Events - 08.04.2024 - 11:00 

OFFA 2024: inspiring meeting place in Eastern Switzerland

The OFFA spring and trend fair is regarded as the most eventful marketplace in Eastern Switzerland. It invites you to let yourself go, marvel and discover. HSG is also represented with a stand for the eighth time and presents its services. Visitors to the stand can find out about children's university, the public lectures and what the library has to offer – and get to know "Lexi" the robot.

OFFA will take place this year from 17 to 21 April 2024. Visitors can find out about HSG's public programmes at the University of St.Gallen stand. We look forward to seeing you in the Olma Hall 3.1, Stand 3.1.55.

AI attraction: robot "Lexi" 

Visitors to the HSG stand will be greeted by "Lexi". "Lexi" is a social robot that reacts to human gestures. Interested visitors to the stand can also find out about the School of Computer Science (SCS-HSG), which emerged from the Canton of St.Gallen's digital education initiative. The school ofers degree courses in computer science, which further contribute to the attractiveness of St.Gallen as a centre of education.

Public lecture programme in the spring semester 2024

For 125 years, the University of St.Gallen's public lecture programme has been creating spaces on campus and in the city for an active academic exchange between professors, external faculty and a broad, cross-generational audience. Topics from the current programme include events in the Middle East, the historical treatment of racism and anti-Semitism in the Canton of St.Gallen, agricultural policy in Switzerland, drinking water shortages in Latin America, cyber-attacks and many more. The programme takes place every six months. 

20 years of children's university: for little researchers and big explorers

In 2003, HSG was the first Swiss university to launch a children's university programme. Since then, it has become an integral part of campus life. The children's university lectures give schoolchildren from 3rd to 6th grade an entertaining and inspiring insight into the diverse research fields of the professors at the University of St.Gallen. Thanks to the annual increase in visitor numbers, we set a record in 2023 with more than 2,400 students attending. Young university visitors can also look forward to a little surprise this year. This year's four lectures will focus on the following topics:

  • Climate heroes in action: Saving the world with clever ideas
    Wednesday, 30 October: With Prof. Dr Ann-Kristin Zobel
  • Healthy with Artificial Intelligence: Ingenious or scary?
    Wednesday, 6 November: With Prof. Dr Tobias Kowatsch
  • Different and yet friends: Together we are strong against bullying
    Wednesday, 13 November: With Prof. Dr Jamie Gloor
  • My mobile phone, my sneakers, my Playstation: Why we like to buy things! – And what we can learn from it
    Wednesday, 20 November: With Dr Philipp Scharfenberger

University library for literature enthusiasts

While the children's university is only for children, the university library offers all generations the opportunity to borrow, research and obtain advice. Twice a year, the library also organises the public reading series "The other book at the university". The reading series provides a stage for new publications with a connection to Switzerland.

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