• 1969 Als der Campus noch Wiese war1969 Als der Campus noch Wiese war
  • 1970 Richtfest vom GW21970 Richtfest vom GW2
  • 1971 Der Gruendungssenat1971 Der Gruendungssenat
  • 1973 Demo auf dem Marktplatz gegen NC1973 Demo auf dem Marktplatz gegen NC
  • 1975 Protest: Unileitung geht baden1975 Protest: Unileitung geht baden
  • Die Uni in den AchtzigernDie Uni in den Achtzigern
  • 1988 Bau der "Keksdose"1988 Bau der "Keksdose"
  • 1989 Bau des Fallturms1989 Bau des Fallturms
  • senator and the director of the university bremensenator and the director of the university bremen
  • 1991 Erster Berninghausenpreis1991 Erster Berninghausenpreis
  • 1994 Einweihung des Geo-Bohrkernlagers1994 Einweihung des Geo-Bohrkernlagers
  • 1996 Die Uni Bremen feiert 25. Geburtstag1996 Die Uni Bremen feiert 25. Geburtstag
  • 1997 Die Mensa brennt1997 Die Mensa brennt
  • 1997 und `98 Essen im Mensazelt1997 und `98 Essen im Mensazelt
  • 2000 Eroeffnung des Universums2000 Eroeffnung des Universums
  • 2000 Die Glashalle wird eroeffnet2000 Die Glashalle wird eroeffnet
  • 2002 Stabsuebergabe von Rektor Timm an Mueller2002 Stabsuebergabe von Rektor Timm an Mueller
  • 2002 Start der GSSS Graduiertenschule2002 Start der GSSS Graduiertenschule
  • 2003 Franz. Woche in der Mensa2003 Franz. Woche in der Mensa
  • 2005 Bremen ist Stadt der Wissenschaft2005 Bremen ist Stadt der Wissenschaft
  • 2006 Ingenieure zeigen Serviceroboter2006 Ingenieure zeigen Serviceroboter
  • 2007 HEP 5 Uni-Demo in der Stadt2007 HEP 5 Uni-Demo in der Stadt
  • 2007 HEP 5 Aktionen und Vorlesungen in der Stadt2007 HEP 5 Aktionen und Vorlesungen in der Stadt
  • 2007 Dekaneaktion gegen HEP 52007 Dekaneaktion gegen HEP 5
  • 2007 Eine ausgezeichnete Mensa2007 Eine ausgezeichnete Mensa
  • 2008 Uni und Technologiepark wachsen2008 Uni und Technologiepark wachsen
  • 2009 Protest gegen Bologna-Reform2009 Protest gegen Bologna-Reform
  • 2009 Festival der Sprachen mit Werderstar2009 Festival der Sprachen mit Werderstar
  • 2009 Neue Cafete im GW22009 Neue Cafete im GW2
  • 2009 Mensa: Neue Kinderspielecke2009 Mensa: Neue Kinderspielecke
  • 2010 Die SuUB feiert 350-jaehriges Bestehen2010 Die SuUB feiert 350-jaehriges Bestehen
  • 2010 Forschungen im SFB Raumkognition2010 Forschungen im SFB Raumkognition
  • 2010 Neuer Campuspark mit erweitertem MZH2010 Neuer Campuspark mit erweitertem MZH
  • 2011 Jubel bei der Exzellenzentscheidung2011 Jubel bei der Exzellenzentscheidung
  • 2011 Seit 25 Jahren Hochschulsport fuer alle2011 Seit 25 Jahren Hochschulsport fuer alle
  • 2011 20 Jahre Berninghausenpreis2011 20 Jahre Berninghausenpreis
  • 2011 Eine grosse Party zum 40. Geburtstag2011 Eine grosse Party zum 40. Geburtstag
  • Eine Strassenbahn faehrt bis Juni 2012 fuer die UniEine Strassenbahn faehrt bis Juni 2012 fuer die Uni
  • 2011 Gold fuer Uniruderer in Bremen und Moskau2011 Gold fuer Uniruderer in Bremen und Moskau
  • Juni 2012: Die Uni wird "Exzellenz-Universität"Juni 2012: Die Uni wird "Exzellenz-Universität"
  • Open Campus 2013 mit Live-Konzert...Open Campus 2013 mit Live-Konzert...
  • ...Wissenschafts-Shows...Wissenschafts-Shows
  • ...und Forschung zum Anfassen...und Forschung zum Anfassen
  • Ende 2013 wird Dr. Mehrtens neuer KanzlerEnde 2013 wird Dr. Mehrtens neuer Kanzler

Founded in times of social reform

The University of Bremen is a young university. It was founded in 1971 for the purpose of teacher training. What was to become known as the “Bremen Model“ was conceived in times of social reform. Its core elements apply to this day and it was these basic principles which first made the subsequent research success possible: Interdisciplinary orientation, research-based learning in teaching projects, orientation to the practice and social commitment. Some new guiding principles have been added since: Internationalization of teaching and research, equal gender opportunity, and environmental responsibility.

Consolidation in the 80s – travelling along the road to success

Following the founding of the University ― as an “academic complex” on the outskirts of the town ― and a number of reforms at the beginning, a period of consolidation set in through the nineteen eighties. The University of Bremen grew in size. New faculties for natural science and engineering were established, the University started a cooperation with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Ocean Research in Bremerhaven, and the Technology Park was created (1988).

The University of Bremen also began to score its first successes with the establishment of Collaborative Research Centers (in 1988 the University was accepted into the German Research Society - DFG) and the acquisition of substantial external funding. Steadily improving research rankings, growing national and international recognition and a large number of endowment professorships were the visible fruits of this success.

The University advanced this success further by establishing a set of new guiding principles. Among other things, the University concentrated efforts on the promotion of young research talent and implemented personnel development programs for its young researchers, many of whom were awarded professorships in the wake of the generation change that was taking place.

In addition to all this, teaching and studies at the University of Bremen underwent considerable change: A new admission policy, for instance, with program-specific enrolment requirements, and the swift transition of study programs to Bachelor and Master Degrees. The reward for this commitment came with the title “City of Science 2005”, awarded to Bremen and Bremerhaven as result of joint efforts on the part of science, politics, culture, and the enterprise sector.

Today, some 25,000 people study, teach, research and work at the University of Bremen. It has become the center of science and research in the North West of Germany, particularly renowned for its strengths in the natural and engineering sciences as well as the social sciences and the humanities. The work carried out by its excellent researchers, many of whom of world renown, provides an important stimulus to societal development.

As the outstandingly favorable outcome of its showing in the underscores, the University is not content to bathe in past success and simply rest on its laurels. As a “learning organization“, it is constantly adapting the role it intends to play in the present and future research and academic landscape.

More History

For an overview of the University’s history go to central archives. You can also read more about the history and development of the University of Bremen in the magazine which appeared in 2006 on the occasion of the University’s 35th anniversary: Magazin [PDF] (1.9 MB).

Trailer “From Marx to Darwin – University of Bremen – a Timetravel” (in German only)

Books and Film on History of the University

In October 2011, to mark the occasion of the 40th anniversary the Temmen-Verlag published the book “Universität Bremen – 40 Jahre Bewegung” (University of Bremen – 40 Years of Ongoing Change). The journalist and alumni of the University of Bremen, Peter Meier-Hüsing looks back over the past four decades: not sparing with his criticism, he also writes with empathy and humor.

Another book on the University of Bremen was published by the Donat-Verlag. In the volume “Tradition Reform” [Reform as Tradition], Dr. Birte Gräfing describes the highly debated initiation.

“From Marx to Darwin – University of Bremen – a Timetravel”: this is the name of the documentary film on the University’s history which the alumnus Michael Wolff produced with his Bremer Medienproduktions GmbH “fact+film”. The world premier of this fascinating film was in November 2011 at the Bremer Schauburg. You get the video in the Press Relations Office; contact: pressenoSpam@uni-bremen.de