Information for newly appointed professors

We are pleased that you have been appointed to a professorship. We look forward to helping you settle into your new working environment in the Lausitz region.

As a family-focused university, the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg aims to support couples with dual careers, offering them a place where they can both live and work.


The Welcome Centre is the central advice and service centre for international visiting researchers, doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers and newly appointed professors who are with us for more than three months.

Introductory seminar

In this seminar, we give all “new arrivals” in a given year a brief overview of our university’s strategic aims and direction, as well as our structures and processes.  During your early days at the university, we would like to provide you with a wide range of personalised information about administrative organisation, university life and facilities at BTU.

You will discover a lot of interesting information about teaching, research and committees at the university. There will also be a lot of opportunities to take part in sporting activities and targeted professional development.

Please see our current information on this page.

Forthcoming events: To be announced.

Welcome event for newly appointed professors

The welcome event for newly appointed professors takes place in the autumn every year. As a newly appointed professor or junior professor at BTU, you will be introduced to the various players at BTU, will have procedures explained to you and will have answers to the many questions you undoubtedly have, over a shared breakfast. Where possible, the university management team will be on hand to help with this process. You will also have the opportunity to make contact and exchange ideas, information and experiences with other newly appointed university teaching staff in an informal environment.
In addition, during the course of the day, representatives from the Brandenburg Teaching Quality Network will tell you about the support they provide - current professional development information is available here.

Forthcoming events: The date announced for October 5, 2020 has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the Corona pandemic.

For the coming spring 2021, the President plans to invite all new appointees to a small reception - depending on the development of the CoVid-19-related situation. More details will be announced on this page in due course; personal invitations will also be sent.

START ME UP is a programme for teaching staff at the Brandenburg universities who have either been newly appointed or are in their first teaching posts. The aim is to enable you get to know other newly appointed staff and to help you to support each other in sharing your experiences and developing your teaching practice at a new university and in a new professional environment.

Contact person:

  • Tobias Falke
  • tobias.falke(at)
  • IKMZ Centre of Excellence and Support Centre for Digitalisation in Teaching

IT and Media Support

Information about essential IT and media services can be found here:

BTU online account login:
BTU email login:
BTU E-learning portal:

Campus tours

Get to know your new working environment. We will be happy to organise a campus tour for you.

Cottbus, Senftenberg and the surrounding region

The university works closely with the cities of Cottbus and Senftenberg. As part of this collaborative work, newly appointed professors will have personal mentors who will provide them with helpful information on topics such as the following:

  • places of interest and opportunities for recreational activities in the area
  • the wide range of questions you will have in relation to your move to Cottbus
  • your children’s care and education
  • prospects for your partner in the region.

Professional mentors include both employees and students at our university with strong ties to the city and a commitment to the region. Please contact us if you would like support of this type.

For further information, go to:

the Cottbus web portal Webportal
know more about Cottbus / travel report (Only in German but you will understand the language of the pictures.)
the Senftenberg web portal Webportal

University sports and health management

Are you looking for an active way of balancing your professional life? You will find information about opportunities for taking part in sporting activities at BTU’s various sites on the University Sports Centre homepage.

In addition, BTU offers its staff a variety of health care services.

Professional development


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