The University of Göttingen celebrates its 275th anniversary. The university was established in 1737 the spirit of the Enlightenment. It gained prominence when seven professors protested against the withdrawal of liberty rights in 1837. This group, the 'Göttingen Seven' paved the way for others and their courage to defend academic freedom and to voice protest. In 1957, a group, the 'Göttingen 18' voiced their opposition to the government's plan for nuclear armament of the armed forces.
The university celebrates its anniversary with various events during the week of May 29 – June 1. The week includes academic events, but also a festival for staff, and sports and cultural events. The exhibition "Objects of Knowledge" will open with a preview exhibition on June 2, and the university is expecting more than 500 international alumnis who have been invited to return to Göttingen for the celebrations.