Aurora at the University of Duisburg-Essen

Welcome to AURORA at the University of Duisburg-Essen

As a member of the European university network Aurora, the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) relies on intensive cooperation with selected partner universities from Reykjavik to Naples. Students, researchers and teachers as well as administrative staff benefit from this cooperation.

With the approval of an Aurora European Universities Alliance by the European Commission, the joint activities were raised to a new level in summer 2020. On this page you will find all relevant information and opportunities to get involved.


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


Aurora Biannual

You can expect exciting impulses on a sustainable future and an outlook on the future of our European university alliance.

Look forward to short keynotes on "Clean Water" and on sustainable tourism, as well as art and reports on the criminalization of refugee assistance by Scholars- and artists-at-risk of the UDE Academy in Exile.

You can find more information here.


Aurora Mini Grants

The University invites applications for Aurora Mini Grants from funds of the Vice-Rectorate for University Culture, Diversity & International Affairs.

As a member of the Aurora Alliance, the UDE supports the development of joint teaching/learning formats with the 8 partner universities of the university network. The projects can be supported with up to € 3,000 per application. The projects must be implemented, accounted for and reported on by the end of 2023.

The announcement of the Mini Grants can be found here and the application form here.

If you have any questions, please contact
Julia Tackenberg
Tel.: +49 (0)203- 379 2445

For detailed info click here

Aurora Doctoral Pool

Matchmaking made easy! The Aurora Doctoral Pool brings together PhD students and potential international reviewers. The user-friendly database contains entries of about 300 scientists from all Aurora universities, who can be requested, for example, as a reviewer for a dissertation or as a member of a doctoral committee. The profiles can be filtered by keywords, subject areas and pilot domains. The Aurora Doctoral Pool is a decisive contribution to the initiation of new international collaborations within the Aurora network and facilitates the search for suitable experts for doctoral candidates.  

Scientists who would like to be included in the pool with their profile as potential reviewers/committee members can register online at any time.

The database & registration form can be found here

CO²e emissions caused by the trip to the Aurora Biannual

The UDE was represented with 26 participants at the Aurora Spring Biannual from May 10-12, 2022 in Innsbruck. Almost the entire delegation used the train for the journey.

In total, a CO² equivalent of 1,577 kg was caused. 40% of the emissions were caused by two flights to Munich. The average journey by train as the main means of transport had a CO² footprint of 39.2 kg CO²e, whereas the average journey by air caused 317.8 kg CO²e (more than eight times as much).