Mitgliederversammlung Alumni e.V.

Our 17th general meeting, live and on-site

The alumni association is growing – not rapidly but steadily, with more than 4,000 members now registered. About 45 alumni gathered at the new Fraunhofer Institute MEVIS for a remarkably harmonious general meeting, where they elected a new board and then witnessed a fascinating introduction to the work going on at MEVIS.

Laura Henke

We’re delighted to have our 4,000th member: Laura Henke

Der Alumni-Verein wächst. Im September konnten wir unser 4.000 Mitglied begrüßen: Laura Henke hat von 2010 bis 2016 ihren Master für Soziologie an der Universität Bremen gemacht. In dieser Zeit hat sie auch ein Jahr an dem Dickinson College studiert, der langjährigen Partneruniversität Bremens in den USA. An der Universität Bremen hat Laura Henke studiert, weil sie den Reformgedanken schätzt und damals der Master in Bremen deutschlandweit am stärksten auf Interdisziplinarität ausgerichtet war. „Das hat mir auch für meine heutige berufliche Position im Bildungsprogramm von Google sehr geholfen“, so Laura Henke. Als neue Alumna hofft sie, den Kontakt zur Universität weiter aufrechterhalten zu können. Mehr erfahren Sie in unserem kurzen Interview auf YouTube.

Neue Büroräume des Alumni Vereins Uni Bremen.

New office for the alumni association

Our office has moved to a new location on the university campus. The bigger and brighter new office is in the Unicom 2 building, right between the Fallturm and Horner Bad. In future, we will share the floor with other organisations including the U Bremen Research Alliance, whose managing director Derk Schönfeld also manages the alumni association's business affairs. The new visitor address is: Mary Sommerville-Str. 2, Oxford House, 28359 Bremen. 

MEVIS Gebäude auf dem Campus der Uniersität Bremen.

Save the Date: General Meeting 22nd November 2022

Our annual general assembley will take place on Tuesday, 22nd November 2022, at 5 pm. We are planning to hold the general meeting in the spectacular new building of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS. Following the meeting, a lecture about the institute is planned.

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Knowing where you come from

For many years, the Alumni Association has been advertising for new members with a smart flyer at events and when students say goodbye. We have now revised the flyer: All facts are updated and new faces bear witness to how the association is developing. The goal is clear: we want to welcome our 4,000 member as soon as possible.

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16th general members meeting – a positive record

It was a difficult year due to the pandemic, but nevertheless a successful one, concluded the members present at the alumni association’s general meeting held online on 23 November. Several well-attended online events, a new chapter in India, and an increase in membership add up to a strong record for this year, the University's anniversary, in which our alumni were also more visible in Bremen media.

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Introducing RSM, our new corporate member

We are pleased to welcome a new corporate member into our alumni association: the auditing and tax consulting firm RSM. A very warm welcome indeed! Why is RSM coming on board?

"RSM is joining the University of Bremen Alumni Association to expand our already close ties with the university into networks with students, graduates, academic professionals and other supporting members. As one of the leading medium-sized auditing and tax consulting firms in Bremen, we offer internships to students and hire several graduates from the university every year. In future, we will also strive for deeper cooperation in our research and development work."

Holger Genenger (Partner, German Public Auditor, Tax Advisor)

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An espresso with…Helmut Zachau

Helmut Zachau, born in 1948, trained as an industrial clerk and studied socioeconomics at the Hamburg University of Economics and Politics (HWP) before coming to the University of Bremen for an LSIIbF degree (1973–1976) in teaching vocational subjects at secondary level II. Later he was a teacher, a Member of Parliament for the Greens for five years and, most recently before his retirement, Director of School Centre Walle.

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India Chapter Founding and First Conference

At a 13 July 2021 online meeting, more than a dozen University of Bremen alumni founded the India chapter of our association. The chapter’s first event, planned for 12 November, is an online conference on sustainability, covering issues such as mobility and the use of hydrogen to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The chair of the new chapter is nanoscientist Dr. Amretashis Sengupta, who did postdoctoral research at the Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science (BCCMS). His deputy is Dr. Madhura Panse, who did her master’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Bremen. Rounding out the chapter’s leadership is Karthikeyan Sreetharan, an engineer who studied for his master's degree at the University of Bremen.

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New Student Assistant: Johanna Lodemann

Since 14 June 2021, Johanna Lodemann has been responsible for supporting the marketing and communication activities of the alumni association. She is a second-semester student of Cultural Studies and Communication and Media Studies at the University of Bremen. In her free time she does sports, reads and helps out at art exhibitions and openings. "With Johanna Lodemann, we’ve gained a committed addition to our team. We welcome her and are looking forward to working together and to many great projects," says alumni association managing director Derk Schönfeld.

“You find the best at the University of Bremen”

"A wonderful time; part of my life; everything I dreamed of..." When it comes to their university, the alumni of the University of Bremen sing its praises. It’s all there to see on our new "alumni wall", which we created to mark the university's 50th anniversary. Around 100 alumni have already posted their profiles on, where we spent a little time browsing through the anecdotes.


In 2021, our university will be 50 years old. This anniversary year will be marked by numerous activities, including from the alumni association — just different than what we initially intended. Since the Corona situation means we cannot get together in person, we have come up with something special: the University of Bremen digital Alumni Wall. Here you have the opportunity to share information about yourself and your affiliation with the University of Bremen — to publish a personal statement, a photo, even a memory. In the best of company for 50 years: join us! We look forward to receiving your entry and filling in our Alumni Wall.

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Luisa Lauterbach — New Student Employee

Since 1 May 2021, Luisa Lauterbach has been working with us as a student employee responsible for the alumni associations’s regional groups and chapters. After graduating from the University of Bremen in September 2019 with a bachelor’s degree, she began a master’s degree in psychology. Outside of her studies and work, she volunteers for the student organisation AIESEC, where she chairs the Bremen local committee in Bremen. “Through Luisa Lauterbach’s work, we are pleased to be able to further support our many committed regional group and chapter members,” said Alumni Managing Director Derk Schönfeld.

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DAAD supports the Alumni Association

The good news reached us just before Christmas. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will be supporting the work of our association and the University of Bremen with a co-funding of close to 20,000 Euro. ‘Alumni digital’ is the name of the approved concept that is supposed to mainly develop formats for international online events.

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Alumni now on Instagram and LinkedIn

Up-to-date news from the University of Bremen and its alumni association in its anniversary year, announcements and background information for our various events, and of course a really large network – we’re offering further options for online participation for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the university

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First Digital General Meeting

For the first time, we held our general meeting online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Participation was far above average. In the beginning, a little contest was held about who was joining the meeting from furthest away.

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“How Stable is the US Democracy?” - Questions for Political Scientist Andrew Wolff from Dickinson College

In November, the US presidential election moved people in Germany and around the globe like few others. In the weeks after it, as well as often already during the Donald Trump presidency, many may have had doubts how stable democratic institutions in the US still are. We wanted to know in more detail and spoke to Professor Andrew Wolff, political scientist at Dickinson College, one of the long-term partner universities of the University of Bremen.

Udo Klöpping

BLG LOGISTICS now corporate member

“BLG LOGISTICS joins the alumni association of the University of Bremen in order to network with students, graduates, academic professionals, and other supporting members and to present BLG LOGISTICS as an attractive employer as well as a partner for internships or theses in and outside of Bremen. Through this membership, we additionally take on our social responsibility as a large employer in the State of Bremen and support this important educational institution.” Udo Klöpping, Head of HR, BLG LOGISTICS

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Regional group Munich in continuation

On June 11, alumni of the University of Bremen met in Munich – online. The openness of the group members was remarkable. The alumni now want to organize a regular’s table and even offer places to sleep.

Second meeting of the Alumni chapter in Brazil

There has been a second meeting already by our alumni in Brazil. Online of course – there is no other way in this vast territorial state. The Brazil Chapter has ambitious goals and wants to become the largest Bremen alumni network outside of Germany.

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Alumni Chapter on Cuba in Preparation

It is scheduled for spring: our alumnus Klaus Uhlhorn’s emigration to Cuba. His new center of life will be the port city Cienfuegos, whose university already has a remarkable scientific cooperation with universities in Bremen. Klaus Uhlhorn plans on establishing an Alumni chapter on Cuba.

Derk Schönfeld zeigt ein Video bei der Mitgliederversammlung

14th General Meeting: 2019 Was a Good Year for the Association

Taking stock what went well in the past year – and what the prospects are for the future? That is what the association’s well-attended 14th general meeting at the end of November 2019 was all about. One upcoming event was of particular interest.

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Alumni Coordinator “University of Bremen Turns 50”

Our long-standing board member Christoph Sodemann will coordinate all activities of the alumni association concerning the 50th anniversary over the next two years.

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Obituary Norbert Schröder

It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that our member Norbert ‘Nobby’ Schröder passed away suddenly in November 2019 at the age of 63. Norbert Schröder had led our regional group in Munich for many years.

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Wanted: Alumni in Eastern Europe

We are looking for alumni in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. Did you study or work at the University of Bremen and now live in one of the aforementioned countries? The alumni association in cooperation with the International Office is in the process of establishing chapters in Eastern Europe.

Result: Show Us Your Face!

We have them all together! With our campaign The University in Search for Its Alumni, our association promotes the encouraging and multifaceted work of the alumni. We would like to thank the numerous participants very much for their commitment and support! Click here to see the result.

Regionalgruppe trifft sich in Stuttgart

Bremen Alumni Get-Together in Stuttgart

A further regional group has recently been established in Stuttgart. Bremen alumni Janina Vogel and Ilhan Harun are organizers of the new group, which met for the first time on April 11.

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Alumni Chapter Established in Nigeria

Alumni of the University of Bremen do not only meet all over Germany but also across the globe. Another alumni group abroad has now been established in Nigeria. Our alumnus Dr. Ignatius Adeh coordinates the new chapter. He studied law at the University of Bremen.

Regional Group Meeting in Frankfurt a Big Hit

Eight Bremen alumni met for a second time in Frankfurt on March 19 only six weeks after the first meeting there. Together they came together in a small kitchen that is under a preservation order although it is used in everyday operations. The event helped to build bridges between the generation of recent graduates and those pursuing a doctorate in Frankfurt and Wolf Gunter Brügmann, a true institution at the University of Bremen.

Alumni-Vorstand während seiner Sitzung

Inaugural Board Meeting; Business Plan Devised for 2019

After having been elected in November 2018, the newly-elected board came together for its inaugural board meeting. The course for the upcoming four years had to be set in various areas.

Successful Start: First Meeting of the Newly-Established Regional Group in Frankfurt

On February 5, the first meeting of the Frankfurt regional group took place. At the first meeting, a total of ten participants came. This makes Frankfurt our currently biggest regional group of Bremen graduates.

Die Regionalgruppe München

Meeting of the Regional Group Munich: Successful relaunch

More than ten years ago there was the first attempt to establish a regional group of alumni of the University of Bremen in Munich. Organized by Norbert Schröder, the group met in the Augustinerkeller in the Arnulfstraße. Besides the organizer, Rainer Sanders and Gerald Meyer-Haak were among the first participants. Over time this 'Stammtisch' fell asleep more and more. This year the relaunch of the group took place supported by Alumni Bremen.

Save the date: Annual general meeting on November 15

The Annual General Meeting 2018 will take place on 15.11.2018at 4 p.m. (registration from 3.30 p.m.) in the Cartesium Building Rotunda (Level 0)  of the University of Bremen. An invitation will be sent to all members by e-mail in October. The Annual General Meeting is only for members of the association, guests are not admitted

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Regional Groups: On it goes…

There is a lot going on in our regional groups! In Hamburg, the first get-together took place on September 18. Six alumni met to get to know each other and reminisce about their time in Bremen. Similar events are planned in Hannover and Munich.

Active Regionally – Be a Guest at Bremen Alumni Strongholds in Germany

Alumni groups in Shanghai, Beijing, and Yaoundé as well as Research Ambassadors in Brazil, China, Cameroon, Mexico, Canada, and the USA are no problem at all. However, the German map still shows some ‘vacancies.’ Yet, there are some active groups already that meet locally – with our support – and maintain contact.

Alumni Presents: Our Coffee-to-Go Mugs

Some of you already marveled at our new Alumni mugs at the discussion on inclusion with senator Dr. Claudia Bogedan – everyone else is encouraged to continue reading.

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… is something that is frequently seen on campus – but also the alumni of the University of Bremen can now enjoy the new design of our newsletter. Read in a focused manner and browse the wide array of information in our new newsletter – simply according to your personal interest...

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