"Lernen. Forschen. Machen."


The Exhibition

Centre Charlemagne Impression of the exhibition Copyright: © Heike Lachmann

October 30, 2021 to February 13, 2022, Centre Charlemagne


Guided Tours

Public guided tours of the temporary exhibition:

  • Every Thursday with RWTH guides at 5:30pm
  • On the following Saturdays with RWTH guides at 3pm:
    • December 18, 2021
    • January 8, 2022
    • January 22, 2022
    • February 5, 2022
  • Every Sunday at 3pm (except December 23 and 30)

Meeting point: museum ticket office

Public guided tours for seniors:

  • Every first Thursday of the month at 11am

Meeting point: museum ticket office

Please register via



Gabriele Renner

Department 3.0 – Press and Communications


+49 241 80 93890



Companion Volume

To accompany the University's anniversary exhibition, RWTH has published a companion volume that is available in Aachen bookstores and Centre Charlemagne's museum store.


The joint anniversary exhibition of RWTH and the City of Aachen at Centre Charlemagne will provide fascinating insights into the history and development of the University. It offers visitors the chance to discover different research highlights and the primary focus of all relevant areas from the past 150 years.

Originally planned to run in 2020, the exhibition had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. RWTH and the City of Aachen have now set a new exhibition date: October 30, 2021 to February 13, 2022. The vernissage took place on Friday, October 29, 2021.

In keeping with the anniversary motto of “Lernen. Forschen. Machen.”, the exhibition exemplifies how relevant RWTH has been for the City of Aachen and surrounding areas since it was founded and how the University will continue to be highly significant for the local area in the future. This will be conveyed in a range of different research exhibition items – most of which we now use in our everyday lives, or will use in the future. Together, they show the historical development the University has significantly contributed to.

The exhibition will focus on the following topics, among others:

  • Historical development (founding, key data, present, and future)
  • Internationalization
  • Innovations
  • Teaching
  • Gender and diversity
  • People and well-known personalities
  • Economy/Transfer/Innovations
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Young talent
  • Social responsibility
  • Urban planning and demographic development

The exhibition will also feature a varied program of supporting events designed jointly by the city and the University. This will be published at a later date.


Upcoming Talks

Please note that the talks will be given in German.

February 3, 2022: Combining Human and Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities for the Production of Tomorrow

What role will humans play in the production of the future? How can human and machine data be used for modern production? And how can humans trust decisions made by AI?

Autonomous cars, smartphone cameras, algorithms that reveal our consumer behavior. These forms of AI raise questions: How can algorithms assist in production? How is our data protected? What are the challenges and opportunities? The question arises as to what role humans will play in the future in a world where machines are becoming increasingly intelligent. The goal of the Internet of Production is, among other things, to provide people with tools for making quick decisions, to make knowledge widely available, transferable, and usable.

These are just a few of the many questions addressed by the Internet of Production Cluster of Excellence, where more than 200 RWTH researchers are pooling expertise in highly specialized areas of production technology.

Speaker: Melanie Buchsbaum, M.Sc.

February 10, 2022: Perspectives on the Schneider/Schwerte Case – A Scandal at the University (and Beyond)

In April 1995, RWTH was hit by a scandal that caused international outrage. The former rector of RWTH Aachen University, Professor Hans Schwerte, issued a voluntary disclosure, confessing to the allegations that had been made public by a team of Dutch investigative journalists. According to the journalists, Schwerte had been living under a new name since May 1945 in order to cover up the fact that he had served as a middle-ranking officer (“Hauptsturmführer”) in the SS under his real name, Hans Ernst Schneider. It became clear that Schneider had not been killed in 1945, as had been previously assumed. Rather, he succeeded in launching a new career as an award-winning German studies scholar and university administrator. The important discussion about the University's responsibility in this matter – several companions and colleagues were aware of his double identity – was not very productive and resulted in mutual recriminations. Angelina Pils from the RWTH Institute of History examines new source material and historicizes the Schneider/Schwerte biography.

Speaker: Angelina Pils, M.A.


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