professors and 954 non-academic employees

2018

1 January
Start of funding for the transregional Collaborative Research Centre SFB 225 "Biofabrication. From the foundations of biofabrication to functional tissue models" by the DFG. The CRC will run for a total of four years. In addition to the University of Bayreuth, the Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Würzburg are also involved in the CRC
8 February

Establishment of the Northern Bavarian NMR Centre

26 March

Prof.-Rüdiger-Bormann-Straße is inaugurated on the southern campus of the University.

6 May

Celebrations and opening of the anniversary exhibition on 40 years of the Ecological Botanical Garden (ÖBG) at the University of Bayreuth. Other special events took place this year as part of the ÖBG’s anniversary.

26 June

The University of Bayreuth opens its Gateway Office on the premises of the Australian-German Energy Transition Hub of the University of Melbourne.

July

The Bavarian State Government approves spending plans for the new Faculty VII in Kulmbach amounting to € 136 million over five years.

6 September

Opening of the Bavarian Centre for Battery Technology (BayBatt). 

26 November

Announcement by the DFG that a new Collaborative Research Centre is to be established at the University of Bayreuth. The planned SFB 1357 will research the effects of microplastics as well as their migration and formation. The CRC will run for a total of four years and will be funded by the DFG to the tune of € 10 million.

10 December

Foundation of the Bavarian Climate Research Network bayklif with the participation of the University of Bayreuth. The Bayreuth Centre of Ecology & Environmental Research (BayCEER) is involved through the joint project AquaKlif. Overall, the joint project runs from 2018-2023 and deals with the influence of multiple stressors on flowing waters amid climate change. The network is funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts.

WS 2018/19
13,497 students, 1,497 scientific employees, comprising 238 professors and 965 non-scientific employees.

2019

Foundation of the Alexander von Humboldt Centre of International Excellence (for short: Bayreuth Humboldt Centre)

1 January

The Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple" begins its work at the University of Bayreuth.

31 January

In a joint meeting of the University Council and the Senate of the University of Bayreuth, Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible is re-elected University President by clear majority.

29 March

Opening of Faculty VII of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition & Health of the University of Bayreuth on the Kulmbach Campus. Prof. Dr. Stephan Clemens is Founding Dean of the new faculty.

1 July

Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible begins his second term as University President.

18 December

Opening of DigiLLab at the Centre for Teacher Education. 

WS 2019/20
13,329 students, 1,572 academic employees, comprising 240 professors and 989 non-academic employees

2020

11 March

Classroom teaching at the University of Bayreuth is discontinued due to the pandemic.

Summer 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 summer semester is for the first time held exclusively in online form for all degree programmes. 

July

Opening of the Gateway Office at the Université de Bordeaux.

29 September

Ground-breaking ceremony for the Medical Campus Upper Franconia at Bayreuth Hospital

2 November

Postponed start to the 2020/21 winter semester. At the same time, a coronavirus test station begins operation on the campus grounds.

Start of the interdisciplinary master's programme "Food Quality & Safety" (M.Sc.), which is unique in Germany, together with the start of lectures at the newly created Faculty VII of the University of Bayreuth. 

Opening of the "Language Lounge" of the Sprachenzentrum of the University of Bayreuth. 

26 November

Celebration of the 45th birthday of the University of Bayreuth with a virtual festive event.

1 December

Changeover to purely online teaching by the end of the semester in accordance with the Federal Government/States decision of 25 November 2020.

7 December

Temporary closure of the coronavirus test station.

15 December

Foundation of the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Bayreuth.

31 December

Provost Dr Markus Zanner moves from the University of Bayreuth to the Technical University of Nuremberg, which is currently being established, as Founding Provost.

WS 2020/21
13,333 students, 1,651 academic staff comprising 257 professors and 1,021 non-academic staff

2021

28 January

Sustainability strategy of the University of Bayreuth adopted in the University Council.

March

The coronavirus test station on the campus of the University of Bayreuth, which has been closed since 7 December 2020, is dismantled at the end of March 2021.

12 April

Official start of lectures at the University of Bayreuth. As of 23.04, all lectures are to be held in virtual form, according to notification by the University Governing Board.

15 April

Dr. Nicole Kaiser is appointed as new Provost of the University of Bayreuth. This is the first time a woman has headed the University Governing Board. 

15 June

Digital Agenda 2021-2025 adopted.

July -
December / February
2022

Participation in the year of celebration of "1700 years of Jewish life in Germany", together with the city of Bayreuth and the Jewish Community of Bayreuth, with a variety of events and activities.

1 July

Start of the German-Austrian joint project "MicroplasticATfood". Funding on the German side from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy totalling € 542,000, of which €275,000 goes to the University of Bayreuth.

2 August

Through a cooperation with the Maltesers, employees of the University of Bayreuth have the opportunity to be vaccinated for coronavirus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Humanities I (GW I) building on campus. 73 people take up the offer. Another vaccination campaign to take place on 30 August, which is also open to people from outside the University.

Sources

Years 1969-2015:
Vgl. "Chronik der Universität Bayreuth 1969-2015", bearb. v. Marco Hedler in Zusammenarbeit mit Johannes Böhm und Karsten Kühnel. In: Neue Wege denken. 40 Jahre Universität Bayreuth. Bayreuth 2015. S. 206-217.

Years 2015-2021:
University Archive

Photo: Nordbayerischer Kurier