Fahrenheit Universities will celebrate the start of a new academic year

On 1st October, in the heart of Gdańsk, with the sound of carillons playing Gaudeamus Igitur, several local universities will celebrate the start of a new 2022/2023 academic year. This is a special event in the country, emphasising the role of the academic community in the life of the city.

The science-focused festivities initiated by the Fahrenheit Universities will be attended by the FarU Universities’ representatives along with the several other Gdańsk higher education institutions and local authorities. The City Mayor, Aleksandra Dulkiewicz and Wiesław Byczkowski, Deputy Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, will be present as well.

We warmly invite the entire academic community of the Fahrenheit Universities with their families and friends. Let us show that Gdańsk is truly an academic city!

The festivities related to the start of the 2022/2023 academic year will commence at noon in the Gdańsk city centre when the celebratory march of Gdańsk universities, local government representatives and students will depart from the Golden Gate. They will accompanied by Daniel Fahrenheit himself along with musicians and acrobats. The parade will be crowned with the reading of the Gdańsk Declaration of Science, in both Polish and English, at the Main Town Hall.

The ‘Long live science!’ event will be unique on a national scale – declares prof. Marcin Gruchała, the President of the Fahrenheit Union of Universities, Rector of the Medical University of Gdańsk. – We wish to show that Gdańsk is a strong academic centre and the city of science. We want this day to be a joyful manifestation of the unity shared by the entire academic community. This is the reason why all the Gdańsk universities have been invited to participate.

Inspirational lecture for scientists

Special session of the university Senates and Faculty Councils in European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk shall launch the second part of the official celebrations. It will commence with the short concert of the academic choirs’ representatives who will sing the Gaudeamus igitur hymn together.

Lecture by prof. Szymon Malinowski entitled Climate crisis, planetary crisis will be the highlight of the event which will be streamed live on the gdansk.pl portal. Due to the limited number of seats, access to the ESC will only be possible for the representatives of the Senates and Faculty Councils of Gdańsk universities.

On the same day, the official Fahrenheit University students' freshman party will take place at the Academic Club of the Gdańsk University of Technology Kwadratowa, starting at 8 pm.

Event schedule

11:15 am - 11:50am – the arrival of the Gdańsk universities’ representatives – at the Coal Market (Targ Węglowy) right next to the Torture Chamber (Katownia) – and organising the participants in accordance with the parade’s structure 

12 pm – the parade begins (departure from the Golden Gate)

12 pm - 12:20 pm – ceremonial march to the Main Town Hall

12:20 pm - 12:45 pm – reading of the Gdańsk Declaration of Science in Polish and English

12:45 pm – 13:30 pm – university representatives head to the European Solidarity Centre (each university on its own)

13:30 pm – 14:30 pm – Special session of the Senates and Faculty Councils of Gdańsk universities. Lecture by Prof. Szymon Malinowski – Climate crisis, planetary crisis; signing of the Declaration by the rectors. Live stream at www.gdansk.pl

8:00 pm – the Fahrenheit University students' freshman party at the Academic Club of the Gdańsk University of Technology Kwadratowa. Great party until dawn!