Conference Site: University of Freiburg

October 4-8, 2010, Freiburg Germany

© FWTM Freiburg

Freiburg is in the south west of Germany, beautifully seated between the black forest and the Rhine valley. France and Switzerland are about half an hour driving from Freiburg. Freiburg is the cultural, economic and administrative centre of South Baden and, as such, is the pivotal point for the Upper Rhine region that transcends national borders.

According to rumours, every second German would like to live in Freiburg. Even if this claim has never been seriously proved, there seems to be something to it. Anyone who visits Freiburg always comes back again. But why is this the case? Perhaps it is due to the cobblestones or the Münster (cathedral), maybe it is because of the relaxing tranquility which makes even the most stressed businessmen quickly forget their troubles, or perhaps it is the beer gardens where you can fritter away whole summer days? It could also be because of the mild climate or the good wine which thrives even right in the centre of town. Who knows?
Look for yourself and you will discover that Freiburg has more to offer than the proverbial laissez-faire. For example, a lively cultural scene with famous orchestras and well-visited theatre productions, international festivals and congresses. Freiburg's restaurants have an excellent reputation and the pubs offer something for every taste. So get up and experience the heart of Breisgau's main city yourself and discover why you, too, will want to come here again and again.

Not only is the University of Freiburg physically located in the heart of the city of Freiburg - its students, professors, and staff are also an integral part of daily life in the ‘Capital of the Black Forest’. This is also one of the reasons why Freiburg has become such a popular place to study. Aside from the numerous leisure activities which may be enjoyed in and near the city and its proximity to the Alsace and Switzerland, it is above all the variety of academic progams which attracts so many students to Freiburg. The university boasts a variety of degree programs in any of more than 60 fields in 11 faculties.

Upon its foundation in 1457, the university already offered courses of study at the Faculties of Theology, Law, Medicine, and Humanities. Matthäus Hummel, the first rector of the university, chose the leitmotif, “wisdom has built itself a house”, for his inaugural address. Archduke Albrecht VI of Western Austria, on the other hand, had the education of young law and theology students for governmental posts and the church in mind when founding the university. Following the integration of the Jesuits into the faculty in 1620, the University of Freiburg developed into a bastion of Catholic doctrine. The resulting restrictions in the curriculum were not lifted until Empress Maria Theresa introduced an educational reform which opened the way to new academic fields.

1: University Building I - Platz der Universität 3  
Hall / Lecture halls 

2: University Building II - Platz der alten Synagoge  
Auditorium Maximum (main lecture hall)/Lecture halls
Underground parking garage