Open for Discussion

The motto of the University:Future Festival 2021 is: Open for discussion. It stands for openness, for accessibility, for discourse – and for exploring the future together.

Openness, accessibility, discourse and collective exploration

Open for discussion stands for open conversation, for encounter. After such a long time of mainly digital communication, we all miss direct contact. University: Future Festival will remain digital. But we will focus on interaction and encounter as never before.

Open for discussion stands for exchange at eye level and accessibility. At the festival, everyone will be heard – university administrators and ministers as well as students and doctoral candidates. We decide on programme submissions according to content, not according to the status of the proposer. Everyone is invited to participate: And we are already looking forward to the diversity of different voices.

Open for discussion stands for collective exploration. (Almost) everyone is aware that there can be no going back to the “old normal” of higher education. How we move forward after the pandemic is in all of our hands. Now is the time to remeasure higher education on the path to the “blended university”. The U:FF is the place to look together into the future of academic education.

Programme 2021

On 2 November, the event starts with the Demo:Day, which is aimed at everyone interested in technical solutions. Visitors can try out innovative EdTech ideas and tools and get to know the people behind them. Also on 2 November, the BarCamp:Day will take place, an open format that allows spontaneous entries and discussions.

On the Conference:Day on 3 November, the festival invites speakers from Germany and around the world to share their insights and experiences. The confirmed speakers include Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek, education journalist Jan-Martin Wiarda and the rector of FernUni Hagen, Ada Pellert.

The festival ends on 4 November with the Workshops:Day, which offers space for longer and more interactive formats.