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HU im Dialog: „Erwin Schrödinger – still acceptable as a building name?“

On 5 February 2024 from 3 to 5.30 pm, the event series "HU in Dialogue" on the Adlershof campus will once again discuss the namesake of the Erwin Schrödinger Centre. The event will shed light on whether a renaming is appropriate in view of the allegations of abuse against Erwin Schrödinger, who gave the building its name, and what messages this would send.

The physicist Erwin Schrödinger is considered one of the founders of quantum mechanics and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933. The Erwin Schrödinger Center named after him is considered the centerpiece of the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Campus in Adlershof. A few years ago, allegations of abuse against the physicist became public, which also caused a stir and debate at HU. Now all Humboldtians are invited to discuss whether Schrödinger is still acceptable as the namesake of an important building at the university.

The event will take place on February 5 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in English and German as part of the "HU in Dialogue" event series and in a World Café format. Those who wish can also participate digitally in a survey on the topic in the HU app "Sciencely". The app can be downloaded free of charge from all popular app stores.


3 p.m. Welcome

Prof. Dr. Julia von Blumenthal, President of HU
Prof. Dr. Caren Tischendorf, Dean of Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

3:10 p.m. Short keynote speeches

Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert (Max Planck Institute for Human Development) Amr El Miniawy (Master student of Physics, HU)
Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman (Institute of Psychology, HU)
Prof. Dr. Oliver Benson (Institute of Physics, HU)

Prof. Dr. Beate Ceranski (Institute of History, University of Stuttgart)

4 p.m. Break

4:10 p.m. Discussion rounds at bar tables

5:10 p.m. Short final round

Short statements from the respective moderators of the topic tables

5:20 p.m. Closing remarks and outlook
Prof. Dr. Caren Tischendorf