Listserver | Mailing lists

Illustration zum Dienst Mailinglisten
Photo: ZIM

If you want to send e-mails university-wide, three central lists are available:

  • Student list:
  • Staff list:
  • University list:
Illustration zum Dienst Mailinglisten
Photo: ZIM

On the web pages of the Press and Public Relations Office, you will find general information on the university-wide central lists and the basic principles for moderating these lists (in german language)

Decentralised mailing lists

In addition to the three main lists, there are various other moderated and unmoderated decentralised lists. Further decentralised lists can be created.

To do so, please send the application for a new mailing list to the ZIM Service Center.

The same criteria apply to the operation of the decentralised lists as to the central lists (see link to the Press and Public Relations Office). For security and data protection reasons, commercial address collections may not be operated on the list server. The respective applicant is responsible for the proper operation of the decentralised lists.

If you have any questions about setting up a new list or about how it works, please send an e-mail to zim-serviceuni-potsdamde.

How the list server works

A list server is a service that automates the administration of e-mail addresses. E-mail addresses are grouped into lists. If an e-mail is sent to a list, it is distributed to all e-mail addresses contained in this list.

There are different types of lists:

In the case of moderated lists, the e-mail is first sent to a moderator who decides whether the e-mail is interesting for as many participants as possible.

With unmoderated lists, an e-mail is distributed immediately.


Subscribing to or unsubscribing from a mailing list (only applies to decentralised lists)

With both types of lists, participants can unsubscribe or subscribe to a list at any time via a web browser or by sending an e-mail.



Call up You will get an overview of all freely accessible lists. Click on the desired list and follow the instructions.


You can also get help on the individual functions of the list by sending an e-mail to the request-address of the corresponding list and writing the word 'help' in the subject or in the body of the e-mail. The request-address of a list consists of the name of the list followed by (i.g.