President of Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities holds an aula lecture on science policy in Germany

On 29 September at 14:15, President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities Professor Christoph Markschies will deliver the public lecture „Science policy in Germany – Can we learn from the Estonian Theologian Adolf von Harnack?” in the university assembly hall. The lecture is in English.

According to Priit Rohtmets, organiser of the lecture and Associate Professor of Church History at the University of Tartu, Adolf von Harnack was one of the most renowned theologians at the turn of the 20th century, a church historian and historian of dogma, and researcher of the New Testament. “Harnack was also a highly esteemed public figure and research policy-maker in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. It will definitely be interesting to hear Marckschies discuss what we can learn from Harnack in the context of science policy,” said Rohtmets. 

Christoph Markschies, President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Professor of Church History, is visiting Tartu to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the birth of Adolf von Harnack, a University of Tartu alumnus and professor of church history at the later Humboldt University of Berlin. The assembly hall lecture by Markschies is one of the series of events marking 30 years of the reestablishment of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Tartu. All interested are welcome to attend.

Before the lecture at 13:00, Rector of the University of Tartu Toomas Asser and Markschies present a replica of the Nobel Prize medal awarded to the University of Tartu alumnus Wilhelm Ostwald in the University of Tartu Art Museum. Ostwald received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1909 and on the initiative of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, a copy of the medal was ordered for the University of Tartu. Read more about the medal presentation on the website of the university museum.

At the event, we follow the government’s orders and verify the participants’ infection safety. Please ensure you have your identity document with you and a certificate proving completed vaccination against Covid-19 or recovery from Covid-19 or a negative test result (PCR test performed up to 72 hours before the event by a healthcare provider).

Further information: Priit Rohtmets, Associate Professor of Church History, University of Tartu,