You are in the middle of your studies or research and have a brilliant idea for a prototype but no financial means? Then you are a perfect fit for #PrototypHero! The Thomas Gessmann Foundation promotes the construction of two prototypes in the form of financial support of € 2,500. In addition, you will receive advisory help from the STARTKLAR Start-up Center.
Apply alone or as part of a team by September 22, 2023 at startklar∂hs-heilbronn.de with a description of your prototype (1,000 characters) and the goals you want to achieve with it.
STARTKLAR is the start-up center of Heilbronn University and was founded in 2017 within the Prorectorate for Research, Innovation and Transfer. Through this integration, we are an integral part of the university structure and work particularly closely along current research priorities within HHN. We promote a lively innovation and start-up culture through our wide range of teaching formats, interactive spaces and projects. In addition, we study innovation processes, the interconnectedness of business and society, and the development of startup-relevant competencies. Interactive and diverse exchange is important to us. Within our network, we bring together students, foundersInside, Expertand companies and thus promote the networking of knowledge and competencies. Here, we work on the basis of openness, trust and mutual appreciation towards all stakeholders in our ecosystem. Our goal is to sensitize people inside and outside the university to entrepreneurial thinking and to enable them to play an active role in shaping our society in the long term.
About the Thomas Gessmann Foundation
The foundation supports gifted students at universities in the state of Baden-Württemberg in technical and scientific subjects who also lack the financial means to complete their studies within the standard period of study without appropriate support. Support is provided primarily through the awarding of scholarships and grants for the acquisition of specialist scientific literature, as well as the awarding of prizes. The foundation also maintains two endowed professorships at Heilbronn University.
Heilbronn University (HHN) was in Slovenia at the Field Robot Event. This is a worldwide competition that focuses on the agriculture of the future. Accompanied by research assistant Benedict Bauer and Professor Torsten Heverhagen, HHN entered the competition with a dedicated team of students.
FloriBot 4.0, the self-constructed robo-farmer, gave the team its name and took on the challenges of the competition. The students Klaudius König, Paul Wolff, Marcel Holzwarth and Martin Haag were on board. With their expertise and passion for automation technology, they formed a strong squad.
The competition included hard-hitting competitive disciplines in which the robots had to demonstrate their capabilities:
Navigation: The robots had to maneuver through crops planted in rows, such as corn or grapes.
Treatment of the plants: FloriBot demonstrated its ability to detect the crop and the condition of the plants and to water or fertilize them with high precision.
Sensing: participants demonstrated the sensitivity of the AI-driven solution to detect and avoid deer as well as people in the field.
Avoid obstacles: The robots had to have built-in safety mechanisms to prevent potential injuries to animals and people.
The HHN team with FloriBot 4.0 impressively achieved 3rd place in the Obstacle Avoidance task despite the small corn plants. In the other categories, the robot also did well and in some cases only just missed the podium.
The Field Robot Event may seem playful, but it also addresses a serious issue. Traditional agriculture, with its heavy use of pesticides, is set to be revolutionized by the application of AI. The basic idea of the competition is to reduce the use of pesticides by precisely detecting where weeds or pests are in the field. This eliminates the need for blanket, large-scale application of pesticides across the entire field, making for more sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture.
The Field Robot event celebrated its 20th anniversary in Slovenia in 2023 and attracted a total of 15 international teams.
Heilbronn University (HHN) has elected its prorectors, and the Senate election body has unanimously opted for continuity. The incumbent Prorector Ruth Fleuchaus and the two incumbent Prorectors Ulrich Brecht and Raoul Daniel Zöllner were re-elected with an absolute majority in the first round of voting.
With this renewed election, they continue their successful work in university management. Professor Ruth Fleuchaus has already been Prorector for Internationalization and Diversity at HHN since 2008. Professor Ulrich Brecht has been Head of Studies and Teaching since 2016. Professor Raoul Daniel Zöllner has been in office as Prorector for Research, Transfer and Innovation since 2017. Together with Rector Professor Oliver Lenzen and Chancellor Christoph Schwerdtfeger, the Rectorate team forms a strong and well-coordinated university management.
The re-election of the prorectors creates continuity and enables the proven team to seamlessly continue the strategic projects of the university management. Rector Professor Oliver Lenzen is extremely pleased with the decision: “I am delighted from the bottom of my heart to have the three of them continue to be part of the team. We, the entire university management, are all different and thus complement each other perfectly. In my opinion, this mental diversity is also needed to ensure the continuous development of the university. The shared love for the university and our core values weld us together again and again in our daily work.”
The re-election of the prorectors is a sign of recognition of their past achievements and their commitment to HHN. They have contributed significantly to the development and strengthening of the university. Their expertise in the various areas of university administration and management will now continue to help guide HHN on its successful path.
What are student elections good for? It’s about electing students who stand up for your interests in your studies and at HHN! Find out why every vote counts and how YOU can make a difference here.
Student elections: Election Period
From Monday, June 19, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 5:00 p.m., inclusive. you can elect your representatives in the senate and in the faculty councils as well as the student parliament. The elections will be implemented as an online election. The date of the announcement of the election results is yet to be announced.
The StuPa represents the decisions of all students of the HHN. In total, the parliament consists of 28 student representatives (14 direct mandates, 7 student senate members, 7 representatives from the faculties).
In essence, the work of the StuPa consists of co-determining the course of the student body’s higher education policy, negotiating various motions, and adopting statutes, regulations, and guidelines.
The term of office is one year: from 01.10.2023 to 30.09.2024.
The following topics, for example, are passed in the Senate: Basic Regulations of the HHN, study contents and examination regulations, structural and development planning. Another important task of the senate is the election of the rector.
The senate consists of official members (5 from the rectorate, 1 equal opportunity representative) and electoral members (23 professors*, 8 employees and 8 Students).
The term of office is one year: from 01.10.2023 to 30.09.2024.
Each faculty has its own small senate, the faculty council. Among other things, decisions are made here about study content and examination regulations, the distribution of funds and the appointment of new professors.
The Faculty Council consists of all professors of the respective faculty and 6 or 13 elected staff members and students.
The term of office is one year: from 01.10.2023 to 30.09.2024.
The Student Council represents the students of the respective faculty at the faculty level, advocates for you in the Faculty Council as well as with professors and lecturers, and ensures that decisions of the StuPa are implemented in the Student Council.
In addition, he often plans with the respective student association, internal departmental events such as small parties, first semester welcomes, excursions, etc..
The term of office is one year: from 01.10.2023 to 30.09.2024.
Election process: online elections
The elections will be online held. This means that you cast your vote electronically. You can do this via the Election portal on the HHN intranet by creating an electronic ballot and use it.
The legitimation at the election server takes place via a user-specific secure link from the intranet.
In order to log in to the voting portal, you must enter your personal HHN user* account of the “new world (username, password and possibly an additional authentication by a second factor).
When you come from outside the university network to access the election portal, you must have a VPN connection (be sure to use eduVPN).
After the contracted service provider and the election management have counted the ballots from the online elections, the election committee determines how the seats will be distributed. Then the election results are determined and publicly announced. The exact date for the meeting of the election committee at which this will take place is yet to be announced.
Student elections: stand for election and nominations
Paper ballot proposals may be placed in one of the following mailboxes:
Campus Sontheim: Mailbox at the main entrance of building A
Bildungscampus: Mailbox at the main entrance of building N
Künzelsau Campus: Mailbox at Building G
Schwäbisch Hall Campus: Mailbox Ziegeleiweg 4
A specific form is required for the paper form. The forms required for this can be obtained in advance from the election management (wahlleitung∂asta.hs-heilbronn.de) must be requested. In this case, an additional declaration of consent must be be handed in.
Electronic “forms” for the election proposals will be here in ILIAS is made available to you. The link must be accessed via the university account.
If you would like to initiate an election proposal in ILIAS, i.e. if you are willing to be the representative (“list manager”) of the election proposal, please contact Ms. Kerstin Steimle (kerstin.steimle∂hs-heilbronn.de). Ms. Steimle sets up read and write access to the election proposal for the list officers and their deputies.
Anyone wishing to register as a candidate and/or signatory (supporter) in the election proposal must do so via their university account. Access via the university account is considered the same as a handwritten signature in the paper-based procedure.
It is recommended that candidates for election also register as signatories (supporters) of the election proposal in order to achieve the necessary number of support signatures. This applies to election proposals in paper form as well as to election proposals in ILIAS.
Only election proposals received by the deadline can be considered.
The deadline for submitting election proposals is on Sunday 04 June 2023 at 15.00.
The announcement of the approved election proposals shall be made in the context of the election announcement no later than June 13 (Section 11 of the Election Regulations) at: https://www.hs-heilbronn.de/wahlen.
In a world where every individual is unique, the question arises: How does exchange and togetherness work? How can we ensure that everyone can participate on an equal footing? The answer to this lies in diversity. Under the motto “Summer of Diversity,” the adi.hn (Anti-Discrimination Office Heilbronn) in cooperation with Cooperation partners from the city and district of Heilbronn again this year various aspects of diversity in everyday life.
From 16 June 2023 to 09 July 2023 the “Summer of Diversity” cordially invites everyone to the series of events. The varied program offers something for everyone: from informative events and culinary highlights to fun, getting to know each other, spirited discussions, sports activities, music and much more.
The Summer of Diversity offers a platform for people of all backgrounds to meet, talk to each other and dive into the thought worlds of others together. It is about overcoming boundaries and breaking down prejudices. By sharing experiences and perspectives, a space is created in which all voices are heard and valued.
The series of events not only offers a colorful entertainment program, but also promotes understanding and sensitivity for different realities of life. Workshops and lectures enable participants to expand their knowledge. Thus, they deal with relevant topics such as discrimination, racism, LGBTQ+ rights, inclusion and many other areas of diversity.
The “Summer of Diversity” is an invitation to question one’s own ideas and open up to new perspectives. It is an opportunity to broaden one’s own understanding of diversity and to recognize that every individual is a valuable asset to our society.
adi.hn and its cooperation partners are looking forward to an exciting and enriching series of events. This will help to celebrate and honor diversity in Heilbronn and the surrounding area. The “Summer of Diversity” is a step towards an inclusive and respectful society. A society in which everyone has the opportunity to raise their voice and be heard.
Invitation to a creative exploration of the topic of equal opportunities. Writer and coach Pauline Füg introduces the world of creative writing with the aim of making inequality of opportunity visible through the playful and creative development of texts.
From 7 to 16 July 2023 the Heilbronn Folk Festival opens its doors once again and attracts visitors from near and far. With exciting rides like the Thunder Road and The Real Shake, the festival is sure to put a big grin on the faces of adrenaline junkies. But those who want to take it a little easier won’t miss out either. With around 100 attractions, there is something for all ages.
In addition, the festival also offers plenty of entertainment away from the action. In the comfortably furnished Göckelesmaier festival tent, visitors can expect a colorful stage program with a mixture of tradition, enjoyment and party. The festival tent offers space for 3,000 people and attracts not only with crispy grilled Göckele, but also with freshly tapped Volksfest beer from the Löwenbrauerei Hall. Those who prefer to sample other culinary delights will also find what they are looking for. Burgers and vegetarian dishes are also on the menu.
Actions at the Heilbronn Folk Festival
In addition to the rides and the festival tent, there are also some special promotions that make the Heilbronn Folk Festival even more attractive. On Monday, July 10, from 6 p.m. to midnight, guests can enjoy “Maier’s closing time“book a table including 10 half Göckele and 10 measures of beer at the reduced price of only 147 € instead of 197 € (plus service charge). This means a saving of 50 €.
Also on Monday, July 10, is HNV Day, when all HNV subscribers and ticket holders can enjoy great discounts throughout the fairgrounds from 3 to 7 p.m.
On Wednesday, July 12, from 2 p.m. to midnight, visitors can benefit from greatly reduced prices on the entire festival site during the “Savings Day for All”. In addition, a special children’s program will take place in the marquee from 4 to 5 pm.
There is a special offer for students and trainees on Friday, July 14, from 5 to 10 pm. They can enjoy 2 Maß beer for only 12 euros (plus € 0.90 service charge per Maß). Pre-registration on Facebook or a student ID or trainee ID at the counter on site is required.
In addition to the numerous actions, the music program also provides the best entertainment. From BAYERNMÄN on July 7 and 8 about ATEMLOS on July 9 and 12 up to HAUTNAH on July 10 and 11 and GRUMIS from 13 to 16 July is provided for musical variety.
The Heilbronn Folk Festival promises ten days of fun, action and enjoyment for the whole family. Whether on the exciting rides, while feasting in the festival tent or at the various activities — everyone gets their money’s worth here.
Overview of the actions at the Heilbronn Folk Festival
Maiers Feierabend: Monday, July 10 (Bookable in advance until July 3)
Ride & Save: Monday, July 10 (for HNV subscribers and ticket holders from 3 — 7 p.m.)
Savings day for all: Wednesday, July 12 (reduced prices on the fairground from 2 p.m. — midnight, children’s program in the marquee from 4 p.m. — 5 p.m.)
Students & Trainees Evening: Friday, July 14 (2 Maß Bier for 12 Euro from 5 — 10 p.m., with pre-registration on Facebook or with student ID or trainee proof).
Opening hours of the festival tent at the Heilbronn Folk Festival
The month is coming to an end and so is your cash? A few hundred euros more a month wouldn’t be bad? Then take a look at the Deutschlandstipendium — it’s worth a look.
The Deutschlandstipendium is financial support for students who have achieved outstanding academic performance, who are particularly committed to voluntary work or who are studying under difficult conditions. It is awarded regardless of the student’s parents’ income and nationality and amounts to 300 euros per month.
The advantage of the Deutschlandstipendium is not only the financial support, but also the associated recognition and appreciation of your achievements. You can also network with other scholarship holders and benefit from their experience and contacts.
Application phase for 2023/2024
The Deutschlandstipendium is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
From 01.05.2023 until 31.05.202314.06.2023 students and prospective first-semester students at our university can apply for a Germany Scholarship in the academic year 2023/2024. The monthly subsidy is 300 €.
Sponsorship is provided to committed, talented and high-achieving students at Heilbronn University in the Bachelor- and Master’s Degree. In addition to performance, the following criteria will be considered:
special family or
Requirements for the application for the Deutschlandstipendium
for Prospective students: particularly good average grade of the university entrance qualification with special consideration of the individual grades relevant to the chosen field of study.
for already enrolled Bachelor students: Proof of particularly good academic performance by means of a current grade report.
for already enrolled Master’s students: particularly good final grade of the previous studies as well as proof of the particularly good study performance by means of a current grade report.
The application takes place exclusively online.
The re-election of Christoph Schwerdtfeger as Chancellor of Heilbronn University promises continuity and stability for the coming years. With his experience and expertise in administration, he will continue to drive forward the modernization of the university and continue the cooperation with the various committees. Students of Heilbronn University can look forward to continued leadership and dedicated support in all aspects of the university.
Christoph Schwerdtfeger has been re-elected Chancellor of Heilbronn University (HHN). The Senate and the University Council voted in favor of the 47-year-old lawyer with an absolute majority in the first round of voting. This means that Schwerdtfeger will begin his second term in office on October 1, 2023.
Following his re-election, Chancellor Schwerdtfeger thanked the committees for the trust they had placed in him and for their broad support. He looked forward to the coming years and emphasized the importance of continued good and trusting cooperation. Dr. Anke Rigbers, Chair of the University Council, congratulated Schwerdtfeger warmly and looks forward to continuing the cooperation. She sees the successful re-election as an opportunity for Schwerdtfeger to continue his work to modernize the administration. Professor Oliver Lenzen, Rector of Heilbronn University, also praised Schwerdtfeger as an extremely dedicated, competent and straightforward personality and emphasized his outstanding achievements in the Chancellor’s Office.
Schwerdtfeger has already been in charge of various business units and central facilities at Heilbronn University since 2017. As a member of the rectorate, he is part of the university’s management and is responsible for the budget, real estate, and legal and administrative tasks. His second term of office is for eight years, as stipulated in the Baden-Württemberg State Higher Education Act.
About the person
Born in Göttingen, he studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Paris as well as Constance. After completing his legal training in 2002, Schwerdtfeger worked for several years as an administrative assistant at the University of Constance. In 2006, he joined the management consultancy McKinsey & Co. in Stuttgart for six years. He then worked as a unit manager at the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Finance. In 2017, Schwerdtfeger was elected Chancellor of Heilbronn University for the first time, and his re-election in May 2023 will mark the beginning of his second term.
On 07 May 2023, the 21st. Trollinger Marathon took place in Heilbronn and attracted runners from near and far. More than 55 members of Heilbronn University (HHN) also took part this year, including students, professors and lecturers. The Trollinger Marathon is known for its varied course and the beautiful landscape around Heilbronn. Along the Neckar River and through the vineyards, the runners pass through the city and past historic buildings.
The participants of Heilbronn University showed their skills in the different categories of the marathon. For example, some went to the start as a relay team and mastered the course together. Others took on the challenge of the 10 km run or the 10 km walk and still others ran the half marathon. Although it was very warm and sunny that day, that didn’t stop the runners from giving their best. Despite the heat, the atmosphere was very motivating and the spectators cheered loudly for the runners.
We are especially proud that the HHN relay team made it to the winner’s podium. The three relay runners Ivo Schmidbacher, Jonte Fischer and Clemens Schober mastered the 42 km course with a time of 02:57:12. Ivo and Jonte are students at HHN, while Clemens stepped in as a substitute runner. Jonte reports: “We had to cope with the high altitude profile and the rapidly rising temperatures, which we did not expect in advance. Nevertheless, we are reasonably satisfied with our performance, as our goal was to break the 3‑hour mark.” Participating in the Trollinger Marathon is not only a sporting challenge for university staff, but also a sign of the university’s commitment to health and sport. Heilbronn University offers with the University Sports Program offers numerous sports activities for its students and employees. This promotes physical and mental fitness. The sports program is organized and managed by the General Student Committee (AStA) of HHN.
We would like to thank Kreissparkasse Heilbronn for their kind support.
The AStA supports the HHN at the Trolli
The General Student Committee (AStA) of the HHN took care of the registrations of the university members again this year and also organized the ordering and distribution of the running shirts. In addition, it was available on site as a contact for questions and support. The support of the AStA shows how important the cooperation between the university administration and the students is. Through this, Heilbronn University forms a strong community. Thanks to the support of the AStA, the members of Heilbronn University were able to organize their participation in the Trollinger Marathon in an uncomplicated and smooth way. This allowed them to fully concentrate on the athletic challenge and to fully develop their performance on the course.
The season of the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival 2023 — International Festival Baden-Württemberg starts! From May 11 to July 22, you can expect a colorful mixture of great music, innovative dance and the 17 Goals Camp. As a student, you will have the chance to create a colorful Festival of the arts, democracy and sustainability to experience and be enchanted by the diversity of culture. A total of 55 events are on the program, including twelve concerts of the series Free air music and four days of the Discourse and Workshop Format 17 Goals Camp at the Karlskaserne art center. Doesn’t that sound great? Read on to find out more about what the 2023 Schlossfestspiele has in store for you.
Be enchanted by the beauty of art and enjoy an unforgettable time at the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival 2023.
Discounted tickets for the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele 2023
You are probably also interested in how you can experience the Schloss Festspiele 2023 as a student without breaking your budget. Don’t worry, the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele offers special discounts for trainees, schoolchildren, students, volunteers, and those doing youth and federal voluntary service. In advance you can get tickets for almost all events from the 2nd category for only 15 €. If you don’t manage to buy your tickets in time, you can get remaining tickets at the box office 30 minutes before the event starts for only 10 €. This is a great way to experience high-quality artistic performances without breaking your budget.