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550th Anniversary of the University in 2007

Presentation of the New Anniversary Logo

Freiburg, 16.03.2006

In 2007, the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg will celebrate the 550th anniversary of its foundation. Not only is this a reason to celebrate, it is also an opportunity to acquaint the broader public with the university’s academic accolades and researchers. We intend for the anniversary year to be a visible signal for a new beginning and to point the way for the future of the university.

At a press conference today the University of Freiburg presented the anniversary logo to the public. Following a nationwide call for proposals, the university administration chose an exceptional design proposed by the „abold“ advertising agency from Munich, which also designed the logo for the 2006 World Cup.

The logo, which consists of a cluster of arrows pointing in various directions, symbolizes a human brain and thus also the diversity of the sciences and networked thinking beyond the barriers of isolated disciplines, both at the university itself and between the university and external institutions. The arrows also call to mind the university’s close relations with the city and region as well as with society. And last but not least: The arrows connect to form the number 550.

The Albert-Ludwig University has planned a wide range of events to celebrate the anniversary in 2007. The core program is being organized by the faculties, students, and departments themselves. More than 40 public events, exhibitions, conferences, forums, and lectures will showcase the academic excellence of the university.

The core program will be accompanied by a centrally coordinated supporting program featuring an array of events, most of which will take place in summer semester 2007. The supporting program includes:

• Environmental Days in April
• Festival Week in July with:
- Science Fair with art and culture
- International Alumni Meeting
- University Summer Ball
- Ecumenical Anniversary Church Service
- University Summer Festival

• Future Congress in September
• The anniversary year will conclude on a musical note with a classical concert at the Freiburg Concert House featuring the premiere of a composition by Wolfgang Rihm dedicated to the university.

At the end of the meeting the rector of the university, Professor Dr. Wolfgang Jäger, presented the official anniversary logo to the mayor of the city of Freiburg, Dr. Dieter Salomon, in the attendance of the chairman of the university council, Dipl. Ing. Horst Weitzmann, as well as the president of the anniversary committee, Professor Dr. Franz Daschner.

Further information on the anniversary celebration is available at


Rudolf-Werner Dreier
Kommunikation und Presse
79098 Freiburg
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