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International Lounge

The lecture series 'International Lounge' and 'International Lounge+' have been taking place in the Iwalewahaus since 2015. International scientists give lectures on exciting, current topics. Lectures are open to the public, free of charge, and held in English.

Speakers come from different disciplines and in their presentations reflect the research foci of the University of Bayreuth. Socially relevant and politically current topics are prioritized in the scheduling of lectures.

The International Office of the University of Bayreuth is responsible for the 'International Lounge' and 'International Lounge+'.

Admission is free and registration not required!

Upcoming events

13th July 2022, 7 p.m.
Theme: The African Union and regional peace and security
Speaker: Dr. Eki Yemisi Omorogbe, University of Leicester, England

Dr. Eki Yemisi Omorogbe

The African Union’s (AU) innovative laws and policies provide the AU with wide powers of intervention in its member states, to promote peace, state and human security, and development. Yet, the AU has been reluctant to use these muscular powers in practice. My talk asks whether the AU can deliver peace and security in the African region. That question is important given the recent increase in intra-state armed conflicts and coups d’état in African states. It is also important because United Nations intervention so far has proved unreliable in the African region.

Past dates

  • July 6th, 2020

Theme: The Global Burden of COVID-19: Lessons Learned from the First Six Months of the Epidemic
Speaker: Eduardo J. Simoes, Professor of Health Management and Informatics, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Click here for the recording of the lecture (video on Youtube)

  • December 2, 2019

Theme: Who Will Care for Me? Children without Parental Care in Tanzania
Speaker: Florencia Kimario, BIGSAS Junior Research Fellow

  • July 8th, 2019

Theme: Disease forecast: mapping the geographic potential of disease spread under current and future climate
Speaker: Dr. Abdallah Samy, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (University of Kansas) and Entomology Department (Ain Shams University)

  • July 1st, 2019

Theme: Freedom of Religion in France vs. The European Concept of Human Rights
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Olivier Dubos, political scientist and lecturer in public law at the University of Bordeaux

  • May 6th, 2019

Theme: “Local Reconciliation in Libya since 2011:The Actors, the Processes and Mechanisms”
Speaker: Dr. Amal El-Obeidi, University of Benghazi, Libya (PSI Fellow at the University of Bayreuth)

For further information, please contact

Thorsten Parchent

Thorsten ParchentHead of Welcome & Alumni Services, Project Manager Summer School

Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-5323
Office: Room 0.11.5, Building Central University Administration (ZUV)
Universitätsstraße 30, 95447 Bayreuth