Next On-Campus Vaccination Event on 14 October

Shortly after the start of lectures and the large-scale return to face-to-face teaching, Paderborn University in cooperation with the district of Paderborn is once again offering a barrier-free vaccination event. This will take place on 14 October between 10:30 and 16:00 in the I-building (first floor).

Here, students, prospective students, employees, and people interested in getting vaccinated can easily get their shot against Covid-19 without having to book an appointment in advance. As with previous events, you can choose between vaccines from BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson.

If you choose the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, a single shot is sufficient for immunization. With the vaccine from BioNTech, you can get your first or second shot at this event. The prerequisite for the second vaccination is that the first shot was at least three weeks prior to 14 October.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, please bring a photo ID, your health insurance card and – if available – your vaccination card. You can view the corresponding information poster here.

Campuswald - Plant Trees by Running

Campuswald – Plant Trees by Running

Together with the Hochschulsport we have a very special campaign planned for the time from 11 October to 4 November. Together with you, we want to accomplish something for our collective fitness and health and simultaneously for the environment. We want to collect kilometers for the Campuswald campaign!

What for? It’s simple: Trees are planted for kilometers run. The collected kilometers are recorded using the app “Teamfit”. You can find it in the Google Play Store as well as the App Store. How the capture works with the app and more info you can find here. If you don’t want to use the app, just send a mail with your manually collected data to Sandra Bischof ().

Since overcoming the inner lack of motivation is often more difficult when done alone, this campaign is not limited to students only. All friends of Paderborn University can participate. You’re already a member of a running group? All the better! Then you can not only improve your personal best but also do some good for the environment.

Explore Germany with your SeTi

Explore Germany with your SeTi

From September 13th to 26th, the local transportation industry is saying Thank You with a very special campaign: During this period, students of Paderborn University will be able to upgrade their semester tickets free of charge, in order to use public transportation services nationwide. No extra costs included! You can find all relevant information about this campaign here: 

All you have to do is register for the upgrade campaign by filling out a short form. (Please note: You have the option to register for a discounted trial BahnCard25, but this is only an option and not a must). In the field “Verkehrsverbünde oder -unternehmen / Landestarife” you should pick “WestfalenTarif” or “NRW-Tarif”. After a few minutes, you will receive your upgrade ticket by e-mail, which is then valid in combination with your regular semester ticket and a photo ID. 

Before using your upgrade ticket, please read the FAQ section about the campaign! While the upgrade is valid on most public transport routes in Germany, this does not hold true for all of them. Also, while you may be able to have additional people accompany you on your ticket in one area, this may be different in others: the semester ticket is not universally valid and conditions vary from one public transportation company to another and from one Bundesland to the next. Before each trip, it is best to find out which conditions apply in which area so that you can prepare accordingly. 

Have fun with the campaign! 

PS: If you are looking for general information about the semester ticket, have a look at our SeTi site:

All you need to know about the semester ticket

Vaccination Opportunity on Campus on 5 August

Vaccination Opportunity on Campus on 5 August

The university administration in cooperation with the Paderborn vaccination center are offering an unbureaucratic vaccination opportunity (BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson possible) for all students and staff in the Q building on Thursday, August 5th (10:00-16:30h).

If you wish to take this opportunity, you don’t have to make an appointment. You can just stop by Q1 unannounced. But don’t forget to bring a valid ID, your health insurance card, and – if you have one – your vaccination card.

University Elections 2021: Interviews with Stupa Lists

University Elections 2021: Interviews with Stupa Lists

It’s that time of the year again: From 12 July to 15 July, all students are called upon to cast their votes for their candidates for the student parliament (Stupa), the senate, the faculty council, the Fachschaftsrat (FSR), and the Fachschaftsvertretung (FSV). However, not everything is as usual: Instead of voting in the Audimax, GrillCafé or the Senate Room, you can vote online for the first time ever.

You can cast your votes through the IMT Service Portal, which you have to log into using your IMT account. Voting starts on 12 July at 9:30 in the morning and ends on 15 July at 15:00.

In order for you to get to know the lists running for the Stupa, we interviewed some of their candidates. You can find all these interviews on the AStA YouTube Channel and embedded underneath this post.

Feel free to also use the Stupa-o-Mat, an online tool to compare your own positions with those of the lists. You can find it on the Stupa Website. 

If you wish to know who is running for which particular office, here you will find all the official election-related publications for the student elections. Furthermore, here you will find the candidates for the Senate and the Faculty Councils (under “Wahlvorschläge”).

In case you don’t know yet why all these offices and the elections are important for all students, the universal has provided an explanation of all these in their current issue which you will find here.

Additional Passenger and Bicycle Transport with the Semester Ticket during Summer Break

Additional Passenger and Bicycle Transport with the Semester Ticket during Summer Break

Deutsche Bahn as well as some NRW transport companies want to thank all ticket subscribers who have remained loyal to public transport during the pandemic with a special summer campaign. This also includes the NRW Semester Ticket of Paderborn University. Therefore, there will be some temporary special rights for all SeTi users of UPB during the summer break from July 3 to August 17.

In the entire NRW area (but not on the route extensions to Göttingen, Kassel and Hanover), all users of the semester ticket are allowed to take one additional person (adult or child) and up to three children (between the ages of 6 and 14) or one additional person (adult or child) and up to two bicycles free of charge during the summer vacations from July 3 to August 17. All information about the promotion campaign can be found here.

If you have general questions about the semester ticket, you will find everything you need to know about the SeTi following the link down below!

AStA Picnic Concert with the Antilopen Gang and Fatoni & Edgar Wasser in Schloss Neuhaus 

AStA Picnic Concert with the Antilopen Gang and Fatoni & Edgar Wasser in Schloss Neuhaus 

Abandoned lecture halls, an abandoned campus, two summers without the AStA Sommerfestival: student culture in Paderborn has had to suffer many blows during the pandemic. We want to end this cultural dry spell with a picnic concert by the Antilopen Gang and Fatoni & Edgar Wasser in the Schloss- und Auenpark on 24 July! 

In cooperation with the Wohlsein, who already organize several concerts during the Paderborn Kultursommer featuring, among others, Giant Rooks, Gentleman, and Lea, we want to celebrate the comeback of student culture during this summer. We are so excited that Danger Dan, Koljah, and Panik Panzer will come to Paderborn this year! With their blend of uncompromising rap, punk, pop tirades, piano interludes, and improvised jazz, they are one of the musically most diverse groups in the German industry. Furthermore, the uncompromisingly witty and eloquent Fatoni & Edgar Wasser will demonstrate their incomparable precision and skillfulness in dissecting the current zeitgeist.

“We are more than happy to finally go back to enjoying cultural events again. We wanted to offer Paderborn’s students a musical summer highlight, since they have had to abstain from so much during this pandemic,” says AStA chair Sharlene Frammelsberger. 

Tickets are available now! 

All relevant info here: 

What? AStA Picnic Concert with the Antilopen Gang and Fatoni & Edgar Wasser

When? 24 July 2021, admission: 6pm, start: 7:30pm 

Where? Schloss- und Auenpark Paderborn/Schloss Neuhaus 

Price: 40 EUR, “Bring Your Own” inclusive

What is a picnic concert? 

  • The audience is seated on picnic blankets two or four people per blanket. 
  • Food and drinks can be brought from home. 
  • If a concert cannot take place, 100% of your money (incl. all fees) will be reimbursed. 
  • All relevant information can be found here: 

Stadtcampus and Study Space Re-Opening 21 June

Stadtcampus and Study Space Re-Opening 21 June

Finally, the time has come again! After months of corona-related closure, we will finally reopen both Stadtcampus and Study Space. As with the last corona reopening, pandemic-specific rules and processes will once again apply.

If you would like to book a seat in the Study Space for a week during the upcoming exam period, or if you are planning a small event, such as a Fachschaftsrat meeting for instance, you can find all the relevant information on the Stadtcampus and Study Space page.

The latest news on the semester ticket renegotiations

In the past weeks and months, there have (understandably) been repeated inquiries about the semester ticket: What is the current status of the renegotiations of the NRW semester ticket? Can I still use the SeTi throughout NRW after September 30, 2021? How should I cover any costs that may arise, for example, if I commute from Dortmund to Paderborn University (and some random pandemic does not force me into full digital studies)?  

Let’s put all these questions aside for now.  

(If you are still completely unfamiliar with the discussion on this topic, you can read or listen to the statement of the AStA chair Sharly here.)

The semester ticket, as we all know and use it, will remain in place until September 30, 2022. This means that you can still use the semester ticket as usual from Aachen, Bochum or Hanover, Göttingen or Kassel (due to existing route extension contracts). The AStA has negotiated this contract extension of initially two semesters with DB Regio NRW and the other transport companies involved. Not much will change in terms of price. While the entire semester ticket would have cost each of us individually 230.28 € in the current summer semester according to the semester ticket contracts, this amount will increase by 10 cents to 230.38 € for the winter semester 21/22. (The actual amount to be paid for the current summer semester and the upcoming winter semester will be lower due to the corona-related VAT and timetable reductions).  

Does this mean that the renegotiations are over?  

Absolutely not. This two-semester extension is an interim solution for all parties. This interim solution is necessary because an expert opinion is now being prepared by an external party to evaluate the contractual situation and the potential economic leeway. Such expert opinions are not unusual in such negotiation processes and experience shows that they take a few months. However, since we needed a solution earlier for the fee schedule, which sets the semester fee for WiSe 21/22, this interim solution came about.   

In concrete terms, however, all this also means that the renegotiation of the NRW-SeTi will continue. Next steps can be taken when the mentioned expert opinion is available (this will probably be the case towards the end of the summer semester).  

We in the AStA hope that we can take away your biggest SeTi worries for the time being. If you have any questions, you can of course reach us as usual on our social media presences.  

Your AStA Team  

No AStA Sommerfestival on June 10, 2021

Dear AStA Sommerfestival Fans,

It is with a heavy heart, but probably not entirely surprising to many, that we must inform you today that the AStA Sommerfestival on June 10, 2021 cannot take place due to the still ongoing Corona pandemic. Neither the legal nor the public health situation allow cultural events of this magnitude right now – despite decreasing numbers. Such an announcement brings with it a multitude of questions. Rest assured: We will get back to you as soon as possible with final information and solutions! So please be patient a little longer.

Thank you for your understanding and patience! Stay healthy!