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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Summer Party

The Humboldt-Universität will be opening its doors for its summer party from noon to 10 p.m. on 29 August 2019 and invites you to go on a journey of discovery through its buildings, collections and courtyards. With an extensive programme of events and activities to do with Alexander von Humboldt in the main building and the Grimm Centre, the university’s summer party has something for everyone.

Questions about the event via mail: Veranstaltungen-250avh@hu-berlin.de



The big Educational Meal


Sugar is so ubiquitous that we hardly ever give it a thought. Guests will be able to investigate the sweet stuff in a big educational meal with academics, scientists and educationalists from the HU and shed light on it from the point of view of ecology, biology, economics, agricultural science and cultural studies while cooking and eating together.


29 August 2019, 12 p.m.

Venue: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Ehrenhof und Foyer,
Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

Language: German


Going Green – Education for Sustainability


School students and teachers present their projects for the Humboldt Year 

Instead of brooding over their books, school students are networking for 'Going Green’ with partner schools and experts in Germany and the USA to carry out local projects on global environmental topics.  By means of research-oriented learning across the Atlantic, participants develop common strategies and innovative local projects for combating the effects of climate change.

The culmination of the project will be a creative competition among the participating courses around excellent, sustainable project approaches. The guiding spirit and patron of Going Green 2019 is Alexander von Humboldt.   Since 2012 there has been a unique co-operation behind the project ‘Going Green – Education for Sustainability’ involving academia (Leuphana University Lüneburg), politics/culture (U.S. Embassy and Consulates), educational bodies (LIFE e.V./eXplorarium) and local teachers and practice partners in Germany and the USA.   


Prof. Dr. Torben Schmidt, Leuphana University Lüneburg

Host: Prof. Dr. Marcel Robischon, Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


29 August 2019, 2 p.m.

Venue: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Room tbd,
Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

Language: German



Looking inside – guided Tours of Collections, Buildings and Offices


Humboldt-Universität is opening its archives, collections and offices and offering guided tours of places and objects that are otherwise not accessible to the public. Whether you take this unique opportunity to see the original of Humboldt’s famous Chimborazo map, to have a peek into the president’s office, take a tour of the collections or look at the university’s architecture, a day full of new impressions awaits you.


29 August 2019, 3 p.m. to. 6 p.m.

Venue:Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, main building and foyer, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin and Grimm-Zentrum

Language: German


HU Big Band



Versatile students, captivating musical works and top performances are the ingredients that guarantee music a special place at Humboldt-Universität.

The Humboldt Big Band combines Swing, Latin, Jazz, Soul and Funk and is sure to get you up and dancing.

Conductor: Armando Carrillo Zanuy



29 August 2019, 3 p.m.

Venue: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Ehrenhof (in front of Humboldt-University's main building), Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin



Max Dudler: The Library as model for the Future


Talk and guided tour

Libraries are places of communicative exchange and for contemplation. To mark its tenth anniversary, Max Dudler, the architect of the university library, will be talking about the Grimm-Zentrum and afterwards inviting you to join him for a tour.


29 August 2019, 4 p.m.

Venue: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, room tbd, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

Language: German


Alexander & Me


Projects by students of the HU

The students at the HU have been looking closely at the life, work and central themes of Alexander von Humboldt. We will be showing you some of the most interesting projects.


29 August 2019, 4 p.m.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Foyer, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin


Science and Borders – how Ideas migrate 

Panel discussions

Programme: see Festival week.


29 August 2019, 5 p.m.

Venue: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, room tbd,
Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin


Humboldt as Controversy – his Biographers Rüdiger Schaper and Frank Holl in Dialogue


Rüdiger Schaper and Frank Holl have both written biographies of Alexander von Humboldt. In many respects they agree, but on some points their positions are far apart. For the summer party they have promised to take up every controversy to do with Alexander von Humboldt that they can get their hands on – from his role in colonialism to his relationship with women.

With: Frank Holl, Rüdiger Schaper



29. August 2019, 6 p.m.

Venue: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, room tbd, Unter den Linden 6., 10117 Berlin

Language: German


Kosmos Lecture: Sustainable Development Goals within Planetary Boundaries: Utopia or Panacea?


Kosmos Lecture with Prof. Johan Rockström, Prof. Johan Rockström, Swedish University for Agrarian Sciences, Uppsala and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research


29 August 2019, 7 p.m.

Programme: see ‘Kosmos’.



Science Busters


Science Cabaret – open air

The Science Busters are the Back Street Boys of science – only a lot more entertaining. If you don’t believe that scientific facts and their dissemination are the stuff of laughter then you really need to see this show. And if you already know it, well, you’ll know there’s something here for you to look forward to.

With: Science Busters, Vienna



29 August 2019, 8.30 p.m.

Venue: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Ehrenhof (in front of Humboldt-University's main building), Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin



Kosmos Conference: Navigating the Sustainability Transformation in the 21st Century


The KOSMOS Conference, from 28 to 30 August 2019, will be discussing some of the greatest challenges facing sustainable development at the moment. Starting point will be the critical discussion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which the world community intends to achieve by 2030. This requires research that is interdisciplinary in principle, combining social sciences, economics, political science, and, in the widest sense, cultural and humanities expertise, especially philosophy, with natural science and geoscience. It also has to include recent technological advances such as digitalisation, data science and Artificial Intelligence. On Friday afternoon the expert conference will meet all those who are interested in seeking a course through the stormy 21st Century together. A big public debate will conclude the conference in the evening.


29 to 30 August 2019

Further Information

Website of the Kosmos Conference