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The Enlightenment – An Idea of American Indigenous People?

The Cluster of Excellence ROOTS and CRC 1266 invite interested citizens to a public lecture and a panel discussion with bestselling author David Wengrow (“The Dawn of Everything”).

 
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Cretaceous metabolic pathways influence present-day global nutrient cycles

Foraminifera in oxygen minimum zones may cooperate with bacterial symbionts in nitrate respiration

 
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Prospect of blood test for Parkinson’s for the first time

A research team at the Faculty of Medicine at Kiel University has developed a method that reliably detects protein changes in blood that are typical…

 
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Millet in the Bronze Age: A Superfood conquers the World

A research team at Kiel University has reconstructed in detail the spread of the grain from East Asia to Central Europe.

 
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Campus by the sea: European universities fly the flag in Kiel and focus on joint research

The SEA-EU European university alliance is setting standards for future transnational cooperation in research, teaching and knowledge transfer

 
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Publication prize for Konrad Aden

Dr. Konrad Aden, Senior Clinician Scientist at the Cluster of Excellence PMI and specialist in internal medicine in Kiel, has been awarded one of…

 
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Lessons from extant algae about plant transition to terrestrial life in the Paleozoic

Research team investigated how plant cell wall components support adaptation to land-based life

 

 
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ROOTS assesses mid-term results and discusses future goals

Scientific Advisory Board praises interdisciplinarity and gives hints for further development of the Cluster of Excellence

 

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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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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