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Public Lecture Series by the ROOTS/JMA-Chairholders: First-rate visiting professors from the USA and Norway at Kiel University

Tim Kohler, Washington University in Pullman/USA and Charlotte Brysting Damm, Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, will open the series.

 
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Standards as Sources

Fourth Walther Schücking Lecture by Professor Dr Eibe Riedel: Kiel University welcomes internationally recognised UN expert for human rights

 

 
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Returning to the Field: The CRC “Scales of Transformation”

International in both location and participation

 
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Face-to-face: Kiel University starts new academic year

Welcome event for new students of the winter semester 2021/2022

 

 
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Can living organisms influence changes in their genes?

Changes in certain proteins involved in packaging of the genetic material have a causal effect on the frequency of mutations

 
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How do liquids and gases migrate in marine sediments?

Geophysicist Dr. Christoph Böttner honoured with the BRIESE Award 2020 for his outstanding doctoral thesis.

 

Space researcher from Kiel receives the International Cooperation Zhongguancun Award 2020 by the city of Beijing

Accolade for his research about radiation on the moon

 
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More than sex: Kiel researchers propose expanded evolutionary concept

Somatic gene variations play a larger role in evolutionary adaptation mechanisms

 

Research at Kiel University

Clusters of Excellence

As one of only 17 top German universities and two university consortia, the CAU was able to acquire two Clusters as part of the German Excellence Strategy: "Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation" (PMI)  and "ROOTS - Societal, Environmental and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies”. They will be funded with around 100 million euros until the end of 2025.

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Priority Research Areas of Kiel University

Kiel University’s four priority research areas (KMS - Kiel Marine Science, KLS - Kiel Life Science, SECC - Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change, KiNSiS - Kiel Nano Surface & Interface Science) enable close interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration between different research fields on shared core topics. The priority research areas are also interlinked with one another and closely related to the CAU’s eight faculties.

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Research at Kiel University

The CAU is Schleswig-Holstein’s only fully-fledged university with a major focus on research. Over time, four dynamic priority research areas have systematically developed which are based on strong disciplines interacting together - Marine Science, Life Science, Societal and Cultural Change, and Nano Surface & Interface Science. Each individual research area makes a substantial contribution towards dealing with at least one of the grand challenges of our time. Around 800 research projects - in national and international partnerships or by individual researchers - are funded by the federal or state government, the EU and by companies. There is also enormous research potential in addition to third-party funding grants.

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The 8 Faculties of the University

When Kiel University was founded in 1665, the four traditional sciences were organised into faculties - Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy. These have expanded over the years to include separate faculties:

So the Natural Sciences and Humanities, the Business, Economics and Social Sciences as well the  Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences received their own faculty. The most recent addition is the Faculty of Engineering on the Ostufer (east bank), which was founded in 1990.

Studying at Kiel University

Degree programmes on offer

Courses from A to Z, teacher training, business education, Bachelors, Masters, state examinations or doctoral degrees: Schleswig-Holstein’s only comprehensive university offers 190 degree programmes.

In addition to this, the CAU also offers a junior study programme for school pupils, lectures as part of a guest auditor scheme or special courses for adults without Abitur or who have a different university entrance qualification within the scope of the contact studies programme.

Studying beyond the boundaries of one discipline – a range of initiatives at the CAU is now offering this, with specific courses for students who are already registered on a Master’s degree programme or who are working towards an interdisciplinary Master’s.

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Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Kiel University (CAU) was founded back in 1665. It is Schleswig-Holstein's oldest, largest and best-known university, with 27,000 students and around 3,700 members of staff. It is also the only fully-fledged university in the state. Seven Nobel prize winners have worked here. The CAU has been successfully taking part in the Excellence Initiative since 2006.

 

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