Long Night of Sciences 2019, launch of a wather balloon

JenAlumni Newsletter

Winter 2019/2020
Long Night of Sciences 2019, launch of a wather balloon
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

News in brief

Business start-ups

K1 – the FSU’s start-up service offers students, academics and alumni extensive support and advisory services, from the initial idea through to founding a company; opportunities for further study and qualifications; network contacts; premises; and access to funding and venture capital.

The FSU’s Founder’s and Innovation Day was held on 28 November 2019. Shortly afterwards, it was announced that the FSU would receive a further 1.2 million euros for the »International Startup Campus«. This project to internationalize start-up support aims to develop an international business start-up academy, attract foreign entrepreneurs and support German start-ups in accessing Asian markets. more... de

Public Climate School

In November, students were inspired by the »Fridays for Future« movement by school pupils to stage their first concerted nationwide action to deal intensively with the issues of climate change, climate protection and climate justice. Students in Jena also took an active part in this major event. Many lecturers of Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences adapted their lectures to address the topic or even developed new teaching formats. more... de

Long Night of the Sciences

Jena’s 7th Long Night of the Sciences on 22 November 2019 attracted more visitors than ever before. A total of 350 events gave participants the chance to do experiments, enter into discussion and be amazed and inspired by the achievements of research in Jena. Friedrich Schiller University hosted some 100 events, inviting visitors to take a look behind the scenes and experience science live.

Jena Declaration

The President of Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Board of the German Zoological Society support the declaration presented at the 112th Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society in Jena, which exposes the concept of »race« as a racist construct. With the » Jena Declaration«, the authors call for the term no longer to be used and for people to act against racist discrimination.

They state that the concept of race is the result of racism, not its prerequisite. more... de

You can find further reports on www.uni-jena.de/news


»Learning to teach German« combines a wide range of e-learning facilities with traditional teaching. »Learning to teach German« combines a wide range of e-learning facilities with traditional teaching. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Learning to teach by mouse click: new professional study programmes

»Learning to teach German« wins prize as study programme of the year

Around the world, more than 15 million people are learning German, for a variety of reasons. With such a large number of learners, demand for qualified and well-trained teachers of German as a foreign language cannot be fully met. For this reason, the FSU, together with the Goethe Institute, is offering the study programme »Learning to teach German«.

It is aimed at all teachers at home and abroad who teach German as a second or other language and who wish to improve their competences through further training and have those competences certified.

This Blended Learning course was awarded the prize of Study Programme of the Year by the DistancE-Learning Forum, the professional association for distance learning. »Blended Learning« is a learning model that combines computer-aided learning with traditional teaching. more...

New in-service postgraduate study programme »M.Sc. eHealth and Communication«

This new in-service postgraduate study programme targets all professional groups in the healthcare sector. Over three semesters, students are trained to use new digital media in communication with patients, family members and other laypeople, as well as within and between healthcare organizations, and in research.

The Master’s programme provides basic technical information and skills relating to new digital communication systems and evidence and risk communication, as well as the ethical, legal and economic aspects of implementing e-health applications. Students learn about communication as a management and leadership competence, to enable them to take on central tasks in the organization of the healthcare sector. This is an e-learning study programme with three short periods spent in Berlin. more... de


The recipients of Deutschlandstipendium grants were honoured together with their sponsors at a ceremony on 20 November 2019. The recipients of Deutschlandstipendium grants were honoured together with their sponsors at a ceremony on 20 November 2019. Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

Voluntary action is in demand

Two grants for voluntary work – making a change together!

The »Jena University Sport« foundation has launched a new project to fund two one-year grants (€300 a month) for Jena University students.  

For the implementation of the project, the foundation was inspired by the University’s existing concept of the »Deutschlandstipendium de« (Germany grant). Social commitment is of huge importance to social cohesion. It promotes individual participation, social integration, welfare, cultural life, strong and stable democratic structures, and social ties. Every contribution counts!

Account for donations: DE39830530300000002720; purpose of transfer: Deutschlandstipendium

You can also donate through PayPal at the following e-mail address: stiftung@usvjena.de

Anniversaries in 2019

In June, the support association “Spowi-Alumni” (sports science alumni) invited graduates celebrating silver, golden, diamond and iron anniversaries. The “Golden Year” (1969) was most strongly represented, with 20 former sports teachers attending.

In 2019, various different groups of former graduates celebrated their academic anniversaries at Friedrich Schiller University

For decades, many alumni have been meeting here at regular intervals. In recognition of their loyalty to their alma mater, the University honoured each group celebrating an anniversary in 2019 with a ceremony and a certificate.

If you would also like a ceremony to celebrate your silver or golden academic anniversary, please contact the University’s Alumni Office. We will be happy to help you.


From first-years to graduates: students of Romance Studies on 14 October 2019. From first-years to graduates: students of Romance Studies on 14 October 2019. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

New alumni iniative at the FSU

Alumni of Romance studies

The Institute for Romance Studies is trying to get in touch with its alumni.

A first joint welcome and reunion party for current and former students was held on 14 October 2019.  If you are an alumnus and would like to be kept informed about the activities of the Institute for Romance Studies, you can make contact on LinkedIn: »Alumni Romanistik Uni Jena« https://lnkd.in/dxgbuyt or send a message with the subject »Anmeldung« (Registration) to: alumni.romanistik@uni-jena.de


Book cover Book cover Image: Bussert & Stadeler, 2017

By Alumni, for Alumni

Book suggestion

Law alumnus Dieter Gräf: “Und in Jene lebt sich’s bene” (And in Jena life is good) – A ramble through student life as depicted on picture postcards of Jena and “Couleurpostkarten” (coloured postcards from student societies) with scenes from student life.

After the introduction of the postcard, it became the custom in the 19th and 20th centuries to send cards with short messages and greetings. As well as being a foray into the history of the postcard, the book contains images of old picture postcards of Jena, student society cards and emblems of Jena student societies that are mementoes of a bygone culture of communication. This book aims to preserve memories of the academic life of students in the past – their traditions, customs and societies.


"Against the current"

Whereas nowadays people and goods mainly travel long distances by motorway or rail, in the Middle Ages, they were mainly transported by river. The whole of Europe was criss-crossed by a dense network of waterways, which made shipping possible in virtually all regions of the continent. In most cases, people used natural rivers, while in some places, canals were also dug. The location of towns in relation to such waterways could help determine whether they developed into centres of trade and power.

A new exhibition at Friedrich Schiller University Jena looks at these special transport routes in mediaeval times and shows how researchers study waterways today.

The exhibition is open until 16 January 2020 in the exhibition room of the University main building (Fürstengraben 1). The opening hours are Monday to Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The exhibition is closed from 24 December 2019 to 4 January 2020. Admission is free.

Jena Lecture Hall Slam

In Jena’s largest lecture hall, stars of the Poetry Slam scene throughout the German-speaking world will come up against local heroes and spectacular team rounds. The 8th Jena Lecture Hall Slam will be fought out in Lecture Hall 1 on the campus on 16 January 2020. Admittance: 7:00 p.m. / Start: 7:30 p.m. / advance tickets for sale in the Unishop on campus.

Sexual diversity as seen by science

During this winter semester, the series of talks that make up the “Studium Generale” (extracurricular studies) addresses the topic of sexualities. These extracurricular studies are aimed at the general public, as well as students, teaching staff and alumni, who want to broaden their horizons beyond their own professional fields. All talks are on Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. in Lecture Hall 24 of the University main building (Fürstengraben 1) in Jena. Admission is free and no prior registration is necessary.

The Kamsdorf deposit and its minerals

For more than 2,000 years, the area around Kamsdorf was a centre for mining. This mineral deposit continues to be of huge scientific importance today. A new exhibition at Friedrich Schiller University Jena’s Mineralogical Collection shows the geological richness of Kamsdorf and presents various minerals from the region.

You can visit the exhibition on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as one Sunday in the month (with advance notice), from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and also by arrangement or at other times to be announced. Admission is free. The Kamsdorf exhibition runs until 9 March 2020.

This beautiful aragonite on azurite is part of the Mineralogical Collection exhibition. This beautiful aragonite on azurite is part of the Mineralogical Collection exhibition. Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

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Imprint: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena Winter 2019/2020 | Abteilung Hochschulkommunikation | Alumni | Dr. Nadine Ritter

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