Division 3.2 - Events and RWTHextern Citizens' Forum

  Workers setting up a stage © RWTH Aachen  

A Space for Scientific Communication

Division 3.2 – Press and Communications at RWTH is responsible for organizing and carrying out numerous events at the University. Its high-profile events provide the perfect platform for RWTH's science communication and ensure a lively exchange between the University and the public. In this way, the University continually offers the public the opportunity to experience its aim to "intensify the public dialog between science and society, especially in order to promote a reflective attitude toward progress in technology, science, and medicine", as specified in the Mission Statement, first-hand.

The Division of Events and RWTHextern Citizens' Forum brings together relevant parties from the University, business, politics, and civil society. It organizes and accompanies science events as well as a series of special events at which not only RWTH graduates are celebrated, honored, and awarded, but also individuals who have rendered outstanding services to the University, teaching, and science.

The division also organizes internal events and information events and is in charge of film productions and podcasts, particularly within the Knowledge Hub together with Division 3.1. The Division of Events and RWTHextern Citizens' Forum also participates in joint projects with the City of Aachen.


Events Organized and Managed by Division 3.2

High-Profile Science Events

The RWTH Science Night "5 to 12" attracts more than 6,000 visitors every year. Highlights from science are presented up close at exhibit booths, in lectures, demonstrations, and in shows. The University also transmits its knowledge to the general public through the RWTH Knowledge Hub. For example, two public GreenTech Expos on the topics of "Plastics and the Circular Economy" and "Energy" offered unusual insights into current research approaches and projects.

Citizens' Forum RWTHextern

The Citizens' Forum RWTHextern also offers hands-on university experiences and involves the general public with several types of events, such as Uni at City Hall, Culture Lab, and Technology on Tour.

Largest University Graduation Celebration in Germany

RWTH's annual graduation celebration is the time when we honor our graduates. Around 5,000 people celebrate across faculties in the dressage stadium of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein, and it all starts with an impressive procession into the stadium.

A Look Back at the Year - With Guests Present

Every year at the end of January and on behalf of the Rectorate, RWTHtransparent presents key figures, facts, and highlights from the past year as a celebratory annual review to guests.


The Aachen Engineering Award is presented annually jointly by RWTH Aachen University and the City of Aachen in the Coronation Chamber of Aachen City Hall. It goes to an individual whose work has contributed to the positive perception or further development of engineering.

The following academic honors are awarded by resolution of the RWTH Senate: University Medal, Kármán Prize, Honorary Citizens of RWTH, the von Kaven Ring, Honorary Senators, Honorary Doctors.

RWTH also awards the Friedrich Wilhelm Prize, the Borchers Plaque, the Springorum Memorial Coin, the  Brigitte Gilles Prize, the Teaching Prize, IntSpire, and the Innovation Award.

Internal Events and Information Sessions

Division 3.2 is also responsible for the organization of internal events and information sessions.



Name Contact
Head of Division
Dipl.-Betriebsw. (FH) Anja Wehrle
Phone: +49 241 80-90416

Event Management
Dipl.-Kff. Ellen KruegerPhone: +49 241 80-93892

Gabriele Renner M.A.Phone: +49 241 80-93890

Jana Schütte-Czyrt B.A.Phone: +49 241 80-90735

Dipl.-Kff. Charlotte TuschinskiPhone: +49 241 80-93891

Thomas von SalzenPhone: +49 241 80-95803

Stefanie FajfarPhone: +49 241 80-90445

Lukas HähnertPhone: +49 241 80-90322

Lisa Kreutz
Phone: +49 241 80-90388

Stella Conrads M.Sc.Phone: +49 241 80-93888

Dipl.-Sportl. Jens LundszienPhone: +49 241 80-93681

Gabriela Swoboda-BarthelPhone: +49 241 80-90389

Thomas von Salzen (s. o.)
Textarbeit, Lektorat
Dr. phil. Nives Sunara
Phone: +49 241 80-90446

Student Assistants
Helen Hansen
Phone: +49 241 80-93893

Jan Lange
Phone: +49 241 80-93893

Carina Cornely