Aurora at the University of Duisburg-Essen

Welcome to AURORA at the University of Duisburg-Essen



Study in Europe - from home! Aurora Virtual Campus

Do you want to learn in an international, inclusive (virtual) environment and have the freedom to experience cultural exchange without physically traveling to another country? Do you feel inspired to influence society and contribute to solving its problems?
Then attend an Aurora course and discover how you can contribute to social change.

Aurora Virtual Campus


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Call for Nominations – Aurora Fellowship

The Aurora Fellowship is a two-week program that we were able to establish with the support of the Förderverein der Universität Duisburg-Essen (the University of Duisburg-Essen’s sponsorship association). The aim of this program is to invite internationally renowned researchers working within the Aurora European Universities Alliance to UDE, allowing them to engage in intensive exchange with our university’s researchers, doctoral candidates, postdocs, and students. For UDE, it is particularly important to involve urban communities and the wider region, which is why the Aurora fellow is to give a public lecture for interested members of the public.

The thematic focus of the fellowship is centred on the four pilot domains that we are committed to as a university together with the Aurora network. In the summer semester 2024, the focus will be on health and well-being.

All UDE members are eligible to submit nominations. Researchers from the ten associated Aurora universities can be nominated. Alongside accommodation and the reimbursement of travel expenses, candidates can receive prize money.

Nominations can be sent to until  March 15, 2024. The Rectorate will name the chosen individual as a fellow.

For further information, please click here!

Emerging Futures: Societal Innovation Meets Future Studies

Meticulously tailored for bachelor students aspiring to make a tangible impact on the world, this two-week intensive program, hosted by AEI International School—UPEC, starting on June 17, 2024, provides a unique opportunity to earn 6 ECTS credits while immersing yourself in the dynamic realms of Societal Innovation and Futures Studies.

The classes at AEI, conducted in English at AEI International School, ensure a truly global perspective. As a participant, you'll engage in hands-on, practical learning within a physical setting, fostering a profound understanding and facilitating valuable network building.

Seize the initiative and mark your calendar for the application start date on December 18, 2023. Act promptly to meet the March 1, 2024 deadline, ensuring your secured spot in this transformative program.

For questions, please get in touch with Felipe Koch . 

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Call for Incentive Research Projects, Thematic Summer Schools, and Early-Stage Researcher Mobilities


 To foster tangible scientific and academic collaboration, this call aims to promote cooperation between researchers, and create new or consolidate existing scientific relationships. Its vision is to build robust scientific communities among the Aurora universities and raise awareness about Aurora on a broader academic level. This call will be repeated on an annual basis for at least 4 years, and supports three key actions: 

(1) Incentive and Collaborative Research Projects 

This action supports concrete exploratory research activities by research teams within single or multiple disciplines that put forward the complementarity of competences and approaches. 

(2) Thematic Summer Schools 

This action supports the organization of thematic summer schools focused on disciplinary training for early-stage researchers and serves as opportunities for career development, knowledge-sharing, and network/community-building. 

(3) Short-term Research Secondments for Early-stage Researchers 

This action supports short-term mobility in a research laboratory or unit of an Aurora 2030 full member university. 

Submission Process 

To submit a proposal for the three key actions, please read the Call for Incentive Research Collaboration and fill-out the respective forms available on the Aurora website: 

Call for Incentive Research Collaboration (call text for all three key actions) 

Incentive and Collaborative Research Projects_Submission Form 

Thematic Summer Schools_Submission Form 

Short-term Research Secondments for Early-stage Researchers_Submission Form 

Once completed, please e-mail the application to with the subject: Submission to AURORA Research 2024 Call_(Name of Principal Investigator)_(University of Principal Investigator). File name: Proposal KA (1,2 or 3)_NAME (Principal Investigator)-University (of Principal Investigator)_(project acronym) 

Deadline for the submission of proposals: 12 p.m. (CET) on April 30, 2024