50 years of Paderborn University

Our motto for 2022 is #WirFeiernZukunft – Celebrating the future – and we are delighted to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Paderborn University together – together at the University, but also together with all our friends and partners! This year, you are invited to join us at a rich and colourful series of events and on an exciting journey through the UPB cosmos. Come and enjoy our five central anniversary celebrations, our event series “50 Mosaics” and other cultural highlights. All in all, you can look forward to a broad, diverse programme of concerts, workshops, panel discussions, lectures, presentations, film shows, experiments in the field and in the lab, performances, exhibitions, sports fixtures, games and much, much more.


Anniversary events

Opening Ceremony for the anniversary year

Together with around 200 guests from the worlds of science, business and politics and other friends, Paderborn University held a grand opening on Sunday 13 March for its anniversary year to celebrate its 50th birthday.

Founder's Day musical fireworks – cancelled

The fireworks display planned for Foundation Day is canceled in light of the current situation.

Family Festival UPB 50

We want to say “Thank you!” to our committed employees for their profound work and dedication.

Our 50th anniversary is the ideal opportunity to say a heartfelt, well earned “Thank you!” to all the employees who – day in, day out – ensure that our university is a special, unique meeting-place, so our entire staff and their families are invited to an open-air Family Festival at the end of August.

Ceremony in the City Hall

In 2022, the University of Paderborn will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Since its foundation on August 1, 1972 as the Comprehensive University of Paderborn, the University has been and continues to be the driving force for further development and innovation of Paderborn as a location for education and business.

Data Society. Opportunity – Innovation – Responsibility

As part of Paderborn University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the scientific convention “Data Society. Opportunity – Innovation – Responsibility”, which addresses the issue of the digital transformation of our society, will take place from 20 - 22 September 2022.

UPB 50 Weekender

Here comes the weekend and TGIF! To make sure our anniversary year ends on a high note, we will be turning the campus into a special event location.

Networked campus since 1972.