Dear students, dear colleagues, dear FAU family members. On behalf of the FAU University board I warmly welcome you for the winter semester. In particular I want to welcome all the first year students. Dear freshmen, we want you to feel home at FAU. And I’m sure there will be many questions and problems to be solved, but together we will tackle all these and solve these. The upcoming semester will be an hybrid semester. Hybrid semester – that means we will offer online lectures as many as required but we also will allow for face to face lectures in our lecture halls at the university. This is quite demanding because we all do not know how the coronavirus pandemic will develop over time. So we have to have quick decisions and things might change overnight. Given the experience of the summer semester and the brilliant support of everyone, our admin people, our researchers, our professors but also our students, I know that we will solve all the upcoming problems easily and fast to make sure that you will get the quality of education that you expect from FAU.