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Children’s University

Children’s University (Kinder­Uni) is a series of events organized by TU Dortmund University aimed at children between the ages of eight and twelve. In events designed especially for children, the professors get down to the nitty-gritty, offering fun lessons on exciting topics from science and research.

News from Children’s University at TU Dortmund University

Welcome to the Kinder­Uni of the TU Dortmund University!

The winter semester 2021/2022 is slowly coming to an end. This semester, we were finally able to invite you back to campus and experience the university with you in person, that is, directly in the lecture hall. Additionally, you can find a few digital contributions on this page.

You can read all the news here or sign up for the newsletter. Just send an email to: kinderunitu-dortmundde.

Here you can download the current program brochure!

Program Winter Semester 2021/22

We hope you have fun and wish all the best for you and your families, may you get through these crazy times safe and sound!


Graphic of a fox with books and glasses © Archiv​/​TU Dortmund

Digital Contributions Winter Semester 2021/22

"What does food have to do with stars?" with Prof. Dr. Maximiliane Wilkesmann

Pizza, fries and spaghetti - everyone knows that! But what other great dishes are there? How can you recognize restaurants that serve a very special meal? How do food and stars work? We'll take you on a digital excursion into the so-called "star gastronomy" and show you the crazy ideas that some chefs come up with.

"Modern vaccines - how are they made and how do they keep us healthy?" with Prof. Dr. Norbert Kockmann

People have been protecting themselves against infectious diseases with vaccinations for a very long time. However, the development of the vaccine against Corona was an astonishingly rapid achievement through close collaboration between physicians, chemists and engineers. The presentation will show the exciting development and production of the mRNA vaccine. The rapid construction of production facilities using modern technologies was also important. These are also being researched at the TU Dortmund University and will be presented in more detail during the event.

"Digital Media" with Prof. Dr. Gudrun Marci-Boehnke and Team

Pia, Sophie and Christoph got together - digitally, of course - and made a film for the Kinder­Uni. Digitally, of course. The three of them and Professor Gudrun Marci-Boehncke explain what you need to know when working with digital media, how they work and what children in elementary school already know about them. Because Sophie asked them, too. But maybe you know other things about it and can already work with digital media, search for information on the Internet, take photos, make films or learn with apps? The film shows that digital media are a normal part of life, that they can do a lot - but also that you have to learn a lot, to handle them well.

A film by the Research Center Youth Media Education/fjmb 2021.

Fun facts about Children’s University

Everything is a little bit different this semester. Since we all have to stay home to protect ourselves and others, all Children’s University events will be held online. As you can see, there are no dates in the program. That’s because some lectures, quizzes, and videos are still in the works, with a few more still in the pipeline as well. We will send you regular updates through our newsletter regarding when new posts and videos are set to be uploaded.

All digital Children’s University lectures will stay online from the day they are published, so you can click through our program at a later date. You can find the posts here on this page, a little further down.

We hope you enjoy!

Children’s University is aimed at children between the ages of eight and twelve, no matter what kind of school they attend. Parents/guardians are also allowed to take part in the lectures – but should take a seat in the back rows of the lecture hall. The front rows are reserved for the children participating.
A Parent’s or Teacher’s University is offered for some events.

It is possible to attend individual events from different series. You are free to enter at any time, regardless of whether you’ve attended other events.

There are offers available for older participants from the Central Student Advisory Service. You can find more information about this online under the keyword Schülercampus (German only) oder in der Bro­schü­re (German only)

Ein Kind sieht sich Flyer an einem Tisch an. © Archiv​/​TU Dortmund

Unfortunately, we can no longer offer our academic transcript for Children’s University digital, as we cannot see each other in person to confirm your participation with a stamp. But you are welcome to send us an email if you would like to receive proof of participation in the form of a certificate with your name, which we will then happily send to you by post!

University is quite a bit different than school – at least it often seems that way. But often, the only difference is the name. Follow the link to go to the Children’s University lexicon, where terms from everyday university life are explained:

Logo Kreis Unna © Kreis Unna

The district of Unna also runs a Children’s University, to which lecturers from various universities are invited to give lectures in person in the district of Unna. TU Dortmund University is also represented there with various lectures and contributions.

Go to Children's University in Unna

Children’s University events are divided into different series:

Mascot of the Children's University as graphic © Archiv​/​TU Dortmund
  • “Technology Is Fun” (engineering)
  • “Sustainable Business” (economics)
  • “Discovering Dortmund” (art history)
  • “Knowledge Is Fun” (interdisciplinary – including musicology, journalism, philosophy and political science, mathematics, physics, chemistry and the subject of disabilities and higher education)



More Children's University

Here you can find the contributions from previous semesters.

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Location and directions

Site Map EF 50
(location for Children’s University events on campus in German only)

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bo­chum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.


The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity (Second Page in English).