Semester talk on construction topics

Once a semester, the Faculty Student Councils and the Speakers’ Council meet with the FAU Chancellor’s Office. Here we learn about the strategic development and planning of the FAU as well as the progress of current construction projects, and can directly address problems concerning the construction situation. We want to give you a brief overview here in the newsletter; you can find the full transcript on our website.

New construction of student residences
Around 200 apartments are to be added to the existing halls of residence on the south site. In addition, a larger student hall of residence is to be built on the “old Siemens campus”; initial plans for the new building on the Siemens Campus will probably be submitted to the city council this year.

Status of the anatomy building and lecture hall capacities at Med
As the project plan is still being drafted, construction of the anatomy building is due to start in 2027; completion is expected in 2030/31.
The loss of the large lecture hall in Bismarkstraße currently necessitates transfers to smaller rooms, which does not always work. There will be internal discussions about whether the capacities in Ulmenweg can be used more for the pre-clinic, but for the time being the next possible relief is the construction of the New Lecture Hall Center (completion presumably in 2030).

The introduction of the StUB is essential for the planned expansion of the southern area. FAU is therefore supporting the project publicly. The question for us is how we can successfully communicate information about the citizens’ decision to FAU students and staff.

Nuremberg Teacher Training Campus – new developer?
Talks are underway with the Free State of Bavaria and the Alpha Group about the continuation of the project, as the insolvent company is prepared to hand over the project.
In addition, all didactic specialists are to move to their respective departments in Erlangen in the long term.

Master planning south campus
The Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering are to be relocated to the acquired Siemens campus in the long term. This will create an axis of three locations (Siemens campus – Techfak – Natfak) on the south campus, which is to be connected by the planned city-country railroad and a shuttle bus line. Internally, the campus is to become car-free in the long term (with several parking garages at the edge of the site). The planned Computer Centre is to be completed by the end of the decade and the waste heat from the building will be fed into the heating network for the entire faculty. Parking garages will be half covered with green plants and half with solar panels according to the new sustainability concept.

FAIRWANDLER-Award 2024 – APPLY now!

You are between 18 and 35 years old, you are involved in an initiative that makes the world a better place and you are interested in networking with other social initiatives to exchange ideas?

Then the FAIRWANDLER-Award is the right thing for you! With this award, the Karl Kübel Foundation honors your commitment to social change. We are looking for initiatives and social enterprises from all areas of sustainable development that are changing Germany in a fair way.

You can win 3,000 euros and much more. We will support you in getting your initiative off the ground.

You can apply until March 15 using this link.

We look forward to hearing from you and your initiative!


Innovate, collaborate, create at SIEMENSxBEST- Engineering Competition

Who we are?
BEST Erlangen e.V, the local chapter of the Board of European Students of Technology, epitomizes student-driven excellence. Established in 2012 by FAU students, BEST Erlangen connects local students with the extensive European network of BEST by organizing engineering competitions, BEST courses, and many more social events.
About Siemens x BEST Engineering Competition.
This is a 3-day in-person competition scheduled on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of March. The task of the competition is decided on in collaboration with Siemens AG. It will be based on Solid Edge, a powerful computer-aided design (CAD) software suite developed by Siemens Digital Industries, widely used in engineering and manufacturing. Solid Edge facilitates 3D modeling, simulation, and drafting for product design and development.
Registration details.
To complete the registration process, along with filling up the Google form, the participants will have to complete an online tutorial to make themselves familiar with Solid Edge. If you are interested, you can also take part in an in-person tutorial session before the competition with experts from Siemens. Check out the Google form for more details.
Have we piqued your interest?
Then simply fill out the following registration form:
The deadline for registration is 25.02.2024. The number of participants is limited, so first come, first served!
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us:
Leonard Hörnlein (SBEC Main Organizer)
Piyush Navade (SBEC Participants Responsible)
Take part and win exciting prizes!
Your BEST Erlangen Team!

Against Procrastination: “Long Night of Writing” in the Main Library

Because it’s easier to write together: The next “Long Night of Writing” on March 7, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. in the Main Library in Erlangen will offer helpful tips on topics related to writing. In addition to different workshops, there will be individual consultations – also for international students. Some courses only take place online. Finally, relaxation is ensured with yoga and non-alcoholic cocktails. Participation is free without prior registration.

The entire program can be viewed on the website.
Direct link to the writing consultations.

We look forward to your participation!

Feel free to ask:

Impact Creators Program – for sustainability & society

Do you want to change the world for the better, but don’t know how?
FAU now offers you the new Impact Creators Program:
With us you will
– learn in over 10 workshops how to achieve a lasting positive impact in society
– come into contact with various interesting people
– implement your ideas in a team or bring others’ ideas to life
– work actively and interdisciplinary
– see that social innovation, economic viability and sustainability are not a contradiction in terms

Deadline: 10th March 2024