Young, innovative, diverse

The audience experienced a varied programme of events during the 650th Anniversary of the University of Vienna: workshops, guided tours for children of all ages, competition for school children or film festivals.

Activities & events during the anniversary year

Student festival at the Campus

visitors at the "Uni:Orientiert"
Once a year during the event "Uni:Orientiert" (information event for school children) school children can genuinely experience the atmosphere at the University of Vienna and its varied degree programmes.

On the first day of the Campus Festival the University of Vienna invited people to a celebration for students and, with the event "Uni:Orientiert" (information event for school children), it provided future students with extensive information on more than 180 degree programmes and over 40 university continuing education and training programmes with info stands, test lectures, presentations, live lectures and also excursions. Prospective students were also able to gather information on degree programmes by attending live experiments and science shows.

Graduates – "How I became who I am today"

a student talking to a "living book"
About 350 visitors ran to the University Library on 29 April to "read" career paths of all kinds during the "Living Book Day".

The idea: Alumni/alumnae of the Alma Mater Rudolphina act as "living books" and can be "borrowed" and "read" by interested readers. On the Living Book Day in April 2015, around 60 "living books" – including people from many different professional fields – told about their personal experiences. In private discussions students were therefore given the unique opportunity to become familiar with multi-faceted CVs of former students and to get inspiration to help them plan their own careers. The fact that the University of Vienna is a driving force behind economic, social and cultural developments is reflected in the professional biographies of the "living books".

Competition for school children

the winners of the competition for school children at the award presentation as part of the Campus Festival
The winners of the competition for school children at the award presentation as part of the Campus Festival.

In a competition for school children, the University of Vienna asked young people who are interested in research to come up with original answers to major questions of the future. The questions were asked by well-known academics from the University of Vienna on aspects from their own fields of research – a jury consisting of academics from the University of Vienna assessed the results.

"650 open doors"

kids having fun at a lecture hall
The "650 open doors" project opened many different doors at the University of Vienna altogether 650 times for children and young people.

The "650 open doors" project opened many different doors at the University of Vienna 650 times for children and young people. The highly varied programme was organised by the Children’s Office of the University of Vienna. Until October 2015 there were regular insights into the University of Vienna: from workshops in the Green School in the Botanical Garden and at the Vienna daughters’ day, guided tours through the University of Vienna, the University Observatory and through various anniversary exhibitions to a fascinating research rally during the Campus Festival in June.

Film festival "Menschenrechte. Academic Freedom in Motion"

visitors at the opening of the human rights film festival
Good mood, good movies: 130 movie enthusiasts attended the human rights film festival at the Campus of the University of Vienna on each of the four evenings. (Photo credits: Melanie Pfeffer, Research Centre Human Rights)

In the run-up to the Campus Festival, the human rights film series "Menschenrechte. Academic Freedom in Motion" dealt with the significance and abuse of academic freedom. For the 650th Anniversary of the University of Vienna, the festival was dedicated to the special relationship between the academic world and human rights. It was held in mid-June 2015 at the Campus of the University of Vienna.

Film festival "Science Fictions"

a man sitting in front of a computer and a chess game
The "Science Fictions" film festival was dedicated to the theme of the academic sphere in the field of politics, society, war and research from 15 to 18 June.

The "Science Fictions" film festival was curated by academics and students from the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. In mid-June 2015 the Arcaded Courtyard and the Small Ceremonial Chamber of the University of Vienna were converted into a cinema hall: With two films per festival day (in total: 19 films, 9 feature films and 10 supporting films), "Science Fictions" was dedicated to how films deal with the topic of the academic world. The focus was on the theme of the academic sphere in the field of politics, society, war and research.