The 35th [ki’ta:so] short film festival is coming up!

On Monday, 29.01.24, at 20:15 at the Lamm-Lichtspiele-Erlangen the [ki’ta:so] short film festival is taking place again!
In the 35th edition a numerous exciting, varied and creative works await you!
We have put together a colorful mix of short films from smaller filmmakers from Erlangen and beyond.
At the film festival you will also have the opportunity to ask the filmmakers your questions during the live interviews.
Finally, the audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites and choose the three best short films!
Come along and have an exciting evening with us!
The [ki’ta:so] team and the filmmakers are looking forward to seeing you!
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4th meeting of the Student Council on 11.01.2024

The 4th meeting of the Student Convention will take place on 11.01.24 at 6:30 pm in seminar room 0.031-113 in Martensstraße 1, 91058 Erlangen.

In addition to university group support, topics include the budget for 2024 and the current status of efforts to abolish examination attempts.

Elections will also be held for the Speakers’ Council and the Election Committee.

In memory of 50 years without a constituted student body in Bavaria

Memorial wreath laying in the Schlossgarten with FAU President Joachim Hornegger

The 21st of December, 2023, marked for us the 50th anniversary of the decision to abolish the Student Body Representation in Bavaria—a day of deep sorrow. On this occasion, we laid a funeral wreath at the fountain in the castle garden. You may already be familiar with the debate, but if not, you can learn a thing or two about it here.

“Even though most Bavarian students no longer know what a Student Body Representation is, we still feel the consequences of its abolition profoundly,” said Emil Fischer, Chairman of the Erlangen Student Representation, in response to an inquiry. But what does the constitution of the student body actually entail? “Since its abolition, we, as a group of students, are no longer legal entities. Therefore, we cannot enter into contracts, manage our own funds, or determine our constitution. Much of this currently operates only through detours and makeshift solutions, for which we depend on the collaboration and goodwill of the university management and the student services. Everything else is entirely impossible,” added Ann-Sophie Scholl, student senator at FAU. Bavaria, as often the case, occupies a special role; it is currently the only federal state without a “constituted” student body, which was abolished by a resolution on December 21, 1973, to “dry up the left-wing swamp at the universities” (Hans Maier, the then Bavarian Minister of Culture). At that time, Bavaria was not alone in this approach, but since Baden-Württemberg reintroduced the student body in 2011, Bavaria is now the last federal state without one.

“That was a completely different time when tensions ran much higher. However, the fact that even after 50 years and in entirely different circumstances, we still have to endure this harassment and hindrance in our daily work is disproportionate,” expressed Leon Bernáth, Deputy Chairman of the Student Representation.

Since then, the opposition has occasionally made efforts to reintroduce the Student Body Representation, but due to the unique political situation in Bavaria, this has so far remained futile. This is why students have resorted to extraordinary measures to draw attention to their plight.

News from the Stuve

Department for Teaching and Studies

The discussion about the abolition of attempt counting for examinations and the abolition of compulsory registration is still very much on our minds, and we expect a decision to be made soon by the university-wide committees. We are still trying to convince the members of our arguments, some of which can be found in the position paper of the Student Convention.
The idea has also been discussed in some faculties in recent months. However, it remains to be seen whether the debate here will swing in a different direction from the university-wide debate.

In addition to this main topic, we are continuing to provide feedback and suggestions for improvements to CAMPO performance. A second workshop between students and those responsible is to take place soon, where we will present our (sometimes really urgent) improvements.

At a unit meeting scheduled for the end of January, we want to focus more on the university’s accreditation reports and find a form of regular meeting dates. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at

Speakers’ Council

As you can see from the email, Leon Bernath left the Spokesperson’s Council on 01.01 and resigned from the office of Deputy Convention Chairperson. His successor is Alina Abel, who has been a member of the Council since the beginning of the term of office.

University group feedback

In December, we carried out the feedback of the supporting university groups for the first time according to the new and significantly more extensive rules adopted in the summer semester. Reviewing the results still takes an enormous amount of time and requires detailed handling as well as a lot of communication with those also responsible on a voluntary basis. Some groups are part of the next Convention meetings, while we are still in contact with others.