In the general meeting that takes place every year in May, the board of directors reports on the activities of the previous year and the President addresses current topics related to the university. In addition, the development of the foundation is reported.
For years, it has been best practice to have a professor of the university give a special presentation about an interesting project after the meeting. This way, the members get a direct insight into the research of the university.
The general meeting is followed by presentations giving a special insight into current research at the University of Mannheim. The topics covered vary each year.
Professor Rosemarie Tracy gave the presentation “Vom Eigenleben und Unterhaltungswert der Sprachen im Kopf” (“The entertainment value of the languages in your head and how they have a life of their own”)
Presentation on “Fear” by Professor Georg Alpers, holder of the chair of Clinical and Biological Psychology and Psychotherapy
This presentation made an interesting local reference: Professor Dr. Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, chair holder of Political Science and Political Sociology spoke on the topic “Political communication in the everyday life of Mannheim citizens” and gave insight into the research project “Mannheimer Stadtgespräch”.
Presentation on “Bewegte Gesellschaft. 1968 in der deutschen Nachkriegsgeschichte” (“Society in motion. 1968 in German postwar history.”) by professor Philipp Gassert, chair holder of Contemporary History.
Presentation by professor Oliver Brand, chair of Private Law, Insurance Law, Business Law and Comparative Law: “Der gläserne Versicherungsnehmer” (“The transparent insurant”)
Edgar Erdfelder, professor of cognitive and differential psychology, answered the question “How does the episodic memory work?” in his presentation.
Professor Rosemarie Tracy, chair holder of English Linguistics and expert on multilingualism, discussed the question “How many languages can your brain learn?” in her presentation.
Presentation on “Links oder rechts und für oder gegen Europa? Parteien und ihre Position zur europäischen Integration” (“Left or right and for or against Europe? Parties and their position on European integration”) by professor Thomas König, chair holder of Political Science, European Politics.
Back in 2013, the current Leibniz Prize winner professor Michèle Tertilt gave a presentation on “Families and the economy”.