Digital Advent Calendar 2022
Discover the diversity of the TU Darmstadt

Our university is diverse, international and creative. Until 24 December, we will therefore open a little door every day here and on the TU Instagram channel and give a small seasonal peek into the university and its diverse offerings and culture. Of course, this is only a small selection, and there is much more to discover.

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We hope you enjoyed our advent calendar! See you next year.

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Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta
Joyeuses fêtes et bonne année
Buone feste e felice anno nuovo
Bon Nadal i Bon Any Nou
Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku
Festas Felizes e próspero Ano Novo
God Jul och Gott Nytt År
Felices Fiestas y Feliz Año Nuev
Happy Holidays

The TU Darmstadt is a member of the European university network Unite! We send our festive greetings in languages used at our partner universities:

Catalan, Finnish, French, German/Austrian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and English.

Department of Architecture

Students build gingerbread houses for a good purpose

For the fourth time, the Department of Architecture, organised by the Plastic Design Group, held a Christmas-Stegreif. The theme this year was “Christmas on Fachwerkstraße”. 177 students, working in teams, designed and built Christmas houses out of gingerbread, icing and other treats from 25 November to 14 December.

A total of 105 gingerbread houses, their recipes and building plans were handed in. The houses can be admired until this evening at the Tibits restaurant in Darmstadt and purchased for a donation. All proceeds will go to the Malteser Children's Hospice Service.

Eschollbrücker Straße 65
64295 Darmstadt

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Studentischer Filmkreis at the TU Darmstadt

Blind date? Arthouse sneak tonight at cinema rex!

Under the name rexFilmkreis BlindDate, the Studentische Filmreis presents an (inter)national arthouse movie on the last screening date of each month at 20:30 before its national release. The language version is announced a few days beforehand.

Programmkino rex
Wilhelminenstraße 9 (Fußgängerzone)
64283 Darmstadt

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Greetings from afar

Regional Office Tainan

“Fröhliche Weihnachten aus Tainan!”
“Merry Christmas from Tainan!”

…from exchange students Erik, Lukas and our regional office at Tainan.

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Student Health Management

„Stretch and Relax“ (Online)

Let's start the end of the day together and shake off the stress and efforts of the day. We invite you to activate your body together with us this Monday at 5 p.m. and gain new energy for the evening. Join us and become part of the community.

Monday, 19. December
17:00-17:20 pm

Meeting-ID: 829 6012 9192 / Identification code: 3vruL9

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How we celebrate Christmas

Today, everything will be about international Christmas traditions. Singing Christmas carols, going to church and eating at home with the family on Christmas Eve are the classics. This is how the #studentsofTUdarmstadt celebrate their Christmas:

Christina (Greece): “When you are a child, you go from door to door singing Christmas carols”.

Kathrin (Poland): “In the evening we wait for the first star in the sky before the big dinner with twelve dishes starts.”

Sharmila (Sri Lanka): “We go to church at 10pm”.

The #studentsofTUdarmstadt wish you a merry Christmas and a relaxing time! And how do you celebrate Christmas? Are there any typical traditions or routines among your loved ones?

Deutschlandstipendium of TU Darmstadt

Kutia: A recipe from our Ukrainian scholarship holders

Christmas kutia is a festive Lenten dish in Ukraine.

250 g wheat, peeled
200 g honey
150 g sultanas
150 g walnuts, chopped
200 g poppy seed, grinded

Wash the wheat, cover with water in a pot and let it soak overnight.The next day, replace the water with fresh water, add salt and cook for about 1 hour until soft. Then drain in a sieve, rinse in cold water and then leave to cool. Mix the cooled wheat with the liquid honey, poppy seeds, nuts and sultanas.

The recipe comes from our Ukrainian Deutschlandstipendium fellows. You can find more Christmas recipes at

Antidiscrimination Office of the TU Darmstadt

Diverse through the year

The variety of ideological and religious holidays that the people around us celebrate through the year is often not very well known. For example, 16 December is a high Yazidi holiday: îda Êzîdîa. Dec. 18 is International Migrants Day, and Dec. 19 marks the beginning of the 8-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

Advent and the turn of the year are marked by a Christian calendar: the days until Christmas are counted on December 24 and 25, when some Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and secular people enjoy the colorful lights and good food… Orthodox Christians, on the other hand, celebrate Christmas on January 7.

If you want to know more and go through the year in a diverse way, you can get a special calendar: The associations “dialogperspektiven e.V.” or “Charta der Vielfalt e.V.” also offer digital formats that can be easily integrated into your own Outlook calendar.

Antidiscrimination Office of the TU Darmstadt


You have an innovative business idea?

You have an innovative business idea? Exciting! Where do you want to go from here? How can you make an impact on the economy or society? Or do you have a different vision? – The HIGHEST team is here to help and advise you! Together with you, we develop your big picture and support you in going your own way: Supported as a start-up or in cooperation with the economy, so that your intellectual property becomes successful. Anything is possible and we are at your side!

The HIGHEST team wishes everyone a peaceful Christmas and an innovative and successful New Year! We are looking forward to your idea2023! Feel free to contact us! More information: and

Center for Educational Development and Technology (HDA)

Behind the scenes: The tutors of the interdisciplinary project week of Biology and Sociology

Become a tutor and come to the Center for Educational Development and Technology (HDA) You can qualify as a tutor free of charge and attend workshops and self-study units on topics related to key competences.

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Office for Sustainability

Your energy-saving tip?

Climate and energy crisis can be stressful. To spread a little warmth, we want to give away a small gift for the 13th door of the TU Advent calendar!

Send a crazy energy-saving tip for the winter to to take part! We, the Office for Sustainability, welcome all cosy or funny ideas.

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Meet new people in conversation

You would like to be a dialogue partner oder talk about your own issues with somebody? Then take a seat on one of the new „getTUgether“ benches on campus und thus show your willingness to communicate! The benches are marked with colorful „getTUgether“ stickers and you can find them on the campuses Lichtwiese, Stadtmitte and Botanical Garden. Just seat yourself and get to know new people!

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We raffle five sustainable bread bags

Looking for a hat with LED for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer or cuddly sweatshirts for the trip to Winter Wonderland? In the TU Shop you will find practical items for every day, clothing and also small last-minute gifts.

A special Christmas elf tip: Our sustainable bread bags can also be used to keep gingerbread and cookies fresh. Today we are giving away five of the practical companions among everyone who sends us their favourite Christmas song by midnight to

During the week leading up to Christmas, the counter at karo 5 will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, 19 December, through Wednesday, 21 December. Online orders placed by 20 December will be shipped before Christmas.

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University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering

Since 2019, TU Darmstadt has been part of and coordinator of Unite! All nine European partner universities are working together to create a European University for Innovation, Technology and Engineering – with joint programmes and much more.

For students, this means access to courses and events and exchange with students and lecturers from nine European universities. Virtually or in person. Save the date: the first student festival will start in Lisbon on 29 June 2023.

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Darmstadt Castle

“Sweeter the bells never sound”

Darmstadt Castle has had a carillon since 1671. It was rebuilt in 1951 after the Second World War, and in 2011 the control system, among other things, was thoroughly renovated. The carol programme currently consists of over 100 pieces.

For each month, as well as for Advent, Christmas, Easter and Whitsun, the programme includes pieces appropriate to the season and the church year, which are played at random by the control computer. A sacred song is played on the hour and a secular folk song on the half hour.

The “playlist” for the Advent season:

Macht hoch die Tür, die Tor macht weit
Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen
Dein König kommt in niedern Hüllen
Vom Himmel hoch, o Englein kommt
Wie soll ich dich empfangen
Lieb Nachtigall, wach auf
Die Nacht ist vorgedrungen
Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

TU Bigband

In Concert 2022

Tonight (8 December) at 7:30 pm, the TU Bigband and singer Manja Neubert present a foray through the world of big band music of the past decades, from swing to the rhythms of Latin America to funk, at the Bessunger Knabenschule.

Bessunger Knabenschule
Ludwigshöhstraße 42
64285 Darmstadt

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Central Student Advisory and Orientation Office (ZSB)

Meet new people

Do you like to meet other students online? At “Meet new people” you can meet others for an advent tea and biscuits from the comfort of your sofa tonight via Zoom from 7 pm. The meetings are accompanied by two trained students – just come along.

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Studierendenwerk Darmstadt

Christmas hut

Can you already smell Christmas? The Studierendenwerk Darmstadt has set up a Christmas hut at the Mensa Stadtmitte at Karl-Roth-Platz close by the “Rollercoaster” artwork. On offer until December 21: orange-ginger punch, waffles, bratwurst, stollen, gingerbread and Christmas cookies. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 11 am to 6 pm.

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Schlossgarten becomes Wintergarten

This year, the Schlossgarten will also be open in winter: on the first three weekends in December from Thursday to Saturday from 4 p.m. – but only in good weather. You can find out whether it's open or not every day on Insta: @schlossgarten_darmstadt

Schloss Bastion
Marktstraße 15
64283 Darmstadt

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University and State Library Darmstadt (ULB)

A Christmas tree made of books

This year, the ULB Christmas tree is all about sustainability, because all the materials were already available. The foundation, for example, consists of no longer needed rails from the Corona partition walls. Stacked were around 1400 volumes of the Technical Education in Darmstadt series, a kind donation from the University Archives.

The idea for the sustainable Christmas tree, which is 2.5 metres high, was developed by ULB employees within the context of the Sustainability Working Group. A total of 15 colleagues built the tree in about six hours. This book tree can grow again in the coming years without having to cut down a new tree.

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With Athena around the university quarter – exclusive campus tour

On Sunday, 4 December at 2 p.m., there will be an exclusive guided tour for TU Darmstadt alumni, which will highlight artworks, memorials and landscaped areas on the Stadtmitte campus from the perspective of sustainability.

Meeting point:
Altes Hauptgebäude (Old main building – Main entrance)
Hochschulstraße 1
64289 Darmstadt

Registration until 04.12 for members of the free Alumni-Network.

Botanical Garden

Friday guided tour

Are you interested in current botanical highlights? Then join one of the guided tours through the Botanical Garden with its head Dr. Simon Poppinga today! The first tour starts at 1:00 p.m., the second at 2:15 p.m.


Meeting point is a the Infopavillon of the Botanical Garden of TU Darmstadt, Schnittspahnstr. 5.

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Guided tour »Christof Yvoré STILL LIFE«

On Thursday, 1 December 2022, there will be a public guided tour of the exhibition “Christof Yvoré STILL LIFE” at the TU Kunstforum, Altes Hauptgebäude at 6 pm. With Ute Hochhuth (staff member of the TU Darmstadt Art Forum).

Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt
Hochschulstraße 1
64289 Darmstadt
Room 200

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