Events - 19.10.2022 - 00:00 

Children’s University 2022: Discover salsa, spies, schoolyard trends and dream jobs

Children have lots of questions. Together with professors, pupils go on a voyage of discovery at the Children’s University – a lecture room filled with young, inquisitive learners is a really special experience. This autumn, the HSG will once again open its doors to schoolchildren in grades 3 to 6, and is looking forward to welcoming plenty of curious guests on 2, 9, 16 and 23 November 2022 in the Audimax.
Source: HSG Newsroom

19 October 2022. A university can be a very exciting place for children, too. It’s a place of research and teaching covering a vast array of topics, so this autumn once again the Children’s University is providing some insight into the various research fields of the professors at the HSG. The Children’s University has by now become an integral part of campus life, and the organiser, Edith Steiner, is pleased about the many years of success that the well-attended Children’s University has enjoyed: “I would like to thank all the children, parents and teachers for contributing to the many unique experiences we’ve had in the Audimax over the past 18 years.”

On the first afternoon of the Children’s University 2022, Professor Yvette Sánchez will take the students on a musical journey through Latin America in a lecture that will be accompanied by the Colombian percussionist Juliana Santacruz from Bern University of the Arts. During the second lecture, Professor Christian Alexander Hildebrand shows the children why smartphones not only help us to stay in touch with friends and acquaintances but also influence our decisions and behaviour – without us even noticing. Then, in mid-November, students will join Professor Johanna Gollnhofer to explore new trends in the schoolyard. And finally, at the very end of this year’s lectures, Sebastian Kernbach will explain what makes a dream job and how to get one.  

  • Why salsa is not just a sauce. A musical exploration of Latin America 
    Wednesday, 2 November 2022 
    Yvette Sánchez, Full Professor of Spanish Language and Literature 

  • “The spy in your trouser pocket” – What your smartphone knows about you and how it influences you (fully booked)
    Wednesday, 9 November 2022 
    Christian Alexander Hildebrand, Full Professor of Marketing Analytics 

  • How do trends emerge in the schoolyard? From the Diddl Mouse to Pop-Its 
    Wednesday, 16 November 2022 
    Johanna Gollnhofer, Associate Professor of Marketing 

  • Gold medal, astronaut or dog hairdresser – getting your dream job with Life Design 
    Wednesday, 23 November 2022 
    Sebastian Kernbach, Professor of Media and Communication Management 

Lectures will be held on Wednesdays from 3.00 to 3.45 pm in the Audimax (library building, room A 09-010), with doors opening at 2.30 pm. Registration is required, after which children can enter the Audimax hall. The offering is free of charge.

“It’s great to see the lecture room filled with so much excitement, laughter and full of childlike curiosity,” says Children’s University staff member Fabienne Hasler, who says she is reminded of her own first lecture at the HSG. “It’s impressive to see how faculty members explain the topics to the children during a lesson in such an understandable, exciting and vivid way.” At the same time, she adds, it is always interesting to see what questions children ask and how they inspire the faculty with fresh esprit. 

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Image: University of St.Gallen (HSG)