Poster for the Bayreuth City Talks

Bayreuther Stadtgespräche: City Talks

Bayreuther Stadtgespräche (Bayreuth City Talks) have been taking place regularly at Iwalewahaus since July 2014. On the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to about 7.30 p.m., changing speakers offer insights into exciting and current topics. The lectures are open to all interested parties without registration – admission is free.

The basic idea of Bayreuther Stadtgespräche is to strengthen the connection between the City and the University. That is why the series of events is aimed at all Bayreuth citizens.

The venue is the Iwalewahaus (Wölfelstraße) in the heart of Bayreuth – right next to the Margravial Opera House. The speakers come from the University of Bayreuth, other universities or research institutes, or from (university) politics. (Higher education) policy issues are taken up and questions are discussed that are currently of concern to academia or citizens. This is done in an understandable way for people who are not familiar with the subject, and for non-academics.

The lectures are organised by the University of Bayreuth together with Universitätsverein Bayreuth e. V. and with the support of Universitäts-Forum Bayreuth – Kollegium Bayreuther Univ.-Professoren i. R.

Upcoming events

Attention date shift - The City Talk will take place in the 3rd week of March!

15. March 2023: Microplastics in Main(em) River - How do they get in and what are they doing there?

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch,
Chair of Animal Ecology, University of Bayreuth


Plastics are both a curse and a blessing - on the one hand, they enable us to live a comfortable and modern life; on the other hand, we find the tiniest plastic particles, microplastics, in our waters, in cosmetics, in food and in our bodies. Microplastic is a collective term for tiny particles consisting of a wide variety of plastics and additives. Their properties are very diverse, making it difficult to make accurate statements about the extent of environmental pollution and the risk to human health. Together with colleagues at the University of Bayreuth, ecologist Christian Laforsch is studying the chemical and physical properties of microplastics and their effect on the environment. They want to be able to better assess environmental risks and provide a basis for the development of environmentally friendly plastics. In the lecture, Christian Laforsch will provide insight into how microplastics are formed, how they are transported in the environment, what biological effects have been observed, and what questions science hopes to answer next.

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Since April 2020, most of the Bayreuth City Talks have been offered online!

Past highlights of the event series (partly in German language)

For further information, please contact

Angela Danner

Angela Danner

Head of Press, Marketing & Communications Office
University of Bayreuth 

Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-5323