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Bayreuth Lectures

Starting in the summer semester of 2023, the University of Bayreuth will offer a new series of events: the Bayreuth Lectures. It is aimed at both students and the entire university public. The Bayreuth Lectures focus on current scientific topics in the fields of sustainability, philosophy of science, digital world, gender & diversity, and entrepreneurship & innovation. The speakers come to the University of Bayreuth at the invitation of Bayreuth researchers. It is planned to include the event series in the new Studium Generale concept.

Upcoming dates

Monday, 6 November 2023 tbd

Monday, 4 December 2023 tbd

Monday, 15 January 2024 tbd

Previous events

Monday, 15 May 2023: 6-8 p.m. | Location: University of Bayreuth, Lecture hall 15, NW I (Campus map)
"Dynamics of Social Media and their Social Impacts"
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pfeffer, Chair of Computational Social Science and Big Data, Technische Universität München

Every day, billions of people worldwide use social media to access information and to network and exchange with others. At the same time, however, there is increasing evidence that these systems also generate negative dynamics, and fake news, polarization, and the spread of hate messages characterize the debate on social platforms. In this talk, we will discuss the socio-technical foundations of dynamics in social networks and possible solutions to limit their negative effects.

Organizer: Prof. Dr. Mirco Schönfeld

Monday, 12 June 2023:  6-8 p.m. | Location: University of Bayreuth, Lecture hall 15, NW I (Campus map)

"Grandchildren's future? How two founders are using urns and storytelling to manage and impact sustainability."
Kristina Steinhauf , urnfold and Philipp Exler, ForStory

Philipp Exler (co-founder of forstory) and Kristina Steinhauf (co-founder of urnfold) will talk about their experiences in founding and how they deal with social and ecological challenges. Philipp Exler will talk about how forstory creates films that convey how organisations shape a sustainable world. Kristina Steinhauf will talk about how she and her co-founder came to turn the funeral market around and create sustainable and individual urns. Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion and the opportunity to network with the founders and other stakeholders. Free drinks and snacks are included while supplies last. Registration is possible under this link.

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Eva Jakob and Prof. Dr. Rebecca Preller