Opening Week

6 October - 14 October 2022

Studies at Leuphana College begin with the Opening Week. Opening Week is both a practical workshop and a forum for ideas. During Opening Week, you will gain a first impression of how academic work, social practice and responsibility, as well as general educational goals are combined at the College. For seven days, you will be the centre of attention: the campus belongs to you. We look forward to the Opening Week 2022 with you.

Highlights of the Opening Week

On 6 October, Leuphana warmly welcomed 1300 first-semester students to the start of their studies.

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The Opening Week 2022 is over. 1,400 students and numerous guests made this week a very special one, as can be seen in the after movie. You can find all the highlights from the programme of Opening Week 2022 in our media library.

Guests

Opening Week is an opportunity to get into conversation with guests from all over Germany and beyond. All shows, talks and impulses revolve around one big theme: TURNING POINTS.

Portrait von Lilith Wittman ©Martin Moerke
Lilith Wittmann is an IT security expert and civic tech activist.
Ein Portraitfoto von Lotte Hemme ©Lotte Hemme
Lotte Hemme is a cultural manager and currently working for the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.
Ein Portraitfoto von Philipp Justus ©Philipp Justus
Philipp Justus leads as Vice President of Central Europe Google's business in 36 countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the CEE countries.
Ein Portraitfoto von Joachim Lux ©Armin Smailovic
Joachim Lux is the director of the Hamburg Thalia Theatre and also a dramaturge and director.
Ein Portraitfoto von Dan Smith ©Dan Smith
Dan Smith, Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
Portraitfoto von Anna-Katharina Hornidge ©German Institute of Development and Sustainability
Anna-Katharina Hornidge is Director of the German Development Institute and Professor of Global Sustainable Development at the University of Bonn since 2020.
Ein Portraitfoto von Maryam Blumenthal ©Maryam Blumenthal
Maryam Blumenthal is the state chairperson of the Green Party in Hamburg and a member of the Hamburg Parliament responsible for sports and vocational training. She has a master's degree in education, ethnology and psychology and wrote her thesis on the topic of "Educational disadvantage among Hamburg schoolchildren".
Portraitfoto von Jörg Stollmann ©Jörg Stollmann
Jörg Stollmann is an architect and urban researcher based in Zurich and Berlin. He is the Chair for Urban Design and Architecture at TU Berlin's Institut für Architektur and co-founder of urbaninform.
Ein Portraitfoto von Omid Rezaee ©Jann Wilken
Omid Rezaee is a journalist, translator and presenter and founded the multilingual website "Perspektive Iran".
Ein Portraitfoto von Viktor Jerofejew ©MASSIMO ZINGARDI
Viktor Jerofejew is one of the best-known contemporary Russian authors and an astute critic of Russian politics, Putinism and authoritarianism. He writes regularly for the FAZ, DIE ZEIT, and DIE WELT as well as for the New York Times Book Review.
Ein Portraitfoto von Emilia Fester ©Henning Angerer
Emilia Johanna "Milla" Fester is a German politician. She has been the youngest member of the German Bundestag since the 2021 federal election.
Fotoporträt von Nadja Yang, Präsidentin der "European Young Engineers" ©Nadja Yang
Nadja Yang is President of the "European Young Engineers.
Ein Portraitfoto von Christian Welzel ©Leuphana
Christian Welzel is Vice President of the World Values Survey Association and Professor of Political Culture Research at Leuphana
Ein Portraitfoto von Thomas Sattelberger ©Wolfgang Maria Weber
Thomas Sattelberger, former State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education and Board Member of various DAX companies
Porträt von Claudia Kemfert ©Peter Himsel
Claudia Kemfert is Head of the Energy, Transport and Environment Department at the German Institute for Economic Research and Leuphana Professor of Energy Economics and Energy Policy.
Ein Portraitfoto von Karen O'Brien ©BBVA Foundation
Karen O'Brien, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo
Portraitfoto von Claudia Kalisch ©Claudia Kalisch
Head Mayor Claudia Kalisch is the highest political representative and head of the administration of the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg.
Porträt von Claudine Nierth, Demokratieaktivistin und Bundesvorstandssprecherin von Mehr Demokratie e.V. ©Claudine Nierth
Claudine Nierth, Demokratieaktivistin und Bundesvorstandssprecherin von Mehr Demokratie e.V.

A detailed overview of all guests can be found here, while more information about the hosting professors as well as the academic advisors and Leuphana speakers can be found here.

Impressions

Über 100 Studierende tanzen auf der Mensawiese ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Studierende, die auf der Mensawiese tanzen ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Eine Frau schneidet sich eine Strähne ihres Haares ab, um Solidarität mit der Protestbewegung im Iran auszudrücken ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Menschen auf der Bühne, die die Köpfe gesenkt halten während ein Lied abgespielt wird, indem es um die Proteste im Iran geht ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Eine Studierende hält bei einer Podiumsdiskussion ein Plakat gegen Fossil Fuels hoch ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Auf der Leinwand auf der Bühne des Auditoriums wird die Uhrzeit für die nächste Show eingeblendet, zwei Studierende sitzen wartend im Publikum ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Der Moderator und ein Gast lachen gemeinsam auf der Bühne des Auditoriums ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Eine Studierende aus dem Publikum hält ein Mikrofon und stellt eine Frage ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Studierende, die zu Musik vor dem Zentralgebäude tanzen ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Eine Gruppe Studierender sitzt bei Sonnenschein draußen im Gras ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Vor der Mensa hat sich eine lange Schlange gebildet ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Ein Stapel Startwochenzeitungen liegen auf einem Tisch ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Thomas Sattelberger steht auf der Bühne des Auditoriums ©Felix Konerding
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Ein Mensch macht auf der Bühne des Auditoriums Sportübungen an einer Langhantel, die zwei andere halten ©Johann Floeter
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Sven Prien-Ribcke sitzt auf der Bühne des Auditoriums und gestikuliert Richtung Kamera ©Johann Floeter
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Viele junge Menschen sitzen mit Mundschutz im Auditorium ©Johann Floeter
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Sven Prien-Ribcke, ndré Bader, Julius Rathgens, Annika Weiser und Johannes van Deest sitzen auf der Bühne des Auditoriums ©Johann Floeter
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Eine Studierende hilft einer jungen Frau am Infopunkt der Opening Week ©Johann Floeter
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Eine Tutorin hält ein Schild mit einer Nummer hoch, damit sich ihre Projektgruppe sammelt. ©Johann Floeter
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Eine große Gruppe Studierender verlässt das Zentralgebäude an einem sonnigen Tag. ©Johann Floeter
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Claudia Kalisch, Oberbürgermeisterin von Lüneburg, spricht während der Eröffnungszeremonie zu den Studierenden im Auditorium ©Johann Floeter
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Christian Welzel hält auf der Bühne im Auditorium die Eröffnungsrede zur Opening Week 2022 ©Johann Floeter
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Auf der Bühne im Auditorium wird ein interreligiöser Gottesdienst gefeiert ©Johann Floeter
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Fast 1000 Studierende warten im Auditorium darauf, dass die Eröffnungszeremonie der Opening Week beginnt ©Johann Floeter
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022
Eine Gruppe Studierender im Biotopgarten an einem sonnigen Tag. ©Johann Floeter
Impressions of the Opening Week 2022

Programme Overview

During the Opening Week, you can expect 7 days packed with programmes. On the one hand, there is the interdisciplinary work in the project groups and, on the other hand, numerous opportunities to talk to personalities from politics, science and society.

Please click here for the detailed programme schedule with all individual programme points and additional information.

Programm Startwoche 2022 ©Leuphana

FAQ

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Turning Points

How do we deal with the multiple crises that have kept society in a permanent state of emergency since the financial crisis of 2008 and the upheavals surrounding migration policy since 2015? The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine is breaking into an epochal turn, challenged by global health crisis, global warming, digital revolution and authoritarian temptations. The pandemic wounds have hardly been dealt with before the energy crisis and enormous price increases herald a recession that could call Europe's model of prosperity into question. How does the political community gain an overview and power to act in this acute situation?

The 2022 Opening Week is themed TURNING POINTS and invites you to explore the possibilities for social progress together with your fellow students in 28 projects. When it comes to finding new paths, it is also always about the starting point. What is our perspective on the world? Who are the central actors of the future? What could ideas for an open, fair and grandchild-friendly society look like that learn from the constellation of crises? In the Opening Week, you can choose from four different perspectives:

1. Europe and the Global Community

2. Villages & Cities

3. Artists & Entrepreneurs

4. Activists & Researchers

Right at the beginning of the semester, your ideas are in demand during the Opening Week: Together with about 1,400 first-year students, you will design contributions in the form of visionary videos and journalistic commentaries for a digital collage. This will give rise to a pool of ideas that will be filled throughout the Leuphana semester until the Conference Week at the end of the semester.  
The Opening Week is framed by special guest speakers and instigators. A modular programme will enable you to engage in exchange with international guests from politics, academia and social practice and at the same time to work in student project groups - finally back on campus.

We are looking forward to the Opening Week 2022 with you.

Team

Anyone who wants to know who put Opening Week 2022 together can meet the team here.

Archive

Every year in autumn, around 1400 people start their studies at Leuphana University with the Opening Week. The sophisticated concept of the Opening Week is one of the trademarks of our university. In the archive you can travel back in time and revisite Opening Weeks from years ago.

Click here to go to the archive.

Contact

openingweek@leuphana.de
04131 677 2717

Conference Management

  • Sven Prien-Ribcke, M.A.

Press Enquiries

  • Henning Zühlsdorff