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Message from university management to LUH employees

Merry Christmas

Dear members of Leibniz University Hannover,

The temporary suspension of on-campus activities before the Christmas holidays is just around the corner. Further details regarding the purpose of this measure as well as practical aspects can be found in our FAQ section on the energy crisis.

This measure is part of the Presidential Board’s efforts to save as much energy at LUH as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and support in this matter. Moreover, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all university members for their continuous efforts to save energy. Please remember: Our service hotline (762 – 4440) is available for reporting all technical problems or malfunctions with regard to infrastructure; especially those directly related to energy issues. The responsible members of staff in the Buildings Management Department will strive to fix any issues as soon as possible.

I would also like to thank you for your commitment to your university in 2022. Once again, it has been a year shaped by significant challenges and crises. The coronavirus pandemic continued to influence our lives; Russia’s attack on Ukraine shocked the whole world while creating new tasks for science. The resulting energy crisis and the related financial issues will continue to challenge our university next year.

Let me explain this in more detail: Based on an estimate of upcoming financial challenges for LUH in the coming years, the Presidential Board is currently working on preparing a consolidation plan in cooperation with the faculty managers and the Senate. This plan will be completed in January 2023. We will then provide further information as well as details regarding its implementation. At the end of 2023, we will once again evaluate the financial situation and adapt the consolidation plan. At the moment, we aim to create as much clarity and transparency in this consolidation process as possible. We also attach great importance to involving the faculty managers and the Senate. I am confident that we will overcome this challenge together!

In spite of this, the past year held many achievements in research and teaching, as well as successful events and positive moments of exchange, both on an internal and an external level. Your solidarity, determination and optimism made all of this possible.

I hope that the temporary suspension of on-campus activities will turn out a success. I wish you happy and peaceful Christmas holidays with family and friends, and all the best for 2023! Unfortunately, there will be no New Year’s reception in January. However, my New Year’s speech including a recap of the past year and future prospects, as well as an introduction of our newly appointed professors and selected highlights in 2022 will be available from 1 January at I hope you enjoy the website.

I look forward to seeing you at our university in 2023!

Yours sincerely,
Prof. Dr. Volker Epping