Melaten Talks

  People talking to each other Copyright: © Thilo Vogel

Successful and interdisciplinary research requires networking and exchange. As a place to be, RWTH aims to offer professors opportunities to get to know each other, discuss new ideas, and highlight topics of important at the University together.


Once a year the RWTH rector and chancellor invite the professors to the Melaten Talks. The Melaten Talks offer RWTH Aachen professors a framework and opportunity to network, discuss their work, and talk with decision makers in science and politics. Together with the events from the Faculty Club and Center for Professional Leadership, CPL for short, we are living out a culture of togetherness and openness at the University.


Our Events

6th Melaten Talks 2017

"ERC – beyond the brand of excellence“ with the ERC President Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

5th Melaten Talks 2016

"Perspectives of the Research Policies“ with Dr. Peter Dröll, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission

4th Melaten Talks 2015

"Strategies for the Internationalization of Universities – Expectations and Challenges“ with the president of the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD for short, Professor Margret Wintermantel

3rd Melaten Talks 2014

"Science in Transition - The University of Cologne Reinforces Itself for the Challenges of the Future" with the rector of the University of Cologne, Axel Freimuth

2nd Melaten Talks 2013

"Helmholtz and Universities – Strong Partners with Joint Future" with the president of the Hemholtz Association, Jürgen Mlynek

1st Melaten Talks 2012

"University Governance and the Role of Professors" with the chair of the Council of Science and Humanities, Wolfgang Marquardt



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Topic: Strategies for the Internationalization of Universities – Expectations and Challenges