“Just Change the World” – Talk Series from the 3nach9 TV Studio

Marking its 50th anniversary, the university and its alumni network invite you to an online talk series starting at 6 p.m. on November 17, 2021. Distinguished guests will discuss global challenges in space, in Africa, and in climate protection, and talk about the early days of the university.

Hosted by well-known Radio Bremen journalist Katrin Krämer, the four talks will be produced in Radio Bremen’s 3nach9 television studio and streamed live. All talks will be simultaneously translated into English. If you are interested, you can register for the livestream or apply to attend the live event at the Radio Bremen studio. Further information and registration at:  

November 17, 2021: Reaching for the Stars

One of the most prominent guests is Dr. Hans Königsmann, who holds a PhD from the University of Bremen. Until recently, he had one of the top jobs in the world: For ten years, Königsmann was vice president of the U.S. company SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk. At SpaceX, the graduate from the University of Bremen was in charge of all rocket launches as chief engineer. At the talk “Reaching for the Stars” on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 6 p.m., he will discuss with Marco Fuchs, the head of Bremen-based space company OHB, and other guests, when the first humans will fly to Mars and what ethical issues should be considered in the process.
“Research and teaching at the University of Bremen have always been shaped by the awareness of great social responsibility,” says the president of the university, Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter. “With this talk series, we are connecting the dots between the university’s achievements so far and its accomplishments today at the highest international level – and thus, of course, also for Bremen as a scientific hub.”

November 29, 2021: The Future Belongs to Africa

The colonization of Namibia stemmed from Bremen. From the very beginning, however, the University of Bremen stood for decolonization and a new Africa policy. For instance: In the 1980s, under the leadership of international-law professor Manfred Hinz, the “Namibia Project” was established to rewrite history for the textbooks of independent Namibia. By 2100, the African continent is expected to have a population of around 4.3 billion people, almost seven times that of Europe. Business experts predict that the next high-tech revolution will be “made in Africa.” The global North must reshape its relationship with Africa. But how? This is the topic of the talk “The Future Belongs to Africa,” which will be featuring, among others, Professor Rozena Maart, multi-award-winning scholar and writer from Bremen’s partner city Durban.

December 14, 2021: Quick, Save the Climate – But How?

When it comes to climate protection, Antje Boetius is one of the most important voices, and not only in Germany. The marine biologist completed her doctorate at the University of Bremen, where she now holds a professorship. She has headed the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven since 2017. For the talk entitled “Quick, Save the Climate – But How?” she will be joined by other prominent guests: TV presenter Karsten Schwanke, Professor Manfred Fischedick, climate researcher and director of the renowned Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, and Frederike Oberheim from Fridays for Future, who was voted Bremen’s “Woman of the Year 2020.”

January 20, 2022: How it All Began...

 The series will conclude with a live-streamed event with a live audience at the bremer shakespeare company on January 20, 2022, where representatives of the founding generation will discuss the reform university, its ideas, and its ongoing impact on the present. “We are excited that such distinguished guests will be attending the event. This shows the excellent reputation of the University of Bremen and the work of its alumni. And in Radio Bremen we have a partner who will ensure a perfect broadcast,” says managing director of the Alumni Network, DerkSchönfeld.

All Events at a Glance:

November 17, 2021:  Reaching for the Stars
November 29, 2021: The Future Belongs to Africa
December 14, 2021: Quick, Save the Climate – But How?
January 20, 2022: How it All Began...

Further Information:



Christoph Sodemann
Corporate Communication
University of Bremen Alumni Network
Phone: +49 421 218-69779
Cell phone: +49 1523-4354866
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