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Founder’s Day

LMU’s 546th birthday

München, 06/28/2018

LMU was founded just over 546 years ago, on June 26, 1472: Among the University’s invited guests at this year’s Founder’s Day celebrations in the Great Aula is Bavaria’s Minister for Science, Prof. Dr. Marion Kiechle.


Bavaria‘s first university, or Hohe Schule, was founded in Ingolstadt in 1472 by Duke Ludwig IX (‘the Wealthy’) of Bavaria-Landshut. The institution arrived in Munich in 1826 – by a roundabout route, having been moved from Ingolstadt to Landshut in 1800. The annual celebrations on Founder’s Day commemorate the University’s beginnings 546 years ago.


In the run-up to this year’s event, LMU student Katharina visited both Ingolstadt and Landshut to find material relating to LMU’s history for a story on Instagram.

Invited Lecture and Awards
This year’s invited lecture is given by the President of the European Research Council (ERC), Professor Dr. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, who chose the topic Research Diversity. “Conducting research requires a very particular attitude and approach,” he said. “The researcher must take the challenge personally, and enjoy confronting it. But research also needs the long-term support of society in order to make the risks involved tolerable and acceptable.”

The annual celebrations on Founder’s Day enable the University’s guests to gain a deeper insight into the wide range of research activities carried out at LMU. Each year, the focus is placed on the contributions of junior researchers and, in the course of the event, the authors of several outstanding doctoral and post-doctoral theses (Habilitationen) receive awards sponsored by the Munich University Association.