What does sharing mean to you? Do we win or lose by sharing? We invite you as first semester students to take a close look at this year’s topic, to follow your personal interests and to develop own ideas and projects. #SharedPlanet: How do we share power, freedom and resources? #SharedData: How and with whom do we share our emotions, our life experience and decisions? Who controls Big Data? #SharedNarratives: In how far do our ideas of sharing influence our values and memories, our thinking and utopias?  

During the Opening Week 2019, you will act as critics and visionaries of a Sharing Society. In more than 30 projects, you will focus on certain topics and identify and discuss both present and future concepts of sharing. Together with all 1.500 first semester students, you will generate critical and visionary ideas. All results will be collected and published in a digital collage. This collage will be enriched and fulfilled up until the conference week.

Renowned guests and keynote speakers look forward to meeting you at the Opening Week. You will get in touch with experts from different fields of society, such as politics and science. Members of all our four faculties will guide you through the Opening Week and consult you in your project work. Also, students of higher semesters will be your tutors and give you any support you may need. 

Keyterm Sheets


In the project work during the Opening Week, you develop a visionary video as a group – you thus present your vision in a video. But what exactly characterises a vision for the project work? And how do I begin visioning? In the following, you will find criteria for such a vision, which you can discuss with your group. By working along these criteria and through your continuous revision, you will be able to develop a “good” vision during Opening Week. 


The following guide to the appropriate exercise of critique in a university context has been developed specifi cally for your project work in the Opening Week. It sets out four steps for a critical approach to material in work with your group.

Questioning Mind

During Opening Week, you work together in a team on your project. To take on the project work as a questioning Mind can be helpful in many respects. In the following, you will fi nd small exercises as well as questions that can help you to have good team understanding – particularly when you do not know each other well.

Cooperative Mind

Your project work during the opening week represents a playing field to try out the cooperative Mind: You will work with students from various disciplines towards a common goal. The quality of cooperation depends on the level of motivation of those involved in terms of the topic, the task in hand and collaboration. This interdependence also works in the opposite direction: Good cooperation can motivate. In the following, you will find tools which will make it easier for you to cooperate as a project group in a diverse team.

Past Years

Um einen Eindruck zu bekommen, wie Ihre Startwoche aussehen könnte, schauen Sie sich das Video oben auf dieser Seite an! 


Our team is more than just the people who plan the event, it also takes Tutors, Mentors, advisors and Moderators to make the Opening Week possible.


Check out what will happen during the Opening Week. The closer we approach, the more detailed information will be available.


Here you can find an overview of all project themes and their advisors for #Shared_Planet.


Here you can find an overview of all project themes and their advisors for #Shared_Data.


Here you can find an overview of all project themes and their advisors for #Shared_Narratives.