The Frühjahrssymposium 2021 will take place in the second-biggest city of eastern Germany, Leipzig. The city is over 1000 years old and worldwide known for its trade fair, the oldest surviving trade fair in the world, and the Battle of Nations, the big defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1813, and the peaceful protests against the East German dictatorship in 1989. But there is more than the historical meaning which makes Leipzig a very special city. The appearance is mainly shaped by buildings from the late 19th century (“Gründerzeit”) and recreational areas like rivers, lakes and riverside forest. Leipzig’s public life is defined by a high number of students and young people and results in a living bar and club scene.
The Leipzig University is one of the oldest universities in the world. From its foundation in 1409, a church right in the center of the city (“Paulinerkirche”) was the main building of the university until it was demolished and replaced by the socialists in 1968. Nowadays the university has a brand-new main building, the “Augusteum”, which is on of Leipzig’s architectural highlights, and even a small church in tribute to the old “Paulinerkirche”. The central location in the city, it’s size and architecture and the range of different lecture theatres make this campus an excellent venue for the Frühjahrssymposium 2021.