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Science Sets Sail

Logo Science sets sail

Drawing on mankind’s earliest spirit of adventure, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) created Science Sets Sail as a voyage of scientific discovery on the Baltic Sea.

During the summer of 2017, FAU researchers and their guests from the countries bordering the Baltic Sea will forge new ideas together on the sailing ship ‘Thor Heyerdahl’. Our goal is to grow together by sharing new experiences, while strengthening interdisciplinary research on a range of specific themes that are critical to our world today.

Researchers and their academic institutions benefit from building close and long-lasting relationships with FAU, a centre of excellence for innovation and international research. Other interested parties – including students and researchers – are invited to join Open Ship Day events in five cities during the voyage.


You won’t find a favourable wind if you don’t know in which direction you want to sail. (Wilhelm von Oranien-Nassau, Dutch Politician)