The Senior Citizens' Academy of the TU Ilmenau opens up to all citizens and is now called "TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus"

Our next lecture

Friday, May 20, 2022, 3:00 p.m., Röntgen Building

Prof. Dr. Friedemann Schmoll Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Of farmer's rules and climate change - A folkloric-cultural weather report

Talking about the weather is one of the most common and popular topics of conversation. In times of climate change caused by civilization, the topic has taken on seriousness and weight. Who actually makes the weather and how can it be predicted? These questions have found different answers throughout history. Heavenly powers, divine will, weather-making witches, other supernatural forces or simply meteorological constellations were responsible for the curse and blessing of the weather. Accordingly, the predictions and the attempts to influence the weather turned out: by prayers, by reading and interpreting the sky, oracles, divination, by collecting and systematizing experience (as in the case of the farmers' rules or in the case of the "hundred-year calendar") or by scientific prognosis.

The lecture takes a foray through climate theories and the history of weather forecasting to future predictions in times of the "Anthropocene" and the consequences of climate change.

Current notes

Mandatory requirements for participation are proof of complete vaccination, recovery from Covid 19 disease, or a current negative Corona test (3-G rule).

Data collection will occur for contact tracking purposes. There are other infection control measures in place before, during and after events that comply with current Corona regulations.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at the e-mail:

Spring semester 2022

The program for the Spring 2022 semester can be found here:

>Spring Semester 2022 Program<.

For further information, please contact us at the e-mail address

Preview of the spring semester 2022

The events take place in the rooms of the Georg Schmidt Technical Center of the University of Ilmenau, Weimarer Straße, each Friday at 15:00 (see General Information - Map of the TU Ilmenau).

The following dates are planned forthe fall semester 2022:

09.09. | 16.09. | 23.09. | 30.09. | 07.10. | 14.10. | 21.10. | 29.10. | 04.11. | 11.11. | 18.11. | 25.11. | 02.12. | 09.12.

In addition, there will probably be a date for an excursion.

Review of previous semesters

"Will drones fall on our heads in the future?", "Artificial intelligence - public perception and risk communication" or "The digitalization wave in medical care: Claim and Reality": The range of content covered by the TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus is diverse and includes socio-political and cultural-political topics, natural sciences and humanities, technical, economic, medical, historical and cultural topics.

In the review of previous semesters you will find an overview of the events and topics of the past years.

Review of previous semesters

General information

Founded in 2006, the Senior Citizens' Academy at the TU Ilmenau, now TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus, is an open continuing education program for all interested persons from Ilmenau and the surrounding area.

General information on participation in the TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus

Responsible for the program and organization of the TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus is the  TU Ilmenau in cooperation with the Universitätsgesellschaft Ilmenau - Freunde, Förderer, Alumni e.V..