2021 New Year's reception was held digitally for the first time: The ceremony was streamed live from the Auditorium maximum at the Neues Palais. The recording of the ceremony as well as the transcripts of all speeches and video clips can be found further down on this page.
Traditionally, the President's New Year's Reception takes place on Griebnitzsee campus. At this high-ranking ceremony, the president looks back and informs about challenges and tasks of the university in the new year. In addition to the employees of the University of Potsdam, the guests include numerous personalities from politics, business, science and culture.
Every year, the New Year's reception also provides a festive setting for honors and awards. For example, the university awards the "Voltaire Prize for Tolerance, International Understanding and Respect for Difference", the Technology Transfer Prize, and the Guido Reger Founder's Prize.
Pictures of previous events can be found on our gallery page.
Due to the Corona pandemic, the 2021 New Year's reception was held digitally for the first time.