The Smolarz Auditorium is Tel Aviv University’s largest and principal hall, with a capacity of 1,200 seats. It serves as the main venue for a broad range of academic and public events that the University regularly holds, among them the Honorary Degrees Conferment Ceremony, Dan David Prize, major national and international conferences, concerts and TAU Open Days.
Attending such events are personalities who have excelled in a wide variety of endeavors: Nobel Prize laureates, statesmen and politicians, business leaders and scientists, world-class musicians, actors and authors, all have arrived at TAU over the years to be honored for their achievements, to perform, to present a lecture, or to exchange views with other experts on campus. Past visitors have included former Al Gore, Joe Biden, Tony Blair; Shimon Peres Benjamin Netanyahu; Yo-Yo Ma, the Coen Brothers, Zubin Mehta, Marcello Mastroiani and many, many more. Their presence and activities have enriched and stimulated intellectual life on the campus, and have helped make it a significant world forum for discussing and debating vital issues.
Located on the upper level of the Auditorium is the Kuky and Sergio Grosskopf Family Foyer, where many event receptions are held. The Auditorium is located adjacent to the Albert and Elba Cuenca Entrance Plaza.