"Finally, an event in attendance mode again!" - that's what all of the 50 participants of the two-day workshop probably thought. The festive colloquium for philosopher Walther Ch. Zimmerli, DSI Fellow and CHESS member, which had been postponed several times, was supposed to deal with the "recursive digitalisation" of universities in the wake of his 75th birthday and could now take place live, as hoped. Academia's thirst for a real exchange of ideas with real people in real time was evident not least from the intensity of the discussions on the theses presented by top-class speakers from Switzerland and abroad.